Hotels in Hawaii
On the Big Island, the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai is arguably one of the best hotels in Hawaii. It has large rooms with warm touches, a white-sand beach, and access to crystal-blue water. Several restaurants and bars, poolside lounges, and a spa set in the lush botanical garden round out the amenities. On Oahu, the Royal Hawaiian is set in a garden and has rooms with four-poster beds. In Maui, the remote Travaasa Hana consists of freestanding villas along a gently sloping cliff. On Lanai, the place to stay is the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Keole, while the St. Regis Princeville Resort is a spectacular palace on a steep cliff. If you're looking for even more adventure than afforded by the hotel's activity programs, consider Arnott's Lodge and Hiking Adventures, located on the Big Island. You can choose to stay in the rooms of this Hawaii hotel or just take one of their tours. Excursions include trekking up the side of Mauna Loa, stargazing, or rafting through caverns filled with fire lava tubes. Each tour is limited to 25 guests.
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.
On Maui’s southwest shore, a sprawling 40-acre resort with a 2,000-foot lazy-river pool and the largest spa in Hawaii. Art Highlight: Seventeen bronze sculptures by Fernand Léger, one of the largest collections outside the Musée National Fernand Léger, in Biot, France.
Featuring a four-suite bed and breakfast in a 1938 plantation house plus nine vacation rental condo suites, Poipu Plantation resides among lush gardens on the south shore, within easy walking distance of Poipu and Brennecke’s photogenic beaches.
Along with spectacular views of natural blue Pacific and Diamond Head, the hotel showed its eco-commitment with heat pumps and exchangers to recover waste heat for hot water (which saves 50% in gas usage), as well as low-flow toilets.
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.
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 traditional lei greeting accompanied by Hawaiian punches and treats sets the tone upon arrival at Wailea Beach Villas, an exclusive island retreat on Maui.
This venue is closed.
A favored hideout for Hollywood types in search of a Polynesian interlude, the 380-room resort caters to every pleasurable whim. The rooms are decorated in tropical Hawaiian patterns and face the Pacific or the dramatic Haleakala volcano.
Navigate this splashy playland on Waiulua Bay via mahogany canal boat or air-conditioned tram.
Views of Mt. Waialeale and three acres of tropical flowers grown by owner/host Kathy Offley create a picturesque setting for the hillside Kakalina’s Bed & Breakfast in Kapa’a, not far from the airport in Lihue and the beach.
The Aqua Lotus at Diamond Head, formerly the W Waikiki, is a 50-room boutique hotel at the foot of Diamond Head and about a half-mile from the beach in Oahu’s Kapiolani Park.
Until recently, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's buttoned-up European look was strangely out of touch with its tropical surroundings. After a $180 million renovation completed in 2008, the hotel has lost the chintzy curtains, faux Renaissance artwork, and yes, the fireplace in the library.