Oahu is the third-largest Hawaiian island and the most visited one. Travelers from around the world flock there to discover some of the island’s greatest strands of sand. Yes, when on Oahu, hit Waikiki Beach if you want a lively beach scene. From towering luxury hotels in Waikiki to exclusive beach resorts in Honolulu, it’s jam-packed full of truly extraordinary 5-star hotels on Oahu.

There are hundreds of properties on Oahu island and I know it’s a bit tricky to find the best five-star hotel that suits your needs. Whether you’re after an exotic taste of Hawaiian getaway or adventurous holiday, here I’ve rounded up some of Oahu’s best luxury hotels for truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, matched only by their just-as spectacular locations, ratings, and prices.


To summarize, here’s a handy chart of my recommended 5-star hotels on Oahu, Hawaii.

Halekulani HotelWaikiki9.1$555
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko OlinaKapolei9.1$650
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Waikiki9.1$521
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki BeachWaikiki8.9$550
The Kahala Hotel and ResortKahala8.8$425
The Modern HonoluluWaikiki8.4$229
The Royal Hawaiian, A Collection Resort, WaikikiWaikiki8.2$319

Halekulani Hotel: Halekulani is one of the best 5-star hotels on Oahu which offers unparalleled amenities and top-notch personalized service. What you can expect when stay in this hotel is pure elegance that will make your vacation the most memorable one. If you want more food options, this is the right place for you as this property has five in-house restaurants where you can experience luxurious fine dining in Oahu. The highlight is the interconnecting rooms which are ideal for the family. Each room has a balcony where you can enjoy the oceanfront views and you may even see Diamond Head if you get the right room. The graceful hula and live Hawaiian music steal the show! I can’t highly recommend this 5-star Waikiki hotel enough.

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Trump International Hotel Waikiki: With world-class service like no other, this luxury hotel perfectly matches its splendor as a luxury base from which to explore. This hotel offers many modern amenities, including marble bathrooms, a fully-loaded kitchenette, washing machines, and dryers to make guests and residents stay comfortable. Some suites even come with a wine cellar. There’s a valet parking for guests and you should definitely try their spa- it’s top-notch! Seriously Trump International Hotel Waikiki does have everything you need. The highlight is the beautiful ocean,  city, and mountain views from the balcony-it’s perfect during sunset and sunrise. The name says it all: classy, stylish, and elegant. No wonder why it was first featured on Forbes Travel Guide magazine and rated as #1 five-star hotel on the island! If you’re a couple or family that is merely staying for relaxation, this is a perfect hotel for you! It’s regularly one of the top-rated 5-star hotels in Honolulu.

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort: The Kahala is situated on the other side of Diamond Head so it’s away from the congested beach of Waikiki yet it’s close enough to explore some of Waikiki’s best shops and restaurants. I love this property because of its seclusion and tranquility and it’s right on a quiet and private beach which is a rare find in Hawaii. The hotel is small but cozy and charming. The reef is off the shore that makes the waters here calm so it’s ideal for kids and older people plus the dolphin lagoon featuring nose dolphin, tropical fish, and sea turtles is an extra bonus! What Kalaha does well is their unrivaled hospitality that’s why it is a luxurious favorite among Hollywood celebrities even Princess Diana and Prince Charles have stayed here. With lush, exotic gardens, and an exclusive lagoon home to dolphins, tropical fish, and sea turtles, you’ll be amazed at the world of nature in The Kahala’s beautiful setting.  If you want a five-star hotel in Honolulu but want to be in the thick of the craziness in Waikiki this spot is for you.

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The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach: The Ritz-Carlton has always been a very popular accommodation among luxury buffs and travelers alike. It’s not easy to understand why, but I’d like to think it has a lot to do with terrific views it offers as all studio and suite rooms are facing the ocean with fully-loaded and stocked kitchens along with washing machines, plus the two infinity pools featuring jacuzzi and a small slide for kids on the 8th floor. The fitness is 24-hour available to guests. If that doesn’t convince you enough, here you’ll find one of the best sushi restaurants in Oahu- Sushi Sho which is Tokyo’s notable sushi master Kenjie Nakazawa’s signature and yes he does a really good job. And to all Netflix and Youtube lovers, you’ll find it so convenient that you don’t want to leave in your room because they offer smart TVs for the guests to connect Netflix and Youtube. Definitely one of the classiest 5-star hotels in Waikiki.

