14 Top-Rated Resorts in Hawaii
Few US travel destinations can offer the kind of unique island vacation experience found in Hawaii. Whether you're looking for a great family beach holiday or a romantic getaway with your partner, the "Aloha State" delivers on so many levels. A big draw are the many luxury hotels and resorts from which to choose. Leading the way on our list of top-rated resorts in Hawaii are the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai, as well as its sister property, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, both great choices for families with their many fun activities and kids' programs on offer. For those seeking a more intimate getaway, the adults-only Hotel Wailea on Maui is a superb option for couples wanting a romantic Hawaiian destination. Find the best base for your next tropical vacation with our list of the top-rated resorts in Hawaii.
1 Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Four Seasons Resort Lanai is a great choice for those seeking an unparalleled luxury beach vacation on Hulopoe Bay. Included among its many world-class amenities are the Hawanawana Spa, which specializes in bespoke beauty treatments and pampering, along with hairdressing. There are also two swimming pools, one of which is adults only and resembles a tropical lagoon setting, with hot tubs and cozy private cabanas that are perfect for couples sunning together (chilled towels, beverages, sunglass cleaning, and sunscreen included). Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center offering yoga and wellness classes, nine restaurants, a championship golf course, diving and snorkeling, tennis, and a luxury boutique store.
The accommodations on offer at Four Seasons Resort Lanai are equally impressive. Boasting either garden or ocean views from your private furnished patio or balcony, the elegant one-bedroom units are perfect for couples and come with a deluxe king bed, living area with sofa-bed, and a spacious bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. Features of these chic and bright units include a refreshment center with a deluxe coffee maker, plenty of closet and storage space, plus a work desk-cum-dining table.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Lanai
2 Hotel Wailea, Maui
One of the top-rated Relais & Châteaux locations in the US - and the only one in Hawaii - Hotel Wailea is a private oasis spread across 15 acres of tropical paradise on Maui. The resort consists of just 72 luxurious, 720-square-foot, one-bedroom suites designed to resemble private beach cabins, and each of these chic units offers expansive ocean views from their large decks. Notable features include a separate bedroom, large living area with HDTV, spacious bathroom with a deep soaker bathtub and separate shower, and kitchenettes with high-end appliances.
If you can drag yourself away from your exquisite accommodations, be sure to explore the grounds with their lovely koi pond and gardens overlooking the ocean (if you're lucky, you may even get in some whale watching). The resort's restaurant is popular for its fresh fare and locally produced ingredients, some of which are grown on-site. In-room dining is also available. There's also an adults-only swimming pool with private cabanas, a hot tub, fitness center (with yoga and group classes), electric bike rentals, and weekly canoeing adventures. Perks include complimentary valet parking on-site and at the nearby beach (lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels, and refreshments provided), a local limo , and concierge service.
Accommodation: Hotel Wailea
3 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Island of Hawaii
Another highly-rated Hawaiian property from one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a great choice of places to stay for couples and families alike. Overlooking the island's pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, this large resort consists of 243 elegant rooms and suites available at a variety of price points. The most popular options are the well-appointed one-bedroom suites, which come with their own balconies with table seating, separate sleeping areas, huge 75-inch HDTVs, and large granite bathrooms with deep soaker bathtubs and separate glass showers. For those needing extra room, shoot for one of the uber-luxurious three-bedroom villas, which comes with their own dedicated concierge service.
There's certainly plenty to do on-site. Highlights include relaxing around your favorite of the property's seven swimming pools overlooking the ocean, its five hot tubs, or at the beach (sun lounges and umbrellas available, as are private cabanas). The resort also boasts three excellent restaurants offering everything from casual to fine dining, as well as a business center, concierge services, a fitness center, and full-service spa. There's also plenty for youngsters to do, from nature programs and activities such as movies to a splash zone.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
4 Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui
The Montage Kapalua is well-known for the quality of its intimate beachfront setting in Maui. Set on 24 acres overlooking pretty Kapalua Bay, the Montage consists of just 56 luxury, residential-style units. Popular with larger groups and families, the resort's three-bedroom residences are a real treat. Notable features include sleeping arrangements for up to eight guests (there's a pullout couch in the spacious living area), full-kitchens, large bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers (plush bathrobes and bath products included), and large furnished patios. One- and two-bedroom variants are available.
On-site amenities include three restaurants (in-room dining available), offering everything from casual to fine-dining experiences (as well as pool-side options), a full-service spa, spectacular pool with cascading water and a large sunbathing terrace, tennis courts, snorkeling, and boating excursions. It's also a popular destination for conferences, conventions, and weddings, boasting more than 50,000 square feet of meeting and function space.
