The 10 Best Hawaiʻi Resorts

Beach enclaves, wellness getaways, green retreats: These are the 10 best resorts in the Hawaiian Islands.

A suite with a view of the ocean at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

A suite with a view of the ocean at the Fairmont Kea Lani

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There are many reasons why travelers are drawn again and again to the Hawaiian islands, whether it’s the natural beauty of the beaches and rainforests or the blend of rich cultures that go back centuries. The best resorts here offer visitors myriad ways to connect more deeply with the archipelago’s cultural heritage and magnificent landscapes.

As part of our Hotels We Love series, we’ve gathered a list of our 10 all-time favorite places to stay in the Hawaiian islands. In this collection of retreats below—listed in no particular order—you’ll find resorts that excel in various experiences, from well-being to family travel.

1. Turtle Bay Resort

Large, modern guest room, with desk and floor-to-ceiling windows facing ocean

All accommodations at Turtle Bay Resort have ocean views.

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  • Location: Kahuku, O‘ahu
  • Why we love it: A sanctuary on the North Shore that embraces sustainable practices
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On Oʻahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort’s 408 guest rooms and suites and 42 private Ocean Bungalows are decorated in light wood and earth tones and have ocean views. Sea and land are a central part of the hotel experience: Learn to surf with a lesson at the Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience, take a kayak tour to spy sea turtles, golf on the 18-hole championship Arnold Palmer course, or go horseback riding along the beach. Guests have walking-distance access to seven secluded beaches and three on-site pools.

The staff’s commitment to environmental sustainability is apparent everywhere: Meals are prepared with leafy greens, beets, and other crops from the resort’s own Kuilima Farm, a plot of land five minutes from the hotel, and the golf course is maintained with gray water treated by the resort’s own plant. From $779

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2. The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

Aerial view of exterior of the pink Royal Hawaiian, with Diamond Head in distance

The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927.

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  • Location: Waikīkī, O‘ahu
  • Why we love it: A grande dame on Waikīkī Beach
  • Loyalty program: Marriott Bonvoy
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Built in the Roaring Twenties and dubbed the “Pink Palace” for its pink Spanish Moorish exterior, the Royal Hawaiian ushered in a new glamorous age of Waikīkī Beach. Located on the former playground for such royals as King Kamehameha I, the oceanfront resort endures as a neighborhood grande dame. Its breezy portico lined with rocking chairs and garden pathways lit by torches are a reminder that the romance of old Waikīkī lives on.

The 528 rooms, including 33 suites, feature vintage koa furnishings and historic photographs of Waikīkī. Start your day with the famous Pink Palace Pancakes at Surf Lanai before lounging by the pools, or reserve a private chaise lounge and umbrella set on Waikīkī Beach. In the evening, get a drink at the buzzy Mai Tai Bar and follow it with a seafood-forward, four-course tasting menu at beachfront restaurant Azure. From $459

3. Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection

A Deluxe Ocean View Suite at Mauna Lani, with L-shpaed gray sofa and glass doors that open to balcony

A Deluxe Ocean View Suite at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection

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  • Location: Kamuela, Island of Hawaiʻi
  • Why we love it: The social vibe and all-ages cultural and beach activities
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On the sun-soaked Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani’s 333 guest rooms, including 36 suites, have hardwood floors, natural fabrics, and private lanais with either mountain or ocean views. Guests in search of cultural knowledge can visit the resort’s Hale ʻI’ike (house of knowledge), which displays traditional Hawaiian artifacts like shark tooth weapons and holds regular ukelele jams.

