Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay on the Island of Hawai’i are all resorts with exceptional beaches and views. However as well as being ideal for those looking for a patch of sand to ‘fly and flop’ to, the best places to stay on the Island of Hawai’i are also perfect for those looking for an active or adventurous island break.
Largest and most dramatic Hawaiian island, Big Island, or the Island of Hawai’i, is where you might see lava pouring, steaming into the ocean, or lava deserts, potentially snow-capped peaks, and a range of coloured sand - including black, white, gold and green. Which makes this a pretty memorable tropical island destination.
If you want to relax on the coast then you might like to try a spot of surfing or go sailing or kayaking? You might also enjoy a diving, snorkelling or sea-life watching expedition - possibly to Ka’awaloa Cove?
But if you’ve got the energy then hiking the Humu’ula-Mauna Kea summit trail is extremely rewarding. As is the Kilauea Iki trail in the breathtaking scenery of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. But there are easier ways to visit the unmissable summit of Mauna Kea, if you don’t want to miss it but don’t fancy the hike.
The Pu’unhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is also an unforgettable sight - an ancient place of refuge with wonderful carved face statues and surrounded by lava plains. As is the spectacular Kon Cloud Forest Sanctuary on the slopes of Mt. Hualalai.
The epic waterfalls of the ‘Akaka Falls State Park is also worth visiting. And if you’re just looking for the perfect beach then you’ve a wealth of options to choose from, from busy ones lined with tropical bars to remote spots where you won’t see another soul.
Our pick of the best places to stay in the Island of Hawai'i both offer luxury, views, and fantastic facilities, whether you want total relaxation or something a little more active.
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.