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.

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.

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.

Steps from Waikiki Beach, this 72-room boutique hotel has an elegant Zen-like quality, thanks to acclaimed San Francisco–based furnishings designer Jiun Ho. Guests enter through oversize wooden doors and are greeted by water features and stone sculptures.

Inside, calm and collected. Outside, aquatic uproar: five pools, slides, waterfalls, and a broad swath of Kaanapali Beach, with sucba, parasailing, and snorkeling at coral-crusted Black Rock.

Service rules at this recently renovated 5-acre Waikiki Beach beauty, which has existed for nearly a century. The Orchid Suite, the newest of the hotel’s premier rooms, made its debut in 2008 (the rest of the guestrooms were updated in summer 2012).

Just feet from Waikiki’s famous white sand, Trump’s 38-story tower has 180 studios and 120 one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites.

The 432-room low-rise hotel comes with authentic Hawaiian atmosphere, thanks to activities such as lei making.

Spanning 120 acres of jungle in the town of Pahoa, Kalani Oceanside Retreat is an alternative to the traditional island resort.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa isn’t intimate—it holds 602 rooms—but travelers can still find some Zen calm here. The resort is set along 50 acres on the southern coast of Kauai, with lush grounds that meander alongside the ocean and a saltwater lagoon, allowing for leisurely strolls.

Kohala Coast property on 15 oceanfront acres with a Polynesia-meets-Asia vibe after the recent $54 million renovation.

Formerly the Maui Prince Hotel.

Low-key hotel on 1,800 acres abutting a crescent of white sand. New in 2011: the Makena Kai Day Spa and a seafood-focused restaurant.

Meticulously restored 1901 Beaux-Arts property—the first hotel on Waikiki Beach—with an Old Hawaii vibe (afternoon tea is de rigueur), plus one of Waikiki's only beachfront spas.