Hawaii is no stranger to visitors. In fact, it is one of their biggest revenue sources over the years. Because of this, many have invested in the industry, and made sure that the services they provide to visitors are indeed of world class quality.
Like many first timers in Hawaii, it is normal that you may feel overwhelmed with all the must-see places, and must do activities while in the islands. A great tip to get the most out of your vacation: choose one island per visit—but how to choose? Of the eight major islands of Hawaii, six are openly accessible to tourists. However, only four are most frequented by most visitors of the state, namely Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii—the big island. All of these are equally breath-taking, but each one has its own unique offerings.
Thinking about visiting one Hawaiian island soon? Here are the most recommended and the most luxurious hotels per island, which will give you nothing but five-star service and accommodation, perfectly balancing Hawaii’s carefree charm:
For travelers who want the best of both worlds and a taste of each experience, this island is perfect for you. From the world’s most active volcano to icy waterfall pools, and oceans that serve home to the the Humpback whales, tourists can really have a worth it trip if they choose to visit Hawai’i.
If you ask former tourists who came from the Big Island on which hotel is the best, they would probably refer you to the 32-acre luxury resort that is Fairmont Orchid. According to reviews, this accommodation option has everything in store for vacationers who dream of spending the perfect time on this island: a beautiful spa, comprised mostly of outdoor huts; a white-sand beach on a calm lagoon; beautifully landscaped grounds, and a huge pool with ocean views.
However, if you’re after sleeping in the most luxurious rooms, previous guests say that this hotel are tasteful, but aren’t quite as luxurious as you’d expect at this price point.
Another great bet on the big island is the Four Seasons hotel which has gained popularity from guests all over the world for their beautifully landscaped grounds, private bungalow-style rooms and suites tucked along winding paths throughout the whole property. Located on the Kohala Coast, its lush green is the perfect contrast to the blue Pacific Ocean. One note by the reviewers: dining options on-site are few in number but high in quality. Almost every previous guest of this hotel commented that definitely, the service is excellent and the experience is first-rate down to the last detail.
Maui is known worldwide for its pristine beaches where tourists can surf or relax on the sand. Here’s where to stay on this beautiful island when visiting.
For vacationers who want a more secluded and less crowded area to stay, the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua is perfect for you. While it is more private in terms of location, it is still in near proximity to two prestigious, oceanfront golf courses; culture and ecology programs for families, and a top-rated restaurant. Moreover, most guests have really enjoyed the three-tiered pool overlooking the coast.
Montage Kapalua Bay
The Montage Kapalua Bay is a lush 24-acre luxury property that features 56 one- to four-bedroom villas and a world-class spa that guests have been raving about. It’s beautiful oceanfront location in Kapalua is situated on a point with dramatic ocean cliffs on one side and a lovely crescent-shaped beach on the other.
Kaua’i is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian Islands, is full of history and natural beauty its residents are proud of. From stretches of beach, canyons, cliffs, and rainforests, Kauai has a fair share of the world’s ecological profile. In fact, because of the perfect balance of trees and water, it has gained the moniker of “the Garden Isle”.
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
The Koa Kea’s first-rate, personalized hotel service is rated the best in the whole of the Kauai island. Previous guests say that the rooms at this slickly designed boutique hotel all have espresso machines, 42-inch TVs, sleek, dark-wood furnishings, Egyptian cotton sheets, and Italian marble bathrooms.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Kauai is one of the household names when it comes to the most luxurious accommodations on the island. All of its 602 rooms are Hawaiian inspired and spacious enough for guests to enjoy. They also have three incredible pools, a behemoth saltwater lagoon, 10 dining options, including a host of high-end restaurants, a renowned spa, a twice-weekly luau, and immaculately kept tropical grounds. Its large range of features allows it to have broad appeal, and a non-stop cycle of families, honeymooners, business travelers, and wedding parties filter through the property week after week.
This island is one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii because it is home to the state capitol of Honolulu. At the same time, it is home to the majority of Hawaii’s population, making it the busiest island among the six.
Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural and cultural wonders with the entertainment and amenities of the 21st century. It has the perfect combination of beaches, food, history, and culture. This island is referred to as “The Gathering Place” as all airports from around the world land in Oahu.
Kahala’s location is in the prime Honolulu neighborhood which is away from the chaos of Waikiki, which makes it more charming for tourists who want some peace and quiet while in Hawaii. Previous guests also commended the resorts world class service, which starts by the time their receptionists welcome you, to the time you check out. Staff members addressing you by name throughout your stay is also a nice, personalized touch which made guests feel important and prioritized.
Since its opening in 1927, the Royal Hawaian is still known as the iconic “Pink Palace of the Pacific” is easily the most recognizable hotel on Oahu. Many decades later, it is still one of the best and most luxurious accommodation options in the island. Upon check in, guests receive the hotel’s signature drink, a pink hibiscus elixir, which is worth noting for some guests.
The hotel also offers free limo service delivers guests anywhere in the local area in the afternoons and early evenings.
This part of Hawaii is perfect for those who want to do soul searching and reflect. Lana’i is known for its isolated location which is remote compared to the other islands. It is interesting to know that nearly the entire island was planted with pineapples, which were exported around the world, for much of the 20th century.
In Lanai, two locations of The Four Seasons are regarded as the best in the island. The one at Manele Bay is a luxury resort secluded on the small island of Lanai, offering top-rated dining, a pristine pool and spa. It is also known for its exceptional service including a 24-hour concierge, numerous beach and pool attendants, and twice-daily housekeeping.
However, please do remember that getting to this island requires a second small plane ride, or ferry ride, and the hotel is 20 minutes from Lanai City. The on-site restaurants are pricey, and there is a fee to use the Wi-Fi, but a long list of freebies help compensate.
The other location at Koele is a serene, upscale resort with a Greg Norman-designed golf course. The resort is just a short walk from town, which many enjoy because of the nearby and) dining options.
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Eddie Keliinohomoku is the Director of sales and marketing and co-founder of Go Hawaii Tours and Aloha Trikke, With Direct Ties to the Hawaiian islands, Eddie's passion is sharing the islands and spirit of aloha with the world. "E Komo Mai"