1 . Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Overlooking the world-famous beach at Waikiki, our No. 1 pick revels in lush, natural beauty and Hawaiian hospitality. Discover the most desirable oceanfront location at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.

With Diamond Head rising royally in the background, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel stretches out from the sparkling waters of Waikiki's beach. Each of the 644 guest rooms offers private lanais with full or partial ocean views. This authentic Hawaiian hotel has been modernly enhanced with contemporary amenities. Lounge by the oceanfront pool. Work off steam at the state-of-the-art fitness and activity center. Delight in American cuisine featuring a touch of island influence at Tiki’s Grill and Bar. For quick eats, you’ll find Wolfgang Puck Express, Subway and Cold Stone on-site. Stroll through Waikiki Beach’s famous display of restaurants, upscale shopping, nightlife and attractions. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive or surf – rentals are available right on the beach in Waikiki. Or, explore the island by way of the Waikiki Trolley, which picks you up at the hotel! Visit the Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park, International Marketplace and so much more. In the spirit of aloha, you won’t experience anything quite like the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel’s unbeatable location and unsurpassable service and hospitality.

Address

Island of Oahu, 2570 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Highlights

The Aloha Tower is one of the cultural landmarks of Hawaii and has continued to guide vessels into Honolulu for almost a century.

Fun facts

Ala Moana Center is Hawaii’s largest shopping mall and the largest open-air mall in the world.

2 . Lumeria Maui

Paia , Hawaii

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Lumeria Maui showcases the latest trend in travel with a tropical fairytale that features beautiful ocean views, yoga and meditation classes, and a restorative array of amenities!

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 . Kauai Beach Resort

Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

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Our No. 3 pick surrounds you with the natural beauty of the island of Kauai. In fact, the Kauai Beach Resort embodies Kauai’s wild eastern coastline.

Amidst 25 acres of Kauai’s longest beach, the Kauai Beach Resort is a beautiful plantation-style retreat along the Coconut Coast. Beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites surround you in tropical ambiance and offer private lanais looking out to the ocean, mountains, beach and courtyard. This oasis landscape features cascading waterfalls, lagoons and rockscapes! Four swimming pools, including two lagoon pools and a sand bottom pool, line the property. Energize and relieve stress at the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa & Fitness Center. Indulge in the natural flavors of Kauai at sky-lit restaurants, cafes and lounges. Explore Kauai’s eastern Coconut Coast. Hike Waimea Canyon. Take a helicopter tour of Na Pali Coast. Visit the hidden valley of Kalalau. Lihue offers many thrilling attractions including the beautiful Fern Grotto, Nawiliwili Bay and so much more! Don’t forget about the Sleeping Giant – the Nounou Mountain range which offers challenging hiking trails just for you. Kauai Beach Resort is a terrific place to experience the beautiful island of Kauai, rich in legendary lore and filled with lush, natural beauty.

Address

4331 Kauai Beach Drive Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766

Fun facts

Lihue means ‘cold chill’ in Hawaiian.

Highlights

Visit Hanalei Bay, voted the Best Beach in 2009 by Dr. Beach. Hanalei Bay is a half-moon bay of white sand surrounded by the mountains and sea cliffs.

4 . Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Steps from the world-famous Waikiki Beach, the Hawaiian playground of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa lands on our list at No. 4!

Blending the spirit of aloha with true Hawaiian hospitality, the Waikiki Beach Marriott is set on land once owned by Queen Liliuokalani. Adjacent to the famous Diamond Head Crater, these picturesque guest rooms and suites are located in twin towers. Take in the soft ocean breezes on your own private balcony. Fall asleep in your suite’s plush bedding. Enjoy a refreshing facial at Spa Olakino Salon. Dine on sumptuous seafood and traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Bask in the sun at the resort’s two swimming pools while sipping tropical cocktails from the poolside Moana Terrace. Visit Waikiki Beach for excellent surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling adventures. And, there’s plenty of space for gentle swimming. Restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries line the boardwalk. Six championship golf courses rest nearby. Horseback ride through Diamond Head Crater. Experience a traditional Hawaiian lu’au relishing in games, fun and friendship of Polynesia. The brilliant tropical retreat of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa offers a world of Hawaiian Island splendor and picturesque beauty.

Address

2552 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu - Oahu, Hawaii 96815

Fun facts

Waikiki means ‘spouting fresh water’ in the Hawaiian language.

