The Waikiki Sand Villa isn’t on the beach, but it is within walking distance. I opted to skip Waikiki and find beaches outside Honolulu.
During my last trip to Hawaii, I didn’t have anything planned. I figured I could show up on the island and I would find a place relatively easily. I was wrong because all the hotels were out of the super cheap college budget range that I wanted to spend. Back home in North Dakota, Mom (thanks Mom, you’re the best!) managed to find this hotel for me, it was about $150 per night and I was happy to have a bed as the sun set.
The interior of the room was standard with two beds, a table, dresser, television, etc. What hotel room is more than that though? What was not standard in the room was the balcony. I was fortunate that my room was at the end of the building, so the balcony wrapped around the room and was easily twice the size of the one other rooms had.
One evening while I was standing on the balcony watching the breeze blow through the trees, I thought I could live here someday. Not Honolulu specifically, but Hawaii.
The hotel had mandatory valet parking. When I arrived, I was so tired that someone could have stole my rental car and I probably would not have batted and eyelash. The next couple days I thought it was incredibly convenient not having to find a parking spot and hoof it back to the hotel blocks, miles away. Okay, the blocks and miles was a bit of an exaggeration. I feel like they had some sort of parking garage under the hotel.
In the morning, there was breakfast. It was to die for delicious and way healthier than the breakfast that I’ve had at other hotels. I had tons of fresh fruit every morning. Because of that, I definitely felt like I started the day right. They also had POG (passion fruit, orange, guava) juice. POG is probably my favorite juice on the planet, sadly (for me) I’ve only seen it on the islands.
In the evenings I ordered a Mai Tai or two from the bar in the hotel and hung out in the pool.
The Waikiki Sand Villa was in an excellent and easy to reach location. From there, I was able to set off and explore the whole island.