Gracefully perched on the golden sand of Waikiki Beach in the heart of the 96815, is the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Rooted in royalty, the hotel was built in the late 1920's on the former site of Hawaiian Queen Emma's summer palace and King Kamehameha's personal playground. Surviving numerous inhabitants, changes, restorations and renovations over the years, Her style and grace has remained timeless. The Pink Palace of the Pacific is still the premier luxury destination for paradise-seeking world travelers and me - who happens to live just a few miles away. I know you are thinking a staycation in the same zip code as home seems a bit frivolous, but upon check-in I was instantly transported to another world a million miles away from my normal life. For a couple of days, I felt like royalty enjoying a mai tai under a pink umbrella on Waikiki Beach whilst gazing at that gorgeous Diamond Head. Here, the day easily drifts by and with the setting sun I am ready for another lovely Waikiki night. A drink or two at Mai Tai, the hotel's beachside bar, a walk in the sand listening to the waves softly lap against the shore and I am feeling romanced by this place. They say, "The Royal Hawaiian is where the world fell in love with Hawaii". After this stay, I know it to be true.
A Royal Hawaiian Staycation - only a few short days, but forever in my heart.
The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, The 96815, Ph: 808.923.7311, Reservations: 1.866.716.8110
Photography by Jessica Tronoski