Highlights

Waikiki Beach is known for its spectacular views of the Diamond Head tuff cone.

5 . Aqua Waikiki Pearl

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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Lighting up the Waikiki skyline with a new look and feel is the Aqua Waikiki Pearl. With its sleek new look and central Waikiki location, it’s no wonder the resort lands on our list at No. 5.

Surrounded by a mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment, the Aqua Waikiki Pearl offers stunning guest rooms and suites. The beautifully appointed suites feature full kitchens so you won’t have to eat out each night. Step out onto your own lanai and glimpse panoramic views of Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu skyline. Bring your pooch along! This pet-friendly Waikiki hotel offers tail-wagging treats and walking trails to excite your dog. The Aqua Waikiki Pearl is in the heart of Waikiki and mere steps from Waikiki Beach. Visit International Marketplace where over 130 local artisans set up shop. Rollerblade or bike the Waikiki Beach Walk. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive or surf the wild Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the distinctive nightlife – including luaus, restaurants and lounges – surrounding the hotel. Or, relax on the sun-drenched sands of Waikiki Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. Upgraded, updated and fresh, the Aqua Waikiki Beach combines the playful ambiance of Waikiki with an affordable Honolulu vacation.

Address

415 Nahua St., Waikiki Beach, HI 96815

Fun facts

Captain William Brown was the first foreigner to sail into Honolulu Harbor in 1795.

Highlights

The Honolulu Symphony is the oldest US symphony orchestra west of the Rocky Mountains.

6 . Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Lahaina, Hawaii

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Discover perhaps the ultimate Kaanapali Beach hotel, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. This breathtaking Maui hotel sits on 40 lush acres of sun-drenched beach.

Discover the most exciting Kaanapali Beach vacation at the Hyatt! Spacious guest rooms feature private lanais and panoramic views of the ocean, West Maui Mountains and beautiful resort courtyard. Spend a relaxing day at Spa Moana indulging in refreshing spa services and treatments. Scuba diving and tennis lessons, Hula dancing, lei making and so much more can be found at the resort! Two free-form swimming pools are a guest favorite, with a 150-ft. lava tube water slide, underwater cave and Grotto Bar. Dance at the Drums of the Pacific Lu’au sharing in fresh mai tais and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Take in a Cirque Polynesia show at the Maui Moon Theatre, Hawaii’s only true cirque show. Go for a sailing adventure on the Hula Girl, a 65-ft. catamaran, where you’ll whale watch, snorkel and scuba dive! You’ll find it all right here at the Hyatt Regency. From casual to fine dining, beach and cultural activities and more, you’ll see why the resort lands at our No. 6 pick.

Address

200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761

Fun facts

The Banyon Tree that stands on Front Street in Lahaina stands over 60 ft. tall, stretches over 200 ft., has 12 major trunks supporting it and shades 2/3 of an acre.

Highlights

Visit Haleakala Crater, a shield volcano that forms over 75% of Maui.

7 . Maile Sky Court

Honolulu, Hawaii

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In our No. 7 spot, towering high above Waikiki Beach, the Maile Sky Court high-rise combines refreshing Hawaiian hospitality with warm aloha personality.

Along the western edge of Waikiki, the Maile Sky Court offers stunning views of the ocean, Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. The hotel’s 596 guest rooms and suites overlook the sun-drenched sands of Waikiki Beach. Relax at the hotel’s fifth floor sundeck or sip Pina Coladas at the poolside Deep End Lounge. Delight in fresh Hawaiian cuisine at Vit’s Hawaiian Steakhouse & Lounge. Jet Ski, boogie board, SCUBA diving and sailing rentals are all available at Waikiki. You’ll find plantation tours, banana boat rides, dolphin exhibitions and Polynesian shows nearby the hotel! In downtown Honolulu, you’ll discover shopping and dining in Chinatown as well as historical architecture. Honolulu is a multi-faceted destination filled with authentic Hawaiian island culture as well as international culture. Discover historic sites, lush natural landscapes and of course, fun in the sun! Maile Sky Court places you in the center of Waikiki’s amazing shopping, entertainment and dining district. Waikiki never seemed so exciting!

Address

2058 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Fun facts

The infamous Toilet Bowl at Hanauma Bay is a natural spa tub rising and falling with the tide. Since it can kill or injure people, this site has not been open to the public since the 1990s.

