The registration desk at The Modern Honolulu  is the first hint that this hip, swank hotel will deliver a very unique but relaxing stay for you.

The registration desk at The Modern Honolulu is the first hint that this hip, swank hotel will deliver a very unique but relaxing stay for you.

Waikiki has so many options and yes even kama’ainas ( locals)  do venture there now and again. I think its best to stay on either end of Waikiki to stay out of the traffic fray- there always seems to be some roadwork  on the main drag of Kalakaua Ave. There are two directions on this side of the island: Ewa and Diamond Head. So here is a fantastic place on the Ewa  end of Waikiki.

Do you remember the opening for the old Hawaii Five -O show? Steve  McGarrett is standing on the lanai of the newly built  Ilikai Hotel ( curiously the real name of the developer was Chin Ho).  The Modern is   in what was part of the Ilikai complex. It boasts 353 rooms and suites, a Morimoto Restaurant, a fantastic sandy shallow “Sunset Pool” and has a hip night spot “ of the moment” if you like that.

Opt for the Penthouse if you are feeling flush. A large deck provides a perfect place to sun yourself. With  dining room, entertainment space, ocean and marina views  you’ll feel like a  prince or a certain  now- local T.V show star does when staying here.  Order in something from the menu at Morimoto’s for a private deck party.  It’s casual and elegant but still beach-y here. Just the feel you’d instruct your  designer  to give you  if you owned a pied-a-terre on the Diamond Head gold coast not far from here. And it’s yours for the asking.

http://www.themodernhonolulu.com/

 

This was published as a highlight at AFAR.com