Hawaii is unquestioningly one of the most popular destinations for travel fanatics all around the world. Speaking of Hawaii, the iconic images as the blue water and sandy Hawaiian beaches, the warm tropical sun, and the colorful clothes and wreath wearing people would come into our minds. Along with a chain of luxurious and modern resorts & hotels, Hawaii is an ideal tropical paradise island for vacations. Thus, I would like to recommend to those who are planning to pay Hawaii a visit the best list of Hawaii Resorts & Hotels in a wide range of budget to help your preparation.
A breathtaking view taken from Aulani
Usually, the four main islands that attract the most visitors are Big Island, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. In the following, I am going to give you suggestions of the best resorts & hotels of each island for every tourist from luxury pleasure vacation, mid-range budget and even for saving budget or backpackers
The best resorts & hotels in Big Island
1. Mauna Lani - Auberge Resorts Collection
Located on the Kohala Coast, Puako, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has been in the best list of Hawaii luxury accommodations for decades. One of the most famous traits of Mauna Lani is that the resort owns various historic grounds and a Hawaiian cultural center. Customers could not only discover and experience via workshops, but also have the chance to talk with Danny Akaka - the resort’s “Kahu Hānai” (the traditional knowledge keeper), and listen to his stories about everything of Hawaii from history, legendary to daily habits. Besides, yoga & spa treatment, restaurants within Mauna Lani Resort as well as its secluded beach are also top-notch!
Ocean View Deluxe King - Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. From: Booking
2. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
This 5-star hotel is stretching along the beautiful sunny beach of Kauna‘oa Bay, on Kohala Coast. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has most of its facilities such as bars & restaurants, a spa & salon, a fitness center, a pool, tennis club... look out at the views of the glittering ocean. The hotel is particularly well known for its perfect golf ground and golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Mauna Kea is also a great choice for leisure vacationists who like culture exploring as the hotel offers its guests with the Pacific and Asian Art Collection of over 1,600 pieces and lots of regularly scheduled Hawaiian cultural activities.
Ocean Front Deluxe Room - Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection. From Booking
3. Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii features a tropical paradise of Hawaiian raw natural beauty in harmony with raffia, pottery, and other earth-toned accents. Moreover, the hotel rooms are decorated with rattan furniture and carpeting with bamboo motifs, and a nice view lanai, of course. Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii might have the most beautiful private beach of all, along with a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront pool as a mini size tropical heaven with palm trees and rock gardens. Bars & Restaurants of the resort are highlighted for their delicious meals and sushi of local sea ingredients. This is a luxurious resort for nature lovers and romantic visitors.
Ocean Front Suite - 1 King - Fairmont Orchid. From: Booking
4. Hilton Waikoloa Village
For a lower price for the mid-range budget from 229$ per night, Hilton Waikoloa Village is also a great beachfront resort with long tropical theme pools. Located on Waikoloa Coast, it has two resort towers, one with great views of the ocean and resort panorama, and another with greater views of the emerald lagoon of the ocean. Hilton Waikoloa Village also offers a good variety of water sport amenities and spa treatment. This hotel is located near many of the best Hawaii beaches and snorkeling spots
Hilton Waikoloa Village. From: Booking
5. Royal Kona Resort
Located in the private black sand beach of Kailua Bay, Royal Kona is a beautiful resort with good prices from 159$ per night. From the resort’s Don the Beachcomber Restaurant, visitors could watch humpback whales if it is in their seasonal migration of the year. Royal Kona Resort also owns a tennis ground, spa treatment center, and fitness center. Remarkably, the resort holds the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau Shows with local cuisine and the Samoan fire dance (Siva Afi) that visitors should not miss.
Royal Kona Resort. From: Booking
The best resorts & hotels in Oahu
1. Turtle Bay Resort
Located in an ideal location on the remote peninsular outcropping of Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort has amazing views of the ocean for each of all guest rooms. This upscale resort is a Hawaiian tropical paradise for relaxing as well as entertaining as providing everything necessary for the best leisure vacation within its area. There are golf grounds, spa & salon, fitness & wellness center, live music bars, as well as a variety of on-site activities including helicopter tours, surfing, paddling, snorkeling,... Remarkably, it offers many interesting activities with horses such as horseback riding, horse therapy services, and playing with ponies for kids. Turtle Bay would keep you fascinatedly busy experiencing exotic things within this large and wonderful resort.
2. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani might be the best upscale resort for families in Oahu island as well as in Hawaii. The most popular feature of Aulani is the fascinating pool area including a winding river, two waterslides, a man-made reef, as well as the coved-in lagoon in both sides of the resort, offering a wide range of water activities for visitors, especially for kids. Obviously, Aulani is full of kids entertainment, a scavenger hunt, outdoor Disney movie nights, Ukulele lessons, and puppets story-telling for example. Other activities to explore the beach and surrounding nature as well as relaxing with treatment are also top-notch in this resort, creating a perfect destination for groups with kids to enjoy together and on their own.
3. Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Located directly across from Waikiki Beach - one of the best beaches of Hawaii, in the Honolulu capital, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is a great choice for visitors that prefer a vibrant atmosphere and exciting nightlife. Aston Waikiki Beach Tower provides the best services and staff as well as great modern on-site amenities including billiards, BBQ facilities, jet spa, fitness room, yoga room, and a beautiful infinity pool looking out the ocean. The rooms are also spacious, elegantly furnished with fully-equipped chef-inspired kitchens, in-room washer/dryer, and wonderful views to the ocean and the Diamond Head. Overall, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower offers the perfect combination of exclusive condominium living and attentive resort-quality service.
Two-Bedroom Premium Oceanfront Deluxe - Aston Waikiki Beach Tower. From: Booking
4. Alohilani Resort
For a less expensive price on the coast of Honolulu capital, the fresh new Alohilani Resort is recommended. This resort tends to create an utterly serene and relaxing oasis compared to the busy streets of Honolulu. The most amazing of Alohilani is the enormous two-story "oceanarium" at the heart of the hotel filled with tropical fishes, here at 0:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day, a scuba diver dives in to feed these fishes. The resort also has interesting rooftop aerial yoga courses and an infinity pool for relaxing.
Diamond Head View Room - Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. From: Agoda
5. Hotel LaCroix
Just about 12 minutes walking from Waikiki beach into the center of Honolulu, La Croix Hotel is a beautiful accommodation for saving budget travelers. The hotel still has unobstructed views of the ocean, mountains, and palm trees, as well as the full necessary amenities inside guest rooms. La Croix hotel’s location is perfect to stroll around the city and easily explore various attractions.
The best resorts & hotels in Kauai
1. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Grand Hyatt is located on Poipu white sand beach, on the south shore of Kauai, and surrounded by gardens and lagoons. This resort not only has wonderful beach and ocean views, but also lush green views of tropical gardens on-site, which provides a really Hawaiian atmosphere for visitors. In this natural and peaceful space, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa offers its guests a wide variety of relaxing treatments, including Anara Spa with traditional healing customs, a water playground with lots of tropically natural miniatures, a great sushi restaurant, and the 18 championship holes Poipu Bay Golf Course above the rugged ocean cliffs. This luxurious resort recalls and renews a prettier image of Hawaii in the 1920s and ’30s. It is a great choice for vacationists seeking to relax in nature's arms.
2. Princeville Resort
On the other side of Kauai, Princeville Resort is located on the beautiful North Shore, adjacent to dense rainforests. Due to its ideal location, the resort’s rooms have stunning views of Kauai traits such as Makana Mountain, Hanalei Bay, and many pristine beaches, rugged coastlines. Princeville Resort also has lovely maintained gardens forming the Hawaiian tropical air. To fully enjoy the best vacation on this rainforest Kauai island, visitors could join in various unique activities of the upscale Princeville Resort, take off with a zipline to view the lush land from above, horseback riding with local stories from the guide, or joining in an off-road tour for a full exploration of the area, of course, there are also lots of family and kids tours to adventure the Hanalei mountain too. Jumping in the water, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and other water sports are available with full amenities. Everything in Princeville Resort just screams out the word “luxury”.
