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.
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 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.
Photos by Ijfke Ridgley
Afternoons in Waikiki can be spent a number of wonderful ways. Cruising and sun baking on the beach, watching the day go by from your favorite spot at Duke's or aboard one of the colorful catamarans for a sail around the 96815 all sound a-ok to me. On this Sunday, we joined our friends on the Manu Kai, the yellow and blue cat that calls home to the curvaceous shoreline fronting the Outrigger Waikiki. Join them for one of their many sails which run throughout the day and into sunset. On the sail & swim, which departs at 1:30pm daily, we stopped for a quick 10 minute dip in the somewhat shallow, crystal clear waters just off Diamond Head. Back on board, it's all smiles and good times coasting over the waves and sharing a laugh with the new friends we've made while out at sea. Happy, sun-filled days like these won't soon be forgotten even when our polaroids begin to fade.
Photography by Jessica Tronoski