The Best Beach Hotels in Hawaii

Kick back and soak up heavenly beachfront views of the sand and surf at one of Hawaii's best beach hotels
Kick back and soak up heavenly beachfront views of the sand and surf at one of Hawaii's best beach hotels | © Don Landwehrle / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 January 2021

Book a beach hotel in Hawaii to lay back and lap up heavenly views from dawn to dusk. Balmy tropical waters, endless surf, palm tree-lined shores and mountainous scenery beyond – the postcard-worthy Hawaiian beaches promise to wash all your troubles away. There are some sublime spots scattered across the archipelago, from the island of Maui to the capital Honolulu. Here are the best.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Resort, Chain Hotel
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Skip straight from bed to the golden sands at this retreat with prime positioning on the Big Island‘s Kohala Coast. The main building stretches along the waterfront, flanked by lush gardens. You’ll have no problem working up an appetite for one of the four resort restaurants, with endless activities on offer from surfing to hiking to golf. Even if you’re not a golfer, it’s worth popping over to the award-winning 18-hole course for the stunning panoramas. But the views from bed are equally spectacular, with all rooms ocean-facing.
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Halekulani

Resort, Hotel
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Oozing timeless glamour, this beachfront property in the capital of Honolulu started as a small vacation spot in the early 20th century and has since blossomed into a stylish resort. The elegant rooms, with plantation shutters and crisp cream interiors, let the views do the talking. The crater rim of Diamond Head is visible from some suites, while the Pacific is the prime focus. Talking of diamonds, the hotel is home to La Mer, one of the best restaurants in Hawaii, which puts a sophisticated twist on the catch of the day, with everything from goatfish to abalone transformed into artful dishes.
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Espacio the Jewel of Waikiki

Spa Hotel
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Chic lighting, spacious room configurations and plush furnishings – this boutique hotel is fit for a glossy interiors magazine. There are nine self-contained apartments with two or three bedrooms. Each unit has unbeatable views over Waikiki Beach on the south shore of Honolulu, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows running throughout. Soak up the stunning night skies from the terrace or while having a dip in your open-air jacuzzi. Be sure to visit the on-site restaurant, too, where you can find artful dishes fusing Japanese and French cuisine. In-suite dining can be arranged, and there is a 500-bottle wine collection to sample.
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Prince Waikiki

Hotel
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You don’t need to worry about losing sight of this hotel, with two distinctive towers shimmering above the Honolulu coastline. The property hugs the eastern edge of Ala Wai Harbor, the largest marina in Hawaii. Take a plunge in the sky-high infinity pool and watch the yachts bobbing before you. Cool off with a cocktail in a poolside cabana and savor a catch of the day sandwich. Rooms are spacious and flooded with natural light. Elevate your stay by booking into a Club Room with views from the highest floors and access to a private lounge area.
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  • Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort – A Concept by Hyatt

    Luxury, Chain Hotel
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    Step into tropical comfort at this smart resort on the south coast of Maui. There are 301 rooms, including 35 spacious suites and 11 luxury villas, all with a contemporary beachy feel. Experience authentic Polynesian culture and learn the history of Maui during the ‘ohana-style luau and cocktails. Another highlight is the Morimoto Maui restaurant, led by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto, best known for TV show Iron Chef. Here, you’ll find locally sourced ingredients, with dishes blending Western and Japanese methods.
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    Coconut Waikiki Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Feel at home at this chic, laid-back hotel in the vibrant Waikiki neighborhood. Stays include continental breakfast, and there is a lovely little pool area if you fancy taking time out from the bustle of the beach. The pièce de résistance is the penthouse suite, which sleeps six and has a large rooftop deck with fantastic views. Pops of blue, yellow and pink are splashed throughout the hotel, creating a fresh ocean feel. All rooms feature kitchenettes, so you can rustle up a snack before you head out for a day of adventure. Get your tongs at the ready for the communal barbecue back at the ranch and cook up a fish feast for dinner.
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    Hotel Wailea

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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    This hilltop oasis in Maui has a seductive sense of intimacy with lush foliage and suites scattered across a 15-acre (6ha) plot. All the rooms at the adults-only hotel are individually styled with local artworks and natural woods. Unwind by the pool or transform your suite into a spa getaway for two, with a massage followed by a honey-infused coconut milk bath. Or if you’ve got a need for speed, book a spin in a ’57 Porsche 356 Speedster reproduction through jaw-dropping scenery. The treehouse dining experience is another highlight, with a seven-course menu whipped up by chefs at the award-winning hotel restaurant.
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