Hip Rental Apartments in Hawaii You'll Want to Call Home

An apartment at Castle Waikiki Shore will set you up just steps from Waikiki Beach
An apartment at Castle Waikiki Shore will set you up just steps from Waikiki Beach | © Elias / iStock Getty Images Plus
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29 December 2020

Looking to explore the magic of Hawaii? Then you’ll need a comfortable place to ‘lei’ your head after experiencing the archipelago’s treasures. These self-contained hotel studios and suites offer plenty of space, including private balconies and terraces for soaking up those postcard-worthy views. From the seaside towns of Maui and Kauai to beachfront pads in Honolulu, here’s our pick of the very best apartment complexes in Hawaii.

Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

Hotel, Apartment
4.5/5 (1312 Reviews)
Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
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Set along Maui’s pristine Kaanapali Beach, this condominium resort housed within two towers has a homely vibe. All of the self-contained studios and suites are finished with neutral tones and comfy couches to relax in after a day of surfing the waves or hiking through Haleakala National Park. Balconies look over the property’s lush gardens, the beachside swimming pool or towards the glistening blue ocean – so no matter which room type you opt for, you’ll always have something to look forward to when you draw the curtains in the morning.

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Aston Waikiki Beach Tower

Apartment
4/5 (2386 Reviews)
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
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Want the luxury of the beach and the convenience of the city? This apartment complex offers both possibilities with its prime location in Honolulu’s buzzing Waikiki neighbourhood. The 40-floor tower houses a mix of well-appointed one- and two-bedroom suites, each with its own fully equipped kitchen and private, sea-facing balcony. The swimming pool deck on the fourth floor also offers some lofty panoramas. Get into the Hawaiian vibe by trying your hand at hula with complimentary weekly lessons in the yoga studio. There are also free lei-making and ukulele tutorials.

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Kamaole Sands By Vacation Rental Pros

Hotel, Apartment
Kamaole Sands By Vacation Rental Pros
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Pristine lawns, swaying palm trees and glistening ponds are an everyday sight at these rental apartments in south Maui. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums to choose from, all with individually styled interiors. They have full kitchens so you can cook up a feast before relaxing on the balcony to toast your culinary efforts. In terms of things to do, you can learn to surf at Kamaole Beach Park III, tee off at one of the nearby golf courses, or snorkel in the pristine waters of La Perouse Bay.

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Aston Mahana at Kaanapali

Hotel, Apartment
4.4/5 (1504 Reviews)
Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
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Wind your way over to West Maui to discover this well-designed oceanfront complex, split between two neat high rises. Suites overlook beautiful Kaanapali Beach through floor-to-ceiling windows – and you’ll spot the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai, too. As you’d expect, each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen and in-room laundry facilities – there’s also a gym and tennis court available to keep you in shape during your vacation.

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Castle Waikiki Shore

Hotel, Apartment
4.1/5 (1052 Reviews)
Castle Waikiki Shore
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Live the Hawaiian dream at Castle Waikiki Shore, a self-catering resort by Waikiki Beach. Each vacation home is flooded with natural light streaming through double-door balconies, and the larger units can sleep up to six people. Have a go at making your own Hawaiian-style dinner – with all the utensils needed in the kitchen – or let the local experts wow you with authentic dishes at the dozen or so restaurants and food court within walking distance.

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  • Honua Kai Resort & Spa

    Resort, Apartment
    4.4/5 (1998 Reviews)
    Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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    There’s no escaping the water here – the resort is home to an impressive three-acre (1.2ha) aquatic playground, featuring a network of pools, five hot tubs, a waterslide, waterfalls, a shallow pool with a sandy beach, and a children’s area with fountains. In addition, Ka’anapali North Beach is right on the doorstep. That means snorkelling opportunities galore, and even the possibility of spotting humpback whales swimming off shore. Each chic apartment comes complete with an open-plan kitchen and outdoor space for eating al fresco. If you don’t have the energy for home cooking, try one of the two on-site dining venues – both serving up fresh and authentic Hawaiian food.

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    Napili Sunset on the Beach

    Boutique Hotel
    4.5/5 (361 Reviews)
    Napili Sunset on the Beach
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    This beachfront resort in west Maui houses 26 units with direct access to Napili Bay and the islands of Molokai and Lanai. The apartments have a bright and airy feel, with contemporary artwork and bamboo furniture adding plenty of character. If you can tear yourself away from the golden-sand beach at some point, you’ll find world-class golf courses, fine art galleries and top-rated restaurants right around the corner.

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    The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts

    Hotel, Apartment
    4.4/5 (660 Reviews)
    The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
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    Nicknamed the Garden Isle owing to its lush rainforest interiors, the island of Kauai is famed for being one of the filming locations used in Jurassic Park. It’s not hard to re-imagine humongous brachiosaurus plodding their way through the trees – and not much has changed since the epic 90s movie took to the screen, except for, perhaps, the addition of luxury oceanfront resorts like Point at Poipu. Overlooking the pristine sands of Shipwreck Beach, it boasts a dreamy outdoor pool with picnic areas for enjoying grilled meats fresh off the BBQ, while suites and rooms feature their own kitchen, a large living area and a private balcony for taking in the brilliant sunset.

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