Without a doubt one of the most beautiful hotels in Hawaii is the 4-star Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa. The hotel is a perfect example of the fairy-tale architecture of a turn-of-the-century building. The Moana Surfrider is often referred to as the “First Lady of Waikiki” since it was the first true resort in Waikiki, built in 1901. Even the Banyan Tree in the courtyard is old, planted in 1904 and one of Hawaii’s first rare trees placed on the Exceptional Tree List, protected by state law. The hotel immediately attracted the attention of the very wealthy and/or very famous who could afford the luxury of sailing across the Pacific to visit the islands of Hawaii.
Over the years, the Moana Surfrider kept its dignity, but seemed to have lost some of its luster. But then, after an award-winning renovation, the Moana was unveiled in all its splendor. Craftspeople from Europe were brought in to bring the hotel back to its original glory replacing floors, windows, the grand staircase and even going so far as to have the original carpets rewoven at great expense. From the towering columns of the Porte Cochere to the front veranda with its row of rocking chairs, through the stunning lobby to the back veranda where you can sit and have Afternoon Tea, it is like entering another world.
Property amenities include a fresh flower lei upon arrival, check-in room escort by bellman, electronic room lock system, Concierge service desk, Westin Kids Club, Westin Workout® Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment and, in early 2008, the Heavenly Spa® will open as the first of its kind on the Waikiki beach front with 14 different treatment rooms including two couple’s massage rooms. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, poolside food and beverage service, 24 hour room service, private beach area, daily Hawaiian entertainment, hospitality rooms for early arrivals and late departures and much more.
Beachhouse is the Moana’s newest restaurant located oceanside with elegant décor inside and additional seating on the Veranda. Featuring Pennsylvania Amish raised Angus and American Wagyu (kobe style) beef, the restaurant will also feature fresh seafood and vibrant island-inspired cuisine. A great line-up of well known Chefs will be creating magical meals for those who appreciate fine food and wine. Also on the Veranda, high tea has been a tradition since the early 1900s. It’s a wonderful experience sitting out on the veranda enjoying a selection of teas, finger sandwiches and pastries and is available daily.
The Beachside café features not only good food, but breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach. They feature both a buffet and ala carte service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Banyan Court features tropical beverages and appetizers with entertainment nightly 6 to 9 pm with hula dancers and a steel guitar trio – great place to be to watch the sunset. The oceanfront The Beach Bar is open from 10:30 am to 12 am with hot grilled appetizers available from opening to 10 pm.
The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa more than lives up to its nickname of “First Lady of Waikiki”. It is a tribute to a by-gone era of graciousness and elegance that you can experience now for a truly remarkable and memorable vacation. This is a nonsmoking hotel and applies to all guest rooms, including lanais/balconies, restaurants, lounges, lobby, pools, public areas and meeting rooms. A designated smoking area is provided for guests that smoke.
*Please note: Hotel rates are not applicable / eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest points.