From photos or the description on The Waikiki Edition website, I still could not picture its Private Sunset Beach. I knew that the hotels located on this corner of Waikiki lacked a beachfront and backed onto the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and wondered where this beach was located. A preview last night to cure my curiosity after dinner left me with sand in my shoes.
The unusual concept of the Private Sunset Beach came into clearer view this morning. Rather than trying to manufacture a poor facsimile, the design captures elements to give guests the essence of relaxing at the beach overlooking the ocean that is dramatic in daylight and even more so at dusk. Located on an upper deck accessed by stairs from the hotel's Sunrise Pool, guests find a shallow circular lagoon surrounded by a sandy landscape of palms and dune plants. It's a tropical oasis where guests can relax, lounge or celebrate. Like in the Sunrise Pool, some of the lounge chairs are set in the lagoon. Last night candles turned the place into a romantic retreat. In the quiet of the early morning it is an idyllic realm.
Check with the hotel for special events including movies projected onto a scrim installed against the hotel building. The Private Sunset Beach has its own bar and can be reserved for special events. Note: Always inquire if any resort fees are incurred whenever enjoying recreation spaces at any hote.
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DUKE KAHANAMOKU BEACH
The manmade Duke Kahanamoku Beach (along with the Duke Kahanmoku Lagoon) is the nearest ocean beach to the Edition in Waikiki. Inquire with the hotel about directions and access to the nearby beach fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hale Koa Hotel. Otherwise guests can head west to Ala Moana Regional Park & Beach.
|Duke Kahanmoku Beach in the distance viewed from the Ala Wai|
Marina. Front and center is the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon.