Now that we’ve decided that Hawaii is the coolest place on the planet, you’ll need somewhere to stay while you explore and have all those adventures. The good news is there are tons of options to choose from, including high-end luxury hotels all the way to condos that can fit the whole family.
You’re likely to be staying in Honolulu when you visit Oahu, given the sheer number of places to stay and things to do there.
The Royal Hawaiian: one of Waikiki’s most recognizable resorts for its bright pink color, this hotel was opened in 1927. Don’t miss the resort tour, offered every Tuesday and Thursday, to get the history behind the signature art and cultural importance of the resort’s grounds stretching back to the Hawaiian Monarchy.
Hilton Hawaiian Village: this is another recognizable hotel, due to the sliding rainbow feature on the Rainbow Tower. It’s also one of the most popular and largest hotels in all of Hawaii. The resort has its own village with more than 90 shops, 22 restaurants, a 5-acre saltwater lagoon and a 77-foot lava tube slide.
Aston Waikiki Sunset: families in particular will love this condo property with its one- and two-bedroom suites. It has the spectacular ocean views, and is within a short walk of both Kuhio Beach Park and the Honolulu Zoo. Though not directly on the beach, it is also a very quick walk to Waikiki.
Turtle Bay Resort: if you’re looking to stay somewhere outside of Honolulu, then this is the place. Located on the North Shore, the resort hosts surfer parties and events during the winter months, when waves can swell up to 40 feet. (Just be sure to leave the surfing to the pros!)
The Valley Isle is a great choice for a more laid-back island vibe. You’ll find charming towns like Lahaina and some of the world’s best golf at Wailea and Kapalua.
Royal Lahaina: located right on the famous Kaanapali Beach, this is a perfect place to post up and watch the nightly torch-lighting ceremony at Black Rock. During the winter months, you can also watch whales breach out of the water right from the ocean-facing bar.
Montage Kapalua Bay: for a luxury experience, this is one resort that is tough to beat. It’s near the Kapalua golf courses, plus right on-site you can learn to make lei, take ukulele lessons or try your hand at hula dancing.
Hyatt Regency Maui: the one way to describe this resort’s 750,000-gallon pool is “impressive,” especially given the 150-foot slide and underground grotto bar. After the sun goes down, you should definitely experience the Drums of the Pacific Luau Show.
Aston Kaanapali Shores: you can’t go wrong with a condo on Kaanapali Beach. The snorkeling around Black Rock is superb, where you can spot tons of fish and sea turtles, and the beach itself is long and deep for walking. These condos are a terrific value.
The largest of the islands, Hawaii has an off-the-beaten-path vibe. Adventures are plentiful for active travelers, and these are our favorite places to stay after a day of exploring.
The Fairmont Orchid: this is one of the more upscale properties and the luxury feel certainly surrounds you with pampering viagra pour belgique. The Ironman World Championship starts and ends at this resort, so you know that relaxation extends even to the most hard-core athletes.
Hilton Waikoloa Village: this large self-contained village is great for families in search of a resort with lots to do. There is a tram that connects different areas of the resort, and younger travelers will be delighted by the dolphin exhibit.
Volcano House: since Hawaii Island is home to an active volcano, it makes sense that adventuresome travelers would want to stay nearby. Volcano House is the only hotel located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Trading in views of the ocean for the dramatic view of the park and erupting caldera is worth it. Definitely one of the most unique places to stay in the world.
Aston Kona by the Sea: if you’re looking for a condo to stay in, this is a great choice. The one- and two-bedroom suites face the ocean, but be aware that the shoreline here is rocky—making for beautiful views (and pictures!) but not much swimming in front of the resort.
Kauai is known for its natural beauty and dramatic coastlines, so your accommodations should be up to par and allow easy access to all that Kauai has to offer.
Grand Hyatt Kauai: this luxury resort has it all—golf, great views, a beautifully landscaped property and plenty to do nearby. Located near the world-famous Poipu Beach, you may be tempted to stay on your private lanai all day; but trust us, venturing out is well worth it.
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort: this resort is elegant, with plantation-style décor including wood accents and a tropical theme. Post up on the beach for incredible views of the rugged coastline in the distance. The central location makes this resort ideal for exploring all corners of Kauai.
Outrigger Waipouli Beach: one of the more upscale condo properties, you’ll appreciate the residential-style accommodations. The whole family will enjoy splashing in the two-acre pool with a waterslide. The condos are in Kapaa, so you’ll have great access to both the northern and southern attractions.
St. Regis Princeville: now this is what we’d call the lap of luxury. There’s not one, but two awesome golf courses, and the infinity pool is one of the best we’ve ever seen. The view from the pool alone is worth the trip. And then there’s the dining and the spa…well, you pretty much can’t get much better than this.
There are only two options for lodging on the island of Lanai, and luckily neither will disappoint. They have similar names, but these two resorts couldn’t be more different.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay: the location of this resort is beautiful, if unconventional. It is perched on top a cliff of red lava-rock overlooking the Hulopoe Bay marine preserve, where you’ll find some of the best snorkeling on the island. Keep your eyes out for spinner dolphins and even humpback whales during the winter.
*Note: this resort is currently undergoing renovations and will re-open in late 2015.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele: you probably don’t picture pine trees and a cozy lodge when you think of Hawaii. That’s just what you’ll find at The Lodge at Koele, along with stables, shooting clays, archery and—in short—upcountry living at its very finest.
This little island is so off the beaten path, hardly anyone even thinks to come here. Big mistake. Molokai is as close you can get to a deserted island without, well, being deserted.
Hotel Molokai: reminiscent of a Polynesian village, Hotel Molokai feels tucked away while still being just five minutes from the town of Kaunakakai. This little place embodies Molokai’s nickname—“The Friendly Isle.” It is simple, welcoming and utterly Hawaiian.