Surrounded by volcanic mountains, the turquoise Pacific Ocean and white sand beaches, it only takes about 30 seconds to realize that the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki is world-famous for several reasons. Situated on the picturesque island of Oʻahu, Waikiki was known as a retreat for Hawaiian royalty back in the 1800s, who went there purely for surfing and relaxing. The town of course still boasts the best surf spots, but also has turned into a restaurant and shopping mecca. The beachfront Halekulani Resort is the way to experience both surf and land of Hawaii. Their suites with ridiculous ocean views make us want to pack up everything and go there right now.