There are so many reasons to visit The Big Island of Hawaii: year-round 85-degree weather, beautiful black, green, and white sand beaches, active volcanoes, diverse marine life, and luxurious resorts. To really enjoy your trip to Hawaii, there are some resorts that stand out among the rest. These are our top 5 most luxurious resorts on the Big Island.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
This 5-Star beachfront resort is the perfect place to stay on the Big Island. It’s in the perfect location, being just four miles from Kekaha Kai State Park, eight miles from Kona International Airport, and fifteen minutes from Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Kukio Beach. The most exquisite suite here is the Hawaii Loa Presidential Villa which features 3-bedrooms, direct beach access, and private hot tub.
This Four Seasons Resort also boasts amazing views overlooking Pauoa Bay, and it’s right next to Hualalai Golf Course. Whenever you want to grab a meal or a drink, they have six great options to choose from: Beach Tree, Ulu Ocean Grill, Hualalai Grille, Ulu Sushi Lounge, Beach Tree Bar and Lounge, and in-room dining.
The Fairmont Orchid
The Fairmont Orchid is a 5-Star resort on the Kohala Coast that overlooks Pauoa Bay, Pauoa Bay is a special place on the Big Island, with its calm waters and healthy coral reefs that make for great snorkeling. This luxury oceanfront resort is right next door to Holoholokai Beach Park and 20 miles from Waimea-Kohala Airport.
It’s highly-rated for its great amenities as well: two 18-hole golf courses, 10 tennis courts, six restaurants, an outdoor spa, beachfront pool and fitness center. The Fairmont Orchid’s most luxurious suites are the Executive Suite Garden View which has a view of the property’s tropical gardens and waterfalls off the lanai and the Executive Suite Ocean View, which offers views of the Pacific Ocean.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
This luxury resort is set on one of the Big Island’s most beautiful beaches, Mauna Kea Beach. Its 5-star rating is well-deserved with its championship golf course, seaside tennis court, casual and fine dining options, Keiki Club for kids, and fitness center. While all rooms are impeccably furnished and have a contemporary, tropical vibe, the hotel’s top floors have some stellar Presidential Suites.
These Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Suites are ultra-spacious with separate living area, dining room and bedroom, and four private balconies overlooking Mauna Kea Beach. The hotel is less than three miles from Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and less than 15 miles from the fishing village ruins of Lapakahi State Historical Park.
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
The newly renovated Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is our fourth pick for the Big Island’s most luxurious resorts. It has such a great location, set in tropical gardens on Hawaii’s Kohal Coast along Hapuna Beach. You’ll truly feel in paradise here as you take in the views of the Pacific Ocean. And, it’s just 3 miles from surfing at the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and 27 miles from Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.
The resort’s amenities include the award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course, an adult-exclusive infinity pool overlooking Hapuna Beach and family pool, fitness center, spa, and four eateries. Meridia serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Ikena Landing serves breakfast options, Naupaka Beach Grill offers casual lunch and dinner dining, and Piko serves coffee and sandwiches.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa overlooks Anaeho’omalu Bay on Hawaii’s west shore, a sandy white beach with tide pools, fishponds, and coconut palms. The 15-acre property Waikoloa Beach Marriott is set on also has much to offer with three outdoor pools and water slide, spa and fitness center, and two 18-hole championship courses: The Beach Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II and Kings Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.
The resort’s dining options include Hawaii Calls Restaurant which serves Pacific Rim and American cuisine and Aka’ula Lanai which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every Monday and Wednesday night the resort also hosts a traditional Hawaiian luau with delicious Hawaiian dishes, music and dancing.