Bundle Breakdown: Enough with winter, we’re going to Hawaii

by Paul B. on February 1, 2010

The funky, floral Ocean View rooms of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

The funky, floral Ocean View rooms of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

We just got word about a new “Discover Oahu Package” from the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, a property that made it onto our list of the best hotels in Oahu thanks to a spectacular beachfront location and great views of the ocean from the color-splashed rooms. But does the three-night bundle, which includes accommodations, tours of some of the island’s most important attractions, and a pre-packed picnic lunch, really “take the stress out of planning an adventure-filled vacation for two, while also saving valuable time and money?” Let’s take a closer look at the details.

  • Three nights of ocean view accommodations
  • Breakfast on the beach daily
  • Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, and city tour for two
  • Polynesian Cultural Center’s Alii Luau Package for two, which includes round-trip transportation, admission, luau dinner, and preferred seating for “Horizons,” the center’s evening show
  • Commemorative Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel picnic backpack, packed with lunch

The whole package starts at $782 per couple. But booking through the hotel’s website, ocean-view rooms are selling for $148 or $175 a night, with the lower price available if you book by January 31. With taxes, and at the higher rate, the room alone works out to about $600. Is the rest of that stuff worth $182?

It sure is – at least if you’re planning to check out the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Alii Luau. Tickets for two to the evening event, including transportation, run $225 including tax, meaning you’ll save $43 booking this package instead of buying a room and show tickets separately. A tour around Pearl Harbor with Roberts Hawaii, which normally costs $54 per couple, and a free picnic lunch add even more value.

This package, it turns out, is indeed a deal, saving guests who book it more than 100 bucks. Us? We’d put it toward another day in Hawaii – tacking another night onto the bundle costs just $148.

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hecm July 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

Great article, exactly what I was looking for.

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