By Nia Peters
Selecting the 10 best hotels in Hawaii is not an easy task. Being a vacation paradise and with tourism and the mainstay of its economy, the islands have an extremely well developed hotel infrastructure. There is accommodation to fit all budgets. But beyond that there are hotels dedicated to honeymooners / romantic getaways, family holidays, water sports and beach activities and much more. But on the basis of guest responses and overall reputation, here are 10 hotels that should be considered by anyone planning to visit the islands. The hotels listed below are not presented in any particular order or hierarchy.
The island of Oahu has 3 hotels that fall into the “best” category. The Royal Hawaiian is the best known of them all. Although older than other hotels, it has recently been renovated and the results are impressive. Each of the 528 rooms and suites combines modern comfort with old world luxury. The original structure, called the Historic building offers elegant period furnishings and an aura of old world sophistication. The rooms in the newer Royal Tower all have a lanai offering a private view of the beach and ocean.
Set in 880 acres of verdant tropical gardens, the Turtle Bay resort is a true full service luxury hotel. Only 45 minutes from Honolulu, guests have 5 miles of pristine beach and 12 miles of ocean trails to enjoy. With all the comforts one could ask for and great meeting facilities, this is the perfect place for both work and play.
Those wishing to follow in the footsteps of presidents, royalty and celebrities will find the Kahala Hotel and resort ideal. In 2006 it was chosen as the best resort hotel in the state. The hotel offers a full range of activities, spas, great cuisine and extremely well appointed rooms.
On the Big Island, The Fairmont Orchid with its 540 luxurious rooms and suites offers the perfect place to enjoy a great vacation. Situated amidst 32 acres of lush greenery, the beach front property is also adjacent to a world class golf course. With nightly entertainment, great food, spas, and a range of activities, it is a complete vacation hotel.
The Kona Village Resort is the only all inclusive hotel on the Big Island. Offering rooms with all modern comforts and amenities and great cuisine options this hotel is best known for the range of entertainment and activities that are part of the all inclusive package. There is also a special children’s program to keep the young ones occupied.
On the island of Kauai, the Grand Hyatt provides all the class and comforts that the Hyatt chain is known for. Rooms have either an ocean or a garden view and have floor to ceiling windows to maximize the viewing experience. A variety of eating options, a great bar, live entertainment, the beach, golf and tennis are just some of the attractions available.
Situated atop lush emerald cliffs is the St. Regis Princeville Resort. From the hotel you will get spectacular views of crystal clear water, pristine beaches and fabulous sunsets. Luxury is exemplified by the gracious butler service. After playing golf, walking through the rainforest or spending a day at the beach, the spas are great places to unwind.
Maui is where you will find the Four Seasons resort. Guest coming here for the first time will soon understand why the Four Season’s name defines luxury and comfort. The hotel has recently be renovated and the rooms offer state of the art amenities like furnished lanais, marble bathrooms, large screen HDTVs, high speed internet and much more. And of course, the Four Season’s acclaimed cuisine. After a long day enjoying all the attraction that Hawaii has to offer, this is the place to come back to.
The Westin Maui Resort and Spa is situated on 12 acres of oceanfront property and all the 750 rooms have private balconies and classic wooden furniture to create a tropical aura. Besides all the other facilities you would expect from a world class resort, the Westin also has its own water park that is designed to be enjoyed by every age group.
Located on Maui’s western coast and adjacent to Wailea beach is the Grand Wailea Resort. This 5 Diamond resort has luxurious rooms that include fully stocked refreshment centers. There is a water complex with 9 interconnected pools, besides all the other attraction a visitor would expect from a luxury resort in Hawaii. The Spa Grande is regularly featured among the best spas in America.