A Royal Hawaiian Family Vacation
Every summer we live by one simple rule: enjoy the Seattle sun while it lasts. Most Seattleites know never to travel in the summer... you stay and enjoy the precious two months summer affords us and save your travels for the other ten gloomy months of the year, which is precisely what we do. In early June, when the rain is usually falling heavy, we escaped to paradise and were surrounded in bliss at the Royal Hawaiian for a week. We made no plans, didn't search out any tourists activities. Our intention was to sit under a cabana from late morning to evening while Totes played on the beach and we indulged in the hotel's cabana and pool service. The only thing that foiled our plans was Totes surprising reaction to the beach... he hated it. Wanted nothing to do with the sand between his toes or walking on the uneven ground. The rushing waves, although mild compared to most areas, were another no-no. But that didn't stop us from taking a daily family dip in the ocean! Kids are so unpredictable.
Luckily the pool at the Royal Hawaiian was heated to a comfortable, what felt like, 90 degrees and was a piece of heaven in itself. It took a few days, but Totes finally warmed up to the beach and we had some very fun strolls walking along Waikiki beach.
On Totes: Hat and Tank by H&M, Denim Shorts by Zara Baby Boy
We brought along our BOB Revolution Stroller knowing that nap time would probably happen most of the time here. Although I would generally take my Orbit Stroller with me 99% of the time, it was nice to have a one-piece system with a super smooth ride and the basket underneath for toting all our beach gear. We put Totes and the stroller around nap time and once he was asleep, we'd find a place for lunch.
One of the first few days we were at the hotel, we walked into the gift shop and Totes went crazy over this large stuffed bear. He has the same bear at home, just half the size. It's the Philbin bear by GUND that we used in my baby shower and he's been crazy about it since he was just a baby. So we bought it and he carried it around everywhere for the first few days. It's nice to have a comforting item when traveling away from home. Good to remember next time we go away.
When we first arrived at the Royal Hawaiian and walked into our room, Totes had a strange reaction. I had to pull him inside... he was shaking his head and saying "no, no no..." This particular room has a bit small and very dark. I can imagine after he had just been running around the grounds in all the light and space he was super hesitant to be so closed in. My husband popped down to the front desk to ask about an upgrade to the new tower and after a few minutes, I got a call telling me to bring the bags over. The new room we upgraded to had an ocean view with sliding glass door out onto the lanai. He was so happy, I couldn't keep that little monkey from jumping on the bed!
We chose Waikiki because of the action. We knew our social little guy would have a great time with all the people and life around him, and we were right. The Royal Hawaiian is probably the best location for this too. Our stay here also gave us access to the Sheraton pool next door, which was a big playground for kids. Unfortunately the water, not heated, was a little too cold for us and our skinny kid. It looked like a blast for older kids though. We walked along the beach and swam in the ocean every day, it couldn't have been a better time.
On our second to last day in Hawaii, we booked a little excursion aboard a real pirate ship! The pirate crew was super lively and even reenacted a little battle just off the coast of our hotel on Waikiki beach. Totes slept through it all. He was a little too young to participate but the other kids on board had a blast. Was be a fun activity for kids in the 4-6 age range.
We'll miss this view. Until next time!