Hotels in Hawaii

No amusement park necessary at this resort: the fun is in the breathtaking Hawaiian backdrop of lush rainforests and turquoise lagoons. Like all Disney ventures, guests of all ages are well-attended and entertained.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Navigate this splashy playland on Waiulua Bay via mahogany canal boat or air-conditioned tram.

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The only luxury resort on the North Shore; an outdoors-lover's dream, with 880 beachfront acres—plus amenities like the top-notch surfing school, horse stables, and 36-hole golf course.