Vanessa

 
Waikiki Hawaii
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There are many luxurious ways to spend the day in Waikiki. Hawaii's playground is brimming with gorgeous hotels, world-class spas and five-star restaurants in which to indulge, rest, relax, dine and unwind in style. Yet, no experience can quite compare to that of idle days spent just off this famous stretch of coastline on the spacious sundecks of Vanessa, a stunning, Bruce Farr designed, sixty-two foot sailing yacht.  Vanessa's beautifully maintained wooden decks are superb for lazy days spent thrumming through the waters just off Diamond Head. The expertly trained staff keeps this floating mini-playground stocked with all of the essentials for a complete experience at sea. Fishing and snorkeling gear, water toys, delectable provisions, tasty libations and even a drone to capture your experience, can all be easily arranged.  

My favorite days on Vanessa are relatively simple: anchored just off Diamond Head with friends, good tunes, sun, one too many bottles of Rose, and tasty snacks. Good times, endless views of Waikiki and the shimmering Pacific Ocean in every direction, Hawaiian sea turtles, tropical fish and, in the right season, a whale spotting or two, highlight a day on the water in Waikiki. It is salty, sun-drenched days like this that make me pinch myself; how lucky am I to call this home? 

Vanessa is available for private charter adventures including snorkeling and sunbathing at Turtle Canyon in Waikiki, sunset cruising Oahu's south shore, and, if you've got the time, exploring the magnificent Hawaiian Islands for a multi-night stay in her well-appointed quarters.

For a sail aboard Vanessa, contact the Captain & Crew at www.charter-hawaii.com

 

Modern Moments

 

On the western edge of the 96815, resides an urban oasis, the Modern Honolulu Hotel. My favorite days here are spent lounging poolside with friends, sharing a laugh and a swim while sipping on ice cold coconut mojitos in the late afternoon Hawaiian sun. If I could make time stand still, it would surely be in one of these Modern moments. 

The Modern Honolulu, ph. (808) 943-5800, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, the 96815.

 

Moana Lani Spa

 

A few Saturdays ago, I was invited by the Moana Lani Spa to spend the day basking at their tranquil oceanfront oasis. Nestled inside the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort and Spa, the Moana Lani is perfectly positioned to offer its bliss seekers the ultimate in relaxation and pampering. If you have never been, let me start by setting the scene. Guests are invited to relax and unwind both pre and post treatments in the Spa lounge, where the beauty of the turquoise Pacific and gently swaying palms are the main attraction. Let the sound, scent and sight of the ocean fill every corner of your mind as the most gorgeous beach day plays out from the view of your lounge chair. 

On my day at Moana Lani, I enjoyed a Heavenly Signature Massage and Personalized Facial. Choosing the stone of my choice (love, gratitude or hope), I set my intention, while the aromatic oil and expert touch of the Moana Lani's therapists worked their magic. After the expert rub down and glass of champagne, it was time for a facial, which included all natural ESPA products that worked to deeply cleanse and exfoliate my skin through a mask and massage. 

After the treatments, the world class view of Waikiki's shoreline continued from the sauna and hot tub as did my state of pure bliss. Days spent like this remind me of how important it is to take care of myself. And, if I need help with that, the Moana Lani Spa has me covered both head to toe, heart and mind. 

Moana Lani Spa, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, 808-237-2535, 2365 Kalakaua Ave, the 96815

Photography by Jessica Tronoski

 

Summer in the City

 
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Best Boutique Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Best Boutique Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

Summer in the 96815 is upon us and I'm kicking it off in style at the Shoreline Hotel, Waikiki. Just off Kalakaua Avenue, the Shoreline boasts sleek, minimalist rooms that nail Waikiki’s island/city vibe.  Endless dining, shopping, nightlife and Waikiki Beach are all within walking distance from this boutique high-rise property. Looking out over the cityscape from the Shoreline's rooftop pool, I'm lost in the sight of Waikiki’s famous mid-century architecture nestled between the royal blue sea and the intensely green Ko'olau mountains in a late afternoon summer sky. The sight brings a feeling that anything is possible in this magical urban paradise.  All you need is a colorful summer dress, a stylish bikini and a sense of adventure to get carried away this summer in the city.

Shoreline Hotel, 342 Seaside Avenue, the 96815. Check out their site www.ShorelineHotelWaikiki.com for room rates and specials!

Photos by Ijfke Ridgley