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    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua Kona, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3261 reviewsTripAdvisor (3261)
    Free WiFi

    Just northeast of Kekaha Kai State Park, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Big Island. Recent visitors suggested indulging in the Hualalai Spa, which features spa treatments with island twists, like a Polynesian Niu (Coconut) Scrub or a Sun Relief Ti Leaf Wrap. Meanwhile, the resort's seven unique swimming spots  from a saltwater pond with a few friendly manta rays to an oceanfront infinity pool  earn high marks across the board. Should you be interested in learning more about Hawaiian life, the Ka'upulehu Cultural Center offers interactive programs that give insight into the island's history, traditions and even music. After a long day of learning (or relaxing), enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of three restaurants or two lounges before retiring to your room. Accommodations at this Four Seasons resort feature nature-inspired hues and Hawaiian art, as well as balconies, granite bathrooms and plasma TVs. Although recent guests won't deny that room rates and dining costs here are high, they say that the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's facilities and customer service are worth the price.

    Kailua Kona, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3261 reviewsTripAdvisor (3261)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Lanai
    Lanai City, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 706 reviewsTripAdvisor (706)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This Four Seasons property attracts beach lovers. Positioned along a beautiful stretch of Hulopoe Bay sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this resort offers breathtaking ocean views, manicured grounds and top-notch customer service. During their stays, guests can enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, hiking, whale watching, scuba diving and more. Visitors use terms like "paradise" and "heaven on earth" to describe the property. Guest rooms all feature private patios, as well as amenities like 75-inch flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray players, Nespresso machines and free internet access. One of the most loved features is the complimentary shuttle, which will cart you to and from Lanai Town. Recent visitors do say you should brace yourself for the high cost of meals at the resort's multiple restaurants and treatments at the in-house spa. Still, most travelers enjoy this Four Seasons resort's piece of shoreline and its world-class golf course.

    Lanai City, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 706 reviewsTripAdvisor (706)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Montage Kapalua Bay
    Lahaina, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 611 reviewsTripAdvisor (611)
    Free WiFi

    Travelers are hard-pressed to find much to complain about at the Montage Kapalua Bay. Located on the northwest corner of Maui, this 24-acre property offers panoramic views of the beach and ocean. Visitors can spend their time on the water with activities that range from sport fishing to snorkeling. The resort also offers more adventurous pursuits like zip lining and helicopter tours, as well as traditional Hawaiian luau shows. Other activity options include shopping, golfing on two award-winning courses or playing a round of tennis at the hotel's courts. If you're looking to relax, you can enjoy the complimentary beach towels and chairs, take advantage of the poolside Hana Hou Bar & Sunset Patio or indulge in a spa treatment. Accommodations here are one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom suites and each come equipped with separate living and sleeping areas, and furnished lanais. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs, in-room laundry facilities and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. To top off their great experiences, recent guests said all staff members, from the pool attendants to the restaurant servers, went above and beyond to ensure they had a pleasurable stay. 

    Lahaina, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 611 reviewsTripAdvisor (611)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
    Wailea, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5931 reviewsTripAdvisor (5931)
    Free WiFi

    This Four Seasons Resort underwent a major renovation in 2016 that has impressed recent visitors. Guests say the staff here is consistently attentive and helpful, too. Guest rooms also receive high praise for their spacious floor plans and private balconies or patios. Plus, accommodations feature wireless internet access, an evening turndown service and luxury bath amenities. What's more, this Four Seasons outpost is one of Maui's most kid-friendly locales, offering complimentary kids toiletries, a popular game room and kid-friendly menus in its four on-site restaurants. Those traveling without little ones can make the most of the resort's spa and the property's proximity to three scenic golf courses. Or, spend your days lounging on the island's shoreline where service staff will ensure you have enough ice water and towels to keep you feeling cool and comfortable. The only gripe guests had was with the high room rates at this hotel, particularly during peak seasons. As its name suggests, Maui's Four Seasons sits pretty on Wailea Beach.

    Wailea, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5931 reviewsTripAdvisor (5931)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
    Kapalua, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3919 reviewsTripAdvisor (3919)
    Free WiFi

    Located less than a mile inland from D.T. Fleming Beach on Maui's northwest coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua  with its epic views of Molokai Island  is popular with travelers in more ways than one. The rooms are spacious and are dressed in a tropical-yet-refined style brought on by yellow and green decor and wrought-iron lanais (Hawaiian patios). Accommodations at this Ritz-Carlton also feature flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and high-speed internet access. Past visitors are also bowled over by the quality of this resort's customer service: Guests say that the staff here worked hard to ensure a comfortable stay. While you're here, travelers recommend taking advantage of the pool. And if you're looking to unwind even further, splurge on a treatment at the spa. Others enjoyed the hiking excursions and other outdoor ventures with the Ambassadors of the Environment program. And at the end of the day, refuel with a full plate of fresh cuisine at Hook + Knife at Ulana, one of the resort's six restaurants. Staying here will cost you a pretty penny, especially if you include the $35 daily resort fee. This Marriott-affiliated property participates in the Marriott Bonvoy program, so guests can earn and use points by staying here.

