Hawaii Travel Guide: 9 Things To Do At The Four Seasons Oahu

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This year my side of the family decided to skip out on presents and do a family getaway! Cody, the kids, and I had gone to Hawaii last January for Mara’s birthday and it was one of our favorite trips so we wanted to make it an annual trip! We were so excited to have the whole crew out there with us! My parents, aunt and uncle, cousins and there kids, it was a party with the full group of 15! With so many of us we wanted to stay somewhere that had lots of stuff to do for everyone.

Oahu is actually pretty big, so we stayed on a whole different side of the island than last time we went. It felt like a completely different trip! With that here are 9 of our favorite things to do at the Four Seasons Oahu:

1.BREAKFAST WITH A VIEW: With the time change we were up pretty early each morning so we caught almost every sunrise and sunset. The kids loved the breakfast buffet because they got chocolate and sprinkles on their waffles or loads of whip cream 🙂 I tried a couple different things on the menu, anything with eggs is always my favorite! The kids also get a free toy so they were really excited!

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2. GUYS GOLF GETAWAY: We went to Hawaii with my parents and cousins and their families and it was so much fun. While we had girl time, the guys snuck away and went and played a round of golf at the Ko Olina Golf Club. I’m an only child so my Dad gets really excited to do stuff with Cody and hang with the guys. I was really excited there was something there for the guys to getaway and do their thing.

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3. SOAK UP THE SUN AT THE POOLS: The Four Seasons has have three different pools on sight. We spent so much time at the pool!! The pool grounds were so beautiful! ADULT POOL:  They have an infinity adult area which is the best spot to watch the sunset. Since we had my family with us Cody and I were able to sneak away a couple times for some time just for us.

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KIDS POOL: The kids area was where we hung out the most. They have a huge pool for kids and the best part is they have a really shallow area that is attached to the bigger kids pool so Beckam was able to play in the huge area where he could stand and Mara and Wes could swim all in the same spot. They seperate it with a little wall so they are connected but not, if that makes sense. Also a huge perk, kid’s under 5 eat for free, kids meals over 5, are only $6 and they come with a ton of food. It was big enough for Mara and Wes to share one.

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This is the shallow area B pretty much lived in! Wes would pull him around on his boogie board. They loved it!

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We would swim until like 7 or 8 at night sometimes. The kids are seriously little fish!

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4. FREE BEACH AMENITIES AND CLOSE BEACH ACCESS: There’s a hut at the Four Seasons Oahu where you can rent sand toys, boogie boards, and all your beach toys and necessities for free. We took the toys and board with us when we went to beaches off site which was super nice! They also have beach bags and towels you can take with you so it makes exploring outside the resort really easy. There is beach access right on the property and lots of other cute coves that are with in walking distance with more beach access.

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View from our room 🙂

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My parents always dressed my cousin and I in matching outfits so I get excited to get the girls matching things too 🙂

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This beach was about a five minute walk from the resort. We loved to go their at sunrise and watch the tide come in!

5. SNORKELING AND PRIVATE YACHT TOUR: This was such a fun family activity! We went on the Serendipity, the Four Season’s private yacht for a family snorkeling experience and all the kids got to snorkel too (well minus B). Mara and Wes needed a little extra encouragement to get in the water, but once they did they were excited. We were hoping to see dolphins (they said typically you get to see dolphins and whales on the tour) but I was bummed we didn’t catch any this time. We did see the cutest blow fish, oh my word! He wasn’t puffed up yet and had the hugest, cutest eyes! The snorkel instructor even fed him and the kids were so excited to get to see it.

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We saw so many sea turtles! They were so big!! I feel like pictures you can’t tell when there is nothing next to it for size comparison but they were so cute!

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B fell asleep sitting up it was so cute!!

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6. COUPLES MASSAGE: Cody and I are obsessed with massages. We go pretty consistently at home so when we are traveling its always one of our favorite things to do together! The spa area at the Four Seasons was SO pretty! They had all these tropical plants and you can get your massage with open doors so you can hear nature and soak in the beauty while you get a massage.

7. MAKE LEIS: When you check in you get a calendar of activities on the property, 90% of them are free, like lei making, painting, jewelry making, etc. Our family loves crafts, I was an art major so it’s one of my favorite things to do with the kids. Anything crafty we are in! Lei making was probably one of my favorite things we did on the island!!

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8, DINNER AT NOE: This restaurant was sooooo pretty I couldn’t believe it! There were hemp lights hanging from tree branches around the tables and it was right next to a little stream, covered in palm trees. It was seriously picture perfect – it was all I could do to stop taking pictures and eat my dinner. 😉 I tried squid for the first time ever! I was surprised there wasn’t a fishy taste at all, but I’m a freak when it comes to texture so it didn’t make it onto my favorite foods list 😉 but the bruschetta and lobster spaghetti were really good!

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9. CATCH EVERY SUNSEST AND SUNRISE: We made it a point not to miss a single sunset while we were in Hawaii. If you stay on the ocean view side of the resort, you can get an amazing sunset view from your room. There are also so many spots to enjoy it on the resort. One night we watched it from hammocks, another night from the inifiniti pool, from our table at dinner, and there’s also easy beach access for a straight beach meets horizon view. We even saw 2 couples getting married during sunset while we were there. (I always love seeing brides in their pretty dresses!)

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All the cousins! They are all close in age and are seriously best friends! I love watching them all play together!

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE RESORT:

  • The Four Seasons Oahu is a 20-30 minute drive from the airport
  • It’s set in a cove so the water is really calm and there’s instant beach access from the resort. There is also another cove that is walking distance that is known for sea turtles!
  • My kids are ALWAYS snacking so we stopped at Target which is only like 7 minutes away and loads up on snacks to keep in our room.
  • Kids care: We had so much family with us we had lots of babysitters if Cody and I wanted to go do something for an hour, but the resort also has a kids area where the kids can do all sorts of crafts and games. It’s a huge area! It’s available for free from 8-5 I think, I can’t remember the exact hours, but we went in the last day just to look at it and the kids didn’t want to leave! So if your traveling just with your family it’s a great opportunity to just get a quiet meal with your significant other while the kiddos play or something.
  • Renting a Car: Our family got a van because we have a little bit of ADD when we travel and love to explore beyond the resort where we are staying, but we met multiple families at the resort that were there for a week and never left, so there are definitely enough activities and amenities that you don’t have to leave. So I think it’s really a preference and comes down to your travel personalities 🙂

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Nearby Food:

There are so many great restaurants within walking distance from the resort. Below are a few great spots we tried. (These were all right across the street – literally a 2 minute walk but they also have golf carts available and the kids were always so excited to ride the golf cart to dinner.)

  • Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina: Of course we found a Mexican place while we were in Hawaii. I’ll vote for Mexican food at any place or time. 😛 Just be sure to get the mild salsa because the hot one burnt my mouth so badly – you’d think with my latin blood I could handle it. 😉
  • Monkeypod Kitchen: This was a great spot and had something for everyone in the family. They are known for their happy hour – pizzas were just $9! – and make sure to try dessert! The banana cream pie was sooooo good.
  • Island Country Markets: I didn’t get a chance to try this one, but my dad for banana pancakes for breakfast at the cafe in the market and said they were really good.

If you guys have any more questions about our trip let me know!! I’ll be sharing some of our favorite beaches we visited soon 🙂

XX, Christine

  • *Special thanks to the Four Seasons for hosting our family

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There was a crazy fog in Santa Monica two of the days we were there, it was so pretty mixed with the palm trees! It was a whole new feel for California.

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B’s favorite game right now is tag and hide and seek.  Cody kept chasing us in the sand and B thought it was the best thing in the world!

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Love, love, love. The older I get the more I realize there are so many beautiful stages of love. I look back at when Cody and I first met and we were UNCONDITIONALLY, HEAD OVER HEELS, INFATUATED with each other. It was a high like no other. I still remember the first time he went to hold my hand and it sent chills over my whole body. I knew instantly at that moment he was the one! We have gone through many highs and lows over the years. We are not perfect! Some of the lows were really hard times, but through those hard times they always brought us closer together in the end. Other times are comical to look back at and think was that even a big deal!! If there’s one thing you learn about love after 5 years of marriage, kids, working together, etc it’s that love is relentless and unconditional. No matter how in love or perfect for each other you are, there will always be hard times, and it’s how you choose to love and forgive each other through those hard times that really define your relationship. Love is beautiful!

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Cody and I were on the plane the other day reading this article about funny things spouses do. So, inspired by the new Love Relentlessly fragrance by Tory Burch, I thought it would be fun to share 5 things I do that drive Cody crazy but that he learns to love (or at least laugh at ;).

