Even if you are not a Disney geek, you might be lying if you said that you have never dreamed of swimming towards the endless horizon Little Mermaid-style, accompanied by the love of your life. Hey, some of us still have that fantasy even if we are well into our 30s (#sorrynotsorry). And if there’s a day when you can allow yourself to go all out and make that dream a reality, that’s definitely your wedding day.
While having a Little Mermaid-inspired ceremony is always an option, pulling off a beachy vibe with no beach in sight may not end in the fairy tale wedding you had hoped for. But what about saying your vows at a venue that’s literally 20 steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; one that also has its own multiple-story oceanarium with exotic reef fish swimming in it?
Enter the new Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.
While the “aloha-chic” property has plenty of modern-day amenities to offer its guests (like an open-air tennis court located on the ninth floor), it is the 280,000-gallon saltwater oceanarium home to more than 1,000 indigenous marine life and replica coral reef formations that will totally blow you away. It is the first thing you see upon entering the spacious and elegant lobby, and it will probably end up being your second favorite spot to relax and have your morning coffee or evening drink since, it’s located next to a bar.
We say second, because when you are staying a few feet away from Waikiki Beach, the only thing that’s better than an oceanarium is the actual ocean. Head to the fifth floor, where the pool deck and the stunning saltwater infinity pool are located, and you will witness one of the best views over the famed beach. Tying the knot here at sunset would be nothing short of breathtaking, and if you still want to swim toward the endless horizon, you can certainly do so post-ceremony.
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The resort also has a wedding coordinator on-site who can help you plan your most special day. That way, you can just focus on exploring the booming cultural and food scene of Honolulu. Planning on eloping? The property offers wedding packages (prices start at $2,900) that include a non-denominational officiant, a Hawaiian keepsake certificate, and even aloha-inspired wedding décor such as a fresh flower petal path, a lei for the groom, and a bridal bouquet. Basically, all you have to do is show up and say, "I do."
All of this would be enough to hook any bride and groom, but the dining options at Alohilani are also next level. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is opening two Asian restaurants, Morimoto Asia Waikiki and Momosan Waikiki, that serve exceptional Asian fusion cuisine. Think dim sum, freshly-carved Peking duck, and classic izakaya-style rice dishes. For Hawaiian brunch and live music, head to the restaurant Lychee, but better make a reservation beforehand since it's quite the hot spot.
Then after the wedding of your Ariel dreams, just drive up to the pristine North Shore of Oahu to explore beaches and hikes. What a way to start your life as a married couple.