Hawaii Hotels For Every Kind of Traveler

by Lauren Dana

Hawaii Hotels For Every Kind of Traveler

by Lauren Dana
Smart Luxury

Scenic hiking trails, rich culture, and beautiful beaches: It’s no secret that The Aloha State truly offers something for everyone. But, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, you may be left wondering which is best for you. Here’s where to stay, according to your preferences.

Scenic hiking trails, rich culture, and beautiful beaches: It’s no secret that The Aloha State truly offers something for everyone. But, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, you may be left wondering which is best for you. Here’s where to stay, according to your preferences.

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For the Family: Hilton Waikoloa Village

Between lei making, ukelele lessons, and dozens of other family-friendly activities, It’s almost impossible to be bored at this luxe mega-resort. The main draw is the saltwater lagoon, which spans four acres and features its own white-sand beach. Here, you can paddleboard, kayak, and even snorkel. (You're likely to spot turtles and tropical fish here, too, since the lagoon connects directly the ocean.)  

Between lei making, ukelele lessons, and dozens of other family-friendly activities, It’s almost impossible to be bored at this luxe mega-resort. The main draw is the saltwater lagoon, which spans four acres and features its own white-sand beach. Here, you can paddleboard, kayak, and even snorkel. (You're likely to spot turtles and tropical fish here, too, since the lagoon connects directly the ocean.)  

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For the Beach Bums: Sheraton Kaui Resort

Featuring turquoise waters and a sugar-white shoreline that looks straight out of a postcard, it’s no surprise that Poipu Beach is considered one of America’s best beaches (it’s particularly great for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling) Stay right on the beach at the Sheraton Kaui Resort, which offers sweeping beach views, comfortable accommodations, and, of course, a central beachfront location. 

Read more: America's Best Beaches

Featuring turquoise waters and a sugar-white shoreline that looks straight out of a postcard, it’s no surprise that Poipu Beach is considered one of America’s best beaches (it’s particularly great for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling) Stay right on the beach at the Sheraton Kaui Resort, which offers sweeping beach views, comfortable accommodations, and, of course, a central beachfront location. 

Read more: America's Best Beaches

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For the Group Getaway: Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort And Spa

Just steps away from the famed Waikiki Beach, this 1,230-room property offers something for even the pickiest travel in your group. Plus, each room is spacious and equipped with private lanais (balconies). Popular on-site activities include shopping (the on-site Pualeiani Atrium Shops are comprised of over 60 boutiques), surfing (lessons are offered right on-site), and soaking up the sun (the beautiful beach offers plenty of room for social distancing and sunbathing). 

Just steps away from the famed Waikiki Beach, this 1,230-room property offers something for even the pickiest travel in your group. Plus, each room is spacious and equipped with private lanais (balconies). Popular on-site activities include shopping (the on-site Pualeiani Atrium Shops are comprised of over 60 boutiques), surfing (lessons are offered right on-site), and soaking up the sun (the beautiful beach offers plenty of room for social distancing and sunbathing). 

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For the Instagram-Obsessed: The Surfjack

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club effortlessly blends a retro aesthetic with the sophisticated Hawaiian hipster. Expect funky patterned wallpaper, colorful surfboards, and vintage framed photos, and bungalow-inspired rooms. And, don’t leave without taking a dip in the Instagram-famous pool, tiled with the message: “Wish You Were Here.”

Read more: An Insta-Worthy Hotel Right in Downtown Waikiki

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club effortlessly blends a retro aesthetic with the sophisticated Hawaiian hipster. Expect funky patterned wallpaper, colorful surfboards, and vintage framed photos, and bungalow-inspired rooms. And, don’t leave without taking a dip in the Instagram-famous pool, tiled with the message: “Wish You Were Here.”

