5 Summer Ideas to Steal from Top Hawaiian Resorts

by Rachel on May 11, 2012

Today we’re starting to feel the summer heat — it’s gorgeous here in New York at Oyster HQ. And although we can’t just jet to Hawaii this weekend (trust me, we wish we could), we figured we’d steal some of our favorite hotels’ signature Hawaiian touches. From enticing food spreads with seasonal specialties to decor ideas we’d steal at this very moment, we found five inspirational ideas to incorporate into your home’s summer look.

IDEA TO STEAL: Tiki Torches
INSPIRED BY: The Luau at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Don't try this at home, people.

The Sheraton Maui Resort has all the bells and whistles one would expect from a spacious Hawaiian hotel — jam-packed with amenities, a beautiful strip of beach, and the best on-site snorkeling on the island. But our favorite activity here is the Drums of the Pacific Luau, which guests love — especially when the dancers play with fire. While we don’t recommend tossing any flames around, we do find tiki torches to be a fun way to light up a summer BBQ. They’re easy to find — try your local drug store — and not too pricey either.

IDEA TO STEAL: Pretty Produce Display
INSPIRED BY: The Shore Bird Restaurant at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach

We're super hungry after checking this out.

If summer is all about color — as are nature’s superfoods — than the Outrigger Reef on the Beach did something right by whipping up this delectable spread. Pretty much all produce is in season, and we can’t think of a healthier or more satisfying seasonal meal than one composed of a ton of the fresh sh*t. Serve your stuff on ice and guests will be incredibly thankful (and hydrated!).

IDEA TO STEAL: Floral Patterns
INSPIRED BY:  Wallpaper at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Hotel

We heart hibiscus flowers.

The Royal Hawaiian is seriously luxurious — and an iconic spot, having opened in 1927. It’s one of only three luxury resorts in Wakiki, and its impeccable furnishings are up to snuff. It’s stunning pink facade is only rivaled by its warm, free touches, including a welcome lei upon arrival. Floral prints are having a serious moment in fashion right now, but they’ll also make any room feel instantly lighter, whether it be through a printed coverlet or decorative pillow.

IDEA TO STEAL: Outdoor Gaming
INSPIRED BY: Kids’ Club at the Westin Princeville Ocean Villas

Maybe this isn't the kind of pool you want, but it's a bit more realistic.

Bring the fun outside — even if it requires a ‘lil bit of manpower! Grab two of your strongest friends (or not, whatevs) and bring one of your favorite table games outside, like the staff at the Westin Princeville Villas did for their kids’ club. Whether it be billiards, ping pong, or even just a giant chessboard, classic games are about ten times more enjoyable when they’re under the sunshine.

IDEA TO STEAL: Woodsy or Wicker Furniture Indoors
INSPIRED BY: The One Bedroom Deluxe Suite at the Aston Wakiki Beach Tower

Now that's a seat we could sink our butts into.

Wooden or wicker furniture inherently feels summery, but whether that’s because of its open, airy design or natural materials, we’re not entirely sure. Regardless, the spacious condos at the Aston Wakiki Beach Tower needed to fill their suites with something fabulous — like this refreshing chair and ottoman set. While you’re dreaming of being outdoors this summer, infuse a bit of nature into your own design by bringing a piece of the patio furniture (or purchasing a new one).

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