Visitors can also take a family-friendly guided petroglyph hike in the nearby Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, or get closer to the Pacific Ocean by snorkeling or deep sea fishing. Golf fans flock to Mauna Lani’s world-class North and South courses, while three pools are ideal for lounging. The five on-site restaurants and lounges range from beachfront CanoeHouse, with Japanese-inspired dishes, to the toes-in-the-sand Surf Shack for poke and fish tacos. From $1,099

4. Kona Village, a Rosewood Resort

A guest room with two beds, high ceilings, wooden floors, and Pacific Ocean views

A guest room at Kona Village, a Rosewood Resort, on the Island of Hawai’i

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  • Location: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaiʻi
  • Why we love it: A reborn icon that embraces cultural sustainability
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Along the shores of Kahuwai Bay on the Kona Coast, Kona Village, a Rosewood Resort, recently reopened after a devastating tsunami in 2011 destroyed the resort. Today, Kona Village pays homage to the centuries-long legacy of local land stewardship under the guidance of a cultural committee. A cultural center pays tribute to sacred archaeological sites and anchialine pools (enclosed ponds with an underground connection to the ocean).

The 150 guest hales, or rooms, which range from one to four bedrooms, feature large lanais and outdoor showers. Home to the largest privately owned microgrid in the state, Kona Village is capable of operating fully on renewable energy and solar power. The resort has an on-site farm for the four bars and restaurants, which highlight Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cuisine. Sybarites can take advantage of the integrative wellness program at Asaya Spa or the four outdoor pools. Don’t miss Kona Village’s thoughtful cultural experiences; they include a sunrise outrigger canoe paddle and sailing lessons from modern-day Polynesian voyagers. From $1,800

5. Fairmont Kea Lani

A curved lanai with round table and four chairs overlooking the Pacific

The Kilohana Corner Suites at Fairmont Kea Lani have lanais with wraparound views of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Location: Wailea, Maui
  • Why we love it: A family-friendly retreat with large rooms
  • Loyalty program: Accor Live Limitless
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Of all the accommodations in Maui’s Wailea resort community, the Fairmont Kea Lani is one of the most family-friendly options. The property’s 413 one-bedroom suites and 37 two-story villas are among the largest on the island—the smallest suites start at 860 square feet, while the two-and three-bedroom villas start at 1,800 square feet. Family-friendly features include separate sleeping and living areas, furnished outdoor spaces, sleeper sofas, and kitchen facilities, while villas encourage group gatherings with plunge pools and grills for barbecuing.

In December 2023, the resort added the open-air Hale Kukuna with guidance from the resort’s cultural advisory board. Located in a prominent area next to the lobby, it’s now the island’s largest resort-based cultural center and hosts events like lei making and displays works by Native Hawaiian artisans.

Two lagoon-style pools are connected by a 140-foot waterslide, while an adults-only pool offers more tranquility. Guests can also enjoy outrigger canoe journeys and locally inspired treatments at the Willow Stream Spa. The five on-site restaurants include a new oceanfront bar and lounge, Pilina, with sustainably sourced sushi. From $1,149

6. Montage Kapalua Bay

Aerial view of Montage Kapalua Bay, with green lawns, palm trees, several pools and beige buildings next to ocean

Montage Kapalua Bay is in Lahaina, on Maui’s northwestern shore.

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  • Location: Lahaina, Maui
  • Why we love it: Residential-style accommodations that face the ocean
  • Loyalty program: I Prefer (Preferred Hotels & Resorts)
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Montage Kapalua Bay, located on an ocean-facing cliff on the island’s northwestern shore, impresses right from the entrance, where tranquil koi ponds lead to an array of pools and waterfalls at the center of the resort. The 70 residential-style accommodations feature kitchens with marble countertops and wine refrigerators; deep-soaking tubs and walk-in showers; and washers and dryers.

Activities include tropical hikes and paddleboarding excursions, while Spa Montage offers a range of services, such as a marine-based body exfoliation treatment in an outdoor pavilion. Cane & Canoe, one of four restaurants, serves a seafood-centric menu with mostly local ingredients (kauai prawns; hamachi aguachile; vadouvan curry with vegetables grown in the islands). From $1,500

7. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

Open-air lobby lanai at the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, with chairs and firepit overlooking pools, palm trees, and the Pacific

The open-air lobby lanai at the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

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  • Location: Kapalua, Maui
  • Why we love it: A sprawling cliffside retreat with standout family programming
  • Loyalty program: Marriott Bonvoy
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On cliffs overlooking Honokahua Bay, the secluded Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is set on 22,000 acres among towering trees. The 468 guest rooms, suites, and residences all have private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows and are decorated in sand tones with blue and green accents and custom wood finishes. Introduced in 2023, the 33 Fire Lanai Collection rooms and suites have extended lanais with private firepits and large dining tables.

