It’s hard to pass up staying at one of Hawaii’s classic resorts and hotels, but sometimes it’s fun to try new things, and the fresh-faced, recently built and renovated hotels popping up around the Islands are making a name for themselves with their modern decor and state-of-the-art accommodations. And according to our 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, these are the top five places you need to book.
1. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kaanapali
Recently hitting its one year mark, opening in April 2017, the rooms at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas provide a comfortably grandeur living experience. Serving as a luxurious home away from home, all villas come equipped with a full kitchen, a furnished patio and a washer-dryer system, ideal for the traveling family. With sleek hardwood furnishings, a stay at these oceanside homes will likely inspire you to refurnish your own abode, and the view from the pool of Maui’s pristine western coastline might get you thinking about turning your trip into a permanent vacation. 45 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, (808) 662-6300, westinnanea.com.
2. Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu
With three spacious pools, twisting and turning slides and a waterfall grotto, the only thing that will get you out is the scrumptious smells wafting over from Holoholo Grill, a collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Choy, which serves gastro-inspired Hawaii comfort food. When you’re stuffed and tired from a long day of vacationing, retreat to the resort’s accommodating rooms, dressed to the nines in lovely Hawaiiana decor. 2641 Poipu Road, Koloa, Kauai, (808) 725-2596, koloalandingresort.com.
3. Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
Part of a new wave of boutique hotels invading Waikiki that are set on providing a fashionable and leisurely living experience, Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach offers highly Instagrammable rooms and suites at a low price. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, outrageous views of Waikiki and spacious rooms, this boutique hotel is a great alternative for travelers looking to lounge in luxury without breaking the bank. 349 Seaside Avenue, Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 237-1234, waikikibeach.centric.hyatt.com.
4. The Laylow, Autograph Collection
Remembering the motto of real estate agents everywhere (“Location, location, location”), The Laylow, Autograph Collection has placed itself smackdab in the middle of Waikiki. Situated next to other new-to-Waikiki favorites, such as the newly renovated International Market Place, The Street and Dukes Lane, this midcentury modern hotel is also known for its trendy outside bar, Hideout, which offers local dishes given an artistic spin by executive chef Bryan Byard. 2299 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 922-6600, laylowwaikiki.com.
5. Holiday Inn Express Waikiki
Staying in Waikiki can be an expensive endeavor, with its five-star hotels and grandiose resorts. Fortunately for travelers on a budget, Holiday Inn Express Waikiki has got everything you need. Its compact rooms provide the essentials, while sleek furnishings and chic interior design will still make you feel like you’re staying at a ritzy resort. To further cut costs, a complimentary breakfast buffet will lower your trip’s overall meal expenses. If you’re all beached out but still looking for a little free fun, visit the hotels nine-hole miniature golf course. 2058 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 947-2828, ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/honolulu/hnlka/hoteldetail.