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For some reason, the Big Island has gotten a rap for not having many great beaches, but that couldn’t be farther from the case! Actually, some of Hawaii’s best beach resorts can be found on the Big Island!
Here are my favorite Big Island beach resorts broken down by location. Click through the links to check pricing and availability for your travel dates.
Not super familiar with the Big Island? Read this post to help you get the lay of the (is)land and decide which area of the Big Island is right for you.
Sheraton Kona Resort: While there’s no sandy beach, this lovely oceanfront resort just might win the award for best bang for your buck beach resort. The pool and outdoor spaces are perfect for soaking up rays and the location is great for seeing everything on the Kona side of the island. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort: This all condo resort sitting on Kahalu’u Bay has two-bedroom condos with full kitchens and washers and dryers. The resort also has two outdoor pools and hot tubs as well as a fitness center. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort: This casual beachfront hotel next to the Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark has a nice picnic area, two restaurants, a coffee shop, and a beautiful outdoor pool. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Four Seasons Hualalei: For the ultimate luxury experience, you can’t go wrong with the Four Seasons Hualalei. While all Four Seasons properties in Hawaii are top notch, this one definitely tops them all. It’s a pretty penny, but for a special occasion, it’s definitely worth hit. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
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Fairmont Orchid: This four-diamond resort on the Kohala Coast has an award-winning spa, amazing restaurants, and a stunning white sand beach. There are also two golf courses and a tennis complex. I absolutely loved my stay at the Fairmont. Read all about it here. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: This bright and modern hotel with a vintage feel is located on beautiful Kauna‘oa Bay and has all of the amenities you could want at a beach resort. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows: This tropical inspired beachfront hotel on the Kohala Coast has all of your usual amenities (golf, tennis, spa, restaurants, etc.) plus fun things like complimentary hula and ukulele lessons. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Hapuna Beach Westin: Located in a lush jungle like setting on Hapuna Beach (what many consider to be the best beach on the Big Island), the Hapuna Beach Westin has everything you need (amazing pools, hot tubs, tennis, golf, a spa, and fabulous restaurants). Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Waikoloa Beach Marriot: This 15-acre beach resort set on Anaeho’omalu Bay has Polynesian inspired touches and a balcony with every room. You’ll also find a fabulous pool, spa, fitness center, and a restaurant and coffee shop. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Hilton Waikoloa Village: The Hilton Waikoloa Village is practically a whole city in itself. This 62-acre tropical beach resort has multiple pools, restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, lounges, a spa and fitness center, and even a tram system to help you get around! It’s widely regarded as the best resort of families on the Big Island, but you can read my personal opinions here. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
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