Hotels in Hawaii

Joe Schmelzer

This is the way to experience Hana: Wake in the morning with freshly picked fruit and a cup of locally grown coffee, then casually stroll to the Pools... Read More

Wake up and smell the eucalyptus at this private Upcountry outpost. As the only room on a 5-acre bluff, the privacy and quiet are almost as striking as... Read More

If swimming pools inspire relaxing sighs, then the sighs at the Andaz are likely to be the deepest. Like an aquatic stairway leading towards the sea,... Read More

At this newest resort on the Wailea coastline, which opened in 2013, the modern, posh, and comfy villas have the feel of your own private beach house.... Read More

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... Read More

No amusement park necessary at this resort on Oahu’s western shore: the fun is in the breathtaking Hawaiian backdrop of lush rain forests and turquoise... Read More

Owner Donna Stafford began renting eco-friendly accommodations in 2001, and her cottages, houses, apartments, and B&Bs range from smaller lodgings... Read More

Two isolated cottages sit on the eastern side of Molokai, a remote location that provides an abundance of quality “alone time.” Pauwalu and... Read More

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... Read More

Turtle Bay is one of the most prized resorts on Oahu’s North Shore thanks to Pacific Ocean views and access to championship golf courses, and the... Read More

Every room in this whitewashed resort is a large, comfortable suite, and the fusion of Hawaiian and Mediterranean ambience creates a classy feel... Read More

Nestled in a sheltered bay along the northerly Kohala Coast, this towering hotel offers sweeping Pacific views from almost every one of its 540 rooms... Read More

You’ll feel a sort of fairy tale magic just by standing on the property of this award-winning resort, where elegance, opulence, and impeccable service... Read More

Never mind the fact that kids under five eat free at two of the restaurants, or that the standard rooms can easily accommodate a family with two small... Read More

“Perfect,” “heaven,” and “the best vacation of my life” are just a few ways guests describe this understatedly gorgeous, isolated resort where most of... Read More

This 201-room property, has huge marble bathrooms and borders a marine reserve that’s home to spinner dolphins.  At the pool, attendants nicknamed... Read More

An upcountry Hawaiian sensibility pervades this 20-acre central-highland property on sparsely populated Lanai. The 102 rooms and suites have verandas,... Read More

There's a fairy-tale magic emanating through this award-winning Wailea resort, where elegance, opulence, and impeccable service create a sumptuous aura... Read More

The quality of the Four Seasons resorts on Maui, Lanai, and the Big Island meant that anticipation was high for the company's long-awaited arrival on... Read More

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa isn’t intimate—it holds 602 rooms—but travelers can still find some Zen calm here. The resort... Read More

Whether it's splashing in Maui's best swimming pool all day or relaxing in Maui's best spa, a day spent at the Grand Wailea is synonymous with island... Read More

As if the seven water slides, whitewater rapids, and nine swimming pools weren’t enough, this resort has a 20,000 square foot kids’ center with... Read More

Less of a swimming pool than an oceanfront water park, the Grand Wailea is the gold standard that family-friendly Maui pools are measured against. Seven... Read More

Set on Maui’s lush North Shore, this historic plantation home dates to the 1870s, and the architectural style is still studied as a classic of “Old... Read More

Surrounded by 60-year-old botanical gardens and just a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this property makes use of a circa-1931 home and... Read More

The gold standard of Oahu hotels since opening in its current location in 1984, the Halekulani radiates understated luxury, from its color palette (all... Read More

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... Read More

Five-acre beachfront hotel with 48 rooms on the North Shore. Read More

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, a 351-room resort, shares 1,839 acres of white sand, palm trees, and lava-rock outcroppings with its sister hotel the Mauna... Read More

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

The expansive Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest resort in Hawaii, is comprised of five towers housing 3,386 guest rooms and offers on-site amenities... Read More

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

Situated at the northern end of Ka'anapali Resort, Honua Kai is one of the island's most comfortable beachfront resorts. It's the newest property in... Read More

Steps from Waikiki Beach, this 72-room boutique hotel has an elegant Zen-like quality, thanks to acclaimed San Francisco–based furnishings... Read More

Large resorts often come with a ton of...other people. But this boutique hotel in luxurious Wailea only has 72 suites, which are spread out over 15... Read More

Ever get the feeling that large resorts have so many other…people? This boutique hotel in luxurious Wailea only has 72 suites, which are spread out over... Read More

It isn’t set on the edge of the world—but you might swear you could see it from here. The view from this teak-wood Launiupoko home stretches out to Lana... Read More

