We had the best staycation at The Modern Honolulu.
As we were planning for our one-year anniversary and what we would do to celebrate, we knew we wanted it to be something that would feel really special but wouldn’t break the bank, since my family was visiting soon (they’re here now!) and we knew we’d do lots of dinners and activities while they’re with us in Hawaii.
It was also, admittedly, hard to find a hotel or destination that could beat our house on the beach – which we know isn’t a bad problem to have! But after a little bit of searching, I ended up planning a staycation for us at The Modern because it’s a really hip hotel near Waikiki that I knew would feel more like city-life than where we live near the North Shore. And I was right to think it would have a totally different vibe!
The hotel has two different pools – an upstairs, adults-only pool and bar, and a pool downstairs for all ages. Both pools were beautiful and so fun to lounge at. And that’s essentially what we did for the few days of our stay: chill, sun bathe, read our books, and just hangout together. That, and of course sample the food and drinks from the hotel’s restaurants and bars!!! It was perfect. We loved the sushi at Ravish and having our coffee and breakfast at the hotel’s other restaurant – The Grove (which features all the cool hanging wall plants!!). Each pool bar had a different happy hour and we loved moving from one bar to the other during their respective discounted times 🙂
I was so happy with the way our staycation turned out, and it was fun to realize you can really make a weekend feel like a getaway even if you’re only 45 minutes from home. The Modern Honolulu is also a boutique hotel, which caught my attention because during our honeymoon in Costa Rica we stayed in a boutique hotel that we adored.
Christian and I decided that we’ll form the tradition of trading off who plans our anniversary celebrations. So since I planned this one, he’s got next year’s 😉 Not that we’ll always be able to take a trip or plan an extravagant weekend each year, but we just want to have one person pick the activity, dinner or etc. It’s a tradition we sort of began with our wedding, which I planned (obsessed over), and our honeymoon that he took control of organizing.
I hope you enjoyed the zillion photos – I was too excited about how cool this hotel was. Wishing you all a happy weekend, and a safe one for those who will be celebrating the Fourth of July!