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Living on a Hawaiian island provides sweet simplicities, like fresh pineapples year-round and rainbows displayed for miles. Sometimes living on a Hawaiian island also means you get to enjoy a touch of luxury as well. To kick-off my travel series on Oahu, I will share a glimpse of the luxurious life. It’s what I call the “Pinch me – is this real?” part of my journey on the islands.
Last fall I received an invitation to join other bloggers, photographers, social media gurus, surfers, etc., at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, for a “Perfect Day Waikiki.” When I first read the title of the event I thought to myself, “Perfect Day? That’s a tall order, for sure!” Curious, and quite honestly, beyond excited, I rsvp’d “yes” for said Perfect Day, and hopped a plane to Oahu.
Chosen to become a member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ elite coterie of Luxury Collection properties, The Royal Hawaiian is one of the few luxury Waikiki resorts internationally recognized as among the world’s finest, with its magnificent Spanish-Moorish architecture, spectacular setting and celebrated history. -The Royal Hawaiian
People often say that each Hawaiian island is different, and if you have had the pleasure of traveling to more than one, you know it is true. Each island holds a magnificent beauty and “feel” of its own, but all are connected by aloha. Before this trip, my only experience on Oahu was in downtown Honolulu and the airport. Thrilled to explore this busy little island in the middle of the Pacific, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the luxuries that many people from all over the world come to experience while staying at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki.
While I would have absolutely LOVED my hubby’s company on this excursion, this Oahu trip included my smallest travel buddy, my son Gabriel. He and I were greeted beautifully from the moment we stepped foot onto the resort. We were treated like true V.I.P.’s with valet parking and fresh leis upon arrival. The concierge even included a sweet collection of traditional Hawaiian coloring pages for Gabriel to take along with him.
Families that wear pink wristbands together, stay together. Kidding, but still, it’s just that spectacular!!!
While Gabriel splished and splashed his way across the pool, I soaked in the sun and the breathtaking view of the iconic “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” I could have stayed at the pool for a good week, but a Royal Papa’aina feast awaited me.
So, this was the “big event” – the Perfect Day Waikiki event! I walked into the King Kamehameha suite, still in a dreamlike state from the grandeur of the resort’s architecture and the staff’s hospitality, knowing that this night would truly be perfect. From driftwood and fresh florals, to candles and capiz shell chandeliers, the One Kings Lane designers outdid themselves decorating for the event. Beauty surrounded us, from the lanai where we dined al fresco, to the sunset on Waikiki Beach, the setting could not have been better!
This historic resort, well-known for its pink, well, everything, inspired my pink dress for the evening. When in Rome…Oh and see the gal standing to the left of me in the picture above? Yeah, that’s the Salty Blonde on Instagram and she gets to wear gorgeous clothing from beachy-chic clothing companies as part of her social media life. Ahh, a girl can dream, right?
The 8-course meal prepared by Chef Shaymus Alwin proved beyond expectations. First of all…eight courses! Secondly, the flavor combinations were imagined by a genius, the chef himself. Thirdly, the staff of Azure were professional, helpful and on top of it! Plus, look at how pretty my food was…almost too pretty to eat, but don’t worry, I did.
While I loved every minute of this unforgettable dinner, I had a pink robe with my name on it and a bed fit for a queen, so off to my suite, I headed…Sunrise would arrive shortly, and I did not want to miss its show on Waikiki.
Be sure to return for more of my Oahu Travel Series: Perfect Day Waikiki (Part 2). Until next time… Livin’ la vida aloha, Jennifer