We left Melbourne and jetted off to Honolulu for some great USD shopping and fun in the sun. The flight is easy for the down under traveller, locked in at only 10 hours..it’s a piece of cake. A night flight and arrival at 6am..not a piece of cake..However, the best thing to do is to refuse to accept the time zone change and embrace the gain of a second shot at Tuesday.
Upon arrival we headed straight to the rent a car and drove across the island to the famous North Shore. It’s too early to check into the hotel, it’s too early to start shopping..so lets head off to old school Hawaii and take in the sights.
The Hotel Turtle Bay is a famous resort perched on the perfect surf coast of Oahu’s, North Shore. Only 45 minutes from the energetic pulse of Honolulu and Waikiki, this resort National Geographic has described as being “one of the wonders of the world – one of the planet’s most awesome places.” Also, in excess of 150 movies and tv shows have been set here. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The original Hawaii Five-0 filmed and stayed at Turtle Bay, as did Magnum P.I., Murder She Wrote, Blue Crush, The Big Bounce, Along Came Polly and many more. As the the locals say..You just never know who may drop in..
After a typical Americano Breakfast at a diner, we drove to the Outlet Mall for a serious jet lagged shopping fest. Waikele Premium Outlet opens at 10am and we were right on the knocker. No crowds and over 50 designer stores to grab a bargain ..so let the frenzy begin. Armani Xchange, Adidas, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger..to name a few..had the pleasure of our company..and with the winter sales on..my wardrobe for the winter future is set. Bleary eyed by 2pm and 3 trips to the car to stash the bags later..it was time to head to the hotel.
The Trump International located just off Waikiki Beach was the golden oasis for the weary travellers. We checked into our suite with a 180* view of the city, the beach and the mountains. The bathrooms are amazing and the hotel is typical Trump. Stylish and opulent..big beds with fluffy pillows.. very much appreciated after 24 hours with no sleep. A quick nap and then it was off to walk the strip and go for dinner.
The Moana Surf Rider Hotel is a stunning piece of Honolulu history. The European Influenced architecture and the bleached white building is a must see when visiting the island. Its feels like a mix of the Bahamas and the Singapore Raffles Hotel, overlooking the white beach and gentle rolling surf of Waikiki. We ordered the best meal in a long time..tender fillet of beef, sides of mac n blue cheese, whipped garlic mash, asparagus in garlic butter..and the all American iceberg wedge salad with pancetta and ranch dressing..2 bottles of a sublime Pinot Noir …and an overtired wine buzz..it was time to hit the sack..A night time beach stroll back to Trump and my head hit the pillow and I was out…perfect day 1 in this island paradise.