Accommodation: Montage Kapalua Bay
5 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui
The Four Seasons Resort Maui is set directly on beautiful Wailea Beach, one of the top-rated beaches on the island. Boasting world-class amenities and a lush tropical property in which to relax - including 58 private cabanas spread across the resort - it's little wonder this has become a hot spot for those wanting a luxury vacation experience. On-site amenities include a modern, 24-hour fitness center, dining in your choice of three great restaurants (including all-inclusive and B&B packages), a full-service spa, boutique stores, three saltwater pools, three tennis courts, and access to three golf courses.
As you'd expect from a Four Seasons resort, the rooms are extremely elegant and luxurious, all of them bright with chic décor throughout and great views over the ocean or gardens. Features of the resort's popular standard hotel rooms include furnished balconies, spacious bathrooms with separate soaker bathtubs and glass showers (including bathrobes and slippers), and plenty of comfortable seating.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
6 Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Oahu
The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a great location for those wanting to enjoy a superlative Hawaiian beach vacation. It's a large resort, consisting of 370 luxury guest rooms and suites, yet manages to feel uncrowded. In addition to first-rate dining, guests can enjoy swimming at the beach or in any one of the resort's large pools, which include a family pool and adults-only pool (there's an additional relaxation and wellness pool adjoining the world-class spa facility), with cabana rentals available. In addition to enjoying a game of tennis, guests can also enjoy the resort's championship golf course. There's also a marina offering watercraft rentals, shopping, and a business center. The resort also has five restaurants.
A great choice of room for couples seeking additional space to spread out and relax in, or families with younger children, the junior suites can be upgraded to include ocean views. In addition to king beds (roll-away beds are available upon request), these units come with large bathrooms with stand-alone showers and bathtubs. If you need even more space, why not book the exquisite penthouse suite? In addition to its huge 800-square-foot balcony with panoramic views, the suite comes with two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, two living rooms (one is part of the master bedroom), a dining room, and a service kitchen.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
7 The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Another great option from a leading luxury hotel brand, The Ritz-Carlton Residences
Waikiki Beach offers plenty of pampering on the island of Oahu. The crown jewel of this beautiful resort's many fine amenities has to be its large infinity pool. Located on the eighth floor, there's plenty of space to lounge around and sunbathe, or simply enjoy the amazing ocean views. Other notable amenities include a variety of dining options, including a private dining room, full-service spa, and large fitness center.
The rooms are equally luxurious and come in a number of different sizes and configurations. Popular for larger groups are the elegant one- or two-bedroom condo-style residences, which come with private bedrooms, full-kitchens, dining rooms with seating for up to eight guests, spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, laundry areas, and large balconies with comfortable chairs. Smaller hotel-style units are also available (and equally luxurious).
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
8 Wailea Beach Villas, Maui
A great location for those looking to familiarize themselves with the island of Maui, Wailea Beach Villas: Destination Hawaii Residences offers its guests first-rate accommodations and amenities. Comprising of a number of condo- and villa-style vacation residences, each privately-owned unit is uniquely decorated, showcasing the individual style and taste of its owner. The quality of each unit is high, and they come with such features as multiple bedrooms (one to five), full-kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and private patios.
In addition to hanging out (and exploring) Wailea Beach, guests can enjoy numerous other fun activities and amenities. Of these, it's the grounds that appeal to many, consisting of 11 acres of pathways and tropical gardens, with water features such as ponds and waterfalls. There's also an adults-only swimming pool (with cabanas) as well as a family pool, two hot tubs, as well as beach chairs and umbrellas, and a beach valet service. Other notable features include a fitness center, billiards room, and business center.
Accommodation: Wailea Beach Villas
9 Halekulani, Oahu
One of the top-rated resorts on the lovely island of Oahu, Halekulani offers high-quality amenities and accommodations overlooking the beach in Waikiki. Especially popular for weddings, honeymoons, and romantic couples' getaways, the resort offers a variety of food options, from poolside dining to in-room options to a delicious afternoon tea on the verandah overlooking the ocean. Other popular features are the outdoor, heated swimming pool; a fitness center with a variety of classes, including yoga; a full-service spa; and beach activities, including surfing.
A great room option, if you can afford it, is the 1,185-square-foot Halekulani Suite. This extremely luxurious unit features a foyer and walk-in closet, spacious master bedroom, separate living room, work area, large bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower, as well as two balconies. A more modest yet equally chic option are the one-bedroom Diamond Head Suites, which can include a second adjoining bedroom if more space is needed.
