Hawaii

Hotels in Hawaii

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.

This 201-room property, has huge marble bathrooms and borders a marine reserve that’s home to spinner dolphins.  At the pool, attendants nicknamed Dr. Lotion and Dr. Shade will refresh your sunscreen and clean or repair your sunglasses.

Located on Kuhio Avenue, just 10 minutes from Kapiolani Park and the Honolulu Zoo and three blocks from the beach, the 93-room, budget Aqua Bamboo and Spa is housed inside a repurposed apartment building.

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.

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.

Set on 27 acres, many of the recently renovated cottages have ocean views.

Just a block from the ocean, this all-suite hotel consists of two 21-story towers framing the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping mall, which houses 40 stores and six restaurants.

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.

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