Ready for an unforgettable getaway in the U.S.? These spectacular Hawaii resorts will leave you breathless without nickel-and-diming your pocketbook.
Lori and I are excited to introduce you to some of the best resort values in Hawaii – America’s amazing 50th state and a tropical paradise like none other.
Hawaii offers unlimited opportunities to experience world-class recreation and adventure, amazing cuisine, and a rich cultural heritage dating back centuries.
And the exceptional resorts here in our hand-picked guide pack more luxury and amenities into the upfront cost than any other 4- and 5-star resorts you’re likely find in the Hawaiian Islands.
An abundance of already-included first-class services and extras await, plus exceptional restaurants, luxurious accommodation, and endless opportunities for fun in the sun.
And the weather, of course, is simply unbeatable.
So pack your beach bag and prepare to be inspired by some of Hawaii’s best stays.
In a hurry? Here’s a quick look at our top picks
- Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Villa Experience – Wailea, MAUI
- Montage Kapalua Bay – Kapalua Bay, MAUI
- Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection – Puako, HAWAII
- Fairmont Orchid Gold Experience – Puako, HAWAII
- Four Seasons Resort Maui – Wailea, MAUI
- Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu – Koloa, KAUAI
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa – Koloa, KAUAI
- Turtle Bay Resort – Kahuku, OAHU
Read on for full details about these exceptional Hawaii resorts, plus helpful tips and information for an unforgettable getaway. And start packing for your Hawaiian vacation today!
8 Best Hawaii Resorts
For Luxury & Value
1| Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Villa Experience
If you’re looking for the ultimate resort experience in Hawaii, look no further than the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Villa Experience!
This jaw-dropping shoreline resort situated along Wailea’s white sands Polo Beach excels at pampering service and luxury amenities.
The Villa Experience elevates your Kea Lani stay to the next level with private 2 or 3 bedroom luxury villa accomodation, private plunge pool, garden, and patio, and fully-equipped kitchen – perfect for family getaways and honeymooners.
Rejuvinate in Kea Lani’s state-of-the-art Willow Stream Spa, relax beachside or poolside at one of three swimming pools (including an adults-only pool), and savor world class Hawaiian-inspired cuisine.
LOCATION ▸ Wailea, Maui
BEST FOR ▸ Families, small groups, honeymooners, and anyone else looking for the ultimate resort experience in Maui.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Fitness/yoga classes, Hawaiian cultural classes & programs, pool & beach access, beach loungers & towels, fitness center access, shuttle service around resort, parking, and more! Featured add-ons: Buffet breakfast, spa access.
PRO TIP ▸ As you might imagine, the villas at Kea Lani fill up fast! Reserve well in advance for the best prices and availability. Also, it’s strongly recommended you make dinner reservations in advance once you arrive.
2| Montage Kapalua Bay
Montage Kapalua Bay offers an exceptional experience on the incredible island of Maui, with spacious 1-, 2-, 3-, and even 4-bedroom residential-style suites overlooking tropical gardens and the Pacific Ocean.
Elegance and sophistication permeate every square foot of space, from the large central living space and kitchen, to the private and inviting lanais (covered outdoor patio).
Enjoy luxurious spa treatments at the full-service Spa Montage, dining at a handful of exceptional onsite restaurants, and golfing at two nearby championship golf courses.
LOCATION ▸ Kapalua Bay (near Lahaina), Maui
BEST FOR ▸ Multi-generational family vacations, private escapes, special occasions.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Spa & fitness center access, beach access with loungers & towels, shuttle service around resort, and more! Featured add-ons: Breakfast, parking, kid’s club.
PRO TIP ▸ If views are what you’re after, be sure to request a higher level. The quietest rooms are farthest from the main lobby (nightly entertainment venue).
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3| Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
Described as a sacred oasis nestled on a storied coastline, Mauna Lani by Auberge Resorts and its ruggedly beautiful setting evoke a unique sense of mysticism and wonder.
