10 Top-Rated Resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii
Whether it's for your honeymoon or your multigenerational family vacation, Hawaii's Big Island is home to a bountiful number of resorts for all budgets and types of travelers. The majority of resorts are located on the sunny Kohala Coast, which runs along the Big Island's northwest coastline beginning north of the Kona International Airport. Most of the resorts listed here are scattered across this area, which is also known as the "resort coast." That said, there are also some great lodging choices around the town of Kailua-Kona, especially to its south, where you'll find the Big Island's top luxury property: the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Find the perfect tropical hideaway with our list of the best resorts on the Big Island.
1 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
The most luxurious resort on the Big Island, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is in a great west coast location, just to the south of Kailua-Kona town. Right on the ocean, it features stunning coastline views. The decor is elegant, Hawaiian contemporary, and the 243 rooms, suites, and villas, most of which have ocean views off balconies, are located in low-rise bungalows that mesh well with the environs. Away from the rooms are multiple swimming pools filled with either saltwater or freshwater, three restaurants, fashion shops, and an open-air spa in a beautiful, natural locale. A Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, open only to guests, and a gym featuring daily yoga and other workout classes complete the picture.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
2 Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Located on Mauna Kea beach on the Kohala Coast, the upscale Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection was the first hotel development built in this area back in 1965. Today, it is run by Marriott and offers 252 spacious rooms and suites with modern island decor and comfortable beds. Beyond the rooms, you'll find a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, a full-service spa, and tennis courts with sea views. There are also several dining options on-site, serving up island-inspired cuisine. It is a good choice for families, groups, and couples alike.
Accommodation: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
3 Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
The Fairmont Orchid overlooks Pauoa Bay from a beautifully landscaped 32-acre property on the Kohala Coast. The resort caters to honeymooners, as well as families, and has a dedicated on-site kids' program for children between the ages of five and 12 years, as well as babysitting services for a fee. Rooms and suites here are contemporary and luxe, and all feature private balconies (most with ocean views) along with marble baths and flatscreen TVs. There is also a lovely open-air spa, several restaurants, and a giant pool with ocean views.
Accommodation: Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
4 Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Also on the Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is in a gorgeous setting with walking trails crisscrossing its grounds and passing by a saltwater stream where reef fish swim. The rooms and suites are stylish and modern with neutral color tones, comfortable beds, and flatscreen TVs, along with private balconies. Couples looking for privacy or families looking for space will want to book one of the bungalows, which come with private plunge pools, gardens, and plenty of room to spread out. Also on-site is a farm-to-table style restaurant and a wild outdoor spa with volcanic-rock saunas and water therapy treatments in a lava-tube. Active amenities include two golf courses, multiple swimming pools, and a gym.
Accommodation: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
5 Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
Just a mile from Waiulua Bay on the Kohala Coast, this property features family friendly accommodation in two-bedroom suites that are spacious and modern in decor. All come with living rooms with pullout sofa beds, as well as full kitchens and whirlpool tubs in the bathrooms. Kids will like the PlayStations that come with each room. Away from the rooms there is an outdoor pool, fitness space, tennis courts, barbecue grills, and even a putting green and playground for the little ones. Although there isn't a restaurant on-site, a free shuttle will take you directly to nearby sister property Hilton Waikoloa Village, which boasts multiple restaurants and two golf courses.
Accommodation: Kohala Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
6 Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa
On Anaehoomalu Bay on the Kohala Coast, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is a large mid-range property on lush tranquil grounds, where you'll find walking paths, ponds filled with fish, and two swimming pools. The resort also has direct beach access. The 533 rooms and suites are clean and comfortable, and staff members are friendly and helpful. There is an on-site restaurant, but if it doesn't fit your taste, this property is within walking distance to many other restaurants and shops. It's also next to two championship golf courses.
Accommodation: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
7 Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
In the Kailua-Kona area, the Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort is a perfect family pick for its spacious, two-bedroom condos that can accommodate up to six people. These come with amenities like full kitchens and washer/dryers that make parents' lives easier. The resort has a yesteryear Hawaii vibe that harkens back to the 1930s. There is no on-site restaurant, but there are plenty of choices nearby. The resort has two swimming pools and Jacuzzi hot tubs, however. The Wyndham is not located directly on the beach, but there is one just a few minutes' walk away, and the property features lovely views across Kahalu'u Bay.
Accommodation: Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
8 Hilton Waikoloa Village
One of the top family choices on the Kohala Coast, with plenty of kid-focused amenities, the Hilton Waikoloa Village sits on 62 acres right near the water - although there is no proper beach, there is a man-made lagoon with its own sand strip. The property is huge, so big in fact that it runs a tram and ferry boats to get you from one section to another. It also includes some lovely gardens, waterfalls, and a dolphin pool that kids will love. There are 1,200 rooms and suites in three separate towers, and each has a slightly different style decor. Beyond the rooms, amenities include multiple restaurants and three large pool areas, including one that is adults only, along with boutique shops and a spa with separate male and female saunas and hot tubs.
Accommodation: Hilton Waikoloa Village
9 Holualoa Inn
Escape the big resorts with a stay at the Holualoa Inn, which is located just five miles from Kailua-Kona town and offers bed and breakfast accommodations on a 30-acre coffee plantation. Done up in luxurious Polynesian-style, the rooms and suites offer either ocean or garden views and come with sitting areas and original artwork. Some also feature hot tubs or private balconies. There is also a private, one-bedroom cottage in a separate building that features a wraparound porch and living room. The included breakfast is delicious, and there are complimentary refreshments served in the afternoons. Also on-site is a swimming pool with sea views, a rooftop gazebo and a telescope for guests to use.
Accommodation: Holualoa Inn
10 Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
South of the Kohala Coast and downtown Kailua-Kona, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa offers a range of modern rooms and suites featuring full or partial ocean views from their private balconies. All are spacious and airy with comfortable beds and linens. For families, the suites add kitchenettes and living space. Beyond the rooms is a restaurant that cooks up Hawaiian-focused fare and an outdoor pool with waterslides that children will love. There's also a spa and fitness center, and morning yoga classes are included in the resort fee.
Accommodation: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay