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Editor’s picks for where to stay in Hawaii.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, Oahu
The only thing more seductive than the luxury offered inside the stylishly appointed accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton is the views of the Pacific Ocean from every unit. It doesn’t end there though. Situated at the gateway to world-renowned Waikiki Beach, the resort is just steps away from Luxury Row and vibrant Kalakaua Avenue, where the shopping and dining experiences are also world-class.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
A whale-shaped pool won’t be the only wonder outside your sliding doors. Situated in tropical gardens, there is a 20-foot checkerboard and authentic Hawaiian activities from a hula show to lei making and hularobics. The resort is located near the Kaanapali Golf Course, plus the beachfront walkway connects to the famed Whalers Village as well as other Kaanapali area hotels.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Oahu
Let urban energy mesh with the natural beauty of Waikiki Beach and the surrounding area. With a newly renovated lobby, the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is on 5 acres of lush island landscape and steps from the beach. The Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are a short walk away from the resort. The Arizona Memorial, Sea life Park, Polynesian Cultural Center and other iconic attractions are a short drive.
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
With awards from Travel & Leisure, TripAdvisor, Brides and U.S. News and World Report, the Fairmont Kea Lani has something for everyone. Located on Maui’s Wailea coast, it is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa oceanfront resort. Teen activities include scavenger hunts and canoe excursions, while the kid’s club offers Hawaiian-inspired activities like experimental erupting volcanos and hula lessons.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
On the island’s sunny south shore, appropriately surrounded and infused with gardens, Grand Hyatt Kauai’s backyard is a network of pools, rivers and enclaves, not to mention the 1.5-acre saltwater lagoon and a 150-foot slide. Try the Enrich program, which offers volunteer programs on island. Some opportunities include walking a shelter dog or participating in an environmental cleanup.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Oahu
Enjoy views of Diamond Head and radiant sunsets at this beachfront resort. Located near Waikiki Beach Walk, you’ll be in the heart of island art, fashion and fine dining. Island spirit is found in Outrigger’s Signature Experiences with an array of cultural programs and special services including: Hawaiian vow renewal ceremony, lei making, ukulele and hula lessons.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai
Situated in a secluded cove on Kauai’s north shore, it’s considered one of the most spectacular destinations in Hawaii. Oceanside massages, celebration rituals and retail boutiques will give you aloha in no time. Don’t miss the golf courses: a Robert Trent Jones II-designed course, a newly renovated Makai course and the award-winning Prince course.
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Only 20 minutes from Kona International Airport, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. This sprawling tropical resort on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast has its own tram system. But we prefer to take our time on the canal boats. Also, don’t miss the most popular luau on the island, Legends of Hawaii.
Andaz Maui at Wailea
This resort redefines luxury with a nontraditional approach, offering a secluded tropical hideaway with authentic modern touches. Located on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre beachfront resort boasts a contemporary Andaz signature style while successfully capturing the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.
Royal Kona Resort
An oceanfront swimming pool, private beach and saltwater lagoon are just as welcoming as the exceptional service at Royal Kona. You’re only steps to the town of Kona for dining and shopping, and a short drive to Volcanoes National Park. But don’t miss the weekly Legends of Hawaiian Music Series concerts at Don’s Mai Tai Bar for live music and for one (or more) of their 10 mai tais.