And the best part for value hunters? Mauna Lani’s resort fee includes more amenities than many other resorts in our Hawaii resorts guide!
Make new friends in a variety of outdoor venues such as the Great Lawn, Surf Shack, Canoe House, and Ha Bar & Grill.
And bask in the comfort and hospitality of Mauna Lani’s bright and luxurious estates, residences, suites, and guestrooms with mountain and ocean views.
LOCATION ▸ Puako, Hawaii (Big Island)
BEST FOR ▸ Young and multi-generational families, active couples, surfers, social travelers, and those interested in immersing themselves in Hawaiian cultural heritage.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Kid’s club, arcade, Auberge Spa access, health club access, fitness club access, sporting facilities and equipment, beach access with loungers & towels, shuttle service around resort, and more! Featured add-ons: Breakfast, parking.
PRO TIP ▸ Make dinner reservations well in advance, both onsite and offsite. Rooms facing away from the pool are said to be the quietest.
4| Fairmont Orchid Gold Experience
The Fairmont Orchid on the mesmerizing Kohala Coast might just be the best ocean front resort on the Big Island.
And the Fairmont Orchid Gold Experience makes it one of the very best Hawaii resorts for luxury (and value) seekers.
Bask in luxurious spa treatments in their award-winning Spa Without Walls, featuring private outdoor venues.
Get inspired at the Hui Holokai Beach Club, boasting six restaurants, immersive cultural activities, kid’s programming, and more.
And lose yourself in 30 acres of tropical gardens beside a powdery white sand beach.
The Gold Experience adds a personalized experience, VIP treatment, and 5-star perks such as access to the private lounge, private check-in/check-out, daily deluxe breakfast buffet, snack bar, sunset cocktails and canapés, and much more.
LOCATION ▸ Puako, Hawaii (Big Island)
BEST FOR ▸ Everyone!
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Fitness/yoga classes, health club & equipment, beach access with loungers & towels, shuttle service around resort, concierge services, and more! GOLD EXPERIENCE adds daily deluxe breakfast buffet, dry snack bar, sunset cocktails & canapés, private lounge, and more.
PRO TIP ▸ If you want a true view of the Pacific, skip the Ocean View rooms and spring for the Ocean Front rooms instead.
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5| Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is an open-air beachfront resort widely considered one of the very best stays on the island.
Lauded for their personalized and pampered service, the resort offers spacious guestrooms and suites with all the luxurious touches you’d expect from the Four Seasons Resort in Maui.
Indulge in blissful spa treatments, dine on delectable offerings in-room, poolside, or beachside, and even spot Humpback whales from the resort’s elevated decks and patios.
LOCATION ▸ Wailea, Maui
BEST FOR ▸ Families with kids, honeymooners and other couples getaways, guests looking for pampering, and guests looking for a chance to give back to the community.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Kid’s club and supervised activities, cultural activities and performances, pool and beach access, fitness center, and more! Featured Add-ons: Full daily breakfast, valet parking.
PRO TIP ▸ Ask about the Four Season’s Malama program, which encourages giving back to the island of Maui through volunteerism. Guests can earn a $250 credit for participating in select volunteer programs.
6| Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
The Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu is an Autograph Collection resort specializing in the art of relaxation, entertainment, and service excellence.
With well-appointed studios and 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom villas featuring full kitchens and large lanai, Koloa Landing is the perfect choice for everyone, from couples to multi-generational families.
Enjoy wandering through 25-acres of lush tropical landscaping, splashing around in the “best pool in America” (2 years running), taking a short stroll down to world-renowned Poipu Beach, or venturing out for some of the best shopping on Kauai just minutes away.
Top it all off with award-winning American and traditional Hawaiian cuisine and you’ve got yourself a true slice of paradise.
LOCATION ▸ Koloa, Kauai
BEST FOR ▸ Everyone!
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Fitness/yoga classes, beach shuttle, cultural activities & classes, pool access & beach towels, fitness center, self-parking, and more! Featured add-ons: Daily buffet breakfast.
