1 . Turtle Bay Resort

Oahu, Hawaii

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If you’ve been searching for the key to unlock your Hawaiian Island paradise, our No. 1 pick will save you the trouble. Perched on the tip of an Oahu peninsula that culminates in a graceful arc surrounded by brilliant Pacific Ocean waters, Turtle Bay Resort is your gateway to Hawaiian splendor!

Some people are quick to ask what’s in a name, but we’re more concerned about what’s behind a number. Like the limitless possibilities for adventure that accompany 880 acres of oceanfront property on Oahu’s North Shore. Or 36 holes of championship Hawaiian golf, where the level of play is surpassed only by the spectacular Oahu scenery that rises up to greet you at every turn. And the five miles of pristine white sand beaches and coconut palms that serve as your own private backyard. We’re no mathematicians but the sum of these parts surely adds up to one unforgettable Hawaiian island vacation at Turtle Bay Resort! That said, sometimes a place is so magical, so enchanting and so completely beyond all expectations that numbers simply can’t do it justice. From oceanfront pools formed by waterfall cascades to Hawaiian pineapple plantations and tropical gardens, Turtle Bay Resort is just such a place!

Address

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Oahu, HI 96731

Highlights

The nearby Polynesian Cultural Center offers Hawaii’s most authentic luau and Polynesian night show.

Fun facts

Turtle Bay Resort is the only island resort with helicopter tours on site.

2 . Lumeria Maui

Paia , Hawaii

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 579 - 8877

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Luxury and leisure combine at Lumeria Maui, which showcases the latest trend in travel with beautiful ocean views, yoga and meditation classes, and an ocean of amenities! Come on and uncover your tropical utopia!

Your luxurious boutique retreat rests on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, where breathtaking tropical scenery meets rejuvenating amenities! Stroll through the six-acre private sanctuary, which overlooks the North Shore of Maui and features lush meditation gardens, a yoga studio, and 24 elegant rooms and suites. Laze on the sandy shores of world-renowned beaches, catch a tubular wave on a surfing outing, or explore the terrain on a hiking expedition. Once you've worked up an appetite, satisfy your stomach with a farm-to-table dining experience featuring the fresh fruits and vegetables from the resort's gardens. Your paradise continues when you enter your room, which features an intimate design to inspire relaxation, inner peace, and tranquility. The rooms showcase unique touches like river rock floors and Indonesian sofa daybeds. Your oceanfront oasis awaits!

Address

1813 Baldwin Ave, Paia/Makawao - Maui, Hawaii 96768

Fun facts

Originally built in 1909, Lumeria Maui was renovated in 2011 to accentuate a mix of neoclassical and Japanese touches.

Related Onsite Offerings

Join a weekly garden tour with Puanani Lindsay of Maui Cultural Lands as she shares her wisdom on the medicinal uses of Hawaiian native plants!

3 . The Kahala Hotel & Resort

, Hawaii

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We’re suckers for a good argument and our No. 3 spot brings up a good point. When other Honolulu hotels settle for less than perfection, how can they hope to make good on their promises of providing your dream vacation? Fortunately for you, where others fall short, The Kahala Hotel and Resort excels!

This Honolulu luxury resort is close to Waikiki Beach’s bronzed bodies and surfer crowd, yet somehow pulls off that coveted feeling of a tropical paradise that’s worlds away. Endless stretches of secluded sand beaches, towering palm trees and breathtaking emerald waters have captivated celebrities and dignities alike with their au natural appeal. Ancient traditions like lei making and hula dancing are reborn with daily lessons, offered in The Kahala Hotel lobby. And Hawaiian Island-themed adventures like whale watching, parasailing and sea kayaking are as much fun as they are absolutely free! The Kahala Hotel’s guestrooms and suites feature neutral color palettes with elegant hibiscus prints and sea grass ceiling fans for just a hint of tropical flair. Best of all, each and every suite is just steps from oceanfront adventures and the bustling crowds at Waikiki Beach. They call these impeccable accommodations “Kahala Chic,” but we deem them “suite” ways to stay on your Hawaiian vacation!

Address

5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816

Related Onsite Offerings

From intimate beach ceremonies to grandiose receptions, The Kahala Hotel and Resort is an idyllic location for your Hawaii destination wedding.

Highlights

Kahala Hotel’s breathtaking collection of Spa Suites feature personal relaxation areas, private showers and access to a full menu of Hawaii-inspired spa treatments.

4 . Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Honolulu, Hawaii

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 367 - 5370

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Our No. 4 pick’s name may sound like “why Kiki,” but we’ve got an even better question: Why not Waikiki? With a location that overlooks a horseshoe-shaped bay of impossibly blue waters, borders Hawaii’s beloved Diamond Head Crater and fronts a stretch of Honolulu’s most beloved white sand beach, what’s not to love about Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort?

