While it’s of course possible to plan a great vacation on a budget, splurging on one of the many luxurious Hawaiian resorts scattered throughout the islands will make your trip all the more amazing and memorable. Are you planning a special trip to celebrate your honeymoon or a milestone anniversary, or even just looking to kick back and escape the pressures of daily life in paradise for a week or two? These seven luxurious Hawaiian resorts are the perfect place for rest, relaxation, romance and more.
Located on the Big Island’s beautiful Kohala Coast, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is by far one of the best luxurious Hawaiian resorts for those seeking low-key relaxation. Keep an eye out for sea turtles as you swim and snorkel in the calm bay waters, enjoy a delicious oceanfront meal at the spectacular CanoeHouse restaurant, and take some time to unwind at the spa with any number of rejuvenating treatments, such as a Kona Mocha Body Scrub or La Stone Massage.
No visit to Oahu’s iconic North Shore would be complete without a stay at the amazing Turtle Bay Resort, located along a nearly five-mile beachfront. Want to give surfing a try? Go for a horseback ride along a seaside trail? Set off on a helicopter journey showcasing the area’s unique beauty? Turtle Bay offers these activities and more in a setting that’s nothing short of breathtaking. Don’t forget to stop off at one of the area’s many shrimp trucks for a tasty meal, and if you’re visiting during the winter, be on the lookout for surfers braving the North Shore’s gigantic swells.
Waikiki is perhaps the most well-known vacation spot in all of Hawaii, and you can make sure your visit to this stretch of Oahu is entirely amazing by booking a room at The Royal Hawaiian, also called the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” Here, you’ll find it easy to soak up plenty of sun at the beach by day, enjoy the resort’s weekly Aha ‘Aina luau by night, and also have immediate access to the countless fabulous restaurants and shops this area has to offer.
Also located along Waikiki’s beachfront, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is a great vacation destination for families, offering plenty of activities for kids, including Camp Penguin, where they can learn all about Hawaiian history and culture. This resort, featuring luxurious amenities at a generally more affordable price, is a fabulous place to try out fun water sports like stand-up paddling and kayaking, while a visit to on-site Lappert's Hawaii for gourmet ice cream, followed by a stop at the hotel's black-footed penguin enclosure, are absolute musts.
Another amazing family-oriented resort on Oahu that’s worth a stay is Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, located in Kapolei on the island’s western shore. Here, families can enjoy a classic Hawaiian experience while also participating in Disney-themed activities kids are sure to love, including character-hosted breakfasts and pool parties.
Recently chosen by Brides Magazine as one of the top resorts in Hawaii, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, located on the island’s southwestern coast, is the perfect place to do everything from golf and visit the spa to arrange a hike or even sign up for a whale-watching excursion from December through April. In such a gorgeous location, surrounded by Maui’s pristine beauty, how can you help but have the time of your life?
Finally, the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, located on the island of Kauai at Poipu Beach, is known as one of the island’s premiere locations for travelers seeking all the best in luxury and romance. Need proof? The Tropical Desire Package allows couples to enjoy perks like a daily breakfast with mimosas, dinner for two at the resort’s Red Salt restaurant and a couple’s massage or island adventure, such as an ATV or zip-line tour.
Since prices and room availability at each of these resorts can vary depending upon when you’d like to travel, be sure to visit the websites listed below for the most up-to-date information. Have you had the chance to stay at any luxurious Hawaiian resorts? What are some of your favorites?