PRO TIP ▸ Higher levels offer better views. If springing for an Ocean View room, request 3rd floor or higher.
7| Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Newly renovated rooms and oodles of luxurious amenities make the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa a standout stay on our list of top Hawaii resorts.
This stunning property boasts classic Hawaiian architecture and 50 lush acres fringed by the stunning white sands of Poipu, providing the perfect setting for an unforgettable Hawaiian island escape.
Relax in one of the most impressive lava rock pools in Hawaii, feast on the tastes of the islands at one of their six superb restaurants, or rejuvinate with al fresco spa treatments at Anara Spa.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai offers the true luxury resort experience with loads of amenities, earning it a spot on our list of best Hawaii resorts.
LOCATION ▸ Koloa, Kauai
BEST FOR ▸ Families, couples, business travelers, and travelers looking for the feel and amenities of a large international beach resort.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Fitness/yoga classes, pool & fitness center access, lava rock lazy river access, golf shuttle, self-parking, and more! Featured add-ons: Breakfast.
PRO TIP ▸ Make sure to reserve dinner in advance. Request a room closer to the pools if you are visiting with young children.
8| Turtle Bay Resort
Last, but certainly not least, in our guide to the best Hawaii resorts is Turtle Bay Resort!
This 1,300-acre tropical paradise on the North Shore of the island of Oahu boasts five miles of virgin coast, a dozen miles of hiking trails, breathtaking views.
Choose the thoughtfully-designed hideaway that suits your tastes, from ocean bungalows, luxury suites, and ocean view guestrooms.
Savor Turtle Bay’s unique island-inspired holistic cuisine offerings while enjoying the resort’s deep commitment to the North Shore spirit.
LOCATION ▸ Kahuku, Oahu
BEST FOR ▸ Active families with kids, recreation-oriented getaways, nature lovers, honeymooners, those looking for a unique experience beyond the more popular Hawaiian destinations.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ▸ Fitness/yoga classes, pool & fitness center access, sporting facilities & equipment, beach access with loungers & towels, and more! Featured add-ons: Breakfast.
PRO TIP ▸ Reserve dinner and activities in advance. Request a higher room for the best views.
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Tips for Booking “All-Inclusive-Style” Hawaii Resorts
Here’s a few quick tips for you and your crew to get started booking one of these spectacular Hawaii resorts today.
Are There All-Inclusive Resorts in Hawaii?
Despite what the term suggests, no all-inclusive resort anywhere includes everything.
In Mexico and throughout the Caribbean, many all-inclusives include meals and alcohol but often exclude things like spa treatments, recreational gear, and offsite excursions.
Resorts in Hawaii generally don’t include meals and alcohol in the nightly rate.
But many resorts (like the Hawaii resorts on our list above) might include spa access, kid’s club, equipment, fitness/yoga classes, cultural experiences, and a number of other perks.
“All-inclusive”-style resorts in Hawaii often charge a required “resort fee” in addition to the nightly rate, which covers the sorts of activities, services, and amenities you’d expect to find in traditional all-inclusive resorts.
It’s no secret that costs can quickly mount during a stay at one of the premier beachfront resorts in the spectacular Hawaiian Islands.
You’ll generally get a lot more value for your dollar paying a set resort fee than paying à la carte for each individual amenity.
Plus, it makes it a lot easier to budget for your vacation.
When you add up what’s included, the Hawaii resorts we’ve listed above can end up saving you a ton of money, especially if you want to take advantage of these resorts’ signature features and offerings.
What’s Included, What’s Not Included
When researching top resorts in Hawaii or elsewhere, always make sure you understand what’s included and what’s not included (e.g. things such as meals, alcohol, tours, and water sports equipment may be available at an additional cost).
We’ve included a sampling of what types of things each of the Hawaii resorts on our list include in their nightly rate and resort fee at the time of writing.
Of course, you’ll want to refer to the info on the booking site or hotel site for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
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