Hawaii

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.

Formerly the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club

Contemporary, convention-friendly hotel with Hawaii's largest single-level swimming pool—plus a central location between the north and south shores.

The hotel, centrally located near shops and restaurants on the south shore, has 72 streamlined suites—all of which are 900 square feet, with soaking tubs and private lanais.

Pure Maui, a luxury travel agency, assists clients in planning customized vacations. The company has a selection of more than 25 private residences, ranging from an eight-bedroom estate on the beach to a bungalow with a private pool.

Turtle Bay is one of the most prized resorts on Oahu’s North Shore thanks to Pacific Ocean views and access to championship golf courses, and the Estates gives people the opportunity to live there.

Based in the center of Haleiwa, this real estate company has a modest listing of rental properties scattered along the famous North Shore of Oahu. All condos, cottages, and villas are located on or near the beach, usually within a few hundred feet.

At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, director of astronomy Eddie Mahoney ushers couples to the rooftop, where a 16-inch reflector telescope is set up next to strawberries and Château Michelle champagne.

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.

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).

For a sprawling resort, the Westin Ka’anapali manages to exude calm. This is in part due to the lone (though large) pool—a marked contrast to the aqua-playground of sister property the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Travelers looking to feel at home during a Kauai vacation can rent a private cottage, vacation home, or even an estate on the North Shore. Guests of Pure Kauai receive organic toiletries and items to take hiking, shopping, or the beach.

Maui’s Lahaina Town area provides the setting for these house-style rental condos. Offering an alternative to the “big box” hotels, these private locations range from studios to a two-bedroom, two-bath suite.

The main draw at this 226-room budget hotel is its exceptional views of both the ocean and Diamond Head (a massive volcanic ash ring that was long ago consolidated into what geoligists call tuff.) Slight upgrades have been made to the oceanfront rooms, but the other standard rooms can have

An Old Hawaii plantation feel permeates the 35 acres of well-kept lawn, hedges, plumeria, hibiscus and palm trees at the condo and bungalow compound of Kiahuna. One-and two-bedroom suites and bungalows overlook gardens or the ocean, and come with a private lanai or terrace.

Terraced 17-story hotel with a wonderfully remote location at the edge of a lagoon. A vast marina offers catamaran snorkeling and sunset sails.