Beach Hotels Mountains Ocean Romance Trip Ideas mountain water outdoor Nature sky geographical feature landform Coast Sea body of water Lake vacation bay cliff fjord cape terrain mountain range islet surrounded Island hillside

The 10 Best Hotels in Hawaii

Hawaii has no shortage of luxury resorts, laid-back retreats, and backyard bungalows where you can bed down in between beach visits. JS hotel expert Lindsey Olander gives us the scoop on the 10 best hotels in Hawaii, from Maui to Kauai.

Senior Editor, Jetsetter | @lindseytravels |

See recent posts by Lindsey Olander

artistic artsy Boutique chic Hip Hotels Lounge Luxury nautical sophisticated Style + Design stylish trendy color room mural wall art interior design home Design living room modern art furniture

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

This stylish boutique minutes from Waikiki Beach has '60s surf-chic down pat. The lobby greets guests with beach scenes by native photographer Mark Kushimi and a living fern installation, while L.A.-based Studio Collection modeled the 112 rooms after beach bungalows found on the north shore: batten walls are hung with surf prints and old postcards while beds feature colorful Tori Richard fabric headboards. Everyone is up-talking the pool, which has a “wish you were here"-inscribed mosaic floor. The real conversation, however, revolves around Mahina & Sun’s, the on-site restaurant covered in Andrew Mau shaka wallpaper that’s led by chef Ed Kenney. Order the Kualoa Ranch oysters and marlin poke with pickled mushroom.

Beach Boutique Hotels Design Eco Garden Hotels Luxury Travel Outdoors Wellness outdoor tree grass flora botany flower yard backyard Resort plant botanical garden Jungle Courtyard porch

Lumeria Maui

This restored 1909 upcountry estate turned educational wellness retreat is a real escape for the soul: there are 24 rooms in plantation-style buildings surrounded by organic gardens and lush lawns, an open-air lounge punctuated by swinging rope hammocks, an elaborate labyrinth, and a meditation lawn overseen by a stone Buddha. Other perks we love: yoga classes, musical performances, and sustainable dinners with ingredients from Lumeria’s own gardens.

RELATED: The Best Hotels in Maui Right Now

Hotels bed indoor wall floor room Bedroom property living room hotel furniture interior design hardwood home estate wood studio couch bed frame real estate bed sheet Suite window covering decorated containing

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

It might have just a single airport runway, but Hawaii’s quietest island is picking up energy thanks to the March opening of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. New owner Larry Ellison has reimagined the resort’s former Balinese-inspired décor into something more contemporary, with 217 rooms done up in teak and zebra wood with hand-woven wool rugs and mahogany floors. You'll also find multiple bathrooms, wooden bathtubs (suites only), and open terraces that look out onto the gorgeous Hulolo’e Bay. Ellison has brought in a few heavy hitters including cult chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who oversees one of the restaurants, and a guests-only golf course even amateurs will want to work into their schedule.

Hotels grass sky outdoor field house cloud grassy rural area green hill Farm lush clouds day

Volcano House, Big Island

Few stays on Hawaii offer what the Volcano House does, which is unobstructed views of the bright, spewing lava that spits out of the Halema’uma’u Crater from its location on the Kilauea caldera rim. Volcano house is the only hotel inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is the state's oldest property (opened in 1846)—but the interiors were given a contemporary facelift in 2013. Don't miss dinner at the hotel's The Rim restaurant, with floor-t0-ceiling windows that look out onto the swoon-worthy vistas.

RELATED: Hotel Views That Will Blow Your Mind

Hotels outdoor building grass property estate home Villa outdoor structure real estate Resort backyard swimming pool Courtyard pavilion eco hotel hacienda Patio mansion

The Lodge at Kukui'ula, Kauai

Kukui’ula, a 1,000-acre South Shore’s resort community known for its award-winning Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, has finally opened a “lodge” for non-members—yet this collection of villas and bungalows feels just as private. Those with a penchant for extra space will love the two- and three-bedroom cottages, styled after plantations homes but with all the modern creature comforts (gourmet kitchens, vaulted ceilings, covered lanais, outdoor fire pits) you'd expect. Guests also get access to the Plantation House (a center for dining, drinking, games, and pool), the 18,000-square-foot spa, and the communal farm.

