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If you’re after a true luxury vacation, you’ll find it in Hawaii. It’s always warm, the breeze is always blowing through the palm trees, and it’s never hard to find a mai tai. But mostly, no matter what island you’re on you’ll be able to find a true 5-star luxury resort.
So whether it’s an award winning spa, plus poolside amenities, luxe guestrooms, or world class dining you’re after, here are 10 of the best luxury resorts in Hawaii:
Maui: Maui is the island that’s most easily associated with luxury. You’ll find dozens and dozens of fantastic beach resorts lining the island’s golden sands, but if you’re after true luxury…
Four Seasons Maui: Nobody does luxury like the Four Seasons (obviously, since half of this list are Four Seasons properties). Sitting on Wailea beach in south Maui, this is one of my favorite places to wile away a day. The pools are gorgeous, the hotel itself is first class, the staff is friendly, the restaurants are all stellar, and yet the overall vibe is comfortable and not stuffy. Pricing starts at $549/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Ritz Carlton Kapalua: The Ritz exudes luxury and a big bonus for this property is how secluded it is. Nestled in the private resort/golf community of Kapalua on west Maui, you’ll feel worlds away from the crowds in nearby Ka’anapali and Lahaina. Kapalua is a golfer’s paradise, but the Ritz also boasts a spa, six restaurants, and a gorgeous pool. Beach access is at D.T. Fleming beach. Pricing starts at $499/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Kauai: Kauai is where you go when you want to get off the gird and be surrounded by natural beauty. If your idea of “off the grid” still includes turn down service…
Princeville Resort: While not as large or lavish a property as some of its Four Seasons counterparts, the Princeville Resort (formerly the St. Regis Princevile) has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP OF ANY RESORT IN HAWAII. Sure, it only has one pool, but while you’re sitting by it you’re gazing out not just on the ocean (so unimpressive ; ) but also those gorgeous green jagged mountains Kauai is famous for. Pricing starts at $515/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort: This contemporary luxury resort in south Kauai sits on what may arguably be one of the best beaches in Hawaii (I’ve regularly seen turtles and Hawaiian monk seals sunning themselves here). The spa and restaurants are top notch and you’re steps away from bustling Poipu beach and all of the water/beach activities available there while still being able to retreat into the resort grounds and amazing pools. Pricing starts at $449/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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Oahu: Most people go to Oahu for the endless number of “things to do,” high end shopping, and endless nightlife options. And with over one million people on this island it always feels a bit crowded, however, you can still find some true luxury properties…
Four Seasons Oahu: The Four Seasons is one of the newer additions to the island and it’s located on a quiet lagoon on the secluded west side of the island. It’s not a huge property, but casual luxury meets you everywhere you turn. It’s a quiet escape, but Waikiki is only about 30 minutes away so you can still go out to play and then return to your upscale surroundings. Pricing starts at $549/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Halekulani: While Waikiki boasts a lot of historic and high end properties, none of them come close to matching Halekulani. Located in the heart of Waikiki near the Sheraton, Royal Hawaiian, Outrigger, and Moana Surfrider, you’ll find the best views of Diamond Head from the pool/beach, restaurants, and guestrooms. Halekulani is also home to Orchids and House without a Key, two of Honolulu’s most popular restaurants. Pricing starts at $515/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Big Island: While the Big Island is often overlooked by visitors to Hawaii, it actually boasts some of Hawaii’s best luxury resorts…
Four Seasons Hualalai: This resort is hands down the most luxurious and lavish resort in all of Hawaii. First of all, it’s huge. You could easily spend your whole trip just hopping between all the pools, lounges, and restaurants. This is a great luxury resort for honeymooners obviously, but it’s surprisingly popular with families as the amenities (including the kids club) are everything you could possibly ever want. Pricing starts at $749/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Fairmont Orchid: This 5-star resort on the Kohala Coast ahs everything you’d ever want from a luxury beach resort and it’s usually not too hard to find a decent price. The spa, pools, and beach activities are top notch and don’t miss dinner at Brown’s Beach House (regularly voted one of the most romantic spots in Hawaii). I absolutely loved my stay at the Fairmont! Read all about it here. Pricing starts at $270/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Lanai: Who knew that Hawaii’s smallest island is home to not one, but TWO Four Seasons resorts?
Four Seasons Lanai: This beachfront resort skirts one of the islands best beaches. It’s been recently remodeled. It’s lovely although smaller than most other properties, but still a great place to come for a couple days of quiet relaxation. Pricing starts at $550/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Lodge at Koele: Located “upcountry” Lanai at an elevation of about 1600 feet, the Lodge is the perfect place to unwind and also get to know the “other Hawaii” with activities like horseback riding and ATV tours. Of course, it also has the usual resort amenities like tennis and golf. Pricing starts at $450/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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