Destinations Guam Hotel Review North America

Checking In: Outrigger Guam Beach Resort

blue and white benches watching sunset over beach in front of outrigger resort

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 pool and resort before going to the beach

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.

Getting here:

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.

appropriate beach wear by Kiara Mijares wearing red elephant pants over white spaghetti embroidered flowers

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.

man and woman japanese couple walking around guam in front of outrigger

You may book an ocean view room with Outrigger through Agoda or their website. All opinions and photos are my own

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  • Sounds really nice! Guam is really far for someone like me who lives in Europe, but it’s nice to read about popular travel destinations for people from other parts of the world.

    • Ahhh yeah Europe is quite far from it! And so I haven’t met many people from the West going to this side of the world! However, Outrigger is also a resort chain that’s in both America and some parts in Europe. Hope you get to experience it here one day 🙂

  • Lovely post!! I always forget about Guam but it looks amazing. Such great views from the hotel. And I had no idea that Guam had black Friday sales like the US. I would have never thought to go there for shopping but makes a lot of sense.

    • That makes sense! And yep, I didn’t know about it until I first came to Guam, so we booked our trip specifically for that the second time around. 🙂

  • I haven’t made the trek to this part of the world (yet!), but I’d love to visit Guam one day. Those beaches and that pool are calling my name! 🙂

  • Excellent article! I’ve never even thought of visiting Guam before!

  • While I am a beach person, it would be enjoyable to be anywhere at this hotel it seems! Great post!

  • This looks beautiful! I’m not exactly a beach person either, so it’s nice to know they have other stuff to do. Maybe one day!

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