The Best Hotels on the Island of Hawaii

With luxury resorts, quaint motels, condo rentals, and campgrounds, the Big Island offers a wide variety of accommodations. If you’re looking for high-end resorts, the Kona area on the west side of the island is your best bet, while travelers who prefer a low-key condo or B&B will be better off on the eastern Hilo side. Be sure to book in advance, especially during events such as the Ironman Race in September and the Merrie Monarch Festival in April.
Collected by Afar Magazine
Photo courtesy of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

The sweet smell of plumeria floats on gentle trade winds into each guest room at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. When entering the room, you may be surprised that floor-to-ceiling picture windows and a beautiful private lanai (patio) beckon you to step...

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

In many ways, the Fairmont Orchid is the quintessential Hawaiian luxury resort. Its big, elegant lobby is blooming with purple orchids and birds of paradise, its enormous, 24-hour swimming pool wends its way around black rock islands, and its 32...

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hualalai, Big Island
72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

A favorite among Hollywood royalty, the Big Island’s Four Seasons is more secluded than its sister property on Maui. It sits on 863 acres of palm-fringed coastline, with little else for miles in any direction, other than two exclusive golf courses...

Photo courtesy of Hale Ohia Cottages
11-3968 Hale Ohia Rd, Volcano, HI 96785, USA

In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it village of Volcano, on the slopes of Mauna Loa and just outside of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, are a handful of B&Bs and cottage rentals (see also Volcano Rainforest Retreat). Among the oldest—but no less...

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Island Retreat
250 Lokahi Rd, Kapaau, HI 96755, USA

A clifftop eco-hotel surrounded by 50 barely touched acres on the bucolic North Kohala coast, Hawaii Island Retreat feels as far away as it gets. There are no TVs in the guest rooms, no air-con, and Wi-Fi only in certain spots. Solar and wind...

Photo courtesy of Ka’awa Loa Plantation & Guesthouse

Far from the big resorts, in a lush, hilly corner of the Big Island that the locals consider the real Hawaii, is Ka’awa Loa Plantation & Guesthouse. This tremendously charming bed-and-breakfast is set on a small coffee farm and fruit orchard....

Photo by Wowi Zowi
11-3832 12th St, Volcano, HI 96785, USA

Turning off the highway into Volcano Village, the one-street town leading into Volcanoes National Park, first-time visitors might think they just made a right turn into Oregon. Cool, misty, and thick with giant ferns, this corner of the Big Island...

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