The Best Hotels in Hawaii
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Find a hotel that suits your vision of island paradise, be it a romantic private villa on a remote coastline or a family-friendly beachfront resort with all the bells and whistles. We've compiled a list of our favorite places to stay for any type of Hawaiian getaway.
450 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
A few blocks up from the beach, the Coconut Waikiki is a bright and cheery budget-minded boutique hotel. The rooms are plenty roomy (197 to 265 square feet for the standard quarters; up to 1,200 square feet for the largest suites), and all...
1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The Luana Lounge at the Fairmont Orchid Resort on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island luxuriates guests in comfortable seats inside or outside on the lanai (patio). Food and drinks are thoughtfully crafted to coincide with the indoor/outdoor lounge...
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...
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...
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
An esteemed and award-winning hotel, the Halekulani will treat guests to a perfect stay in Honolulu. Located just off the Waikiki strip, the quieter atmosphere allows guests to soak up the Island peacefully with easy access to the attractions that...
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...
129 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
With its shiny black surfaces and gray-on-gray color scheme, this sleek little hotel set back on a busy Waikiki corner would be at home in any major city. Only here, the front desk clerk cheerfully hands out beach towels and boogie boards. Despite...
Captain Cook, HI, USA
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...
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel sits on the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Beautiful sandy beaches cater to sun worshipers while the proximity to Waimea and Kailua-Kona make it a great place for travelers who seek ocean sports, coffee culture, or horseback...
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Both of Waikiki’s Outrigger hotels are a good value, but this one is a little bigger and a little quieter. It’s right on the beach, just north of the main resort cluster, and though a short walk to the middle of the action, far enough...
2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
These days, any spa worth its sea salt offers Lomi Lomi massage, but knowledge of the technique was once restricted to five Hawaiian lineages. Westin Moana Surfrider therapists train with these families, keeping the tradition strong. 2365 Kalakaua...
2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
If you go to Hawaii a number of times in your lifetime, be sure to stay at The Royal Hawaiian at least once. At the luxury end of accommodation, the hotel was recently renovated and looks magnificent. We stayed in a garden room and whilst at the...
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...
3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
The stylish Andaz Maui, on Mokapu Beach, has a full calendar of outrigger canoe lessons and talks by marine biologists, ukulele prodigies, and coffee growers. Local ingredients show up in chef Masaharu Morimoto’s dishes—and at the...
4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
The Fairmont Kea Lani is one of the nicest resorts I've seen. I spent two nights here during my trip to Maui and really enjoyed my experience. When you first arrive, you are adorned with a beautiful purple lei and a welcome drink. Another...
3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
Look no further than Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea for the ultimate in Hawaiian luxury. The feeling begins to settle in as you walk through the crescent-shaped property’s lobby, catching plumeria-scented breezes on your way to the...
555 Kaukahi St Wailea, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
Perched 300 feet above the Pacific and nestled on 15 acres, Hotel Wailea is a former members club that still feels like a hidden enclave of cool. In 2014, new owners invested in a $15 million redesign that left 72 one-bedroom suites with white oak...
1813 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768, USA
I read somewhere that the most expensive commodity in travel is peace. Lumeria is already there, offering respite for mind, body and soul in elegant surroundings that are intended to stimulate and relax all at once. That is the dichotomy of...
5031 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713, USA
Hana, Maui is a place to escape for the road-weary traveler. With its 620 bends and 54 bridges, the final turn on the road to Hana is the metaphoric pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And while this remote Hawaiian island destination appeals...
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