See All Kauai Hotels
Balcony Classic Drink Hotels Island Living Romance Scenic views Sunset indoor wall floor room property living room Suite estate interior design home Villa real estate Resort Design condominium cottage apartment furniture flat

Hotel Wailea, Maui

Hawaii’s only Relais & Châteaux property was made for couples, where 72 adults-only suites (more like private homes) are spread over 15 acres with balconies looking out towards the Pacific, and where the lush grounds—mango trees, koi ponds, footbridges—beg for morning strolls. Private drivers are on call to whisk guests down to the beach, but the hotel has plenty of draws to keep you onsite, from the award-winning (and newly rebranded) restaurant to the cabana-lined pool with its own apothecary-style bar that serves up all things fresh and fruity.

RELATED: The Ultimate Maui Road Trip

Hotels indoor wall bed sofa floor room hotel ceiling window Bedroom property home estate Suite interior design real estate white living room pillow condominium cottage apartment bed sheet furniture decorated

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu

Waikiki’s newest luxury high-rise is finally open to the public. The 38-story tower embraces a contemporary “island-deco” vibe, where 552 rooms and suites (from studios to three bedrooms) face the beach’s west end. This is a Ritz-Carlton, so expect a few indulgent perks including the first Hawaii outpost of gourmet market Dean & Deluca, two infinity pools, and a serene spa.

Exterior Grounds Hotels Lounge Luxury Ocean Tropical tree outdoor Resort body of water rock swimming pool vacation estate tourism arecales landscape Garden plant Village tropics Sea flower palm stone surrounded several

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Kauai

When it comes to accommodating big groups, few properties do better than Koloa Landing Resort, home to Kauai’s largest villas complete with gourmet kitchens and spectacular ocean views. There’s something here for everyone, including a family-style lagoon pool and a secluded adults-only oasis—both with Jacuzzis, fire pits, and poolside barbeques. A $100 million expansion, to be completed in early 2017, is introducing 200 additional residences (including studios), a poolside bar and grill, and a new lagoon pool with waterslides and cabanas.

airy Beach Bedroom Boutique Hotels calm Hotels isolation living area living room Lounge Luxury Luxury Travel Ocean ocean view open-air Patio private remote serene Suite Terrace Tropical view indoor room Living window floor ceiling property chair estate home real estate house condominium furniture Villa Resort cottage interior design porch apartment area wood

Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts


Travaasa Hana, Maui

There's little competition when it comes to where to stay in Hana—a hushed, undisturbed town on Maui's eastern coast—but Travaasa Hana still manages to outshine many of the island's other resorts while also being one of the only all-inclusives in Hawaii. For some, this is the epitome of island living: 70 cottages and suites (recently remodeled to the tune of $12 million) are void of radios, clocks, and TVs, where your stay is custom tailored to meet your needs—be it all-inclusive or à la carte, with activities that cater to foodies, fitness fiends, adventurers, wellness gurus, or culture hounds. At the gorgeous spa, traditional Hawaiian massages are the order of the day; if you're traveling partner, we highly recommend the two-hour Hana Couples Escape.

RELATED: 9 All-Inclusive Resorts for People Who Hate All-Inclusives

Balcony Bedroom Hotels Living Resort Scenic views indoor sofa floor room wall table ceiling window property Suite estate cottage furniture real estate interior design hotel home Villa living room apartment nice decorated flat

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, Big Island

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of this Big Island mainstay, known for its extensive private collection of Polynesian, Oceanic, and Asian art (sourced by its founder, Laurance Rockefeller) as well as its championship golf course and 11-court tennis club. To celebrate, the property underwent an $8 million refresh that saw a complete overhaul of the property’s beloved Copper Bar as well as the addition of a new ballroom, a wedding planner's dream with floor-to-ceiling views of Kauna’oa Bay.

For info on these editor-selected items, click to visit the seller’s site. Things you buy may earn us a commission.

Want more?



All products are independently selected by our writers and editors. If you buy something through our links, Jetsetter may earn an affiliate commission.