Find calm amid the beach chaos at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Even with its only golf course 40 minutes away by shuttle, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki remains one of the best golf resorts on Oahu.
The separate locations of the hotel, on the edge of Waikiki, and the 27-hole course in Ewa Beach, one of the driest spots on the island, are ideal.
All of the resort's rooms and suites in the hotel's two towers face the Pacific Ocean and overlook the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, as does a rooftop pool and hot tub on the fifth floor.
It's just a short walk to the Hawaii Convention Center, the public beach and child-friendly lagoon behind the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, and the Ala Moana, the largest shopping center in Hawaii. Or it's just a quick shuttle ride to the heart of Waikiki's beach and shopping district.
The hotel's Prince Court restaurant serves a fabulous buffet three times a day, capping it off with a popular seafood bonanza for dinner. Recent enhancements include the new Reef Lounge, a bar transformed from an old retail shop off the lobby, and the Ilima Club, which offers upgraded rooms on the 31st floor and access to an exclusive lounge with a concierge, who serves continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
The 27-hole Hawaii Prince Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, plays challenging in the trade winds, although wide landing zones cater to all skill levels. The most memorable loop contains the tree-lined "B" nine and water-laden "C" nine.