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.

All the classic resort amenities, plus koi ponds, old-growth banyan trees, and other authentic Hawaiian details are par of this mahogany-and-rattan chic property on Maui's ruggedly beautiful south shore. The luau here is one of the island's most authentic.

Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Hanalei Bay resort is surrounded by beaches and mountains and offers beautiful sunset views. The property is landscaped with tall fruit trees, waterfalls, and gardens.

A recipient of the 2009 Hale Aina Award from Honolulu Magazine, Kilauea Lodge in Volcano lies only a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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.