The 20 Best Hawaii Luxury Hotels and Resorts: HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2015


Last summer we asked our more than 200,000-strong HAWAII Magazine reader ohana to share their favorite Hawaii things for our third annual Readers’ Choice Awards. They came out in droves, submitting thousands of ballots filled with their nominations for Hawaii’s best hotels, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, indoor and outdoor activities, places to nosh, swim and snorkel, go road tripping and much more.

We tallied votes across 98 categories to bring you this year’s 617 HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Award winners. We’ve even compared this year’s list with last so you can see how time has changed rankings within each category.

All of our winners can be found in the new March/April 2015 issue of HAWAII Magazine currently on sale nationwide. Want it now? Head to Apple iTunes or Google play stores to download the issue instantly.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing a few of the 98 lists from our 2015 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.

Grand Wailea on Maui was our reader’s #2 pick in the 2015 HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. Photo: Grand Wailea.

St. Regis Princeville Resort
Princeville, Kauai
(2014 ranking: 5)

Grand Wailea
Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2014 ranking: 2)

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
Kona, Hawaii Island
(2014 ranking: 1)

Waikiki, Oahu
(2014 ranking: 3)

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Kapalua, Maui
(2014 ranking: 10)

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Poipu, Kauai
(2014 ranking: 4)

The Royal Hawaiian
Waikiki, Oahu
(2014 ranking: 7)

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2014 ranking: 12)

Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa
Ko Olina, Oahu
(2014 ranking: 14)

The Fairmont Kea Lani
Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2014 ranking: 20)

The lanai of a Superior Ocean View room at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, our reader’s #3 pick. Photo: Four Seasons.

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
Waikiki, Oahu
(2014 ranking: 13)

The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Kaanapali, Maui
(2014 ranking: 15)

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island
(2014 ranking: 8)

Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina
Ko Olina, Oahu
(2014 ranking: 9)

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Lanai City, Lanai
(2014 ranking: 18)

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island
(2014 ranking: 19)

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Wailea-Makena, Maui
(2014 ranking: new to list)

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island
(2014 ranking: 6)

Montage Kapalua Bay
Kapalua, Maui
(2014 ranking: new to list)

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Kahala, Oahu
(2014 ranking: 15)

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