With water slides, flamingos, a kids’ camp, and a troop of on-property penguins, this massive resort at the end of Ka‘anapali is somewhere between a... Read More

Adults love the luxury, kids love the slides, and the grotto setting is cleverly arranged to accommodate both. While adults tend to gravitate to the... Read More

At the southern tip of Ka'anapali Resort and only two miles from Lahaina, the Hyatt Maui is an exceptional property—and exceptionally difficult to leave... Read More

Framed by Diamond Head, one of the world’s most climbed (extinct) volcanoes, and with nearly two miles of continuous white sand and palm trees,... Read More

Tucked away in a small, intimate cove at the start of the Road to Hana, the Inn at Mama's is one of the island's best-kept lodging secrets. Imagine... Read More

Just a short walk from the town of Kamuela, the Jacaranda Inn is located on the 1847 Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in the nation.... Read More

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

If you want to feel like Ka'anapali is your home and not just a place you vacation, then slink on in to a two-bedroom condo at the Ka'anapali Ali'i.... Read More

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

Oahu classic—fresh from a three-year, $52 million renovation—with thoughtful in-room details (Egyptian-cotton linens; chenille robes;... Read More

Views of Mt. Waialeale and three acres of tropical flowers grown by owner/host Kathy Offley create a picturesque setting for the hillside Kakalina&rsquo... Read More

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

Located steps from Kapalua Bay—which has been voted #1 beach in America by "Dr. Beach"—the Kapalua Villas are a comfortable option for families and... Read More

Choose from mountain, garden, ocean, or pool views at the Kauai Beach Resort, which sits on 25 acres of the Coconut Coast just north of Lihue. This... Read More

Formerly the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club ... Read More

This resort on the edge of Ka‘anapali—which just happens to look like huge pink birthday cake—goes the extra mile for families with kids. In addition to... Read More

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... Read More

The 11 oceanfront bungalows, an easy drive from the convenient stores along the Kamehameha Highway, carry an atmosphere of ease, accompanied by the... Read More

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... Read More

A recipient of the 2009 Hale Aina Award from Honolulu Magazine, Kilauea Lodge in Volcano lies only a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In 1986,... Read More

With its arrival in 2009, the 121-room Koa Kea Resort made a splash on the area’s beloved Poipu Beach. The tranquil property offers a more intimate... Read More

Turn off the TV and turn on the fireplace in this romantic Upcountry retreat, where mornings are punctuated by crisp, cool air up at 3,200 feet. The... Read More

Formerly the Maui Prince Hotel. ... Read More

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... Read More

A $150-million refurbishment, completed in 2007, brought new life to this venerable resort overlooking the crescent of Kaunaoa Beach (the property was... Read More

343-room eco-friendly hotel and five bungalows constructed on a 16th-century lava flow, currently the nesting ground for endangered sea turtles thanks... Read More

Opened in 1901, the grand, white-columned Moana Surfrider still maintains its Beaux-Arts charm, exuding a traditional appeal that’s found nowhere else... Read More

The Montage is the newest kid on the block in tony Kapalua, and it's gradually working its way towards becoming one of the island's best properties.... Read More

Complete with 56 luxurious rooms and residences, and a top tier spa, Montage Kapula Bay sits on 24 waterfront acres; it is the perfect destination for... Read More

The Napili Kai Beach Resort is what you dream of for family vacations on Maui. There are no added fees and parking is free at this classic Maui resort,... Read More

Though the house was built in 1924, impeccable restoration has allowed this plantation-style home to include all the modern comforts. It’s listed on... Read More

Maui’s Lahaina Town area provides the setting for these house-style rental condos. Offering an alternative to the “big box” hotels,... Read More

With direct access to Waikiki Beach, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach resort has a decidedly Hawaiian feel, from historic canoe art at the reception desk... Read More

Smack in the middle of funky Pai'a, this boutique inn provides a comfortable base in Maui's happiest town. Trails from the inn lead out to the beach,... Read More

Located atop rocky cliffs overlooking Pohakumanu Bay, this Victorian-style inn is set on a 3½ -acre estate just 15 minutes outside Hilo on the... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Featuring a four-suite bed and breakfast in a 1938 plantation house plus nine vacation rental condo suites, Poipu Plantation resides among lush gardens... Read More

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... Read More

Travelers looking to feel at home during a Kauai vacation can rent a private cottage, vacation home, or even an estate on the North Shore. Guests of... Read More

