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.
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 towards the water have the feel of your own private home—if your home has a butler.
Want to really make an impression for a night you’ll never forget? Wake up in one of the luxurious suites and spend the day at the Spa, and then surprise your date with a dinner at the Cliff House—an intimate venue over Namalu Bay where the only table is yours.
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 15 acres to feel like private homes.
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 white capped Pacific—it’s as calming, private, and exclusive an experience as you’ll find anywhere in Maui.
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 the view from the wrap around deck.
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 the room.
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 water park and a zoo.
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.
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 children.
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-speed “fish pipe”—a rotating ball that feels like a 90-second water slide.
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 everything to keep children happy.
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, three different tiers of infinity-edge pools here face directly out towards the beach. One pool is open 24 hours—and so is the adjoining hot tub.
Adults love the luxury, kids love the slides, and the grotto setting is cleverly arranged to accommodate both.
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 luxurious mountaintop.
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-only pool here that epitomizes outdoor hedonism.