Introducing Kahala Resort and Hotel
We didn’t have time to get our luggage from the taxi before leis were placed around our necks and warm welcome greetings were sung in our direction. The hotel staff ordered us to relax and completely forget about our luggage and our worries. Kahala Hotel and Resort would take care of everything from now on.
Tired and famished from our flights, we went straight to the Seaside Grill, one of the five restaurants on site. On our way we noticed dolphins doing tricks and being cute in a lagoon located between a waterfall and the pool. Yes, we were still at the hotel at this point. Upon further inspection we spotted a line of tourists waiting to have their picture taken with the slippery little guys and it all didn’t feel so cute anymore.
During lunch we resolved to devise a plan to get the dolphins out of the lagoon and into the ocean, but before we could even decide if we wanted to station ourselves beach or pool side my mom dragged us away to the check out our room.
Once you have settled in the room it’s hard to leave. It feels wonderful to be inside them; light and airy in a way that inspires napping. We made a habit of watching the golf from our balcony and the thick morning fog rolling over the mountains. Four of us fit in a room with a double bed comfortably. There was enough room for us to start Zumba classes if we had wanted. We didn’t.
Two important amenities in the hotel are the pristine work out center (never to be touched by us) and the ladies locker room. The locker room was more like a choose-your-own-adventure spa featuring an outdoor Jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room (all used daily by us). The nearby activities center was excellent, you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, boogie boards, scuba gear: you name it, they got it. We signed up for Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, or as us professionals call it… SUP Yoga.
They also offer classes such as Hawaiin traditions and culture, Perpetuating the Hawaiian Culture through Dance, and Ti Leaf Bracelet Making, and the Art of Bone Carving Demonstration, which we were totally interested in until we realized they conflicted with our daily long breakfast buffet at the Plumeria Beach House and our afternoon tea at The Veranda. We are not afternoon tea people by any means, but we were planning our outings around it. Not that we went out a lot any way, there is no real need to leave this grand resort other than curiosity and exploration purposes. Kahala Resort is a destination all on it’s own.
When we were in the mood the dress up and be fancy we made the quick trip downstairs and ate at Arancino, a fine dining Italian restaurant. The dress code for the 3, 4 or 5 course meal restaurant is shoes and dressy sandals. Fabulous! For us, three courses, a bottle of wine, and a lovely conversation with our waitress made for one of the most interesting and delicious meals we experienced. After dinner we made our way to the lobby for some live music on the piano and people watching.
One of the best, grandest features of Kahala Hotel and Resort is the world class spa, the great Kahala Spa. Once your massage therapist greets you and walks you to your spacious treatment room, you are transported into another world. A serene and calming world where there is nothing but exceptional oils, bath salts, smiles and aromatherapy candles. All treatments start with the ritual of Ho’omaka, a cleansing foot massage, from there you move on to your treatment. I kindly asked for a body scrub and an attentive, strong massage. I walked out feeling so relaxed my eyes were unwilling to open. I had not one care in the world. My mom said it was the best spa experience of her life and she proved it by showing us a selfie of her and her massage therapist. And I quote, “I want to cherish this experience forever.”
Don’t get me wrong through, you can definitely leave Kahala Resort and the staff will be very helpful to you when you do. Want to go visit Waikiki? They will book you in for the complimentary shuttle. Want to experience a Lua? The concierge will find the perfect fit. Want to rent a car to drive to the North Shore (and stop at Giovanni’s)? You can rent your car on site! Easy!
Also, and this is a perfect example of the ‘little things’, Kahala provides an unlimited amount of water bottles and free wifi in the entire hotel. Hallelujah!
So what I’m getting at is that, yea, Kahala Hotel and Resort would be a very wise choice.