Scenic and relaxing, Hawaii has it all; incredible beaches and delicious dining spots. Hot off a recent vacation to the idyllic beachside destination Waikiki, Sydney style maker and mother of two Katherine Sergi shares her must-sees with X-Files, for a rejuvenated and exciting stay.
What are your top hotel stays in Waikiki and why?
The Royal Hawaiian – upon arrival, you walk through the lush grounds and you instantly step back in time to 1930s Spain. The pink palace has so much history and character and it is located right on the beach. It’s a must stay!
Halekulani – this hotel is your number one destination for a modern, fresh and luxury visit.
Moana Surfrider – this hotel features historic charm with a New Orleans vibe front porch lined with rocking chairs to people-watch the Hawaiian night-life, the gorgeous pool area overlooks the beach and is a great spot to spend your days in Waikiki.
How would you describe the beach experience or what are your favourite beaches?
Waikiki was the beach where we visited the most. We spent days in and out of the aqua blue water at low tide. We rented the pink umbrellas from the hotel which gives you service from the Mai Tai Bar - Mai Tais and lobster rolls were on repeat! All the beaches along the North Shore should not be missed. Courtesy of Katherine Sergi - Loewe Basket Bag from Parlour X
The top eats in Waikiki beach and must-try dishes?
Hys Steak House – definitely our #1 place, it’s a hidden gem, so unless you know, only insider know about it. I was recommended to go the
Night Audy Sang and wow what an experience! The vibe, the food, the service was next level amazing!
Bills – if you’re looking for somewhere that feels like home, my daily smashed avo fix at Bills was a staple.
Nobu – need I say more?
Pig & the Lady – we were guided by numerous locals that this was the place to eat. It’s a modern Vietnamese eatery located in downtown Honolulu. We ordered the iconic Pho French Dip Banh Mi…. and wow that was good. Its laid-back casual atmosphere makes it a great spot for lunch after a day at the beach.
Dior Café – best almond latte!
Surf Lanai at the Royal Hawaiian – the pink pancakes were renowned at the Pink Palace and they didn’t disappoint - they were so good I bought the mix to take home.
Courtesy of Katherine Sergi - Loewe Basket Bag from Parlour X
The best locations for cocktails?
The Mai Tai Bar overlooking the beach at the Royal Hawaiian easily became an essential pre-dinner spot for a mai tai fix.
House Without a Key at the Halekulani had a great vibe, the Aperol Spritz was on point.
Dukes is a popular tourist spot; it was bustling every night and had a great atmosphere.
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For adventure seekers, what do you recommend?
Well, I’m not much of an adventure seeker…. but we hiked Diamond Head, the views were incredible from the top.
Are there any neighbouring locations or must-see spots you can suggest?
Highly recommend hiring a driver to drive you around the island, check out Banzai Pipeline where the pro surfing is held. Turtle Beach is also a must-see, it was so cool to see the giant turtles sitting on the shore. We also went to Waimea Bay, what an amazing beach, there’s a small cliff to jump into crystal clear turquoise water and it’s a great beach to spend the day. Along the road, the views of the lush green mountains are so breath-taking and there are so many little stops along the way to sample some local goodies and lunch. Hanauma Bay was a hike to arrive to but if you love nature preserves of beautiful bright fish and coral and enjoy snorkelling it’s undeniably a neighbouring location you wouldn’t want to skip.