The Big Island is definitely one of the most chill islands in Hawaii. But because it’s so “big” it overwhelms a lot of people and they’re not sure where to stay. The Big Island has a surprisingly large number of family friendly resorts that front world class beaches and have great amenities. Staying at one of these resorts may just be your families best vacation ever.
I feel like this post needs a disclaimer up front: pretty much anywhere you go in Hawaii is going to be kid friendly. Hawaii is not a stuffy destination. The most posh and expensive hotels on the island (hello, Four Seasons) caters to children quite amazingly and unless you’re at the adults only pool (many resorts have them, you’ll always find kids boogie boarding in the waves, bobbing around in the pool, and having dinner with their families. That being said, this list includes resorts that may appeal to children especially due to their pools or kids clubs, and parents due to their locations and convenience factors.
6 Best Big Island Family Friendly Resorts
Hilton Waikoloa Village: The Hilton Waikoloa Village is like its own little city. The grounds are sprawling and gorgeously manicured. There are plenty of pools, and amazing beach, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy (from water sports to cultural activities like hula lessons and lei making). This is also where you’ll find Dolphin Quest, a guided swim with dolphins in a spacious lagoon. Pricing starts at $180/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Four Seasons Hualalai: This is hands down the most lavish resort in Hawaii and while it’s super popular with honeymooners, it’s also one of the best resorts for kids in Hawaii. The resort has a fantastic kids club, seven different pools (one specifically for kids), great snorkeling, a movie night under the stars, and nearby tide pools to explore. The only downside to staying here (besides the price of course) is that you won’t ever want to leave the resort! Pricing starts at $740/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Sheraton Kona: Sheraton’s around the world are family friendly, and this one south of Kona is no different. While not located directly on the beach (it overlooks the ocean at a rocky point), the Sheraton has a great pool area with waterslide and its location south of Kona makes it convenient for doing a day trip to the south side or Hilo side of the island. Pricing starts at $165/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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Waikoloa Beach Marriott: The Waikoloa Marriott has great pools for kids and plenty of shopping and dining on site. In addition to the kids pool, the beach the Marriott is situated on is perfect for swimming. Pricing starts at $230/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is pretty swanky, but is very welcoming to kids. While mom and dad will receive a fresh flower lei and kukui nut lei, keiki (kids) will receive their own special gift. And besides all of the beach and pool amenities you could ask for, the Mauna Kea Hotel has one of the best kid’s clubs on the island. Pricing starts at $385/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel: This lovely beachfront resort has great pools, plenty of water activities, family suites, and a great kids club. There’s also an award winning spa for mom and plenty of golf nearby for dad.Pricing starts at $295/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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