Travel + Leisure Magazine has announced its 2012 World’s Best Awards based on Reader Surveys. The Kahala Hotel & Resort on Oahu was named in Hawaii’s Top Ten of World’s Best Resorts.

“We are absolutely delighted to be among the top ten best hotels and resorts in Hawaii again this year,” says Landmark Hotels Group President and Chief Operating Officer Shawn Sweeney who oversees the management of The Kahala Hotel & Resort.  ‘The hotel’s reputation for exemplary service and gracious hospitality is earned one guest at a time. We applaud our Kahala ‘ohana’, management and staff, in their continuing efforts to deliver the high standards we are known for’.

Mr. Sweeney also added that ‘Hawaii continues to be a world-class resort destination and we are excited that the allure and passion for the Hawaiian islands remains strong amongst Travel + Leisure’s readers.’ 

The results of the 17th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards reader’s survey were announced July 6 in New York City.  Each year, readers are invited to participate in the questionnaire which is developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure in association with ROI Research Inc.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort has also received many other accolades this year including Condé  Nast Traveler Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Top 20 Resort Spas in Hawaii (No. 1 on Oahu); and Top 20 Resorts in Hawaii (No. 3).   The resort was also named to Condé  Nast’s Traveler’s Gold List in 2012. Forbes Travel Guide gave the hotel a 4-star rating in 2012 and Successful Meetings Magazine gave the resort a Pinnacle Award. Open Table’s 2012 Diners Choice Awards named Plumeria Beach House as one of the Best 100 Restaurants for Brunch in America. Trip Advisor named The Kahala as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States and US News and World Report awarded The Kahala Best Honolulu, Oahu (No. 2) Hotel in 2012.

The Kahala has 338 spacious guest rooms and suites with expansive bathrooms, that has recently made its WIFI internet service a complimentary feature. The resort fronts a beautiful white-sand beach great for swimming, stand up paddle boarding, and other beach activities. Also famous for its six resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, the hotel’s Dolphin Quest program enables guests to interact and learn from marine life. 

The resort will be updating its Veranda experience in coming months with new furnishings and new menu offerings for afternoon tea featuring signature blends from Harney and Sons and cocktail hour with charcuterie service tableside and updated snack menu. It will open a new Napoli-style Italian eatery, Arancino at The Kahala, in mid-January 2013, in the same location previously occupied by Tokyo Tokyo.

Report submitted by The Kahala. More on the web at www.kahalaresort.com 

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