    Kapalua, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3919 reviewsTripAdvisor (3919)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Halekulani
    Honolulu, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2807 reviewsTripAdvisor (2807)
    Free WiFi

    Halekulani remains a traveler favorite for its über-luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Rooms come decorated in Halekulani's signature "seven shades of white" and feature complimentary internet access, flat-panel TVs and welcome fruit and chocolate. Recent guests highly recommend requesting a room that looks out over the shore; the ocean vistas compliment the creamy room decor. Recent visitors also laud the helpful service staff, attesting that employees here went above and beyond to ensure a pleasant stay. While you're here, make some time for the SpaHalekulani, which offers a long list of relaxing treatments inspired by Polynesian therapeutic rituals. Halekulani also houses three restaurants, and two bars, including the Lewers Lounge, which hosts nightly jazz performances. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    Honolulu, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2807 reviewsTripAdvisor (2807)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
    Kapolei, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1398 reviewsTripAdvisor (1398)

    Those seeking the best of Oahu may very well find it within the confines of this Four Seasons outpost. Situated along the turquoise waters of the Pacific, nearly 30 miles west of Waikiki, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina features 371 oversized rooms (the smallest options start at 640 square feet) that not only ooze with luxury, but most of which also boast unforgettable ocean vistas. Accommodations feature island-style decor (think palm patterned pillows, banana leaf headboards and wicker accents), 65-inch flat-screen TVs and furnished balconies. Beyond the rooms, the resort offers a 24-hour fitness center, a tennis terrace, a golf course and both adult and family pools, as well as the Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre. The resort also provides direct access to the beach and plenty of activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, sunrise yoga and the opportunity to participate in a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe ride. Plus, there are ample dining options (five to be exact) on-site. While the amenities certainly impressed visitors, many guests agreed that the most memorable aspect was the incredible service. Staff members are known to go out of their way to meet special requests, especially for couples celebrating special occasions. 

    Kapolei, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1398 reviewsTripAdvisor (1398)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Hotel Wailea
    Wailea, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1331 reviewsTripAdvisor (1331)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Hotel Wailea in Maui, Hawaii, stretches across 15 acres of expertly manicured tropical gardens. Offering just 72 suites, this adults-only hotel's calling card is its secluded atmosphere and its spacious lodging options (rooms measure 720 square feet). All suites have separate bedrooms and living areas, plus furnished lanais (balconies), kitchenettes, deep soaking tubs and Wi-Fi access. Venture out of your room to explore the grounds and partake in activities like canoeing, kiteboarding and yoga. When it's time to cool off, take a dip in the outdoor pool. Although Hotel Wailea is removed from the beach, the hotel arranges complimentary shuttle services to and from Wailea Beach, where guests have access to lounge chairs, umbrellas and bottled water. And if you're hoping to stay on the beach for lunch, the hotel's restaurant will prepare and pack a picnic for you. The property's AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant, called The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, wins favor from visitors for its Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Recent guests add that with its relaxed and quiet atmosphere, this hotel makes for an ideal couples getaway. The only drawback for some travelers is the added daily resort fee.

    Wailea, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1331 reviewsTripAdvisor (1331)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Kahala Hotel & Resort
    Honolulu, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3298 reviewsTripAdvisor (3298)
    Free WiFi

    The Kahala Hotel & Resort — located about 3 miles southwest of Diamond Head on the coast of the Kahala neighborhood — has played host to a long list of ritzy clients. Even lovebirds Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came to stay at this Honolulu landmark after their marriage. So naturally, the rooms are fairly posh, featuring private balconies with views of the ocean and or nearby mountains. While you're here, take a break from the Honolulu hustle and bustle with a massage at The Kahala Spa, or simply kick back and relax in one of the cozy lounge chairs that line the pool. The hotel also boasts a pristine stretch of white sand beach, so you won't have to worry about fighting crowds for a spot on the shore. While you're here, recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of Dolphin Quest: The Kahala grounds feature a lagoon where guests can swim with bottlenose dolphins. Afterward, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the hotel's multiple restaurants. The only drawback: Some guests were frustrated by the high price for parking. But, not having a resort fee makes up for most incurred costs. Keep in mind that as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Honolulu, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3298 reviewsTripAdvisor (3298)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
    Kohala Coast, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4773 reviewsTripAdvisor (4773)

    The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is all about immersing guests in a serene atmosphere. It's located on 32 acres of carefully crafted grounds and pristine beaches along the Kohala Coast. Families, in particular, will find reasons to love this Fairmont property with the Keiki Aloha program for kids ages 5 to 12 and on-site babysitting services. No matter why you're visiting or who you're visiting with, recent guests say that you'll find many of the makings of a five-star hotel here. The Fairmont Orchid's 540 guest rooms and suites all feature private lanais (balconies), as well as marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. But don't plan on spending the whole trip inside: The Fairmont boasts opportunities to golf, play tennis and simply kick back by the pool. You'll also find the relaxing Spa Without Walls and several restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from.

