There were two requirements I had when looking at accommodation choices in Waikiki – 1. Be walking distance to great shopping, restaurants and activities… oh, and the beach; 2. offer some peace by being far enough away to not be too touristy but close enough to be able to walk everywhere. Both of these items were ticked during my stay at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach!
Sun-dwellers may have heard of this popular beach-side brand (they have a number of properties in Queensland as well!) but I hadn’t and was surprised at how much I liked the resort-style atmosphere.
In every aspect of the stay, Outrigger had injected Hawaiian culture and the feeling of “ohana” – that’s the Hawaiian word for ‘family’.
From the moment I arrived at the property I was filled with a sense of space and serenity. Just footsteps from Waikiki beach and across the road from the Waikiki Beach Walk – with plenty of restaurants, cafes, as well as local and International shopping. Even my room was overlooking the beach and lagoon-style pool area. Perfect!
Discover Hawaiian Culture During Your Stay
Learning about Hawaiian culture was high on my priority list. A quick trip to the Polynesian Cultural Centre – a great place to learn about the countries and culture within the region, as well as enjoy the Luau and dinner before the (amazing!) performance of Hā: Breath of Life – was not enough, so I was incredibly excited to learn that the hotel offered different cultural activities throughout the week.
Two mornings a week, wedding vowel renewals are held on the beach. I respectfully and quietly watched the couples perform the traditional rituals as I ate breakfast at the Shore Bird Restaurant to the sound of the ukelele strumming and waves crashing against the shore.
Later in the morning, after a quick dip in the lagoon-style pool, Remi and I took part in floral lei-making, a ukulele lesson (not sure a career change is in the cards for me…) and learning how to hula with a local “kupuna” (meaning ‘ancestors’) group who often performs at the hotel.
I wanted to adopt all of the kupuna group, and Auntie (pictured above with the floral lei on her head) to be part of my ohana! Their energy was infectious and they soon had us up – from the youngest to oldest in the audience – learning to dance the hula with them.
Both of the Outrigger properties I stayed at – Reef Waikiki Beach and Waikiki on the Beach – have perfected the art of flow from the drop-off point, past check-in and the pool, and out to the beach; The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach took it to a whole new level with two restaurants overlooking the beach, a prime spot to see one of those famous Hawaiian sunsets and the Friday night firework display…
Spend your days lounging by the pools, enjoying the beach and beach-side activities or indulging at the Serenity Spa. Dine at the seriously good Ocean House Restaurant, for something a little special, and then enjoy a cheeky drink by the pool with live music at Kani Ka Pila Grille. If you’re looking for a resort-style holiday, make it happen with style while staying at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
2169 Kalia Rd
United States of America
Phone: +1 (808)-923-3111
My stay at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach was arranged by Discover America.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.