Sure, discovering insanely good restaurants and exploring rainforests is all well and fine, but as most people come to realize, they’re even better experiences when they’re shared with our loved ones. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, milestone birthday, bachelorette party or work off-site, we’ve done the homework for you with this list of our favorite hotels on Oahu for group getaways.
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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
This award-winning beachfront property has a prime location in Waikiki near shops and restaurants. Rising above the sands, the 16-story resort has 524 rooms with private lanais and views of Diamond Head and the ocean. The Outrigger is also known for its family-friendly amenities, such as an outdoor pool, in-room child-care and infant sleeping accommodations. At the ground-floor restaurant, Duke’s Waikiki, live entertainment, including jazz and traditional Hawaiian music, takes place every evening. Fun fact: the name Outrigger was given because this is the original site of the legendary Outrigger Canoe Club, home to famous watermen like Duke Kahanamoku.
Not only is this property an activity hub for water sports, the onsite Blue Note Hawaii, a world-class jazz and comedy club, serves as a popular gathering place for locals. Tables and sections can be reserved for groups. Book rooms with access to the Voyager 47 Club and your party will enjoy free breakfast and evening drinks and appetizers from a private lounge above Waikiki Beach.
Named for the wife of “Merrie Monarch” King David Kalakaua, the boutique Queen Kapiolani Hotel overlooks her namesake park and glittering Le‘ahi, known in English as Diamond Head. Don’t overlook the subtly mid-century modern styling and ocean hues of its 315 rooms, the on-trend island cuisine at its open-air Deck restaurant and Knots Coffee Bar, or the convenience of taking lessons from the onsite Hans Hedemann Surf School. Welcoming to all, the hotel has long offered warm aloha to LGBT travelers, some of who find their way to Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, the venerable gay watering hole next door.
Gather at Deck restaurant, which is earning a reputation for tasty treats (ahi tacos) and cocktails (mojitos.) Overlooking Diamond Head, the pool makes an ideal spot for selfies and group shots.
The Modern Honolulu
This hotel is a consummate crowd-pleaser. Boasting 353 rooms with views from every direction, it offers something for everyone: Shoppers in the group? The Modern is steps from Ala Moana Center, billed as the world’s largest open-air shopping center, and is also walking distance from boutiques on Kalakaua Avenue. For the partiers, there’s a club downstairs — not to mention plenty of others just blocks away. Between those attributes and luxe amenities like Lather toiletries, everyone in the group wins.
If it’s a grownups-only outing, don’t miss out on the adults-only Sunset Pool. The vibe is much like the rest of the hotel — sleek and chill, overflowing on cool factor. Lounge and snap away, these photos are certain to ensure FOMO. Families can also lounge in style at the Sunrise Pool, a garden oasis connected by a staircase to the Sunset Pool.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort
It doesn’t get much bigger than this. With 1,230 spacious guest rooms — each featuring a private lanai — the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort is one of the best hotels for gatherings on the island. A short walk to the blue waters and soft sands of Waikiki Beach, the hotel boasts an award-winning spa (for the luxury seekers), a 24-hour fitness center (for the fit bunch), a swimming pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean (for aspiring mermaids), and more than 60 on-site boutiques (for the spenders) and restaurants (food court!).
What’s better than happy hour? One that’s poolside, certainly. But add some live music to the mix and you have more than a happy hour — you have a legitimate party on your hands. The 10,000-square-foot Na Ho‘ola Spa, including 16 treatment rooms, can easily accommodate a bridal party or other group looking to pamper itself.
Built with groups in mind, the 31-floor Sheraton Waikiki towers over the neighboring Royal Hawaiian and bustles with 1,636 guestrooms and 134 suites. The hotel offers fun for the whole family, whether they are together or apart. Case in point: there’s an adults-only infinity pool and a kids pool with a 70-foot slide, part of the Helumoa Playground.
Speaking of the adults-only infinity pool, it’s huge, and tiered — meaning you can lounge partially submerged — and it’s located right on the beach, creating a truly infinite ocean look. It doesn’t get much better. The indoor-outdoor RumFire Waikiki restaurant and nightclub is a magnet for lively groups.
Turtle Bay Resort
Whether you’re seeking out adventure or craving the chill vibes of the North Shore, the Turtle Bay Resort checks off all the boxes, just 45 minutes from Honolulu. Set on 5 miles of beach, the 850-acre property overlooks Kawela Bay, where guests can participate in a variety of water sports. Head off property to experience rural island life, including roadside fruit stands, small bakeries and iconic shave ice stands. Currently under renovation, it’s due to reopen in June 2021.
- Sign your group up for one or more of Turtle Bay’s unique activities — horseback rides, Segway tours or sightseeing by helicopter. Golfers will want to take advantage of its two 18-hole golf courses, named for Arnold Palmer and George Fazio, while even first-time duffers in a group can take a swing at the newer 18-hole putting course.
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club
The Surfjack is a winning choice for groups for several reasons. First off, its location on Lewers Street in Waikiki is a perfect launching spot for adventure, a short walk to shops, nightlife and the beach. Don’t feel like leaving the property every night? Stick around for the nightly movie by the pool and the many onsite experiences like tastings, painting classes and more. One of Honolulu’s top chefs, Ed Kenney, helms the onsite Mahina & Sun’s restaurant—his lone outpost in Waikiki.
The location is a prime pull here—it’s central for all tastes, but more budget-friendly than some since it’s not right on the beach. The playful spirit in its name extends to its “beach bungalow” rooms inspired by midcentury modern design and vintage Hawaiiana.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
This oceanfront resort in sunny Ko Olina, west of Honolulu, has been dramatically altered since its former days as a JW Marriott. It now offers five restaurants, four pools, the expansive six-level Naupaka Spa and Wellness Center, tennis courts and a custom-built wedding chapel. In other words, there’s room for everyone to spread their wings. Currently undergoing further enhancements, it’s due to reopen in 2021.
Check out the experiences offered by the resort. From family-friendly outrigger canoe rides on the ocean to waterfall and oceanfront hikes as well as dining adventures featuring authentic shrimp shack plates and shave ice on the North Shore, there’s fun for everyone. Group spa and dining experiences are a breeze, too.