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There is a good reason that Oahu is called “The Gathering Place,” as it is the perfect locale for bringing together loved ones to luxuriate in all that Hawaii has to offer. Listed below are the most exclusive Oahu hotels for your next visit to paradise, each ranked at 3-5 stars, and offering an elite collection based on the sought after criteria of desirous location, luxury amenities, and endless sophistication and style.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort

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The Kahala Hotel and Resort is the standard when it comes to stunning location and stellar amenities among Oahu hotels. Nestled on a white sand beach just minutes from Waikiki, this oceanfront hideaway features 338 suites, gourmet restaurants and a world-class spa.

Trump International Hotel Waikiki

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Trump International Hotel Waikiki is the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel on the island of Oahu. The luxury hotel has been the recipient of this prestigious five-star hotel distinction for six consecutive years since 2015. The hotel provides an unparalleled luxury experience with first-class service and residential-style accommodations that can sleep up to eight guests.

The Royal Hawaiian

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Known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” The Royal Hawaiian is considered to be the gold standard when it comes to destination weddings and relaxing in the lap of luxury. Featuring impeccable accommodations, dining service, world-class restaurants and bars, onsite spa and more, this icon among Oahu hotels will truly take your breath away.


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Halekulani also has it all, with an oceanfront locale on Waikiki Beach offering 453 guest rooms and onsite Spa Halekulani. Literally translated, “House Befitting Heaven,” this resort’s name is a true testament of the indulgences and pleasures each guest can look forward to.

Turtle Bay Resort

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Oahu’s North Shore gem, Turtle Bay Resort boasts beautiful oceanfront accommodations, world-class golfing, onsite stables, full-service spa, fine dining and more. The impressive resort has also been the site for the filming of several Hollywood Blockbusters, such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall.


Disney’s newest venture, Aulani, is a unique, family-friendly resort offering an unforgettable Hawaii experience. The resort features fine dining, onsite spa, and even an artificial lagoon, and was designed to pay respect and homage to Hawaiian local culture, even incorporating Hawaiian cultural programs such as music, dance, history, and arts and crafts into its operations.

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

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Also impressive is the oceanfront Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, where no resort fees, combined with luxurious lodgings and stunning sea and Diamond Head views add up to an unbeatable luxury getaway.

The Modern Honolulu

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For those looking for a more hip destination, The Modern Honolulu is your match made in Heaven. Here, overlooking Waikiki’s scenic marina, cosmopolitan chic meets the ultimate in style and sophistication.

Vive Hotel Waikiki

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Vive Hotel Waikiki, Oahu’s newest lifestyle boutique hotel, is also a stylish and vibrant spot. Located on Kuhio Avenue, this happening hotel offers a calm retreat, yet is just steps away from the electric energy of Waikiki.

Moana Surfrider

Magical and traditional, Moana Surfrider keeps this sophisticated and classy, boasting 4-star resort accommodations just minutes from Waikiki. Enjoy its onsite spa, premium dining, 793 stunning guest suites and more.

See also: Best Big Island Hotels, Best Kauai Hotels, and Best Maui Hotels.