The view of Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa from a hotel room balcony.

Top 5 best Hawaii resorts for families

In our fourth annual Readersʻ Choice Awards 2016, our readers chose their absolute favorite places to call their home away from home. Here are five of the best hotels or resorts for families in Hawaii, ranked by number of votes, which our readers believe to be the best.

1. Aulani: A Disney Resort and Spa

There are so many things to do that it’s hard to decide what to do first. The grottos, lazy river, keiki splash zone, snorkeling lagoon and beach keep everyone entertained, no matter what the age, but the appearance of Disney characters on the resort grounds each day adds an additional layer of fun to staying here. Regardless of all the activities that abound outside, many kids will tell you that they love Auntie’s Beach House more than anything else—a 5,200-square-foot complimentary kids club (think: fancy and free babysitting service) with so many fun rooms full of engaging activities—it’s even got its own backyard—that kids really won’t mind if their parents want to spend an extra two hours at the spa. 92-1185 Aliinui Dr., Kapolei, Oahu, resorts.disney.go.com

2. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Photo: Waikiki Condo Rentals 

This resort has everything you’ll want within walking distance, such as the Camp Penguin Kids' Club, sparkling swimming pools, and different ocean activities. Start your morning off at its lagoon or pools, along with an enjoyable hour of surf lessons, and then get the family ready to go out for a fun family luau located right at the resort. 2005 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, Waikiki, Oahu, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

3. Grand Wailea

Photo: Grand Wailea

Known to be one of Maui’s most impressive mega-resorts, the Grand Wailea has also one of the best pools in the Islands. Kids love the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, with its maze of nine connecting rivers, jungle pools, intertwining slides, waterfalls and caves. Adults love the in-the-pool grotto with swim-up bar. 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Kihei, Wailea-Makena, Maui, grandwailea.com

4. Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa

Mai Tai Bar Pool Deck Sheraton Maui
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At the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, families love its 142-yard freshwater swimming pool, 23 oceanfront acres of beach and entertaining beachfront luau. There’s also a traditional cliff diving ceremony off the black rock named Puu Kekaa, which happens every day. If that’s not enough, the resort has a schedule of Adventure Club activities to choose from that happen on property and cover everything from lei making to paddleboarding. 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy., Lahaina, Maui, sheraton-maui.com

5. Hilton Waikoloa Village

A tropical adventure at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s very own salt-water lagoon and white-sand beach.
Photo: Hilton Waikoloa Village

If you get the chance to visit Hawaii Island with the entire family, consider staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. This resort gives you the choice to choose between three different towers including the Lagoon tower, Hale Ike tower and the Ocean tower. The kids will love playing with the dolphins and at the three different pools, featuring waterfalls and a 4-acre ocean lagoon with a white-sand beach and watersports. 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Village, Hawaii Island, hiltonwaikoloavillage.com