Pure Maui, a luxury travel agency, assists clients in planning customized vacations. The company has a selection of more than 25 private residences... Read More

There isn’t a moment on this Ritz-Carlton property when you don't feel like royalty. From the spacious rooms to the opulent spa to the enormous, three... Read More

There isn’t a moment on this Ritz-Carlton property where you aren’t made to feel like royalty. Everything, from the resort’s spacious rooms to its... Read More

This condo tower opened in April and offers nightly rates in some of the residences for those looking for a modern, slightly more urban Oahu experience... Read More

Within the long string of hotels lining Waikiki Beach, the 528-room Royal Hawaiian stands out like a jewel. “The Pink Palace of the Pacific” (nicknamed... Read More

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

Standing on the deck of your own private cottage, sipping a cup of locally grown coffee, and watching the first rays of morning light illuminate the... Read More

Bordered by black volcanic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay is among the most affordable, family-friendly resorts on the... Read More

Kaanapali's first resort claims Maui's best ocean setting. And that means beach activities from morning dives to astronomer-led stargazing. Read More

Along with spectacular views of natural blue Pacific and Diamond Head, the hotel showed its eco-commitment with heat pumps and exchangers to recover... Read More

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... Read More

Unveiled in September 2009 after its conversion from a Starwood Luxury Collection property, this resort on Kauai’s North Shore borders two of... Read More

Here at this rural, rustic cabin in peaceful Keokea, daytime views of green pastureland rolling towards the sea morph into sights of constellations... Read More

Based in the center of Haleiwa, this real estate company has a modest listing of rental properties scattered along the famous North Shore of Oahu. All... Read More

Every room in this whitewashed resort is a large, comfortable suite, and the fusion of Hawaiian and Mediterranean ambience creates a classy feel... Read More

The three pools at this resort include one with a kid-friendly, 140-foot-long waterslide, and another with an ocean-view swim-up bar—but it’s the adults... Read More

Imagine eating at Mama’s Fish House and then strolling out into the moonlight, listening to the surf as you hold each other on the short walk back to... Read More

If you want to get away from the bustle of Waikiki, but still have easy access to the bulk of Honolulu’s best restaurants, shopping, and sights, then... Read More

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... Read More

Although it’s not directly on the beach, the Modern is often preferred by travelers who want a more contemporary, design-forward hotel. Superstar design... Read More

This is where to stay if you want to be walking distance from Front Street, but still have a quiet place to sleep. A historic oasis in old Lahaina town,... Read More

An anomaly in Waikiki, the Surfjack isn’t a high-rise luxury hotel or a mid-market mass chain. It’s a boutique hotel in the best sense, drawing almost... Read More

The five-pool setup at the Westin Maui has the feel of a private island, where the view from the uppermost pool to the bottom evokes a lookout from a... Read More

Travaasa is Maui's original resort, having opened its doors in 1946 in the most peaceful corner of the island. This is where luxury, simplicity, and... Read More

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

Oahu’s famed North Shore (home to arguably the best surfing in the world) is worth more than just a day trip. This is the rural, remote side of the... Read More

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,... Read More

Tucked among the ohia trees and huge ferns of a mountain rainforest, the extensive woodwork and windows of the Bamboo Guest House, Guest Cottage, Forest... Read More

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. A recent... Read More

This property was sold and reopened as the Modern Honolulu. ... Read More

The Halekulani’s sister hotel lies just across the street from its (much more) expensive sibling. This casual, low-key property has comfortable,... Read More

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

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... Read More

The golden sands of Ulua Beach are steps from your villa’s front door at this hyper-exclusive South Maui enclave. The 98 villas terraced down towards... Read More

At this hyper-exclusive South Maui enclave, the sands of Wailea’s Ulua Beach are just steps from your villa’s front door. The 98 villas terraced down... Read More

A former oceanfront sugar plantation on the western side of Hawaii's "Garden Isle" is a perfect base-camp for travelers who want to explore Kauai's... Read More

Situated along the Hamakua Coast, this small bed-and-breakfast is housed in the former residence of a sugar plantation superintendent. Built in 1932,... Read More

For a sprawling resort, the Westin Ka’anapali manages to exude calm. This is in part due to the lone (though large) pool—a marked contrast... Read More

First off, one of the pools at this resort has a pirate ship in the middle—which all by itself is enough to drive many kids wild. Second, there’s a high... Read More

Inside, calm and collected. Outside, aquatic uproar: five pools, slides, waterfalls, and a broad swath of Kaanapali Beach, with sucba, parasailing, and... Read More

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