The kitchen is enormous! I’m touring my two-bedroom hotel room, number 3502 on level 35 at the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower in Honolulu. Literally across the road from the beach, the property holds a brilliant position on the popular Waikiki beach strip. Hawaiian getaway, here I come!
At check-in, a welcome bag sets the tone for my stay – with Coola after sun-cream balms and gels, and a handy carry tote for beach towels.
The newly-renovated 140-room property combines condo-style living with 24-hour reception service. The hotel is ideal for families and couples alike enjoying a Hawaiian getaway. The recreation deck on level four has an outdoor dining area with barbecue, a fitness centre, a billiards table, plenty of lounges and chairs that overlook the beach, the main pool and a smaller mini-pool perfect for toddlers. You can borrow DVDs too to take back to your room too and watch on the in-room Blu-ray DVD player.
The fully equipped gourmet kitchen has everything you could possibly need to cook up a true Hawaiian feast; as well as chilled ice water at the press of a button from the double-door stainless steel fridge. Out on my large balcony, I have extensive views of the ocean, Waikiki beach, to Waikiki centre and also to Diamond Head. I pull up a chair in the sun, with a Maui Brewing Co. cola in one hand and my book in the other. From this height, the action of Waikiki seems very far away indeed and yet I am enjoying watching the stand-up paddleboarders and surfers in the waves and feeling amongst it.
The bathroom is bright white and modern with brushed chrome tap fittings, a large walk-in-wardrobe and double vanity. Both the main bathroom and second bathroom for guests in bedroom two are equipped with Natura Bisse amenities from Barcelona. I particularly appreciate the retractable make-up and shaving mirror which is such a practical item in a bathroom for glasses-wearing ladies of a certain age…..but sadly, is often overlooked.
There are two large televisions – one in the main living space and the second opposite the main bed. But who needs TV when you have this view? Balcony doors open from both the living room and bedroom to the long veranda and I throw them both open to draw in the sounds of the gently lapping waves below. On Friday evening, fireworks are also launched over Waikiki Beach and my balcony is perfectly positioned for a cracking view.
I make my way to the sand – an easy stroll through the hotel’s vine-covered walkway. Kids and couples are splashing about in the calm waters on pink, giant floating donuts and flamingos. The banyan tree on the sidewalk is incredibly beautiful – its gnarled roots and trunk standing proud and offering shade to passers-by and those sipping juice out of pineapple shells.
After a swim, I return on my convenient short stroll. I wash off at at the hotel’s outdoor shower, where the water spurts forth from a long wooden surfboard, in the style of the late Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku. I ascend via elevator to my private home-away-from-home on level 35. It’s enough to make me feel like a Hawaiian princess.
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