Situated on the island of Oahu, one of the six that constitute Hawaii, Honolulu is the capital of this U.S. state. Originally settled by Polynesian migrants since at least the 11th century, Hawaii was annexed by the U.S.A. in 1898. Today Honolulu, whose name means 'sheltered bay', is one of the world's premier tourist destinations. The semi-arid climate produces hot, dry summers, making the islands an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. Honolulu and its surrounding stretches of coastline are perfect for water sports. The clear waters and coral reefs are perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling, and the region is famed for the quality of surfing available. Here can be found the world famous Waikiki Beach. In keeping with its reputation as a tourist hotspot, there are many fine hotels in Honolulu to choose from.
The Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk is, as the name implies, just a short walk from the renowned beach, and also close to Luxury Row's designer shops. This hotel offers a day spa and a complimentary beach bag. When you take an apartment at the Pacific Beach Hotel, you can enjoy a meal in the restaurant hotel while watching the marine life in the 3 storey on-site oceanarium. The Outrigger Waikiki has a rooftop fitness centre, and its restaurants open on to the beach. This is just a short walk from restaurants, bars and shops. Just imagine taking an apartment at the luxury Halekulani Hotel, with its choice of three restaurants, high tea service, jazz lounge and spa where Pacific Islands techniques and ingredients are used. The Embassy Suites Hotel has a whirlpool, outdoor pool and Keiki pool and multiple restaurants. For an affordable apartment you could stay at the Stay Hotel at the heart of Waikiki Beach.
Places well worth visiting while staying in Honolulu are The Bishop Museum, which boasts the world's largest collection of cultural artefacts from Hawaii and the Pacific. The Nuuani Pali Lookout is perhaps the greatest beauty spot on Hawaii, featuring a panoramic view of the windward coast and Koolau Cliffs. Don't miss the Florentine style Iolani Palace, where the last two Hawaiian monarchs lived, the only royal residence in the U.S.A.