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Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

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Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

My fiance and I are going to Hawaii for 2 weeks for our honeymoon. We are staying in Waikiki for one week. We were thinking about staying in Maui for the other week. We don't like the fact that we have to fly from island to island though.

So my question is, is there somewhere driving distance from Waikiki that's a bit more secluded/non commercial? Somewhere with a nice beach, some restaurants/shops and not too expensive hotels/condos?

I have read a bit about Turtle Bay (or beach?) but that looks to be way out of our budget.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

I'm not sure what your budget is, try the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club or JW Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina. Both of these hotels are located in the city of Kapolei which is about 30 minute drive from Waikiki. If you do a search here on TripAdvisor you can read reviews & see photos of the hotels.

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2. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

Turtle Bay, Ko'Olina, or Kahala Mandarine.

They are all pricey, of course.

This is Hawaii!

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3. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

Give keikibeach.com a look; have stayed there several times and made reservations for next February earlier this week.

North Shore Oahu: a (wonderful)world removed from Waikiki!

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4. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

Check it out:

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60653-d87212-R…

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5. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

Dear softeigal,

Look at www.vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner). Haleiwa on the north coast is very nice. My daughter spent her honeymoon there last year and is still talking about it.

The north shore would be a nice change from the fast times at Waikiki.

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6. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

If you plan to rent a car, then anywhere on Oahu is fine. The island is not thet big. If you don't plan to rent a car, then Waikiki is where you ought to stay.

Turtle Bay on the North Shore and Ko'Olina are an hour away from Waikiki.

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7. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

I agree.....check out VRBO.com. We are staying on the windward coast in little cottages right on the beach. It's alot cheaper than turtle bay too with all the privacy and amenities you could want.

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8. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

Thanks everyone for your help! I will check out all the links etc.

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9. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

We just got back from the Ko Olina. I DO NOT recommend for a honeymoom. After you have had kids - think about staying there- BUT they have the worst sheets that I have ever encountered." I travel a lot for business and have stayed at some really fine hotels and some "not-so-fine". However, ALL of them had better sheets and cleaner towels than this "5 star" timeshare. The room did not feel clean and there was a previous guest's trash - under the bed.

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10. Re: Somewhere to stay just outside of Waikiki

The Ihilani hotel in Ko Olina is a far different experience than the timeshares nearby. I would definitely call the Ihilani a 5 star hotel right up there with the Kahala Mandarin, Turtle Bay and a couple of Hotels in Waikiki.