Dreamed-about destination for international travelers across the world, the royal hawaiian hotel has welcomed Hawaiian ali‘i, many a monarchy, and even the “Mad Men” cast into its enviable world. In April, the majestic property—just as opulent, and perhaps even more so than its 1927 opening date—reimagined and reopened Mailani Tower.
Poised to impress a new generation of travelers, Mailani references wahi pana, “this celebrated place,” and rests upon the grounds of Helumoa, once a favored retreat of Hawaiian royalty. And from the moment you enter the Pink Palace of the Pacific—welcomed, then bestowed with an orchid lei for women, kukui nut version for gentlemen—you feel like royalty, too.
A personalized experience, courtesy a Mailani concierge, prior to arrival, escape, indulge and discover this gated Hawai‘i gem in the heart of Waikiki. After check-in, enter the poolside Mailani Lounge, accessible only by special key granting admission to the elite tower’s tranquil reception area encircled by tropical greenery. Here, sunset hour, known as Mailani Evenings, spans 5-8 p.m. for your amusement. Gather with other guests between 5:30 and 6 p.m. for a Luxury Collection Cocktail: the day’s choice Luxury Collection libation around the world, demonstrated and divvyed out by a master mixologist—which, if you’re lucky, will be Mai Tai Bar’s namesake. Assorted appetizers— savory flatbreads, olive tapenade, et al.—on hand for nibbling, partner with fine wines, champagne, Kona coﬀee, silk-bagged tea, local brews and a daily H2O infusion. Sample and sip until content, or head to the oceanfront bar for live music, the beach for a moonlit stroll, or Azure for the tasting menu.
Journey to your oceanfront suite or standard room to be warmly greeted by Royal Hawaiian’s signature banana bread, baked fresh daily and then packaged for on-the-go enjoyment. If you were out past turndown hour, find Royal Hawaiian-embossed mint-chocolate coins and a daily postcard reporting the weather forecast presented neatly at bedside—courtesy a Luxury Collection Concierge, i.e., on-property key holders to the area’s best-kept secrets—as a welcome return. Mailani lodgings come stocked with impressive luxe essentials—an iPad guide to the resort, a mini refrigerator, coﬀee/tea accoutrements and, a personal favorite: a breezy lanai. Each room in Mailani being oceanfront, cozy up in ample terrace seating to relish breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean out to Diamond Head. Peer down to view a sea of poolside pink umbrellas and the peak of the Palace’s original environs—if left open, enjoy a peaceful dream soundtrack as waves roll against the sand.
While it may be difficult to rise from the Royal’s plush boudoir, waking to wash in the elegant bathroom revives all weary travelers who breathe in Malie’s sensuous Koke‘e fragrance (the property’s choice, Kaua‘i-made organic toiletries), and then wrap themselves in Royal’s plush, pink-and-white-striped Frette bathrobe. Freshen up, then head to the lounge for another tower highlight: Mailani Mornings, 6:30-9:30 a.m. A continental spread of gourmet goods awaits. Flaky pastries, seasonal fruits and, the highlight: granola and oatmeal stations with rotating toppings—scrumptious rhubarb puree, “juice pearls,” dusted nuts, berries and agave among them. Pair your plate with a Mailani Mimosa, complemented by island juices, for a lavish toast to the new day.
Calm, serene and tranquil, if you’re staying at the posh Mailani, you’ll indeed want to rise early, as a monthly calendar of daily activities, designed for Royal Hawaiian guests outlines enjoyable experiences for your Waikiki stay. A Destination Ritual, oﬀered daily at 8 a.m., invites you to the Mailani Lounge for an overview of key sites in Waikiki and on O‘ahu, courtesy the Mailani concierge. Ride a wave at a surf lesson, find relaxation in a yoga class, or get a little culture with live Hawaiian entertainment, a garden tour or lei-making course. As a guest of Mailani, let Th e Royal Hawaiian be your guide, creating memorable, customized experiences for your stay.
“Rethought and reimagined, Mailani Tower embraces the iconic legacy of Th e Royal Hawaiian for a new generation of guests and visitors,” says Cheryl Williams, general manger. “Here, one will soon understand how Th e Royal Hawaiian made Waikiki famous and the locale where the world first fell in love with Hawai‘i.”
You too will fall in love with this gem tucked within a cultural icon treasured for its timeless beauty. While Mailani Tower’s chic little pleasures are a plenty, simply being welcomed to this much penned-about property is enough to make any jetsetter feel “in the pink.” Revel in The Royal, as Mailani merits a stay.