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.

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.

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.


Owner Donna Stafford began renting eco-friendly accommodations in 2001, and her cottages, houses, apartments, and B&Bs range from smaller lodgings for one or two people to groups of 20.

Iconic, surfer-filled Waikiki—so famous that its image has even been printed on tens of thousands "aloha shirts"—is almost always full of tourists and happy beachgoers. The stretch of sand is widest, about 100 feet, in front of the bright pink Royal Hawaiian hotel.

Toward the quieter eastern end of Waikiki this family-friendly hotel packs 800-plus rooms into a high-rise across the street from the beach.

Soaring, curved walls of windows give this modern, three-bedroom villa the feel of an observatory. And there's plenty to look at: the property, set on ten private acres on Kauai's North Shore, overlooks the golden sand and rolling waves of Pila'a Beach below.

Moorish-inspired hideaway (domes, dramatic archways, and whitewashed walls) on 22 tropical acres. Brave a 140-foot waterslide, string orchids into leis, and golf with a view of mountains and ocean.

The five rooms are simple but elegant, with white-and-yellow walls, bamboo floors, and travertine tile bathrooms; a 150-foot path leads to a secluded stretch of beach.

The 11 oceanfront bungalows, an easy drive from the convenient stores along the Kamehameha Highway, carry an atmosphere of ease, accompanied by the North Shore lullaby of endless surf.

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.

Based in Haiku, this company organizes property rentals in numerous destinations throughout Hawaii, including Lanikai on Oahu, Wailea on Maui, and Puako on the Big Island.

Maui’s Lahaina Beach area is home to these guest vacation rentals that a mix of hotel-style accommodations and timeshares. There are 277 suites on 12 floors, ranging from one-bedroom guestrooms to three-bedroom oceanfront villas.