Hawaii is a beautiful island located in the Pacific Ocean where tourists come throughout the year to enjoy its wonderful beaches and exotic weather. A vacation in Hawaii will be perfect if you choose highly rated resorts that give you all the comforts for your stay.
Whether you are visiting for your honeymoon or for your family vacation, the Big Island of Hawaii hosts a large number of resorts for all budgets and types of travelers. Most of the resorts are located on the sunny coast of Kohala, which runs along the northwest coast of the Big Island, starting north of the Kona International Airport. Most of the resorts listed here are beautifully distributed throughout this area, which is also known as the "coast of the resorts." There are also some excellent accommodation options around the city of Kailua-Kona, especially to the south, where you will find the main luxury property of the Big Island: the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
Find the perfect tropical retreat with our list of the best resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii:
The most luxurious resort on Big Island, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is in an excellent location on the west coast, just south of the city of Kailua-Kona. Right on the ocean, it has stunning views of the coast. The decor is elegant, contemporary Hawaiian, and the 243 rooms, suites, and villas, most of which have ocean views from the balconies, are located in low-rise bungalows that blend well with the surroundings. Away from the rooms, there are several swimming pools full of saltwater or freshwater, three restaurants, trendy shops and an outdoor spa in a beautiful natural place. The exclusive Jack Nicklaus golf course, open only to guests, and a gym with daily yoga classes and other classes complete the scene.
Located on the beach of Mauna Kea on the Kohala coast, the exclusive Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection was the first hotel development built in 1965. Currently, it offers 252 spacious rooms and suites with modern decor from the island and comfortable beds Beyond the rooms, you will find a golf course Robert Trent Jones, Sr., a full-service spa and tennis courts overlooking the sea. There are also several options for eating on-site, which serve island-inspired cuisine. It is a good option for families, groups and couples alike.
Also on the coast of Kohala, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is in a beautiful environment with walking paths crossing its lands and passing through a saltwater stream where reef fish swim. The rooms and suites are elegant and modern, with neutral tones, comfortable beds, and flat-screen TVs, along with private balconies. Couples looking for privacy or families looking for space will want to reserve one of the bungalows, which have private pools, gardens and plenty of space to move around. There is also a farm-to-table-style restaurant and a wild outdoor spa with volcanic rock saunas and hydrotherapy treatments in a lava tube. Active services include two golf courses, several swimming pools, and a gym.
Just a mile from Wailua Bay, on the coast of Kohala, this property offers family accommodation in two-bedroom suites that are spacious and modernly decorated. All come with living rooms with pull-out sofa beds, as well as full kitchens and whirlpools in bathrooms. Children will like the PlayStations that come with each room. Away from the rooms, there is an outdoor swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, grills, and even a putting green and a playground for the little ones. Although there is no restaurant on-site, a free shuttle will take you directly to the nearby sister property Hilton Waikoloa Village, which has several restaurants and two golf courses.
In the Kailua-Kona area, the Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort is a perfect family choice for its spacious two-bedroom condos that can accommodate up to six people. These come with amenities like full kitchens and washer/dryers that make parents' lives easier. The resort has an old-fashioned Hawaii atmosphere that dates back to the 1930s. There is no restaurant on-site, but there are many options nearby. The complex has two pools and hot tubs, however. The Wyndham is not located directly on the beach, but there are one a few minutes’ walks, and the property offers beautiful views of Kahalu'u Bay.
One of the best family options on the Kohala coast, with many amenities, focused on children, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is located on 62 acres near the water, although there is no suitable beach, there is an artificial lagoon with its own sand strip. The property is huge, so large, in fact, that it has a tram and ferries to take you from one section to another. It also includes some beautiful gardens, waterfalls and a dolphin pool that children will love. There are 1,200 rooms and suites in three separate towers, and each has a slightly different style decoration. Beyond the rooms, amenities include several restaurants and three large pool areas, including one that is for adults only, along with boutiques and a spa with saunas and hot tubs for separate men and women.
Escape from the large resorts with a stay at Holualoa Inn, which is located just five miles from the city of Kailua-Kona and offers bed and breakfast accommodations in a 30-acre coffee plantation. The rooms and suites, decorated in a luxurious Polynesian style, offer views of the ocean or the garden and feature original seating areas and works of art. Some also have whirlpool tubs or private balconies. There is also a private one-bedroom cabin in a separate building that has a porch and a living room. The included breakfast is delicious, and there are free soft drinks in the afternoon. Also on the site is a swimming pool overlooking the sea, a rooftop gazebo and a telescope for guest use.
There you have, the top seven highly rated resorts on the island of Hawaii. Did we leave out your favorite? Please let us know in the box below.