It’s an undeniable fact: Some hotel rooms have better views than others—and those picturesque perspectives often come at a premium. But whether it’s a suite overlooking the postcard-perfect sands of Wailea Beach or a mountain view that puts Diamond Head front and center, these rooms are worth the extra bucks. Here are a few hotel rooms across the Islands that give guests the best views of Hawaii.
1. Hilton Waikiki Beach, Executive Floor Suite
When you’re looking for accommodations in Waikiki, an easy rule of thumb is this: The higher, the better. Why? Because the blues of the Pacific Ocean and the golden sands of Waikiki’s beaches look better from above. And at the Hilton Waikiki Beach, you can sleep high above it all in one of its executive floor suites on the top several stories of the 37-floor hotel. 2500 Kuhio Ave., Honolulu, (808) 922-0811, www3.hilton.com.
2. Grand Naniloa Hilo, Oceanfront Rooms
For the most part, Hilo Bay is picture-day ready year-round, and its calm, scenic seas are a by-product of the impressive Hilo Breakwater, which extends way out into the bay. You can enjoy this sight to the fullest by finding an Oceanfront Room at the Grand Naniloa Hilo for yourself. Aside from putting guests right in front of Hilo Bay, these rooms also provide lanai (porches) that will give visitors an even better view of their tropical surroundings. 93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, (808) 969-3333, grandnaniloahilo.com.
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Rainbow Tower Ocean Front Corner King Room
Why settle for just an ocean view or just a mountain view when you can have both? The Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Rainbow Tower has an oceanfront corner king room that offers two distinct views of paradise through two sets of floor-to-ceiling windows. One looks out over the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean; the other puts Waikiki and Diamond Head on full display. Guests will be enamored by both—from the comfort of their bed. 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, (808) 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.
4. Hilton Waikoloa, MAKAI Oceanside at Lagoon Tower
Hilton Waikoloa’s MAKAI Oceanside rooms at Lagoon Tower offer sights of Waiulua Bay that can compete with any accommodation in the area. Calling the rooms “oceanside” is almost selling it short—you’re a stone’s throw away from the sea—and you can enjoy the rock-bottom bay, which sports an almost unreal shade of light blue, from your own private lanai. 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Village, (808) 886-1234, hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
5. Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Napua Club Royal Suite
You know the view’s good when your room comes with a telescope. And the Napua Club Royal Suite at the Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has just that, as well as a large balcony that provides guests with an all-encompassing view of crescent-shaped Wailea Beach. Set your sights on the horizon and it’s also possible to see the islands of Kahoolawe and Lanai and a truly killer sunset. 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, (808) 875-1234, grandwailea.com.
6. Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, Ocean View Rooms
Sandwiched between Wailua Bay and Lydgate Beach Park, the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay’s Ocean View Rooms are a smart choice for travelers who are looking to see just as much sea as they possibly can during their trip. In fact, the ocean is so close to this affordable, yet luxurious room, you’ll probably be waking up and falling asleep to the melodic sound of crashing waves and moving water. 3-5920 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, (808) 823-6000, hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com