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Hawaii Beach Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is an isolated archipelago of islands in the U.S. The islands in Hawaii are known for their vast ecological diversity boasting volcanoes, cliffs, tropical growths, forests, and beaches with white, gold, red, black, and even green sand. The biggest and most popular Hawaii islands are Oahu and Honolulu. The former of these is the capital of Hawaii with one of its biggest cities, whereas the latter is popular for its Pearl Harbor history and its famous Waikiki Beach. When traveling to Hawaii there are a lot of great islands to choose from with a large variety of great hotels. In this list we’ve reviewed the top 15 beach hotels in Hawaii.

# 1

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas are a series of luxury villas located north of Black Rock, along Kaanapali beach. If you’re on a vacation for a long period, you can get one of the studio villas featuring one-bedroom, kitchenette, and all other necessary appliances such as dryers, washers, TV, etc. All the villas in the property come with separate baths and rain showers, and as such the bathroom experience is always heavenly. If you’d like to relax, you can also go to Spa Helani, where you may also seek one of the massages that incorporate Hawaiian elements into it. In addition to the villas, the property comes with a lot of additional amenities, such as the presence of 2 gyms, 2 convenience stores, and 3 restaurants. As such Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas are really a little self-sustaining ecosystem all on their own, and if you live here, you don’t have to ever step out. The villas are all located along the coast and thus face the sea. However, there are a bunch of great water features even within the resort such as a meandering lagoon, cascades and waterfalls, a 90-foot waterslide, whirlpools, and a heated pool. As such, there’s plenty to keep you and your kids busy in this resort. If you seek a bit of culture and education, the Puuhonua cultural center regularly hosts “talk shows” with Hawaiian experts that teaches you a lot about their style of living. One of the only drawbacks of this resort is that it’s so large that exploring all of it can be tiring.

# 2

Polo Beach Club

Polo Beach Club, as the name suggests, is located on the Polo beach. In fact, it’s located so close to the water that you don’t have to walk much at all to step into the sea. The beach is literally in your front yard. The hotel is designed in the style of notches and rises up to eight floors. You should ask for one of the rooms closest to the sea, i,e., the Prime Oceanfront notches. However, these are also considerably more expensive than the other rooms in the hotel. The rooms are designed in such a way that both the living room and the bedrooms enjoy a complete view of the sea through the glass walls. The hotel has been designed in such a way that every room enjoys a sea view, but to differing extents. The beach features some lovely yellow sand that’s soft on the feet and may tempt you to while away all your days idling by the beach loungers. The hotel also offers great service, and one of their best offerings is their willingness to shop for groceries and have them prepared before your arrival. As such, if you enjoy a good home cooked meal, you don’t have to skip that even during your stay. You can even call upon one of their many massage services if you’d like to relax and unwind. If you’d like to go explore the neighborhood or the island, you can rent a car for $35. This hotel is most certainly not cheap, however it’s all worth it.

# 3

Makena Surf

Makena Surf is quite an expensive resort, definitely one of the most premium priced resorts in Hawaii, however that makes sense considering its location. It’s located on the south of Wailea, in the small and sleepy town of Makena, and as such it’s the ideal spot for people who want to get away from the thoroughfares of life and retreat into a simple yet luxurious resort. This is meant for people to whom luxury means peace and quiet. With the exception of buildings A and C, all the other buildings are oceanfront and all their rooms look out into the sea. All the units in the buildings are large and spacious and they’ve been decorated with no expenses saved. Po’olenalena beach, where the hotel is located, is one of the best beaches in South Maui, and it also gives you access to a Po’olenalena beach park within a short walking distance. You can even rent cars for the day, or book massage services for yourself.

# 4

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort was first established in 1964 when Honolulu wasn’t as popular and busy as it is now. Its main purpose was to provide a quiet yet scenic getaway for vacationers looking for some peace and quiet. Over the decades, Honolulu has become one of the busiest islands in Hawaii, however the Kahala Hotel & Resort has found a way to maintain their original charm as a hideaway. It’s located on a quiet and peaceful beach, however it’s still accessible to the main town with its malls, shopping centers, restaurants, etc. As such, you can be both well connected, yet hidden away into your personal paradise. The hotel suggests opulence with huge tinkling chandeliers and shutter doors, along with luxuriously decorated rooms. You can even enroll yourself into Hawaiian classes, or surf lessons, depending on how you want to spend your days. If you’d like to observe some aquatic life in their natural surroundings, you can go to the waterfall lagoon where you may get to see turtles and stingray. You can also pay to go to a spot where some dolphins thrive, and you can feed and observe them in their natural habitat. The hotel also comes with an on-site spa where you may get a lovely massage treatment, facial, etc. You can even enroll yourself in the paddle board yoga classes, or work out in their well-equipped fitness center. The rooms are designed in a tropical style, with lots of bright colors, and striped nightstands. As such, even when you’re in your room, you still feel the Hawaii aesthetic. The Kahala towers rise up high to 10 storeys, and from the higher floors you get an unmitigated view of the Diamond Head and the Koko Head Crater. All the bathrooms come with separate baths and rain showers, along with a multi-purpose Japanese toilet. However, some of the more expensive rooms also feature a chaise lounge. There are four dining options in the hotel, and you can also enjoy your meals by the sea.

