Category Archives: Where to Stay

Sigh alert: video views from St. Regis Princeville Resort


The ocean and mountain views from Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai are – fill in the blank – stunning, beautiful, jaw-dropping, amazing, romantic, etc. We count our blessings that we’ve had the opportunity to stay in the Princeville area twice – once at the swank St. Regis Princeville and the other time at the (Pua Poa) condos next ... Read More »

Which Waikiki hotels have the best pools?


A great pool can be a big consideration for choosing the right Waikiki vacation hotel.  Of course you’ll have Waikiki Beach at your fingertips, but it’s always fun to have an attractive pool to enjoy. With Waikiki being the oldest resort area in Hawaii, real estate is extremely hard to come by. Resorts have little to no room to expand ... Read More »

Waikiki’s Hilton Hawaiian Village in Photos & Video

Finally, after many years of wanting to experience Hilton Hawaiian Village, we got our chance in February. Our perfect excuse for staying here was that we were both speaking at Pubcon Paradise which was held in the hotel conference center. The conference was a blessing and a curse in that it allowed us to be at Hilton Hawaiian Village, but ... Read More »

First-Time Oahu Visitors’ Trip Report– Part 2 of 2

I hope you enjoyed reading part one of Erin’s Oahu trip report. In part two, Erin and her husband move from Waikiki Beach up to Oahu’s North Shore. —- After four days of Waikiki, we were very ready for the second part of our trip – Oahu’s famous North Shore. We’d splurged on two nights at Turtle Bay Resort in ... Read More »

First-Time Oahu Visitors’ Trip Report– Part 1 of 2

We love reading trip reports – especially from first timers . Our friend, Erin Jones, has kindly agreed to share her Oahu trip report with us. This trip was her first time on Oahu, but her second visit to Hawaii. She and her husband traveled to Oahu in February. Erin and her husband split their Oahu time between Waikiki and ... Read More »

Review: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

We’ve stayed at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows twice – on our first Big Island trip in 2004 and on our recent visit in November. Both stays were excellent. I’m going to veer away from our typical review format to list what makes the Mauna Lani great. 1. Yippee! No resort fees! Update: Things have changed.  The Mauna Lani ... Read More »

Should You Look For An All-Inclusive Hawaii Vacation?

If your tropical vacations normally take you to the Caribbean or Mexico, you probably stay in an all-inclusive resort. So, when you start to look at Hawaii as your next tropical destination, you may wonder where you find the all-inclusive resorts. You might be surprised to learn that Hawaii doesn’t have many all-inclusives. Hawaii’s all-inclusive resorts are: Travaasa Hana is ... Read More »

Luxury Stay Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui

On my very first visit to Hawaii in 2003, we stayed next door to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in the Kapalua Villas. Back then, villa guests were welcome to enjoy the three-tiered pool at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. That’s when I first fell in love with this beautiful Maui resort. I guess you could say it was my first Maui hotel crush. Fast ... Read More »

Review: Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island

Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is a massive resort.  How big is it? The resort sprawls over 62 beautiful oceanfront acres. That’s big! Some folks describe the Hilton Waikoloa Village as Disney-esque with the tram and boat rides that transport guests throughout the resort. Though we found it fairly walkable from one end to ... Read More »

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