Highlights

The nearby USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

8 . Aqua Palms & Spa

Honolulu, Hawaii

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The AAA Three-Diamond Aqua Palms and Spa lands on our list at No. 8. This contemporary boutique hotel is a top Honolulu destination for cozy lodging, island hospitality and revitalizing spa services.

You’ll discover the laid back lifestyle of the Hawaiian Islands at Aqua Palms and Spa. Each of the 267 spacious guest rooms and suites feature vibrant island décor and panoramic views of the ocean from private lanais. Lounge at the rooftop pool overlooking the Waikiki skyline. Mingle with other guests at the weekly manager’s reception. Visit the AquaSPA where you’ll indulge in the spa’s complete line of services and treatments. Or, explore the island on the Waikiki Trolley which stops at the resort’s front door. Tour Diamond Head State Park. Explore lush tropical rainforests at the Honolulu Zoo. Experience the USS Arizona Memorial. Relish in Hawaiian history at the Iolani Palace. Or, have some fun in the sun surfing, kiteboarding, snorkeling and more! Don’t forget to indulge on authentic Hawaiian cuisine at nearby Waikiki restaurants. Surround yourself in island life at the Aqua Palms and Spa, a Honolulu hotel which radiates the cultural and historic landmarks and activities that submerse you in rich Hawaiian life.

Address

1850 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815

Fun facts

Honolulu means “sheltered bay” or “place of shelter”.

Highlights

Diamond Head State Park, a Honolulu icon, features the 300,000-year-old crater on the eastern side of Waikiki’s coastline.

9 . The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

Lahaina, Hawaii

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Offering beachfront beauty, private condo-style living and access to one of Maui’s best beaches, Kaanapali, our No. 9 pick is the renowned Whaler on Kaanapali Beach.

This tranquil retreat in the heart of Kaanapali Beach offers an ideal location next to Whalers Village, an outstanding district of shops, restaurants and live entertainment. The spacious condominiums feature fully equipped kitchens, private lanais and separate living and dining rooms for entertaining. Swim, surf or snorkel the Pacific Ocean lying just outside your room. Boogie boards, masks and fins are available for rent at the Beach Shack. Camp Kaanapali offers kids the chance to learn about Hawaiian culture with arts & crafts, lei making and more! Relax on the beach in a private cabana or at the oceanfront pool and spa. Play a round at the 36-hole Kaanapali Golf Courses – Royal Kaanapali and Kaanapali Kai - adjacent to the resort. Jet Ski, surfing and sailing rentals are closeby! Located in the popular Lahaina district, you’ll discover the Old Lahaina Luau Maui, over 8,000 humpback whales returning to Maui each year and so much more! Play, relax and stay at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, a sophisticated and private Lahaina oasis on Maui!

Address

Island of Maui, 2481 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761

Fun facts

Maui means “Valley Isle”.

Highlights

Maui is the third most populated Hawaiian Island behind Oahu and the Big Island.

10 . Hotel Wailea

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

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Rounding out our Top 10 is a true luxury boutique hotel in Maui – the Hotel Wailea. Discover this island paradise set amidst white sand beaches, the ocean and mountain landscapes.

Within the Wailea Resort Community, the hotel rises 300 ft. above the ocean. Each of its suites offers ocean views from your private lanai. Delve into rich linens, plush bathrobes and deep soaking tubs. Maui is an ideal place to experience fun in the sun. Attempt kiteboarding, it’s not as easy as it looks! Stand Up Paddle, a popular family sport, offers a chance to become one with the ocean. Reward yourself with a soothing massage or revitalizing facial at the Hotel Wailea Spa. Tee off at the Wailea Golf Club whose Gold, Emerald and Blue courses boast breathtaking ocean views and challenging holes. Submerge yourself in Hawaiian culture. Dance at a luau. Explore waterfalls and white sand beaches. Discover unique marine life and 250 types of fish. Hike to the peak of a giant crater. Visit trendy shops, boutiques and galleries. Enjoy sumptuous fine dining. You’ll find everything you need for a truly amazing Hawaiian Island vacation during your stay at the Hotel Wailea, a true escape to Maui.

Address

555 Kaukahi Street, Wailea, HI 96753

Fun facts

Molokini is Maui’s top snorkeling and diving island just 2 ½ miles off Maui’s south coast.

Highlights

The Road to Hana provides 56-miles of natural Maui beauty including waterfalls, trails, pools, beaches and natural landscapes.

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