Oceanview rooms at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa have some of the best views of winter surf in Waikiki. You'll be just steps from the beach if you decide to take a surfing lesson yourself. The stretch of beach just across the street from the hotel is sandy and protected from high surf, great for families. The hotel has a relaxing spa and two freshwater swimming pools.

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These days it's difficult to imagine a getaway without a visit to a spa where you can relax your body and mind. The hotel offers a new spa inspired by natural Hawaiian techniques and treatments, including the decadent Lomi Lomi massage, hot stone treatment, Thai, Shiatsu and reflexology.

The spa is located on the second floor of the Kealohilani Tower with views of the beach. Couples can indulge in a treatment for two in the couple's treatment room with a deep Japanese Furo tub. The 6,000 square foot spa has 10 treatment rooms, five with steam showers and six classic massage rooms. Complete your visit to the spa with relaxation in the waterfall and lava rock lounge.

The spa offers signature packages for individuals and for couples. Try Na Lani Mea (heavenly things) which includes an Aromatherapy Facial and a 25 minute Lomi Lomi Massage. We also like the 'Awa, Honey and Milk Wrap which soothes pain and softens the skin.

The spa and the fitness center are located on the second floor of the Kealohilani Tower. If you are planning to visit the spa a lot during your stay, request one of the rooms in this tower. Kealohilani Tower is closer to the beach than Paoakalani Tower.

Rooms & Suites

The hotel, originally built in the 70s, has 1,310 renovated guest rooms and suites with private balconies. If you want views of the ocean as well as all of the action on Waikiki Beach, book one of the Corner Deluxe Ocean View rooms in the Kealohilani Tower. We stayed in room number 1733, an East-facing Corner Deluxe Ocean View room at the hotel. These rooms measure 500 square feet in size and come with cocktail tables, sofa beds, and two queen beds. There is also an empty refrigerator where you can keep your own drinks and snacks. The guest room's sliding doors open out to a terrace with a round table and chairs.

The round guest balcony sits above Kalakaua Avenue, the main shopping street in Waikiki. The East-facing rooms overlook the Royal Hawaiian, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider and other famous landmarks. At night, watch the sunset right from the balcony. If you have a pair of binoculars, look for blue surfboards that surf schools in the area use during their surfing lessons. Corner Deluxe rooms start at $439 per night, depending on availability.

Couples looking for a good balance of relaxation, spa pampering and central location can book one of the Ocean View rooms. Order room service and spend their days enjoying sunsets from the terrace (ask for a corner East-facing room in the Kealohilani Tower).

Traveling with Kids

The property offers an array of activities that the whole family can enjoy. The hotel has two swimming pools and is just across the street from a shallow beach. Up to two children ages 17 and under can share the same room with their parents at no additional charge. The beach is great for families because it is shallow and protected by a man-made wall. Kids can play in the water and in the sand with their toys while drown-ups relax with a view of the ocean. Guests of the hotel can pick up towels from one of the outdoor pool areas. Book one of the rooms in Kealohilani Tower which is closer to the water than Paoakalani Tower.

Visit the Hawaiian spa to rejuvenate after your flight, and go shopping along Kalakaua Avenue.

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Where to Eat

There are several restaurants, as well as nearby. Kuhio Beach Grill serves dinner buffets with emphasis on Pacific Rim cuisine. There is also a seafood restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a Japanese noodle shop. In the morning, the coffee shop in the lobby is a convenient (and cheaper) alternative to room service.

Resort Shops

If you've just landed in Hawaii for a winter trip, chances are that you'll head out to a couple of stores to grab some new bathing suits, suntan lotion, and gifts for the family back at home. There is a shopping arcade with more than 20 shops and boutiques. The shops are situated around a courtyard with plants and water features, and around the main lobby.

If you are interested in surfing lessons while staying at the hotel, visit the office of Faith Riding Company.


Hawaii is a dream wedding destination for couples from around the world. The property caters to weddings of all sizes. Whether you want an intimate ceremony or a large wedding reception, the resort can arrange all the details.

A staff of event planners can be hired to take care of catering, menu planning and audiovisual equipment arrangements. The hotel has several ballrooms, a few smaller salons and the Waikiki Terrace Outdoor facility that can accommodate 400 for a poolside reception. Before the wedding, treat your guests to a pedicure at Spa Olakino Salon, relax on the beach and go shopping.

Things to Do Nearby

Waikiki is home to numerous shops, restaurants and vacation attractions, including the Waikiki Aquarium and Kapiolani Park. Explore the area on foot, get around aboard the Waikiki Trolley or take the local bus. Find out more about Hawaii.

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Rooms start at $259 per night, depending on availability. Check for packages such as breakfast and rental car specials.

Location: 2552 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu , Honolulu , Hawaii , United States , 800-367-5370, 808-922-6611