    Kohala Coast, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4773 reviewsTripAdvisor (4773)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
    Maui, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5164 reviewsTripAdvisor (5164)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is a laid-back suite- and villa-filled resort of which island visitors can't seem to get enough. Travelers use words like "gorgeous" and "paradise" to describe the resort's grounds, while the accommodations feature a laundry list of amenities. Suites come with separate living spaces, oversized marble bathrooms, two flat-screen TVs and furnished balconies that offer excellent views of Maui's coast. Although you may be tempted to hole up in your room, previous guests highly recommend taking advantage of all this AccorHotels property has to offer. The resort rubs elbows with the scenic Wailea Golf Club (making it a popular choice for putters) and boasts its own Willow Stream Spa. Guests also have access to three swimming pools; parents can lounge by the adults-only pool while their children make new friends at the kids club. And everyone can regroup for dinner at one of several in-house restaurants. Meanwhile, members of the Le Club AccorHotels rewards program will receive extra special treatment in the form of perks like spa discounts.

    Maui, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5164 reviewsTripAdvisor (5164)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Princeville Resort
    Princeville, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3199 reviewsTripAdvisor (3199)
    Free WiFi

    Walking into the lobby of the Princeville Resort, you know immediately that you are at the top – the top of the hotel that is. That's where you'll find the lobby, affording jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Kauai's lush coast. Between Hanalei Bay and Kauai's rugged mountains, the resort's stunning location sets this property apart from the competition. According to previous visitors, the guest rooms are just as impressive: Princeville Resort forgoes the kitschy tropical decor in favor of decorative accents that touch upon the resort's natural surroundings with rich, earth tone color palettes. Rooms also come with home theater systems, 300-thread-count linens and, in some cases, balconies. The Princeville Resort also houses multiple distinct restaurants, all of which use ingredients that have been grown or produced on the island. And it's home to an incredible infinity pool – dubbed one of the world's most beautiful. Despite the properties world-class amenities, some past guests feel the Princeville Resort is in need of a refresh.

    Princeville, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3199 reviewsTripAdvisor (3199)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
    Kapolei, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6097 reviewsTripAdvisor (6097)
    Free WiFi

    Flanked by the white sand beaches of Ko Olina on the southwestern coast of Oahu, Aulani brings your favorite Disney characters to life amid lush Hawaiian scenery. The resort's accommodations range from standard guest rooms to three-bedroom villas and they include minifridges, Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs. Obviously, this resort was designed with kids in mind: Aulani invites families to take advantage of the kid-friendly pools and water play areas, as well as the resort's own snorkeling lagoon, Rainbow Reef. Should parents need some alone time, they can drop the kids off at Aunty's Beach House for supervised activities and head off to the spa for a massage or to the fairways of the Ko Olina Golf Club. Aulani receives high praise from previous guests, who describe this Disney hotel as relaxed and lovely. Still, some travelers mention that the resort's remote location may not be the best for guests looking to experience the sights of Honolulu.

    Kapolei, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6097 reviewsTripAdvisor (6097)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
    Koloa, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2461 reviewsTripAdvisor (2461)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    For peace and quiet, it's hard to beat the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. The property hosts 121 rooms on a spectacular portion of Po'ipu Beach amidst fierce competition from larger brand-name resorts nearby. The Koa Kea's design is more urban-chic than easygoing tropical, with guest rooms sporting contemporary furnishings and amenities like flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access, espresso machines and iPod docking stations. But visitors find plenty of relaxing solitude here: Not only do accommodations boast private lanais (balconies), but the Koa Kea Hotel also houses an intimate spa (with only five treatment rooms), a lagoon-style, lava-inspired swimming pool, an oceanfront lawn with firepits and direct access to the beach. As for dining, there is the Red Salt, which showcases Hawaiian cuisine in an intimate setting. And according to recent guests, the staff is accommodating and personable; so don't hesitate to ask for anything from more linens to directions to the closest hiking trail.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2461 reviewsTripAdvisor (2461)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Trump International Hotel Waikiki
    Honolulu, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3316 reviewsTripAdvisor (3316)
    Free WiFi

    The Trump International Hotel in central Waikiki isn't quite on the beach, but recent guests don't seem to mind. Visitors say that they found everything they expected of a five-star hotel at this Trump property, including excellent customer service. Suites are decorated in neutral decor and come outfitted with Italian marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. (Previous guests highly recommend requesting a room on a higher floor with views of the ocean.) While you're here, make use of the hotel's infinity pool, which offers spectacular views from its sixth-floor perch. Meanwhile, you're welcome to book treatments at the hotel spa or enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the three in-house restaurants. What's more, each guest has access to the Trump Attaché: The service includes babysitting, personal shopping and more.

    Honolulu, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3316 reviewsTripAdvisor (3316)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi