Hotels in Big Island
There are two sides to the island, in terms of hotels: the Kohala Coast (where you’ll find the most big, plush resorts) and the Kailua-Kona area (with more inns, condos and B&Bs, and with more access to town life). Either way, be sure that you book hotels on the Big Island months ahead of time if you want to come during busiest travel times, such as the winter holidays or spring break. Try out some of the best hotels on the Big Island.
Set on 32 acres, the plush Kohala Coast hotel Fairmont Orchid, is a great place to stay is you want to lounge on the beach, do watersports or learn to strum a ukulele. Rooms have private lanais, and most have full ocean views, too. The resort has a renowned restaurant on site too—Brown's Beach House. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a villa-style Big Island hotel, in the Kailua-Kona area, with gorgeous views of the ocean and its own gardens, as well as a renowned spa and an excellent on-site Hawaiian Cultural Center. And since this is a Four Seasons, you’ll get impeccable service: Ocean-view suites that come with a concierge and private beach cabana.
Situated along the Hamakua Coast, this small bed-and-breakfast is housed in the former residence of a sugar plantation superintendent. Built in 1932, the secluded house is surrounded by a lanai with hammocks, a tropical garden filled with fruit trees, and a gazebo overlooking the ocean below.
343-room eco-friendly hotel and five bungalows constructed on a 16th-century lava flow, currently the nesting ground for endangered sea turtles thanks to the hotel's rehabilitation program.
Kohala Coast property on 15 oceanfront acres with a Polynesia-meets-Asia vibe after the recent $54 million renovation.
Located atop rocky cliffs overlooking Pohakumanu Bay, this Victorian-style inn is set on a 3½ -acre estate just 15 minutes outside Hilo on the Big Island.
Navigate this splashy playland on Waiulua Bay via mahogany canal boat or air-conditioned tram.
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.