The 20 Best Hawaii Luxury Hotels and Resorts: HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2014

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Last summer and fall, we asked our reader ohana to share their picks of the best of everything the Hawaiian Islands have to offer for our 2014 HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

Thousands of our Mainland U.S., Hawaii and international readers responded, packing their Readers’ Choice ballots with hundreds of selections for everything from their best Hawaii hotels and resorts, bed-and-breakfasts and inns, beaches and indoor and outdoor activities to their best Hawaii places to eat, scenic road trips, fashion designers, coastlines and much, much more. All of it, in more than 90 categories

We tallied their picks—more than 100,000 in all—to arrive at our final award-winner lists. You’ll find all 620 winners of our 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranked in 96 lists, in the new March/April 2014 issue of HAWAII Magazine, on sale now nationwide or available for individual copy purchase on the Apple Newsstand for iPad and iPhone.

Purchase a subscription to HAWAII Magazine on the Apple Newsstand and you’ll get the 2014 Readers’ Choice Issue immediately as part of your subscription.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing a few of the 96 lists from our 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards Issue here on Below is the first list we’re sharing:

The 20 Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii as selected by HAWAII Magazine readers.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
Kailua-Kona, Big Island
(2013 ranking: 6)

Grand Wailea
Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2013 list ranking: 2)

Waikiki, Oahu
(2013 list ranking: 1)

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Poipu, Kauai
(2013 list ranking: 5)

St. Regis Princeville Resort
Princeville, Kauai
(2013 list ranking: 4)

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Kohala Coast, Big Island
(2013 list ranking: 16)

The Royal Hawaiian
Waikiki, Oahu
(2013 list ranking: 3)

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Kohala Coast, Big Island
(2013 list ranking: 13)

JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina
Ko Olina, Oahu
(2013 list ranking: 18)

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Kapalua, Maui
(2013 list ranking: 10)

Fairmont Orchid
Kohala Coast, Big Island
(2013 list ranking: 14)

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2013 list ranking: 8)

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
Waikiki, Oahu
(2013 list ranking: 9)

Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa
Ko Olina, Oahu
(2013 list ranking: 7)

The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Kaanapali, Maui
(new to 2014 list)


No. 10: The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Photo: Ritz-Carlton Hotels

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Kahala, Oahu
(2013 list ranking: 15)

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele

Lanai City, Lanai
(2013 list ranking: 17)

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay

Hulopoe Beach/Manele Bay, Lanai
(new to 2014 list)

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

Kohala Coast, Big Island
(2013 list ranking: 11)

The Fairmont Kea Lani

Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2013 list ranking: 12)

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