Our wonderful team member Anne Gray recently visited Hawaii. A favourite holiday destination, Hawaii offers amazing travel experiences and is also a popular events and conferences destination.
On her return from Hawaii, Anne took some time to reflect on the accommodation trends she discovered and the insights she most wanted to share with Impact Events clients. As expected, whether you’re looking for a small retreat, a family getaway or team conference, Hawaii offers something special.
Waikiki accommodation options
While Waikiki is becoming a rather large “city by the sea”, there are both brand new and existing hotels that offer a break from the hustle and bustle of central Waikiki.
The Alohilani is a new hotel that’s emerged on the busy Waikiki scene. Just steps away from the beach, this resort caters for both leisure and conference guests. The Alohilani Resort is located towards the Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue – just far enough away from the crowds to make you feel like you’re in a calm oasis.
The hotel has recently been transformed by a US$21 million renovation that includes a very impressive hotel facade, a 280,000-gallon oceanarium (with live fish feeding daily) and a spectacular pool deck with sparkling infinity pools and very comfortable rooms with city, ocean or Diamond Head views. The conference space perfectly caters for small to medium sized groups.
If you want a little more of an ‘outer island’ experience without the stress of connecting flights, the Kahala Resort is worth considering. This luxurious property is located around 15 minutes drive from Waikiki and is perfect for clients who really want to get away from it all for a dedicated staff retreat.
The resort provides a complimentary shuttle to Waikiki and Ala Moana Shopping Centre, so you never feel isolated from the action.
The beachfront property offers 5-star accommodations, world-class restaurants and large conference spaces for groups of up to 300 delegates. The hotel’s dolphin program that offers people the opportunity to swim with their well cared for dolphins, which can be a memorable experience for guests.
Maui and beyond
While Waikiki has much to offer, if you really want the true Hawaiian experience, there’s nothing like discovering one of the outer islands and getting a taste of Hawaii off the beaten track. Each island has something different to offer, with Maui being one of the most commonly visited.
The Fairmont Kea Lani with its luxurious oceanfront suites and spacious villas is located on the Wailea coast. This outstanding resort is an ‘all suite’ hotel, so every room is incredibly spacious. It’s ideal for conference groups, incentives and families alike.
Maui is brimming with opportunities for both adventure and relaxation. For a new visitor it can be hard to know where to start. From snorkelling to sunset cruises, helicopter tours or more adventurous activities like ziplining and hiking the Haleakala volcano, there’s truly something for everyone.
Our team lives and breathes travel, and we know how much corporate meetings and incentives can benefit your business. Like Anne, many of our team members are widely travelled and work hard to scope out the best experiences for your event. Get in touch with us on 03 9535 3600 for more inspiring tips and ideas – and let us craft an unforgettable experience for you and your team.