Ohana means family. And Ohana to Starwood Hotels & Resorts means 11 Hawaiian properties of Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection or St. Regis properties spread over Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. (St. Regis Princeville photo above.)
Four properties are on Waikiki, with three being beachfront. (Royal Hawaiian pic above. Sheraton Waikiki to left.) The Sheraton Waikiki just had a $200 million reno, offering an assortment of pools, including “live mermaids that swim with children during the day” (according to Diana Su, PR manager quoted in the June 4.12 edition of “Canadian Travel Press”).
And, of course, the Westin Maui is fantastic – I have a client at their villas right now. (pic of resort pool below.)
There is certainly renewed interest in Hawaii by Canadian travelers. (pic of Kaanapali Beach, Maui is below)
I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at Starwood properties on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. I loved Oahu, but Waikiki is a little too touristy for my tastes (although the international market place is fab, as is Diamond Head and the Pearl Harbour museum). My fave islands are probably tied between Maui and Kauai. Maui is the garden isle, and you can go from beach to rain forest in hours. Kauai’s Waimea Canyon is the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”
Need some advice for adventure but also relaxation? Let this travel doc prescribe Maui and Kauai. You can have a busy touristy vacation in Maui (doing the sunset bike the crater tour, driving the Road to Hana, etc) and then follow it up with pure relaxation and bliss on Kauai, where the hardest choice is whether to swim in the pool or swim in the ocean. Of course, swimming in the Princeville’s infinity pool with Bali Hai mountain (from the movie “South Pacific”) in the background is heaven on earth.
I’d highly recommend island hopping with the Starwood hotel chain.
Call me. I can get your holiday dreams sorted.