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Island of Hawai'i

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About Island of Hawai'i

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?

Best Hotels in Island of Hawai'i

  • Four Seasons Hualalai 243 rooms from 695

    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.

    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.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Mauna Lani Bay Resort 343 rooms from £503

    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.

    Back to Nature  -  This resort is known for its sea turtle rehabilitation program.
    Kayaking  -  Kayaks, canoes and surf boards are all avaliable to hire.
    Sights nearby  -  Free trips to see the lava tubes.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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