Waikiki Beach runs on the crowded side, but you didn’t really expect beauty like this to stay a secret for long, did you? It was here that legendary crooner Bing Crosby first sang the now-famous lines to Sweet Leilani, after all. From the moment this catchy jingle made its movie soundtrack debut on the silver screen, nothing could stop Waikiki Beach from becoming an instant hit on the Hawaii beach scene! Sweet Leilani has long since passed its moment in the spotlight, but Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort puts you front and center for another long-standing tradition. Climb board an outrigger canoe and cruise the same waters once fished by native cultures! Honolulu’s weather – heavy on the sunshine – is nothing short of heavenly. And inside your Waikiki Beach Marriott suite, something equally ethereal awaits. Each beautifully-appointed suite features Marriott’s signature Revive Bedding collection, complete with silky-soft linens and fluffy down comforters that give the feel of sleeping on a cloud!

Address

2552 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Highlights

Want the look of an islander? World-class shopping can be had at Ala Moana Center, Royal Hawaiian Center and the International Marketplace.

Related Onsite Offerings

Business center, fitness center, spa and salon, kids’ program, meeting rooms, dry cleaning, rental car desk, shopping arcade, concierge and valet parking.

5 . The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

Waimea, Hawaii

CALL DIRECT: +1 (808) 885 - 6622

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A Hawaiian luxury resort that lets you follow your heart? Unheard of – until now. In place of traditional packages, our No. 5 spot lets you stay and play your way among Hawaii’s island splendor. With Pick Your Passion packages from Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, your vacation wishes come to full fruition!

Now the only real question is which Hawaiian adventure will you pick? SCUBA dive excursions bring you face to face with curious marine life like sea turtles and tropical fish, which poke their heads out of Hawaii’s brightly-colored coral reefs as you glide past. Catamaran rides harness the adventurous spirit of the islands, while granting you front row seats to Hawaii’s magnificent sunsets. Even those whose love of golf is limited to traipsing across the course to please their sweetie will fall wedge over putter for Hawaii’s inspired courses, which somehow manage to enhance the beauty of their native island scenery. Even the most ardent adventurers need a little down time now and then. That’s where Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s luxurious suites and whimsical bungalows come in. Plushly-appointed beds invite post-exploration cat naps, shuttered windows keep the brilliant Hawaiian sunshine at bay and waterfront bungalows come with their own sleep-inducing soundtrack!

Address

68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr. Kohala Coast, HI 96743

Highlights

Mauna Lani Bay Bungalows feature two master bedroom suites, a patio with gas grill and a private plunge pool with Jacuzzi.

Fun facts

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel was named one of the world’s best spa resorts by Conde Nast Traveler.

6 . Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Lahaina, Hawaii

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The next selection on our Top 10 Hawaii Luxury Hotels and Resorts list takes its location straight from Hawaiian lore. Just beyond its glistening pools and luxurious pillars, the legendary Black Rock of Ka’anapali Beach beckons. And rising up in the spirit of the island’s native warriors is our No. 6 pick, Sheraton Maui Resort.

As the brilliant Hawaiian sun dips below the horizon, the haunting echoes of a conch shell fill the air. A path of lighted torches catch your eye, just in time to see a young native cast his flower lei into the churning surf and follow its lead into the Pacific Ocean’s foamy depths. This breathtaking display is just one small part of Sheraton Maui Resort’s nightly torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony, which pays tribute to Hawaiian culture. Legend has it that warriors once leapt from the imposing black rock to join their ancestors, leaving their spirits to watch over the ones left behind. Today, the legend lives on in the Spa at Black Rock, Sheraton Maui Resort’s exclusive spa. Inspired by its Hawaiian island surroundings, this indulgent Maui spa caters to spa addicts with an inspired menu of healing massages, facials and more.

Address

2605 Ka’anapli Pkwy., Lahaina, HI 96761

Related activities

Snorkeling, SCUBA diving, parasailing, catamaran rides and gourmet dining.

Fun facts

Dine at Sheraton Maui’s sister properties, the Westin Maui Resort and the Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, as part of the "Stay at One, Dine at All" program.

7 . Hotel Wailea Maui

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

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We’ve done it. We’ve managed to find the Maui luxury vacation you thought could only exist in the wildest of fantasies, at a price that’ll have you pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. The credit for such a fantastic find goes to none other than our No. 8 pick, Hotel Wailea Maui.

We could all use a little tropics-inspired transformation from time to time and Hotel Wailea is just what the doctor – er, shaman – ordered. We’re not sure if it was the Japanese influences, a prevalent feature throughout, or the day we spent at the Diamond Spa, but a stay at Hotel Wailea Maui is truly an escape from everyday life. The hotel’s proprietors sought out the most intimate, worlds-away location for their stunning oceanfront accommodations, letting you and your fellow vacationers reap all the rewards for their hard work! And Hotel Wailea Maui’s nostalgic style recalls the trendy surf shacks of yesterday, transporting modern-day guests back to Maui’s simpler times. You could drop some hard-earned cash on an aerial tour of the neighboring isles. Or, you could save yourself a few dollars – and hyperventilating into a paper bag when your fear of heights kicks in – and step out to your private oceanfront lanai, where Hawaiian Island neighbors like Lana’i and Kaho’olawe are all within view.

