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 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.
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.
The hotel, centrally located near shops and restaurants on the south shore, has 72 streamlined suites—all of which are 900 square feet, with soaking tubs and private lanais.
Pure Maui, a luxury travel agency, assists clients in planning customized vacations. The company has a selection of more than 25 private residences, ranging from an eight-bedroom estate on the beach to a bungalow with a private pool.
Formerly the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club
Contemporary, convention-friendly hotel with Hawaii's largest single-level swimming pool—plus a central location between the north and south shores.
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 Estates gives people the opportunity to live there.
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 condos, cottages, and villas are located on or near the beach, usually within a few hundred feet.
At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, director of astronomy Eddie Mahoney ushers couples to the rooftop, where a 16-inch reflector telescope is set up next to strawberries and Château Michelle champagne.
Situated along the Hamakua Coast, this small bed-and-breakfast is housed in the former residence of a sugar plantation superintendent. Built in 1932, the secluded house is surrounded by a lanai with hammocks, a tropical garden filled with fruit trees, and a gazebo overlooking the ocean below.
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 to the aqua-playground of sister property the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.