The landscapes of Hawaii may be prehistoric, but these luxury hotels are pure 21st-century opulence. Championship golf courses, a swimmable aquarium with 4,000 tropical fish, private butlers – the brilliance of the upscale experience in Hawaii is only matched by the otherworldly scenery. Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-tested name such as the Four Seasons or a boutique escape, we have it covered.
Peering over the rugged western coast of Oahu, this Four Seasons outpost is home to what Forbes called “the most dramatic of all hotel suites on any of the Hawaiian Islands.” The two-bedroom Penthouse Suite on the 17th floor has an expansive private terrace on which you can luxuriate in the ocean and mountain views. Banana leaf wall coverings, traditional local-wood furnishings and sandy tones make up the interiors, creating a chic yet welcoming island feel. This aesthetic runs throughout the resort, from the suites to the spa to the dining venues.
Get your swimwear ready at this beachside hotel, which has an infinity pool, family pool and access to an aquamarine ocean. Book a scuba diving session to explore below the surface, or opt for sailing to see the land from a different perspective. On terra firma, there are biking trails, hiking paths, tennis courts and a golf course to keep you busy. After a fun-filled day, the well-appointed modern rooms serve as a tranquil place to unwind. Beds are set against lava-gray walls, and giant flat-screen TVs offer a wealth of entertainment; there are also convenient USB ports by the bed and the workstation so that you can charge your gadgets. Elevate your stay by booking one of the premier ocean-view suites, perched on the top floors of the resort towers.
Mosey over to the southern shore of Maui to explore this smart retreat, which offers high-end living with all the conveniences of a hotel, thanks to its positioning next to a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Each villa screams classic luxury, with hardwood furnishings, sparkling floors and chandeliers gracing some properties. Perks include generous balcony spaces, kitchens and car garages. You’ll get extra marks if you can pronounce the name of one of the six eateries next door: Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, named after the state fish of Hawaii, is set over a saltwater lagoon overlooking the tranquil ocean – a top spot to watch the sunset.
Get celebrity treatment and a taste of the high life at this vacation spot on Kauai. The luxurious vacation homes are kitted to the highest standards, with modern beach-inspired furnishings, giant flat-screen TVs, outdoor rain showers and state-of-the-art kitchens. The four-bedroom villa is the perfect place to entertain, with the living space opening onto a private pool and terrace area. Hire a chef to cook up a feast or head to the Umeke Kitchen + Bar for a delicious four-course tasting menu. The eatery is just one of the exclusive amenities at this resort, with other highlights including the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course, a state-of-the-art spa and an ocean-facing infinity pool.
Savor unbeatable views of Waikiki Beach at this upscale boutique hotel from the rooftop infinity pool or your private jacuzzi. Each of the nine suites includes generous balconies with oceanfront hot tubs, while the interiors have a Miami vibe, with a crisp palette of white matched with contemporary furnishings. The on-site restaurant follows the ultra-chic theme with Japanese-French dishes artfully plated at the table or in the comfort of your apartment.
Magazine-worthy interiors await you at this contemporary Maui resort. Fall into bed and gaze at the ocean, or soak up the night sky from your private outdoor hot tub. If you’re travelling with family or friends, the roomy villas make for luxurious crash pads. Have a chef cook in your villa, but don’t miss the opportunity to check out the top-notch restaurant offerings. Morimoto Maui, steered by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto, serves deliciously fresh sushi, while you’ll get a fill of local flavors at the Polynesian themed night, which takes place every Sunday.
Twenty-four acres (10ha) of tropical paradise are yours to explore at this classy resort, set along the pristine northwestern coast of Maui. Here you will find spacious residences, decked with kitchens, laundry facilities and generous balconies. After a day of adventure, the natural stone-clad bathrooms are a dream come true, with deep soaking tubs allowing for relaxation. The resort spa is another top spot to relax, with open-air treatment rooms and a stone-carved tub for couples to share a romantic bath infused with coconut milk.
Lap up dreamy ocean views at this upscale resort on the shores of one of the most spectacular beaches in Hawaii. Koa Kea sits on Poipu Beach in Kauai, with manicured garden paths leading guests past a palm-fringed swimming pool to the golden sands. Check into a smart oceanfront suite or deluxe guestroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, so that you can see the sea from every angle. Interiors are awash with sandy hues, swathes of natural wood and bright pops of color. Cute touches include coral print scatter cushions and ocean-inspired photography. Relaxation is the word at this resort, and the rooms certainly inspire a tranquil feeling. Further that calm with a trip to the spa, where you can get a massage outdoors with the waves as your soundtrack.
In Maui? Discover our guides to the best luxury hotels or boutique places to stay on the island. Headed to Oahu? See which luxury resort calls your name. To truly have a place to call your own, opt for one of the best villas across Hawaii, all bookable now on Culture Trip.
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