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Choosing the best places to stay in Hawaii is hard work. Many of them have amazing views, private beaches and extraordinary resort facilities. Some are lodged deep in the jungle, some are right in the heart of the action. All of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Hawaii are worthy of a daydream or two.
There’s probably no island group more synonymous with the daydream of a tropical island paradise. Hawaii is as beautiful as you can imagine. Photoshop not required. The beaches are sandy white, fringed with palm trees. The lagoons gradients of aqua until you hit the coral reefs bursting with colour. There are lush tropical jungles hiding volcanoes and sky-scraping waterfalls. And then the vibrant traditional culture. Wham Pow! A strike.
Most people will start their Hawaiian holiday in Honolulu on O’ahu. and it’s worth spending at least a couple of days in this busy tropical capital. As well as having a number of Hawaii’s best museums and the U.S.’s only royal palace, Honolulu also has a great foodie scene and lively nightlife. And it’s certainly not lacking in natural beauty, or perfect beaches - Waikiki Beach is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Hawaii.
Once you get beyond Honolulu then Hawaii offers one tropical idyll after another. First up let’s talk about the Island of Hawai’i, or the ‘Big Island’. Largest and most dramatic in the group, this is where you might see lava pouring, steaming into the ocean. As well as the ever changing shape of the island, Hawai’i’s lava deserts, potentially snow-capped peaks, and range of coloured sand - including black, white, gold and green - makes this a pretty memorable tropical island destination.
Next comes Maui, island of many beauties and many adventures. Everything you do here comes with a spectacular backdrop which varies from lava flows, to sky scraping waterfalls, to lush jungles, tropical gardens, bamboo forests, peaks, cliffs and of course as near-to-perfect beaches as you’ll find.
Whichever island you eventually pick, our selection of the best places to stay in Hawaii should tick all the boxes.
Lanai City, Lana'i
Historical landmark on Lanai Island offers comfort, prime location and privacy. Rooms are spacious and contemporary. Lana'i City Grille is renowned on the island and offers family-style sharing plates. From Hotel Lanai explore by land or by sea, a truly great spot and place to escape to for a break.
High rise resort and contemporary luxury inside. Rooms are light, fully equipped with some offering sea views. Handful of restaurants, four bars, two spas and a nightclub when the day of relaxing is over. The perfect destination for a city breaks in the heart of Hawaii's capital.
70 ocean view cottages in 70 acres of lush tropical gardens that house a pool, tennis court, croquet lawn and various private and communal hot tubs. High ceiling and contemporary in decor, rooms are luxurious with private seating and scenic views. The menu is locally inspired and created for all.
This seaside spot is picture perfect. Between three salt pools, 24 hour fitness studios, the three restaurants and countless activities there truly is something for everyone. Rooms are modern and luxurious with sea views. Perfect for relaxing, local beach exploring or romantic island life getaways.
Sitting in 15 acres of tropical gardens on the Maui's southern coastline are luxurious and spacious rooms for romantic getaways and adventurous couples. The award winning Capische offers Mediterranean dishes. Fitness and yoga are on tap,the beaches are a must and the setting oozes intimacy and calm.
Five star luxury in an unbeatable location on Waikiki Beach, overlooking Diamond Head. Rooms are contemporary, large and well equipped. Award winning restaurants on site offer a variety of cuisines & all feature locally sourced produce. Ideal for an active beach break, with city benefits too!
Puako, Island of Hawai'i
Atop lava flows, Pacific Ocean facing and oozing Hawaiian culture and decor, this eco, luxury hotel is contemporary and mirrors island life. With two restaurants to try, a spa and fitness centre, tennis coaching and two golf courses - there is a lot to do. The perfect family holiday by the sea.
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawai'i
Manicured gardens, Pacific Ocean views and luxurious rooms with Hawaiian decor. Seven pools, three restaurants and two lounges, with ample space to relax, unwind and stroll along the private beaches. The spa, dolphin watching, zip-lining and snorkeling are some of the activities readily available.