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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina: This high-end resort is a perfect destination for couples and families. With numerous rooms and suites, this is by far the largest and the best Four Seasons Hotel in Hawaii. It is located in a cove half-hour away from Honolulu airport and Waikiki. Here you’ll be spoilt with its high-standard service and exceptional facilities. Wherever you go in the world, the rooms at Four Seasons will always be large and luxurious, the bathrooms are enormous, and even their cheapest rooms are still of an excellent size, great standard, and quality. If you are looking for more space, the suites are the ones to go for and they vary in size and in view. And also the property has a golf course and a wonderful garden that stretches down to the beach and its three different pools are also an absolute highlight. The pools and spa are world-class and if you want more privacy some rooms have their own private pools. I like the adult-only infinity pool better because this is the best spot to watch the sunset with a cocktail by your lounger (yes you are allowed to drink alcoholic drinks by this pool to help you relax!). Definitely the best 5-star hotel in Oahu outside of Waikiki and Honolulu. 

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The Modern Honolulu: On the edge of Waikiki and downtown, the Modern Honolulu is only a few steps away from the beach and harbor, as well as some of Hawaii’s best shopping and restaurants. Chic, white minimalist rooms, and suites with authentic design that you will feel the Aloha vibe. The two balconies facing the ocean with sun loungers and table sets are one of the highlights of the hotel. All the rooms have ukulele (small guitar) and three colorful sarongs hanging on the wall-Yes! you’re allowed to use them. The food at Modern offers a lot of healthy options using local ingredients which can be hard to find at other Waikiki hotels. They also serve a beer brewed exclusively for The Modern Honolulu, it’s really good! And you maybe heard of ADDICTION! By that, I mean the famous nightclub in Honolulu that opens from Thursday to Saturday is at The Modern. The coolest thing is that there is a hidden bar behind a bookshelf in the lobby. The hotel staff actually pushes the bookshelf at 5 pm so it becomes an entrance to the bar. Personally, this is not only the best but also the coolest 5-star hotel in Honolulu.

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The Royal Hawaiian, A Collection Resort, Waikiki: This 5-star hotel in Waikiki pink hotel lives up to its reputation as the most iconic of all the hotels in Oahu. It’s because it’s right on the Waikiki beach. The beach in front of the hotel is considerably wider than any other part of Waikiki beach, making it the best strip of sand in Honolulu. Guests will be delighted to know that the hotel is just walkable to plenty of retail shops including elite boutiques and restaurants. I definitely recommend the Mailani Tower rooms because it offers panoramic views especially Diamond Head and the adult-only swimming pool and Jacuzzi is a plus! Your memorable Hawaii holiday begins at The Royal’s legendary Mai Tai Bar. There’s nothing better than enjoying the beach scene whilst sipping on your favorite cocktails. If you’re looking for an oceanfront relaxation, The Royal Hawaiian is your best choice if you are looking for a historic 5-star hotel in Honolulu. 

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I hoped you enjoyed this guide about the best 5-star hotels in Waikiki & Honolulu, but there’s more! I lived on Oahu for two years and loved adventuring from the beaches to the mountains to the waterfalls! These are my most popular blog posts and guides from the beautiful island of Oahu to help you plan your trip!

My Ultimate Guide to Oahu: 80 THINGS TO DO ON OAHU – THE BUCKET LIST


A helpful guide to choosing accommodation: WHERE TO STAY ON OAHU: WHICH REGION IS BEST FOR YOU?




Guide to Swimming with Sea Turtles: WHERE TO SEE TURTLES ON OAHU, HAWAII

The Best Hikes on Oahu: 10 BEST HIKES ON OAHU, HAWAII

Oahu Open Door Helicopter Review and Photos: AMAZING DOORS OFF HELICOPTER TOUR OF OAHU, HAWAII

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  1. Hi! Which hotel is that first picture from (just below the article title)? I’ve just discovered your blog and your content is so helpful in planning a trip for next summer! Mahalo!

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