# 5

Travaasa Hotel Hana

Travaasa Hotel is one of the best beach hotels in the island of Maui. It has been rated the best hotel in Hawaii for romantic getaways, however it offers plenty of fun activities and opportunities for families with kids as well. It’s located on vast fields of green with sloping hills. The suites look out at the family swimming pool, palm trees, and the ocean beyond the beach. One of the most stunning beaches in Maui is Hamoa Beach, and the hotel offers shuttle services to transfer you there. The beach also comes with a private lounge, beach umbrellas, and other necessary amenities. The hotel also offers complimentary water sports equipment such as boogie boards, snorkeling gear, etc. The hotel offers a number of activities to keep you busy all day long. You can engage in yoga classes, aerobics, bike rides, smoothie-making classes, etc. In addition to hotel activities, there are plenty of activities arranged off-site as well, such as horseback riding down the beach, glider airplane adventures, paddle boarding, etc. There are several dining options in the vicinity of the hotel. The Travaasa’s Ka’uiki Dining Room is great for “Hana Cuisine”, and the Hana Ranch Restaurant is a great steakhouse ideal for dinners.

# 6

Mauna Lani Point

Mauna Lani Point is a set of villas located on the Kohala Coast. It’s a resort on the Francis H. II Brown Golf Course, and it comprises fully-furnished villas with private kitchenettes, a private yard, and a terrace. Some of their additional amenities are the spa and the fitness center. Both of them are well-equipped, and the spa offers a number of different treatments. However, unlike a lot of other resorts, these services are available for an additional price. The resort is quite vast and as such there’s a free transfer service for the grounds within the resort. You can also engage in some other activities such as taking tennis lessons, enrolling yourself into pilates classes, going swimming, etc. The Mauna Lani Beach Club is a short 5 minute walk away from the villas.

# 7

Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk Hotel Honolulu

The Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk Hotel is located in Honolulu island. It’s one block away from Waikiki Beach, and a short three minute walk can get you there. The suites in the hotel come with fully-equipped kitchenettes that you can use for some culinary adventures. The hotel also comes with an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a range of activities. The aesthetic in the modern suites is stunning with the use of neutral colors juxtaposed with dark wooden flooring. One of the must-see attractions in Honolulu, the US Army Museum of Hawaii, is a short 5 minute walk away, and the popular King's Village Shopping Center is just 1.6 kms away.

# 8

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is located just across the street from one of Honolulu’s most popular beaches, Waikiki Beach. A short 2 minute walk can have you toeing the sand. The private suites in the hotel come with fully equipped kitchenettes and a maid service. The hotel also comes with an outdoor pool, and a separate pool for kids. One of the best features of the hotel is that every suite offers a wide view of the Pacific Ocean. If you’d like to relax, you can avail of the recreation desk featuring barbecue grills, billiards, jet spa, etc.

# 9

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani is one of the best beach hotels in Maui. It’s really more of a resort than it is a hotel because in addition to the suites, the hotel also features a number of stunning villas. The villas and suites come with marble-clad bathrooms, and all of them enjoy a stunning sweeping view of the coast of Maui. The resort is also popular for its Willow Stream Spa, and the fact that it’s neighbors with the adjoining Wailea Golf Club. There are 3 swimming pools in the hotel grounds, one of them exclusively for adults, one for kids, and one for everyone to mingle.

# 10

Moana Surfrider A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider is located smack right in the middle of Waikiki Beach. It’s the oldest hotel in Waikiki, having been opened way back in 1901. As such, some of the features of the hotel may seem dated. For example, the rooms here aren’t as spacious or as well lit naturally, as some of the other resorts in the area. However, it makes up for all of that with charm. It’s designed in a manner that’s modern yet true to its heritage. The hotel also features regular hula performances.

# 11

Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina

The Aulani Disney Resort & Spa is located on the south-west coast of Oahu. It’s located on the pristine white sand beaches of Ko Olina. While the immediate location of the hotel is stunning, you need to know that it’s quite isolated, located far away from the center of Honolulu. However, if you’re on a quiet family vacation, this is just the resort you’re looking for. It features a water park, a snorkeling lagoon for kids, and a Rainbow Reef. Every part of the hotel has been designed with kids in mind. If you want a break from the kids, you can also leave them at Aunty's Beach House where they can be taken care of by supervisors.

# 12

The Royal Hawaiian A Luxury Collection Resort

The Royal Hawaiian is an extremely fun bubblegum pink resort located along the Waikiki shoreline. The decor of the resort is also as colorful and fun as the exteriors, featuring a lot of bright splashes of color, bold patterns, etc. You can take a dip in the pool, or you can take a few steps and dip into the waters of the beach instead. When you’re there you must try the seafood at Azure Restaurant.

# 13

Kauai Marriott Resort

Kauai Marriott Resort is one of Kauai’s most popular resorts. It has perhaps the largest single-level outdoor pool in all of Hawaii, and the resort property is full of flowing lagoons, fountains, and other similar wonders. The hotel has been decorated in hues of orange and red, and the suite balconies look out at sweeping views of the hotel grounds and the surrounding beach. You can even access their 18 hole golf course, or relax in their Alexander Spa and Salon. However, the airport is quite close and you can occasionally hear the sound of an airplane flying overhead.

# 14

Trump International Hotel Waikiki

The Trump International Hotel is located in central Waikiki, and as such it’s slightly removed from the beach. However, it’s still worth mentioning because it’s so full of luxury, opulence, and amenities, that people love it anyway. All the rooms are decorated in neutral shades, and the bathrooms are all Italian marble clad. The infinity pool in the 6th floor offers some amazing views of the island around. You can even request the services of the Trump Attaché, which includes babysitting services, personal shoppers, etc.

# 15

Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott Maui

The Wailea Beach Resort is located a short 2 minute away from the Wailea beach in Maui. Every suite in the resort comes with a private balcony offering beautiful views of the resort grounds and the beach. There are several pools in the hotel, and some of them even feature water slides and dive planks. However, to avail of the latter, you need to have scuba certification. They also have a kid’s club in case you want some peace and quiet to yourself. The KAPA Bar & Grill is extremely popular for its lunch and dinner menus.

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