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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.

  • The Mauna Lani Bay Resort sits atop a lava flow, facing out towards the glorious Pacific Ocean. Luxurious, but with an eco-friendly attitude, this resort has all the mod. cons. and more, but is also known for its sea turtle rehabilitation program.
  • The Four Seasons Hualalai has luxurious Hawaiian decor, Pacific Ocean views, seven pools, three restaurants and a private beach. They also run dolphin watching and snorkelling trips.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay on the Island of Hawai’i for you?

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Best Hotels in Island of Hawai'i

  • The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls Hilo, Island of Hawai'i 13 rooms from £163

    Active Holiday  -  Nearby activites include hiking trails, bamboo gardens, swimming and kayaking
    Outstanding location  -  The inn sits among 22 lush natural acres surrounding Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall
    Cooking classes  -  Guests can partake in a sustainable cooking class at Kulaniapia Farms
    Kayaking  -  Kayak down the river to the falls
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    An intimate sustainable inn set on 42-acres right next to Kulaniapia Falls. Beautiful and spacious rooms feature Asian inspired decor, private lanais and waterfall views. Enjoy delicious farm-to-table fare. Kayaking, paddleboarding and cooking classes can be arranged. A tranquil hideaway. See More

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  • Volcano Eco Retreat by Heartcore Hotels Mountain View, Island of Hawai'i 3 rooms from £172

    Eco break  -  The hotel's sustainability ethics include: LEED certified bamboo construction, no single-use plastic and natural ventilation
    Local exploring  -  Easy access to Hilo, Kona, Mauna Kea, turtles, black and green sand beaches and waterfalls
    Total relaxation  -  Meditation, morning yoga, an outdoor spa, zen garden and forest bathing
    Outstanding location  -  The hotel is on the footstep of two mighty volcanos
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    A luxurious eco-hotel set in the lush jungle between Hilo and Volcano National Park. Rustic-chic bamboo huts have natural decor and large wraparound verandas. Expect a real emphasis on relaxation and wellbeing with hammocks, outdoor massages, meditation & yoga. A tranquil adult-only stay. See More

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  • Lotus Garden Cottages Volcano, Island of Hawai'i 3 rooms from £191

    Back to Nature  -  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is laden with breathtaking sites and exciting adventures
    Local exploring  -  Central location to enjoy waterfalls, black sand beaches and resorts
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of city life
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the breathtaking Volcanoes National Park
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    A romantic and intimate B&B set just outside Volcano National Park. Spacious cottages and suites feature Asian and Hawaiian inspired décor, zen artefacts and generous wrap-around lanais. Wonder the peaceful gardens and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast. An idyllic and serene getaway. See More

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  • Volcano House Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawai'i 33 rooms from £222

    Back to Nature  -  Situated on the crater of a Volcano - guests will feel immersed amongst one of the most magnificent natural processes
    Active Holiday  -  A once-in-a-lifetime adventure, waking on the edge of an active volcano and a UNESCO Heritage Site
    Outstanding location  -  The only hotel inside the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site
    Great walks  -  Walk through a verdant rainforest and listen for the calls of native birds at Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube)
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    A historic hotel set on the edge of a crater in the UNESCO world heritage site of Volcanoes National Park. Traditional and elegant rooms are simply designed with wood furniture and private lanais with fab vistas of the crater. Two restaurants offering casual and fine dining. A truly unique stay. See More

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  • Volcano Village Lodge Volcano, Island of Hawai'i 5 rooms from £250

    Local exploring  -  The inn is only one mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and close to the green sand beach and the black sand beach
    Families  -  The Mauna Loa suite is the perfect option for families. The hotel also provides games and DVDs
    No restaurant  -  In-room breakfasts are provided to guests
    Sights nearby  -  Take a trip to Rainbow Falls a 80” tall waterfall or explore the Kaumana Caves
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    A charming hotel set just 2 miles from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Private and intimate lodges and rooms feature fireplaces, cosy sitting areas, terraces with swinging chairs and lush rainforest views. Enjoy a delicious homemade in-room breakfast. A quiet base to explore the Volcano area from. See More