If you’re here during whale season (December through April), you can spy them all day long from the resort grounds. Consider a family-friendly coastal hike, snorkeling session, or e-bike tour with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment education program (or just lounge in a cabana near the resort’s massive, three-tiered pool). Golfers eager to test their skills can choose between two 18-hole courses set on a historic pineapple plantation. From $899

8. 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

Bathroom in the Napali Penthouse suite, with plants and large round tub beside large window facing the ocean

A bathroom in the Napali Penthouse suite at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

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  • Location: Princeville, Kauaʻi
  • Why we love it: A wellness-focused retreat with sustainability at its core
  • Loyalty program: Mission by 1 Hotels
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An oceanside sanctuary overlooking Kauaʻi’s North Shore, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay is serious about sustainability. The resort has roofs that reduce and filter storm water runoff, has replaced non-native and invasive species on property with endemic and Polynesian-introduced vegetation, and uses furniture made from salvaged wood.

The 252 rooms (51 are suites) are clad in floors fashioned by hand from local black basalt, decorated with reclaimed teak and abaca furniture, and outfitted with traditional punai daybeds. The property’s expansive Wellness Center combines an 18,000-square-foot Bamford Wellness Spa with a 10,000 square-foot Anatomy fitness center. Drop in at any of the seven restaurants that focus on sustainable food sourcing, including Welina Terrace for such Japanese-inspired shared plates as chili hamachi and shrimp tempura. From $1,200

9. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

This Pool Suite living room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has hardwood floors, a white sofa, and a lanai that faces resort's pool

A Pool Suite living room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

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  • Location: Koloa, Kauaʻi
  • Why we love it: A laid-back resort in a sunny corner of Kauaʻi
  • Loyalty program: World of Hyatt
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The low-rise Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is tucked among lagoon-style pools and tropical gardens on Kauaʻi’s sunny South Shore. Its 605 rooms and suites are styled in coral, blue, and sand hues with ample wood accents and include a private lanai and spacious marble bath. Between snacking on bar-side sushi or dining at an open-air seafood and steak restaurant, guests can book experiences like ʻohe kapala (Hawaiian stamping) at the cultural center. For those who want to give back, the resort’s Enrich program offers volunteer opportunities ranging from beach cleanups to walking shelter dogs. From $749

10. Sensei Lānaʻi, a Four Seasons Resort

Exterior of Sensei Lana'i, next to pool at twilight

Sensei Lana’i, a Four Seasons Resort is located in the island’s green interior.

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  • Location: Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi
  • Why we love it: An adults-only wellness retreat in Lānaʻi’s green interior
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Tucked in the green heart of the island amid tranquil meditation gardens and an enviable art collection, the adults-only Sensei Lānaʻi, a Four Seasons Resort, weaves together personalized wellness programs with consultations, spa treatments, fitness classes, lectures, and island adventures—not to mention daily dining from Nobu.

The 96 guest rooms are done in soothing creams tans and have views of towering pine trees or sculpture-filled lush gardens. Spa treatments happen in private hales with indoor and outdoor showers, infrared saunas, Japanese ofuro bathtubs, and private plunge pools. Lounge by the pool or enjoy island activities, sometimes shared with guests from sister property Four Seasons Lānaʻi. At Sensei by Nobu, sample dishes that incorporate the property’s nutritional philosophy as well as Nobu classics (miso marinated black cod, anyone?). From $1,080

Jill K. Robinson writes about travel and adventure for AFAR, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside, Sierra, and more. She has won Lowell Thomas, Society of American Travel Writers, and American Society of Journalists and Authors awards for her work.
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