Address

555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, Maui, HI 96753

Highlights

Use of the onsite spa’s Hydro Therapy System is included with Hotel Wailea’s daily resort fee.

Fun facts

The Shops at Wailea is one of the most beautiful and exclusive shopping centers in all of Hawaii.

8 . Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii

CALL DIRECT: +1 (808) 922 - 4646

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Our No. 8 pick’s name may conjure up images of long hours spent combing the seashore for oceanic treasures, but Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel has so much more to offer than white sand beaches and the occasional conch shell. Located in the heart of Waikiki, this Hawaii luxury hotel is close to it all!

Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel overlooks the hustle and bustle of Kalakaua Avenue, where night clubs and lively crowds are frequent sights. But there’s an even better party scene going on inside Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber, where the fruity elixirs and tropical cocktails are as colorful as the crowds! Swap out the margarita for a Mai Tai – this is Hawaii, after all – and feel your cares drift away as you sing along to Margaritaville and other vacation-worthy classics. And if your Hawaiian vacation brings you to Honolulu at just the right time, the annual Aloha Festivals are here to ensure the party continues all week long. Waikiki’s streets fill with locals and tourists whose sole purpose is celebrating the island’s diverse past! Oahu is home to its own wonders, from the au natural surf and sands of Waikiki Beach to sites like Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace that pay tribute to U.S. history and Polynesian cultures. And inside your redesigned Waikiki Beachcomber guestroom or suite, plush furnishings and vibrant colors blend for a luxurious and stylish stay!

Address

2300 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Highlights

Waikiki Beachcomber is just one outpost of the OHANA Hotels and Resorts group.

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, business center, coin-operated laundry, complimentary Internet, luggage storage and massage services on request.

9 . Ka’anapali Beach Club

Lahaina, Hawaii

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Our No. 9 pick finds us in an all-suite luxury resort on Maui’s northernmost shore. Here, the union of signature Diamond Resorts hospitality and breathtaking island scenery marks the destination of choice for your romantic Hawaiian getaway!

We think Ka’anapali Beach Club is the perfect place to fall in love with the Hawaiian Islands for the first time – or discover each other all over again. Like your love, this volcanic island nation only gets better with age. Mountain peaks give way to lush rainforest terrain. Immaculate white sand beaches trail off into sparkling Pacific Ocean waters. Even the fireworks are au natural, thanks to the smoke and fire spouting ways of two of Maui’s most famous volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. And with a stunning exterior painted a subtle shellfish-pink hue, Ka’anapali Beach Club somehow manages to enhance the already splendid Hawaiian landscape! Sunset casts the entire resort in its rosy glow and serves as your signal to tiptoe hand-in-hand with your sweetie to the seclusion of your Ka’anapali Beach Club cabana. Once there, sink into the plush padding of the massage table and relax as a pair of skilled masseuses gently massage your worldly cares away.

Address

104 Ka’anapali Shores Place, Maui, HI 96761

Related activities

Fishing, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, shopping, surfing, whale watching and yoga.

Highlights

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park includes the summits and rift zones of two of the world's most active volcanoes, Kalauea and Mauna Loa.

10 . Sheraton Kauai Resort

Koloa, Island of Kauai, Hawaii

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As parents can attest, traveling with the little ones in tow is no easy task. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if your Hawaiian vacation could bring the fun to you? Well, our No. 10 spot meets you halfway – you still have the daunting task of keeping the kids entertained for the flight, though!

Goldfish crackers and a pocket DVD player should keep the little island-goers in check for a few hours. After that, the burden of keeping boredom at bay rests solely on Sheraton Kauai Resort’s metaphorical shoulders. Fortunately, this is one Hawaii resort that’s seriously up to the task! With a crescent-shaped stretch of Poipu Beach sands at the resort’s center, your whole family can boogie board, surf and even snorkel without ever leaving the resort. Unrestricted access to the bounty of the Pacific is a sweet beginning to any Hawaiian family vacation, while Poipu’s only oceanfront luau serves as a fitting – and tasty – end to your stay. Hawaii’s brilliant rays aren’t the only thing worth soaking up. Kauai is chock-full of culture-fueled adventures and Sheraton Kauai Resort’s kids’ discovery program has plenty of ukulele lessons and tide pool exploration to keep the little ones busy while parents explore. There’s even an adult-friendly discovery program of sorts, with whale watching and SCUBA diving excursions for fans of more structured pursuits!

Address

2440 Hoonani Rd., Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756

Highlights

Sheraton Kauai Resort has two fantastic pools: the Beach pool, located alongside Poipu Beach, and the Garden Pool, located at the center of the resort’s Garden Wing.

Fun facts

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands.

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