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  • Holualoa Inn Holualoa, Island of Hawai'i 7 rooms from £300

    Hideaway  -  The B&B is nestled in the charming but remote town of Holualoa, it is the perfect spot for unwinding
    Total relaxation  -  Zen vibes, stunning views and a gorgeous pool
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stunning Kohala Waterfalls or the Volcanoes National Park
    Restrictions on children  -  The B&B is better suited for families with older children
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    An idyllic and zen B&B set in the quaint town of Holualoa. Spacious, contemporary and cool rooms feature wooden accents, private lanais and spectacular Pacific views. Soak in the sun by the pool and watch the sunset from the gazebo. Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts made with garden produce. Very chic. See More

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  • Fairmont Orchid Waimea, Island of Hawai'i 540 rooms from £311

    Families  -  Spacious suites, watersports, a kids club and family-friendly menus make this a perfect base for families
    Active Holiday  -  The beach clubs cover all kinds of aquatic adventures from canoeing and paddleboarding to fishing
    Beach Life  -  Unwind on the resort's private beach with its loungers and umbrellas
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    A luxurious family-friendly resort with its own stunning private beach, 6 restaurants, spa and golf course. Elegant rooms and suites feature beautiful ocean views and marble bathrooms. Sip on cocktails poolside, take hula lessons or snorkel in the crystal blue waters. A tropical paradise. See More

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  • Ohi'a Park Estate Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawai'i 4 rooms from £351

    Back to Nature  -  Discover the rainforest, volcanoes, the rugged central area, the hidden gems of the North as well as the breathtaking coasts
    Beach nearby  -  Explore Magic Sands Beach and Kahalu'u Beach Park
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous and breathtaking Volcanoes National Park
    Restrictions on children  -  Children under the age of 13 are not allowed
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    An intimate B&B set amongst the lush rainforest. Four luxurious suites feature private lanais, wood floors, and modern bathrooms with walk-in showers. Relax on a lounge chair on the lanai and unwind in the outdoor spa. An ideal base for discovering the beauty of the Big Island. A laidback stay. See More

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  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Waimea, Island of Hawai'i 252 rooms from £444

    Families  -  Spacious suites, beach activities, kid-friendly menus and a fantastic kids club make this resort an ideal family destination
    Active Holiday  -  From surfing, canoeing, paddleboarding, snorkelling to tennis, golf and lawn games- guests won't go bored
    Kids Club  -  Mauna Kea Keiki Club Adventures is a daily program with fun and adventure to enhance every child’s Hawaiian vacation experience
    Spa  -  The spa combines Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired therapies with massages, treatments and wraps
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    An opulent resort set on an idyllic private beach. Elegant rooms and suites feature traditional Hawaiian accents, stunning panoramic views and large lanais. Families will love this resort with its watersports, kids club, 5 restaurants, spa, tennis courts and beach activities. An idyllic beach break. See More

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  • Four Seasons Hualalai Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawai'i 243 rooms from 695

    Great walks  -  Walking around the island is a must. As well as zip-lining for more adrenaline.
    Kayaking  -  Closer to shore, get involved in paddle boarding and outrigging canoing.
    Sights nearby  -  Enjoy a two hour helicopter ride to the nearby active Kilauea volcano.
    Outstanding location
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    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. See More

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  • Mauna Lani Bay Resort Puako, Island of Hawai'i 341 rooms from £624

    Beach Life  -  Set on an idyllic stretch of white sand beach - this is the perfect Hawaiian beach escape
    Golf  -  36-hole course neighbouring the property
    Spa  -  Auberge Spa offers a range of treatments that are steeped in Hawaiian culture using indigenous healing ingredients
    Swimming Pool  -  Three outdoor pools
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    A luxury resort set on a beautiful stretch of beach with views of three volcanoes. Spacious rooms are simple yet elegant with indulgent bathrooms and large windows framing the sea views. With every conceivable activity under the sun from floating yoga to mountain bike tours - a hit with all ages. See More

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