10 The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Oahu
Famous as a favorite Hawaiian getaway for the rich and famous, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a great choice for a luxury stay on the island of Oahu. And you know you're staying somewhere special the moment you arrive and are given a traditional "aloha" greeting from the friendly staff, including a cool towel. These perks continue in your room, too, including complimentary water bottles and twice-daily maid service. If available, be sure to book one of the lovely ocean-view hotel rooms, which come with quality furnishings, spacious bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs (slippers and bathrobes included), HDTVs, and large furnished balconies.
The amenities include a large 24-hour fitness-center offering state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of classes, along with a hot tub, sauna, and steam room; a business center; beach activities, including surfing and paddle boarding (lessons provided); a full-service spa; and a world-class restaurant that's popular for its use of locally sourced ingredients and regionally inspired dishes. A shuttle shopping service is available to nearby shopping in Waikiki.
Accommodation: The Kahala Hotel & Resort
11 Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
The elegant Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui is as popular for its many fine amenities as it is for its luxurious accommodations. Among the hotel's top amenities are its world-class Willow Stream Spa, a 24-hour fitness center offering yoga and wellness classes, and three swimming pools, one of which is dedicated for adults-only (the other two are great for kids and are connected by a 140-foot waterslide). The hotel also boasts four distinctive restaurants, from casual to fine dining. Other nice features include kids programs and beach activities such as kayaking and canoeing.
A popular choice for families are the one-bedroom suites. These spacious units can sleep four guests comfortably and offer a master bedroom with a separate living area, mini-fridge and microwave, two HDTVs, a spacious marble bathroom, and large furnished balcony with great ocean views. When more space is needed, consider one of the two- or three-bedroom villas. These sumptuously decorated units come with a full kitchen, dining area, two marble bathrooms, and your own furnished courtyard with a barbecue and plunge pool.
Accommodation: Fairmont Kea Lani
12 Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, Kauai
Another fine luxury offering for those who like the finer things in life, the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach consists of 121 of some of Kauai's top-rated rooms and suites. The rooms are bright and elegantly decorated, with quality furnishings. A great choice are those with ocean and beach views from your balcony and through your room's large windows, and couples and families will appreciate the one-bedroom oceanfront suites. These luxurious units feature king beds in a separate bedroom area, large bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, sitting areas, and furnished balconies.
The facilities available at this elegant resort are equally commendable. Highlights include the full-service spa, fitness center with a variety of free classes, swimming pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean, plus a restaurant offering alfresco and in-room dining. A variety of beach activities are also, including canoeing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and surfing. Bike rentals are also available.
Accommodation: Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
13 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai
Another fine resort overlooking Poipu Beach, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a great choice of vacation destination for couples and families alike looking for a great Kauai vacation. Set amid a beautiful 50-acre tract of tropical paradise adjacent to the beach, this large resort offers no end of fun things to do. Notable on-site amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as more adventurous activities, including a thrilling ziplining experience, hiking, and biking. Water sports enthusiasts are also well catered to thanks to the provision of surfing, scuba diving, and kayaking gear rentals and programs. More relaxing fun can be had at the open-air spa, and the resort's dining locations. There's also plenty of meeting and function space, and the beachfront is a particularly popular spot for weddings.
There's plenty of choice when it comes to bedding down for the night, too. The well-appointed accommodations include hotel rooms with either a single king or two queen beds and a good-sized balcony, plus standard features including HDTVs, right up to one- and two-bedroom suites. Ranging in size from 1,050 to 2,813 square feet, these spacious units come with separate bedrooms, living and dining areas, handy wet bars with mini-fridges and microwaves, plus large furnished balconies.
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
14 Fairmont Orchid, Island of Hawaii
Another lovely luxury resort to consider, the Fairmont Orchid on the Island of Hawaii is set on 32 acres of magnificent tropical scenery overlooking the Kohala Coast. The property is a delight to explore thanks to its lush gardens, pathways, a waterfall, and easy access to a secluded beach and lagoon area. Also worth doing is spending time at the luxurious spa, which offers a range of treatments, from couples massages to facials. Afterwards, lounge beside the resort's huge 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, hang out at the private beach club, or take in a game of tennis. Other great on-site amenities include a choice of six restaurants, a golf course, fitness center, and plenty of activities and programs for adults and kids alike.
While a large resort - it has 540 guest rooms and suites - there's certainly plenty of room to spread out. And thanks to the spacious accommodations, you certainly feel like you're somewhere special. The standard rooms are elegantly appointed and decorated, and come with a set of sliding doors that separate the sleeping area from the main living space with its pullout couch, providing an additional element of privacy. The bathrooms are spacious and come with separate bathtubs and walk-in showers, and a furnished balcony is also provided. For those with deeper pockets, consider booking a stay in one of the impressive presidential suites, which comes with a butler's pantry plus dining and living rooms.
Accommodation: Fairmont Orchid Hawaii