Get a whiff of this: Honolulu hoteliers bring tropical fragrances inside for their guests


The sights and  sounds of Honolulu await you outside, but inside the Hotel Renew, a fragrance may captivate you.

(Hotel Renew)

In Honlulu, now you can relax with some aromatherapy without going to a garden or spa. Two upscale resorts are now scenting their air.


Plumeria is a key ingredient of the fragrance at the Modern in Honolulu.

(Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority)

The fragrant plumeria, common in Hawaii, is at the core of the aroma wafting through the lobby of the Modern Honolulu. The custom scent, created by fragrance expert Eileen Harcourt,  combines plumeria, green mango, orange, mahogany, musk and star jasmine.

The hotel’s gift shop sells the fragrance as a body lotion, candle, diffuser and room spray.


At check-in at Waikiki’s Hotel Renew, guests can choose from four bottled scents that are then delivered with reed diffusers.

Renew bottles

Guests at Hotel Renew can choose from four scents to freshen their rooms. 

(Hotel Renew)

The sensual options from Alora:

--Bimbi, a fusion of bergamot, chamomile, lavender and rose.


--Isola, a mix of fig, gardenia and tuber rose.

--Vaniglia, a blend of jasmine and vanilla.

--Verde, a combination of greens, jasmine, melon and tonka bean.

As captivating as those smells might be, remember to step away from the hotel. This, after all, is Hawaii, where beaches, history and shopping are just steps away.


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