By Susan Johnston
Right about now, you should have a fairly good gauge of how you’re doing on your New Year’s resolutions. If two of them were to save money and travel more, then you’re in luck. Consider the offers at the Aston at the Waikiki Banyan: 30 percent off and a fourth night free for 2011, depending on the unit. And all along, you thought the words cheap Hawaii vacation didn’t go together.
Just a few blocks from family-friendly Waikiki Beach, the all-suite hotel is also near the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, making it an ideal home base for sightseeing or to soak up sun.
But you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy Hawaiian-style fun. The huge recreational deck and playground caters to children, who are greeted with a sand pail filled with surprises upon check-in. Guests of all ages enjoy the large, heated swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, basketball courts and other amenities.
The air-conditioned condominiums feel like island apartments–complete with a fully equipped kitchen and a private lanai showcasing views of the ocean, mountains or the city skyline. Suites sleep up to five guests and also come with high-speed Internet access.
With a spring break vacation on the horizon, save even more money by booking your flight and hotel room together. Read = more dinero for Spam and eggs and Pu-Pu platters.
Susan Johnston is a freelance writer outside Boston. Much as she loves New England, she hopes to return to the sun and sand of Oahu in the near future.