Hidden in the Western Pacific, Guam is an island full of pillars, history, and sandy beaches.
When you find yourself in Guam, you’ll be greeted by luxury hotel destinations sprawled against its white, sandy beaches.
A favourite for many travellers (especially the Japanese) is Outrigger Guam Beach Resort which is conveniently located in the centre of the island.
Outrigger Guam Beach Resort
Outrigger is one of the first luxury resorts in Guam and has consistently boasted as one of the leading hotels in the world. From your room, you’ll be greeted with a great view of Tumon Beach, its jazz bar, and easy access to the likes of DFS Galleria, Underwater World, and the bus station to take you around.
Personally, I love how each room at Outrigger opens to the entire stretch of the Western Pacific Ocean with a balcony where you can enjoy watching the sunset or sunrise.
Oh, and you wouldn’t have to worry about rain or being cold while out here as the island is known to have summer all year round. Even in December.
Since majority of the tourists who go to Guam are Japanese, including those who check-in at Outrigger, you’ll find it amusing at how the amenities are similar to those in Japan. Especially the toilets.
And the restaurants too. Can’t forget that.
If you’re flying in from Manila and riding Philippine Airlines (PAL), expect to arrive in AB Won Pat International Airport at around 4:00 AM (it’s a 4-hour long plane ride). One of the great things about being in Guam though is the number of Filipinos who do fly here and take PAL. Which is why the airport has a long line of available taxis for you upon arrival.
From there, it’s a good 15 minute drive to Outrigger where you’ll be dropped off at the taxi bay instead of the main lobby. Because the lobby is located inside the Plaza, the entrance is closed and opens at 9:30AM.
What to do while at Outrigger:
Safe to say, I’m not exactly a beach person. But I did enjoy hanging around Tumon Beach during my stay at the hotel. Pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that other hotels in the area aren’t as accessible.
Also, probably because music blares from the speakers in the background while children are playing and adults were…well, jogging.
Plus, you have lounge chairs all over the area alongside two small restaurants which serve Chamorro barbecue. You can also rent Outrigger’s floaters –like the unicorn ones– as long as you’re a guest.
However, for those who do not want to hang out by the beach, there are another set of lounge chairs at the “observation deck” which overlooks the water and the hotel pool area (see: featured image) without having to dip your toes in the sand.
There’s also a swimming pool in the resort which would include a kiddie slide and a jacuzzi. Plus, there’s a nearby massage room for you and your family.
On some nights, there’s a live jazz band that plays in the lobby’s bar which serves Hawaiian or Island-inspired cocktails. It’s pretty fun to watch guests participate while some prefer to dance as the music is playing.
Nearby shops in Outrigger:
If you must know, majority of the people who do go to Guam are actually there for the shopping. Especially if you go during Black Friday like I did, there are tons of sales all throughout the week!
From the lobby of Outrigger, you have DFS and the Plaza where they all sell luxury brand items like Cartier, Proenza Schouler, and Chanel. There are convenience stores located nearby as well as outdoor restaurants, you can check out.
But if that isn’t your thing, there are tons of coffee shops nearby including my personal favourite: Kalau Coffee.
If you’d like to know where to eat and what to do while in Guam, I’ve written out a guide checklist for you here.