Hawaii is somewhere that people dream of visiting and for many good reasons. With 8 main islands (also called the Hawaiian Windward Islands) and numerous smaller islands, atolls and reefs, when choosing where to visit you have a number of options depending on what you are looking for from your trip. If you are looking for ultimate luxury mixed with fun and adventure then Oahu, which is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is nicknamed The Gathering Place, is the island for you and here are our reasons why.
One of the first things to consider and one of the most important is where you want to stay during your trip. Of course there are many 5 Star hotels and resorts but you really should consider something extra special like a Oahu beachfront rental? Imagine waking up every morning to the beautiful sight of the sun rising over the crystal clear ocean. With exquisite living areas both indoors and out, you’ll have every thing you need to really make you feel at home. If surfing is your thing or simply relaxing by your private pool or hot tub then a rental is for you and whether you are looking for traditional island appeal or über contemporary surroundings, you’ll find the perfect luxurious accommodation on Oahu.
Any luxury trip to Oahu should begin with a traditional Lei greeting at the airport upon arrival. Imagine being welcomed with a fresh flower Lei and a warm “aloha” the second that you step off the plane, what better way to make you feel instantly at home on Oahu? Most companies that offer Lei greetings also allow you to choose the flowers you would like yours to be made from, including dendrobium orchids, carnations, plumerias and tuberose, making the experience not only special but also personalised.
Regardless of where you are in the world, a limousine transfer from the airport to your accommodation is always an amazing and memorable experience and it is no different on Oahu. With a number of companies offering the service on the island, it is the perfect way to travel in style, especially if you have had a long flight. Travelling in your own executive car complete with personal chauffeur, there is no better way to start your trip.
The beaches on Oahu are second to none and a major factor when deciding where to visit. With a coastline of around 112 miles (180 km) Oahu beaches are diverse and there is something for everyone. All are picturesque and have soft white sand including Sunset Beach, Waikiki Beach, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach, they really are the place to relax, sip a cocktail or two and watch the world go by from. However, if water sports are more your thing then Oahu is the place for you, from scuba diving and jet skiing to parasailing, Oahu is the perfect place whether you are a novice or a professional. It’s also important to mention that Oahu is a surfers dream come true, with the North Shore’s Waimea Bay widely regarded as the birthplace of big wave surfing. Featured in a number of blockbuster movies and a mecca for pro surfers Oahu is renowned as THE place to catch a wave. So why not grab a board and try it for yourself?
Take a Private Tour
Not only is Oahu steeped in beauty but also history and culture and no trip to the island is complete without exploring it for yourself. With a number of private tour operators on the island, there is no better way to see the major sites and attractions then with your own personal tour guide allowing you to sit back in your private air-conditioned car, relax and enjoy a worry-free day. They will draw up your own personal itinerary based on what you want to do and see, from Pearl Harbor and movie locations to volcanos, allowing you to spend your day, your way. With so many benefits of a private tour, it is the only way to see the island.
The cuisine of Hawaii is very diverse and incorporates many different styles of food. Fresh fish is in abundance on the island, therefore most, if not all restaurants will have fish dishes on the menu. There are a number of award-winning restaurants on Oahu, many located in 5 star hotels where you can experience fine dining in luxury surroundings. If you opt for a rental property why not hire your own private chef who will cook and serve your chosen dishes in the comfort of your own villa, perfect after a long day of relaxing or exploring or for a special occasion.
Experience A Luau
As the sun sets over Oahu why not enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau which commemorates the ancient islanders’ rich history and culture. Sit back and enjoy live music and watch hula and dance performances from Hawaii and other Polynesian islands, such as Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand. There are many places on Oahu where you can experience a luau and it is a must whether it is your first trip to the island or you are a regular visitor.
So if you are looking for a luxury break, Oahu has everything you need to make your next trip one you will remember forever including exclusive accommodation, great traditions, history and culture, amazing food and breathtaking scenery making it the perfect island getaway.
- Written in collaboration with luxuryretreats.com