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For the Lovebirds: Montage Kapalua Bay

The dreamy Montage Kapalua Bay property spans 24 picturesque acres. Highlights include the tranquil spa (a couples' massage is an absolute must), an incredible golf course, complimentary guided hikes, and several sparkling infinity pools. Splurge on a romantic horseback riding excursion through pineapple fields (or, visit the nearby Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm instead, where you can stroll through the rolling fields hand in hand) before settling down for a private dinner for two at the on-site Cliff House

The dreamy Montage Kapalua Bay property spans 24 picturesque acres. Highlights include the tranquil spa (a couples' massage is an absolute must), an incredible golf course, complimentary guided hikes, and several sparkling infinity pools. Splurge on a romantic horseback riding excursion through pineapple fields (or, visit the nearby Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm instead, where you can stroll through the rolling fields hand in hand) before settling down for a private dinner at the on-site Cliff House. 

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For the Luxury Lovers: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

This one-of-a-kind luxury resort features manicured grounds, bungalow-style accommodations, seven sparkling swimming pools, and incredible architecture. From snorkeling in the beautiful blue waters to sunbathing on the white-sand beaches, to strolling through the tropical gardens near the spa, the property offers plenty to see, do, and explore. Plus, the warm and welcoming staff is always available to help you make the most of your trip by catering to your every need. 

This one-of-a-kind luxury resort features manicured grounds, bungalow-style accommodations, seven sparkling swimming pools, and incredible architecture. From snorkeling in the beautiful blue waters to sunbathing on the white-sand beaches, to strolling through the tropical gardens near the spa, the property offers plenty to see, do, and explore. Plus, the warm and welcoming staff is always available to help you make the most of your trip by catering to your every need. 

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For the Wellness Enthusiast: Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

This dynamic property offers spacious, sun-drenched accommodations; a tranquil ambiance;  and, of course, plenty of opportunities to relax and recharge. Guests have the opportunity to meet with their own personal Sensei Guide, who is responsible for crafting a personalized itinerary to help you meet your wellness goals. The traditional Lomi Lomi massages are not to be missed, as are the Japenese baths, private plunge pools, and leisurely strolls through the lush gardens. Added bonus: The resort’s culinary program was created in partnership with Nobu. 

Read more: 21 Incredible Wellness Resorts Around the World

This dynamic property offers spacious, sun-drenched accommodations; a tranquil ambiance;  and, of course, plenty of opportunities to relax and recharge. Guests have the opportunity to meet with their own personal Sensei Guide, who is responsible for crafting a personalized itinerary to help you meet your wellness goals. The traditional Lomi Lomi massages are not to be missed, as are the Japenese baths, private plunge pools, and leisurely strolls through the lush gardens. Added bonus: The resort’s culinary program was created in partnership with Nobu. 

Read more: 21 Incredible Wellness Resorts Around the World

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For the Foodie: The Fairmont Kea Lani

The Fairmont Kea Lani is home to nine distinct bars and restaurants, and it’s a foodie’s paradise that just so happens to be in, well, paradise. Start your day at Makana Market + Cafe, where you can grab a coffee, a freshly baked pastry, and even a piece of fudge. For lunch, enjoy fish tacos, spring rolls, or poke poolside from Ama Bar and Grill. Meanwhile, happy hour calls for a margarita or two, which you can find at Luana Lounge (pair your drink with a Kona coffee-infused creme brulee). Top it all off at the fine-dining establishment, , which features an expansive, farm-fresh menu (expect lots of seafood, veggies, and Asian-inspired dishes). Bon appetit!

The Fairmont Kea Lani is home to nine distinct bars and restaurants, and it’s a foodie’s paradise that just so happens to be in, well, paradise. Start your day at Makana Market + Cafe, where you can grab a coffee, a freshly baked pastry, and even a piece of fudge. For lunch, enjoy fish tacos, spring rolls, or poke poolside from Ama Bar and Grill. Meanwhile, happy hour calls for a margarita or two, which you can find at Luana Lounge (pair your drink with a Kona coffee-infused creme brulee). Top it all off at the fine-dining establishment, Kō, which features an expansive, farm-fresh menu (expect lots of seafood, veggies, and Asian-inspired dishes). Bon appetit!

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