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The St. Regis Princeville on Kauai, one of our 50 favorite hotels and resorts.
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Our 50 favorite Hawaii hotels

Before you check in, check out our editors' and writers' picks of their favorite places to stay across the Hawaiian Islands.

In this tried-and-true guide, we highlight the most memorable, the most special, the most aspirational resorts to stay this year. After a year’s worth of checking into everything from the shiny new thing on the block to the enduring turn-of-the-century classic, this collection of properties falls under a special class of accommodations: the 50 hotels, grouped by island, that we have no hesitation recommending to friends, family, first- and 15th-time visitors. 


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Grand Wailea's pools can only be described as epic. 
Photo courtesy: Grand Wailea


Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui, (808) 573-1234,

Fairmont Kea Lani

4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui, (808) 875-4100,

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui, (808) 874-8000,

Grand Wailea

3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Maui, (808) 875-1234,

Kids and teens dream of pools like the ones at Maui’s Grand Wailea. Read more...

Hyatt Regency Maui

200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina, Maui, (808) 661-1234,

Kaanapali Beach Hotel

2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, (808) 661-0011,

Hotel Wailea

555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, Maui, (866) 850-5139,

Montage Kapalua Bay

1 Bay Dr., Lahaina, Maui, (808) 662-6600,

The tropical gardens surrounding Montage Kapalua Bay’s multi-tiered, blue pools with waterfalls and a lagoon provide an alluring backdrop for a brilliantly designed outdoor space. Read more...

Napili Kai Beach Resort

5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., Lahaina,  Maui, (808) 669-6271,

The Paia Inn

93 Hana Hwy., Paia, Maui, (808) 579-6000,

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Lahaina,  Maui, (808) 669-6200,

Travaasa Hana

5031 Hana Hwy., Hana, Maui, (808) 359-2401,

There are luxury resorts—and then there are all-inclusive, five-star luxury resorts. Read more...

The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

6 Kai Ala Dr., Lahaina, Maui, (808) 667-3200,

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

2365 Kaanapali Pkwy., Lahaina,  Maui, (808) 667-2525,



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The pink stucco towers of the legendary Royal Hawaiian.
Photo courtesy: Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

92-1185 Aliinui Dr., Kapolei, Oahu, (866) 443-4763,

Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk

201 Beach Walk, Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 921-2345,

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

92-1001 Olani St., Kapolei, Oahu, (808) 679-0079,


2199 Kalia Rd., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 923-2311,

Even with its check-all-the-boxes dedication to service—a personal property tour led by the concierge upon receiving your room key, a shoe-shining service to ready your footwear for a lavish dinner at La Mer—it’s the Halekulani’s comforting ambiance that’s the most unexpected, a classic, lived-in feel, without feeling tired or overworked after all these decades. Read more...

Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations

2181 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 462-4000,

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, Oahu,  (808) 739-8888,

Moana Surfrider

2365 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, 808) 922-3111,

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

2335 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 923-0711,

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

383 Kalaimoku St., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 922-8111,

The Royal Hawaiian

2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 923-7311,

The iconic Pink Palace of the Pacific is as beautiful as I imagined it would be. Fashioned in a Spanish-Moorish style with a pink stucco finish, it stands out in the crowd of hotels that have taken up residence all around it in Waikiki.  Read more...

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

2255 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 922-4422,

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

412 Lewers St., Waikiki, Oahu,  (808) 923-8882,

Aside from the mid-century modern architectural touches, The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club on Kuhio Avenue stays inspired with regular Talk Story Sessions that invite movers and shakers in Hawaii’s creative scene into its stylish space. Read more...

The Modern Honolulu

1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki, Oahu, (808) 943-5800,

The Modern Honolulu hosts similar get-togethers as The Surfjack, but with a more secluded feel, overlooking the Ala Moana Harbor on the outskirts of the city, where you can raise a toast (we recommend the deconstructed mai tai) to a chic sunset. Read more... 

Turtle Bay Resort

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, Oahu,  (808) 293-6000,



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The decor at the St. Regis is contemporary and luxurious, with stunning views.
Photo courtesy: St. Regis Princeville Resort

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

1571 Poipu Rd., Koloa, Kauai, (808) 742-1234,

Hanalei Bay Resort

5380 Honoiki Rd., Princeville, Kauai, (808) 826-6522,

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai

3-5920 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa,  Kauai, (808) 823-6000,

Kauai Marriott Resort

3610 Rice St., Lihue, Kauai, (808) 245-5050,

Kauai Shores

420 Papaloa Rd., Kapaa, Kauai, (808) 822-4951,

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

2251 Poipu Rd., Koloa, Kauai, (844) 236-3817,

The Palmwood

6867 Koolau Rd., Kilauea, Kauai, (808) 823-0752,

Sheraton Kauai Resort

2440 Hoonani Rd., Koloa, Kauai, (808) 742-1661,

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

5520 Ka Haku Rd., Princeville, Kauai, (808) 826-9644,

I wasn’t prepared for the amazing discovery I would find waiting for me inside Room 1102. Read more...

​Waimea Plantation Cottages

9400 Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea, Kauai, (808) 338-1625,

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The Kona pool at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Photo courtesy Hilton Waikoloa Village

The Fairmont Orchid

1 N. Kaniku Dr., Waimea, Hawaii Island, (808) 885-2000,

Grand Naniloa Hotel 

93 Banyan Dr., Hilo, Hawaii Island, (808) 969-3333,

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

72-100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island, (808) 325-8000,

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

62-100 Kaunaoa Dr., Waimea, Hawaii Island,  (888) 977-4623,

Hilton Waikoloa Village

69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Village, Hawaii Island, (808) 886-1234,

Like most things on the Big Island, the Hilton Waikoloa Village’s pool is sprawling. Read more...

Holualoa Inn

76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, Hawaii Island, (808) 324-1121,

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, Hawaii Island, (808) 882-7222,

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Waimea, Hawaii Island, (808) 885-6622,

Befitting of the area, a resort surrounded by rich history and hardened lava, the outdoor spa at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows resembles a Native Hawaiian village—a maze of pathways through some 3- to 6-foot-tall lava-rock walls. Read more...

The Palms Cliff House Inn

28-3514 Hawaii Belt Rd, Honomu, Hawaii Island, (808) 963-6076,

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island, (808) 930-4900,

Volcano House

1 Crater Rim Dr., Volcano,  Hawaii Island,  (866) 536-7972,

Rust-colored with a clapboard exterior, baseboard radiators and cozy furniture, the Volcano House is more ski lodge than sunny resort, defying typical Hawaii hotel expectations. Yet its superlative location, overlooking the park’s molten lava lake within Halemaumau Crater, is quintessentially Hawaiian. Read more...


The Four Seasons Resort on Lanai is impressive in its embrace of technology, while the modern/rustic surroundings put you at ease. 
Photo courtesy: Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City, Lanai, (808) 565-2000,

While it may be located on one of the remote corners of Hawaii, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai proves itself to be the most wired-in resort in the Islands. Read more...

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This article originally appeared in our July/August print issue, Our 50 Favorite Hotels.
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