Honolulu, Hawai’i | Halekulani

Sunday, January 26, 2014 1 No tags Permalink 0

The Halekulani is one of my favorite hotels in Hawai’i.

I’ve blogged about afternoon tea at the Veranda and Orchids, killer mai tais at House Without a Key, and memorable meals at La Mer (plus the Coravin ;). 

But I don’t think we’ve taken a look at the entire property yet…

Want to check it out? ^_^

We can start in one of the Diamond Head Suites…especially named for the view. 

Big plushy beds (love the idea of waking up to this view)…

…and all the little details. Let’s take a morning nap…

…before heading out for lunch at Orchids. It’s just an elevator ride away.

Appetizers are the best part of menu. So whimsical and fresh. Let’s start with Ahi Crudo, colorful with horseradish, daikon, and a tart lemon-sake dressing.  

And the Nairagi and Korean Pear Tartare. Caviar to top and watercress velouté poured tableside. 

Don’t skip the Grilled Romaine. It’s paired with feta, cucumber, onions, a lemon-oregano dressing…plus Chef Vikram’s tomato chutney (same recipe he grew up eating at home :) 

More on dessert in a future post!

Slather on that sunscreen (thoughtfully provided in the room)…

…and head down to the pool. 

I like the shady spots, heheh.

We can have afternoon tea in the Veranda room after a little swim. 

Or even better…

…afternoon tea room service! Genius idea. 

On Wednesdays the GM hosts a sunset cocktail hour for hotel guests. Sweet and savory nibbles, endless champagne and those brilliant mai tais

…complete with a soothing sunset. And pretty soon after…

…Waikiki is all lit up ^-^

1 Comment
  • Kate
    January 29, 2014

    That ahi crudo looks delicious! Great bright flavors… I’ll have to attempt it at home, since I won’t be going back any time soon…

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