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Are you bored with the routine of everyday life? Sick of the rat-race? There's only one solution: Hawaii. With year-round temperatures of 85°F, postcard-perfect beaches, and laid-back people, Hawaii is the perfect place to sit back and let the cares of the world melt away. Make your fantasies of jetting off become a reality with some help from the cut-price deals we've found.
Honolulu on Oahu island is the state capital of Hawaii and most flights from the mainland arrive into Honolulu International Airport, making it a convenient destination for your Hawaiian getaway. Honolulu ("Sheltered Bay" in the Hawaiian language) conjures up the sound of floating ukelele music accompanied by images of palm trees and drinks with umbrellas in them, but the city is more than just a stereotypical beach town. Crowned the capital in 1845, Honolulu's skyline is now crammed with skyscrapers (roughly one skyscraper for every 700 people) and it's beaches have become world-famous tourist destinations.
Before you step out onto the beach though, why not make sure your toes are beach-ready with a Deluxe Pedi from ViVi Spa & Salon in downtown Honolulu ($22, a low by $23; expires June 10). We also strongly recommend that you and your family are protected against the sun, since you'll want to spend most of your vacation out in it. Before you go, check out Amazon's Sun Care Sale if you need to stock up on sunscreen and after-sun lotion (15% off with up to an extra $4 off).
Once you're properly manicured and protected from the sun, head to the southern neighborhood of Waikiki and check into the Hyatt Place Waikiki (from $161 per night, a low by $19; expires June 8). This hotel is only a 3-minute walk to the Waikiki beach, and it's also just 1.5 miles from Diamond Head crater. The latter was formed 300,000 years ago, and today it's a hiker's paradise, requiring about two hours to reach the summit. Picnic areas, as well as a wealth of flora and fauna, make this an ideal place to spend the day.
If you're looking for a touch of luxury in your Hawaiian vacation, then make a bee-line to The Modern Honolulu (from $194 per night, a low by $29; expires June 8). This boutique resort is built on the spot once used as a retreat by the Hawaiian royal family, and has fittingly created its own atmosphere of decadence. The beaches are all within easy walking distance, as is the Ala Moana Shopping Center if you fancy a bit of retail therapy.
Besides glorious beaches, Hawaii is also popular as a golf destination with world-class courses. Why not incorporate a little exercise into your trip by booking a stay in an Oceanfront Marina room at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki (from $169, a low by $60; expires June 30). The golf course here was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, and the dramatic views of the Waianea Mountains serve as the perfect backdrop for this 27-hole course.
There's plenty to do outside of Honolulu too, so why not avail of a 5-day standard car rental from Dollar Rent-a-Car (from $84.85, a low by $13) and take some time to see all that Oahu has to offer. A visit to the commemorative monument marking the battle of Pearl Harbor is a must see. Head up to North Shore to surf some giant waves or pretend you're in an episode of Lost (filmed on Mokulē'ia Beach and later in Turtle Bay). Then, wrap up your tour of the island with a trip east to the pristine lagoons and golden beaches of Kailua and Kane'ohe.
Honolulu really does have something for everyone, and the laid-back atmosphere sets the perfect tone for a relaxing getaway. If Hawaii isn't currently on your to-do list, be sure to check out our weekly roundup of the top travel deals from the past week for additional discounted flights, hotels, and vacation packages.