Oahu: The Gathering Place

Beautiful Beds

New places on Oahu to rest your weary self after a day of play.

With more than 38,000 lodging options on Oahu, here’s a quick breakdown of what’s new in 2017. More upscale lodging is on the way — for instance, Atlantis Resort, on a 26-acre parcel of land in Koolina, rumored to be one of the most expensive resorts to build in the world, and the new Ali’i tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, with its own private lobby and special privileges offered throughout the property.


For those looking for vetted value — with a healthy dose of kitsch — check out the Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club (pictured). Recently called “Waikiki’s hip new place to stay” by the New York Times, the property offers wellness activities and curated bike tours. Located on Lewers Street, this two-story escape is part of the Aqua-Aston group known for affordable lodging options. Enjoy a yoga or Pilates class on site, swim in the pool or dine at Mahina and Suns, which features, according to Hawaii Magazine, Oahu’s most visually stunning dishes. The eatery is the fourth by Honolulu-born celebrity chef Ed Kenney, who is also behind Town, Kaimuki Superette and Mud Hen Water.


The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach at the former Waikiki Trade Center features 230 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor swimming pool with private cabanas, a bar and restaurant, and a fitness facility. Also be sure to check out Maile Sky Court, with an expanded lobby area, a new restaurant and 596 rooms across 44 floors, or explore the midcentury vibe at The ‘Okina, Autograph Collection, a Marriott property right next to the redeveloped International Market Place.

Mimi Towle

Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.