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. From: Booking
3. Ko‘a Kea Hotel & Resort
Located in the middle of the Poipu Beach resort area on Kauai’s south shore, Ko’a Kea is a luxurious and romantic resort for a quiet and private vacation. There are not many on-site activities, but the private beach in front of the resort is absolutely wonderful. The white sand beaches in the area are often calm and safe for water sports, the resort is also near one of the best places for surfing and snorkeling in Hawaii. The most outstanding feature of Ko’a Kea might be the attentive and pampering services and staff, they always have another plan for guests if the weather conditions changes, and always pay attention to guests’ wishes. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort might be the perfect place for a pause vacation.
King Room with Ocean View - Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. From: Booking
4. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
Waiohai Beach Club of the Marriott branch is one outstanding resort for mid-range budgets. Besides modern rooms fully equipped with kitchens and beautiful views of Poipu beach, Waiohai Beach Club has three sparkling outdoor pools and great restaurants for Hawaiian and Mexican cuisine which are wonderfully suitable for families or young groups. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club is perfect for enjoying Kauai island with just half the price of the luxurious resorts above.
Two-Bedroom Villa with Ocean View, Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club. From: Booking
5. Garden Island Inn
For a saving budget trip, Garden Island Inn in Lihue is definitely a great stop for Kauai island. The place is small but decorated beautifully with the Hawaiian aloha spirit feeling. The inn offers borrowable beach gears for water activities at Kalapaki beach. Garden Island Inn also has a small relaxing garden and a comfortable atmosphere.
The best resorts & hotels in Maui
1. Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Located on Maui's southwestern shore, Fairmont Kea Lani is a luxurious resort with a classically elegant design and ample features. The Polo beach in front of the resort is usually calm, which is great for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking, and is particularly safe for family groups. Like other Fairmont hotels, Kea Lani has very good restaurants with delicious local cuisine, especially seafood, as well as the most attentive and friendly staff. Of course, other facilities of Kea Lani such as the lounge and swim-up bar, outdoor pools, luxury spa and beauty salon, fitness center, and kids' club are all top-notch!
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. From: Booking
2. Ho’olei at Grand Wailea
This is one of the most spacious and luxurious resorts of Hawaii. The resort provides condos and villas that average 3,500 square feet, offering stunning tropical and ocean views from private lanais, and fully equipped as a luxury home, giving the private and peaceful atmosphere and tranquil retreat for the guests. Ho’olei is an upscale mega-resort with a system of nine pools, one of the top U.S. spas, and even though not located beachfront, Wailea Beach near the resort is also one of the most beautiful beaches of Hawaii as well as the world.
Three-Bedroom Villa with Ocean View - Ho'olei at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. From: Booking
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Located on the D.T. Fleming golden secluded beach, this 54-acre huge luxurious resort includes 466 elegant rooms with a furnished balcony, an outstanding spacious three-level pool giving the infinite feeling, six distinctive restaurants with locally sourced cuisine, two championship golf courses, tennis facilities, incredible indigenous spa treatments and lots of water sports facilities. The Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua is merged into the wonderfully lush green of landscaped grounds and the crystal blue water of the Pacific Ocean, which provides visitors the best seclusion and relaxation for leisure vacations in the services of a top-notch luxury getaway.
Residential Two-Bedroom Suite with Ocean View - The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. From Booking
4. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
Travelers might be surprised that this beachfront resort is at a really reasonable price in comparison with other resorts in Lahaina, West Maui. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort maintains condo-style rooms with balconies looking out at the stunning ocean and mountain views and fully equipped kitchens, one hot tub and one oceanfront pool, and many family-friendly amenities. Visitors could also find good services of parasailing, fishing, snorkeling, and sunset cruises within walking distance from the resort.
5. Kahana Beach Vacation Club
Saving budget hotels often located far from the beach, but it is different from Kahana - a beachfront hotel at a low price! Kahana Beach Vacation Club fully equipped with an outdoor pool, a hot tub, convenient balcony studios, and even barbecue facilities on site. Kahana is definitely a great choice for a beach hotel at the rate under 150$.
Kahana Beach Vacation Club. From: Booking
Thank you for reading my list, I hope these recommendations could be of help for you in choosing a nice accommodation on your trips to Hawaii - one of the best tropical islands in the world!