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Take a trip to the island of Oahu for a slice of paradise

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The island of Oahu is an almost comically beautiful place, providing a range of opportunities for smug Instagram shots while still boasting a surprising variety of exciting ways to spend your well-earned time off. 

While more strenuous options are available, positing yourself next to the sea while drinking a dark and stormy is probably quite high up on your list which means hotel choice is vital.

Right on Waikiki Beach sits the glut of the major hotels, making a decision seem a tad intimidating but your best bet is The Royal Hawaiian, a grand building that makes a lingering impression thanks to its bright pink colour.

It opened in 1927 but there are definite Mad Men vibes and one can almost imagine Don and Betty by the pool. It’s a peaceful, relaxing place with access to the beach and, if you so wish, a variety of restaurants and bars on-site that would mean spending you entire break on the resort wouldn’t be the worst thing.

But if you did choose to leave then it’s worth a walk to have brunch at Koko Head Cafe, a Korean fusion spot that is worth the small queue outside. It’s packed with locals and you can see why. There’s a hefty menu filled with unusual choices but you’d be best off getting a breakfast bibimbap, a hot skillet filled with goodies, including bacon, kimchi, sesame carrots and garlic rice.

Afterwards, you might want to walk that off and Oahu is filled with hikes for a variety of energy levels. At the easier end of the scale, and within walking distance of Waikiki Beach is the Diamond Head Trail. It’s suitable for everyone (you might even see a school trip there) but once at the highest point, you’ll enjoy some stunning vistas, in fact the longest land views in the world.

If you want to do some shopping then the high street back by the beach has a solid selection or you can walk to the Ala Moana Center which is an unusually beautiful open air centre with everything from J Crew to Bloomingdale’s to Louis Vuitton. 

By that time, you’ll be in need of a cocktail and some food and The Royal Hawaiian has you sorted, offering up a view of the sea while you enjoy your evening. At the Mai Tai Bar, you’d frankly be an idiot not to enjoy a Royal Mai Tai, it’s their speciality, while the Azure restaurant gives you the chance to eat freshly caught local seafood.

It’s a prime spot, whether you’re a honeymooner or just in need of a break from all the noise and smog.

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