  1.  Eating my cereal in bed.  I LOVE CEREAL! It’s a tie between that and french fries as my favorite food! Every night before I go to bed I eat a bowl of cereal. I’m usually the last one to bed a lot of times, so I bring my bowl of cereal into bed while Cody is trying to sleep and all you hear is the crunch crunch crunch. Hahah it drives him crazy he will always be like “Soooo how’s that cereal babe? Sounds pretty tasty” lol.
  2.  Leaving candles burning when I leave. Thankfully I haven’t burnt the house down yet!
  3.  Take 5 hours to pack. I’ve openly admitted what a bad packer I am! Cody always teases me because the night before a trip I wander in circles around the house because I can’t think straight about what I’m going to bring. He’s gotten to the point he always plans to go see a movie the night before we leave somewhere because I can’t make any decisions about what to bring.
  4.  Ask him a million questions in the middle of a show. Oops!
  5. Eating when I’m trying to talk to him on the phone.  Hahaha apparently I have some issues I need to resolve with my food manners lol.

What are some of the things your husband always teases you about?

XX, Christine

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Beverly Hills Anniversary Trip

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Cody and I were so excited to do a mini-getaway for our 5 year anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years! It seems like it’s been longer but shorter at the same time if that even makes sense, haha. The last 5 years have flown by but at the same time it feels like we’ve been together forever.

California is like a second home to us – we got married here and come down about once a month. We love it so much!

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We literally laid in bed until like 11 o’clock one morning! We ordered breakfast in bed and just lounged. It’s seriously so nice having a little time just me and him to just do nothing!

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My favorite thing to do when I first get into a hotel is get in the hotel robes! I don’t know where the tradition came from but it’s always one of the first things I do and I end up lounging for as long as I can get away with it.

We stayed at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons and their views from their rooms are SO pretty! For sure get the room with a balcony! We would sit out in the morning on their lounge chairs and just watch the hustle and bustle of the city. Sunsets are also so good!

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It was in the 80’s the whole time we were there, so we were able to lay out by the pool, get some pina coladas and a mini tan.

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Cody is really artistic and doesn’t give himself much credit! He was like look how cool those palm trees look against the stairwell get a pic and of course it ends up being one of my favorites 🙂

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The hotel is literally right on Rodeo Drive, so you can walk out your door and go shopping! I always get a memento from each of our special vacations. Sometimes half the fun is exploring and shopping for just the right souvenir, right? 🙂 I got some super cute Gucci sneakers I had been looking for for awhile so I was excited to find them! They’ll make an appearance soon so stay tuned! 🙂

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The Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons went above and beyond on taking care of everything so we didn’t have to stress about planning much on the trip. We told the concierge it was our anniversary and they put together a whole date night for us right down to every detail and it turned out to be such an unforgettable night! It was so cool because it was stuff we wouldn’t have thought to do! They set us up with a car, one of Cody’s weaknesses, he loves cars! It was a brand new Benz convertible with all the bells and whistles. I swear it was like having a whole computer in the car with as many gadgets as it had.

They made us reservations at one of Malibu’s hotspots – Nobu. When we got there Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were sitting there eating dinner with their family. Crazy! A private shuttle then picked us up and took us for the grand finale a private wine tasting at Malibu Rocky Oaks. It was seriously one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been!
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The views were seriously insane!

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The night at Malibu Rocky Oaks was seriously unforgettable. The vineyard is literally built into the top of the mountain so it has the most amazing views. It was built before they had all the codes and regulations and now no one is allowed to build on a peak like this estate, so it will always have that 360° view of Malibu. I’m also kind of obsessed with Keeping Up With the Kardashians (guilty pleasure) and they told us they have gone up there a couple times for some episodes so I was kind of fan-girling out haha.

Random fact about Cody: he doesn’t drink, and he still thought it was one of the coolest places he has ever been. So even if your not a big wine person it’s still such an amazing experience. Honestly I can’t say enough about it!  It was magic. It was right at sunset and it was hands down the prettiest sunset I have ever seen. Every time I thought the colors couldn’t get any more amazing, they got deeper and more vibrant. It was one of the views you’ll never forget that you can never quite capture exactly in pictures or descriptions. So I’ll start rambling 😉

We seriously had the most amazing time! It was the perfect balance of downtime and exploring the city and new sights. What are some of your favorite spots around Beverly Hills?

XX, Christine