Big Island

Hotels in Big Island

Surrounded by 60-year-old botanical gardens and just a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this property makes use of a circa-1931 home and outbuildings.

A $150-million refurbishment, completed in 2007, brought new life to this venerable resort overlooking the crescent of Kaunaoa Beach (the property was originally built in 1965 by the founder of RockResorts, Laurance Rockefeller).

The floral prints and canopy beds are a little frilly, but the real draw here is the hospitality—a fireside breakfast, tea in the garden. The eight-room Victorian bungalow lives up to its name; it's only steps from a broad beach on the Monterey Peninsula.

Built in 1899 during the monarchy era, the Shipman House bed and breakfast is surrounded by five acres of bamboo, ferns, palms, and fruit trees on Reed's Island in Hilo. The white Victorian is trimmed in black with a turret and wrap-around veranda.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, a 351-room resort, shares 1,839 acres of white sand, palm trees, and lava-rock outcroppings with its sister hotel the Mauna Kea.

Spanning 120 acres of jungle in the town of Pahoa, Kalani Oceanside Retreat is an alternative to the traditional island resort.

Each of the five stylish rooms at this tiny B&B (run by gregarious owners Michael Martinage and Gregory Nunn) comes with panoramic views of Kealakekua Bay. A breakfast of eggs, fresh star fruit, and coffee grown on site is served on the 2,000-square-foot wraparound porch.

Nestled in a sheltered bay along the northerly Kohala Coast, this towering hotel offers sweeping Pacific views from almost every one of its 540 rooms and suites.

Tucked among the ohia trees and huge ferns of a mountain rainforest, the extensive woodwork and windows of the Bamboo Guest House, Guest Cottage, Forest House, and Sanctuary enhance the one-with-nature aesthetic.

Just a short walk from the town of Kamuela, the Jacaranda Inn is located on the 1847 Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in the nation.

Bordered by black volcanic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay is among the most affordable, family-friendly resorts on the Kona Coast.

“Perfect,” “heaven,” and “the best vacation of my life” are just a few ways guests describe this understatedly gorgeous, isolated resort where most of the 243 rooms, in low-rise bungalows, have ocean views.

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