Very V.I.P.

June 5, 2012 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

Sweeping views and high security make the Ali‘i Towers’ Presidential Suites a top choice for celebs, statesmen and more.

Towering over the white sands of Kahanamoku Beach (ranked No. 3 on The Best Beach in America 2011 rankings by Dr. Beach) and neighboring Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, the Presidential Suites of the Ali‘i Tower at Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa live up to the royal moniker of the building.

Commanding stunning views of the azure waters below and the vista from Diamond Head to the ‘Ewa Plain, these posh suites (choose from the Mahele Suite, located on the 14th floor, or the Ali‘i Suite, on the 15th floor) have been home to both the famous and infamous—from the King of Pop, President Obama and even the Sultan of Brunei.

Hardwood floors and luxe appointments add warmth and elegance to these 1,500-square-foot suites that can be adjoined by as many as three more rooms. It’s not surprising that many VIPs opt to reserve the whole floor for their exclusive use.

The living room boasts a seating area, expansive balcony (500 square feet to be exact), dining table that seats eight, and a serving area that’s perfect for entertaining. This is also where you’ll want to be if you catch the Hilton’s Friday night fireworks. To the left, the adjoining king suite features a king-sized bed and a bathtub that begs to be soaked in. And to the right, there’s an adjoining suite that features two queen-sized beds.

This is where Michael Jackson stayed when he was in town for what would be his last live U.S. concert in 1997. Many years before that (although the suites then had a different name and configuration), his would-be father-in-law Elvis Presley, had girls swooning on the beach below these very rooms.

Other noteworthy guests who’ve stayed at these suites include musicians Janet Jackson and John Legend. George Bush Sr. and Margaret Thatcher are among the heads of state who’ve paid these suites a visit as well.

In addition, guests of the Ali‘i Tower enjoy the amenities of a “hotel within a hotel.” It offers the proper security measures for heads of state, and Hilton’s Safety & Security Department are trained in moving high-profile guests—celebrity, royalty or otherwise.

Ali‘i Tower is equipped with its own check-in desk, fitness center and pool. For those requiring even more privacy, there is a separate access road that allows for private entry into the tower. So if you’d like to stay out of the public eye, yet experience the best of what Waikiki has to offer, these sumptuous suites are the perfect solution.

Ali‘i Tower
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
2005 Kalia Road
[D:4 Waikiki Map]
(808) 949-4321

Photos courtesy: Hilton Hawaiian Village