As if 30 stunning acres and three miles of private beach weren’t enough, the Mauna Lani resort, on the Big Island’s sunny Kohala Coast, also features two golf courses and an award-winning spa, plus the serene and historic Kalahuipua‘a fishponds. All of the stylishly appointed suites and guest rooms come with their own veranda, or for the ultimate in secluded luxury, splash out for a bungalow. Each offers 4,000 square feet of living space, along with a wading pool, whirlpool spa and private beach access.
Set into bluffs overlooking the sea, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel brings you the Kohala Coast in classic resort style. Dotted with natural springs, the sprawling and stunningly landscaped grounds cascade down the bluffs to the white sands of Kahuna Beach, one of the Big Island’s largest. Amenities include 80,000 square feet of event space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay.
Maui’s breathtaking natural beauty is on full display at the Four Seasons’ Wailea resort, where the arcing white-sand beaches, views of Haleakala volcano and verdant tropical gardens are matched only by the stylish luxury of the accommodations. Everywhere you turn, from the adults-only infinity pool to the resort’s three golf courses to the lanai at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, the island’s abundant natural charms are in view, though the resort’s spacious guest rooms, spa and activities including world-class scuba diving and outrigger canoe trips might impress you too.
Whale watching is just one of the ways to explore the seas at the Four Seasons’ Maui at Wailea resort, which also offers paddle boarding, outrigger canoeing, guided catamaran trips and scuba diving in the reefs around Wailea Beach.
Invoking Hawaii’s cultural heritage with island-inspired design and decor, the Four Seasons’ Hualalai at Ka’upulehu offers a different feel than its larger neighbors on the Kohala Coast. The hotel’s rooms and suites are set in airy bungalows that embrace the landscape with open-air living spaces and nature-inspired details. Creature comforts on offer too, including a spa, seven distinct swimming areas, five restaurants and lounges and plenty of beach.
Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani is exactly what you need when you’re looking for a pure escape, offering a Hawaii vacation that covers all the bases: luxury accommodations set on 22 lush, tropical acres; an expanse of gorgeous white-sand beach; a 9,000 square foot spa; three pools; fine dining; and all the activities and amenities you’d expect.
With craggy Haupu Mountains setting a dramatic backdrop and the aquamarine sea ahead, the Grand Hyatt Kauai gives guests a taste of the island’s raw beauty but from a distinctly comfortable vantage point. You can explore further with on a hike, helicopter tour or scuba diving trip, among a host of other activities. Or just take it easy and relax on the beach, poolside or at the soothing Anara spa. For those looking to hit the links, Poipu Bay Golf Course offers 18 holes amid scenery so gorgeous you won’t mind taking an extra stroke or two.
Famed for having its own lagoon and dolphins (shown here), Oahu’s storied Kahala Hotel is also one of Hawaii's oldest resorts, open since 1964. A celebrity hideaway since its earliest days, the Kahala sports an impressive guest registry that includes everyone from Frank Sinatra to George Clooney, not to mention luminaries such as the Dalai Lama. As with some of its celebrity clientele, well-timed touch ups have ensured the Kahala hardly shows its age. Its stylish rooms and suites, luxe facilities and numerous dining options still offer an elegant experience and all within minutes of downtown Honolulu.
A Big Island legend open since 1965, the Kohala Coast’s Mauna Kea has been restored to its former glory via a thorough renovation. Never lacking for natural beauty, its spacious grounds and vast expanse of crescent-shaped beach are once again home to the finest in luxury facilities and accommodations. Amenities include a seaside golf course modernized to meet current USGA standards, tennis courts, ocean sports, and a spa, plus a host of bars and restaurants offering both casual and upscale dining.
Bringing its renowned brand of elegance to Hawaii for the first time, the St. Regis Princeville, on Kauai’s north shore, embraces the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands with unique sophistication and panache. Beautifully appointed rooms, fine dining options that draw on local products and traditions, a spa and a seaside golf course complement the hotel’s stunning setting, on green cliffs overlooking the sea.
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