In our fourth annual Readersʻ Choice Awards 2016, our readers decided which hotels and resorts they consider to be the most blissful and luxurious. These are the fives best luxury properties across Hawaii as voted by HAWAIʻI Magazine readers.
1. St. Regis Princeville Resort
Princeville, Kauai • It’s quite literally located in the lap of luxury. Here, guests wake up to views of Hanalei Bay, on the stunning shores of Kauai’s north shore. The distinguished services and amenities are abundant and stress personalization. Take its St. Regis Butler Service—a hallmark of the resort’s experience, the resort’s butlers readily assist a range of requests, from unpacking and pressing outfits to helping search for a last-minute gift for a loved one. You can spend countless hours at its outdoor infinity swimming pool followed by a few more at Puu Poa Beach or its Halelea Spa, where its Hawaiian wood interior evoke an instant sense of peace and place. 5520 Ka Haku Rd., Princeville, Kauai, stregisprinceville.com.
2. Grand Wailea
Wailea, Maui • A 40-acre oasis in Maui’s affluent expanse of Wailea remains a steady favorite for our readers in the Best Luxury Hotel or Resort category for a third year in a row. However, this hasn’t stopped the property from constantly trying to outdo itself, recently refreshing its 700-plus rooms with new ceramic tiles, carpeting and wicker furniture, along with a renovated fitness center and spa. Of course, there are the signature staples that stick out in guests’ minds that keep them returning, like the a swim-up pool bar hidden in a grotta hidden amongst its nine swimming pools, world class fine art and sculptural pieces that line every part of the resort and its premier 70+ store mall, Shops at Wailea. There’s room for everyone to be pampered by its on-site spa, Spa Grande, with 40 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art water therapies. 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Kihei, Maui, grandwailea.com.
3. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Kona, Hawaii Island • The Kona-Kohala Coast beckons year-round, along with this legendary resort where exterior and interior seamlessly blend together through its 250 guests rooms, villas and suites. It houses seven spectacular swimming pools, one of which is an ocean front “pool” carved out of lava rock and features a natural breakwater. The property also puts an emphasis on personalized experiences with private luau performances and beachfront dinners. 72-100 Kaupulehu Dr, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island, fourseasons.com/hualalai.
4. Travaasa Hana
Hana, Maui • An all-inclusive and intimate luxury resort in remote Hana Town. Resort cottages and private suites sprawl quietly across this Maui hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re seeking total relaxation or a little adventure, Travaasa Hana’s experiential menu of activities list something for everyone, from guided nature walks to canoe rides in nearby Hana Bay. Just lounging around your bungalow’s furnished lanai (balcony) in solitude is an experience all its own, too. 5031 Hana Hwy., Hana, Maui, travaasa.com/hana.
5. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Wailea, Maui • Steps from Wailea Beach, the resort has 383 luxury accommodations, including 75 suites. It’s just a matter of what view you desire to watch the sun rise and set from—ocean view, its gardens or the slopes of Haleakala. The resort also coaxes you out of your hideaway with private helicopter tours, waterfall pools and private lounge-ready sanctuaries nestled in the area’s hillsides. 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui, fourseasons.com/maui.