Hotels are not just for sleeping anymore. Decked out with delightfully chic decor, state-of-the-art facilities and a range of dining, shopping and activity options, you’ll find it hard to resist booking a room at one of these new accommodations in the Islands. According to our 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, these are the best new hotels in Hawaii.
1. Alohilani Resort, Waikiki Beach, Oahu
After a $125 million renovation, the Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach on Oahu, formerly the Pacific Beach Hotel, reopened in May 2018 with a stunning, modern makeover. After taking a dip in the elevated saltwater infinity pool, named one of the 10 most Instagram-worthy pools in America in 2018 by InStyle.com, grab a bite to eat at Morimoto Asia Waikiki by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and light libations at the O-Bar, next to an iconic 280,000-gallon oceanarium. This summer, the hotel plans to launch Longboard Club, a private setting featuring wine, custom local beer, evening hors d’oeuvres, private cabanas and fire pits, and more. 2490 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 922-1233, alohilaniresort.com.
2. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Hawaii Island
Situated on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is a newly renovated property boasting lush gardens, two swimming pools, four dining venues that showcase local ingredients, a spa and nearly two acres of refreshed event space, perfect for large social gatherings and business meetings. Stay fit during your stay by playing a round on the award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, or check out the Westin Workout Center and Crossfit Studio. All 249 guest rooms come with a fully furnished lanai. 62-100 Kaunaoa Drive, Kohala, Hawaii, (808) 880-1111, marriott.com/hotels/travel/koawi-the-westin-hapuna-beach-resort.