The Best Resorts | Hawaii, USA

The best resorts in Hawaii, according to Travel + Leisure readers, pair a wealth of amenities with unforgettable views.

After the Aloha State lifted COVID -19 restrictions, Travel + Leisure readers – especially families and couples looking for a solid but remote vacation destination – eagerly returned. The best resorts in Hawaii have kept pace with renovations and updates, making this famed Pacific archipelago more attractive than ever.

Each year, T+L asks readers to rate their travel experiences around the globe in its World’s Best Awards, asking their opinions on the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on amenities, location, service, food and overall value. Hotels were classified as city or resort, depending on location and amenities.

Oahu, Hawaii’s most populous (and popular) island, hosts seven properties on this year’s list, including Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani (No. 2). Newly opened in 2019, the hotel features a neutral, calming design that offers a tranquil retreat from the hectic atmosphere of its Waikiki location. Its sister hotel, the iconic Halekulani (No. 9), unveiled its own renovation in October.

Over on Hawaii Island, the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection (No. 6) impressed readers with its “grand remodel,” referring to the hotel’s 2020 reopening after an extensive renovation. “The staff is attentive and accommodating,” added one voter. “The views are spectacular and the resort amenities are so plentiful that you do not even feel the need to leave the property.

On Kauai, three hotels were on the list, including the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort (No. 7) on the island’s famous Poipu Beach. “This is our favorite hotel on Kauai, if not all of Hawaii,” raved one reader. “The location is beautiful, the staff is fantastic, and the food is incredible. The Lomilomi massage at the spa is not to be missed.”

However, first place was earned by the Wailea Hotel on Maui. Read on to learn more about what made this hotel a favorite, as well as the full list of the best resort hotels in Hawaii.

1. Hotel Wailea, Maui

Aerial view the property at Hotel Wailea
Elliott Chau/Courtesy of Hotel Wailea

“Hotel Wailea is heaven on Earth,” according to a reader. The 15-acre, adults-only property is unique among the nearby resorts in that it’s not beachfront — but that’s a good thing for guests who prefer the quiet that comes with a location high on a hill, overlooking the sea. Because there are no children, the atmosphere leans toward the “relaxing and romantic,” as one reader described. Others loved the oversize guest rooms, which come with big balconies and are “nicely furnished, with a clean, contemporary feel that’s also cozy.” While the huge pool deck (fringed by cabanas, lush greenery, and the poolside café) is a big draw for hanging out, beach access is available anytime during the day via the hotel’s shuttle, which can whisk guests to Maui’s picture-perfect shores in just two minutes. Several readers also mentioned the outstanding service: “Every member of the staff makes you feel at home.”

Score: 94.86

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2. Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani, Oahu

View from a guest room at Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani
Courtesy of Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani

Score: 94.59

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3. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui

Aerial view of the property and beach at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
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honoree. Score: 94.20

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4. Prince Waikiki, Oahu

The club lounge at Prince Waikiki
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Score: 93.90

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5. Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

The pool and property at Montage Kapalua Bay
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Score: 93.38

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6. Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Island of Hawaii

View from a master bedroom bungalow at Mauna Lani
Courtesy of Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection

Score: 93.18

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7. Ko’a Kea Resort on Po’ipu Beach, Kauai

The Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at sunset
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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 92.95

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8. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, Oahu

The pool deck at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
Don Riddle/Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

Score: 92.87

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9. Halekulani, Oahu

View from the Orchid Suite at Halekulani
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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 92.72


10. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai

The pool and property at Four Seasons Resort Lanai
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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 92.68

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11. Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Island of Hawaii

Aerial of the beach and property at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 92.56

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12. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Island of Hawaii

View from a guestroom at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Nikolas Koenig/Courtesy of Four Seasons

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 92.44

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13. Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Oahu

Aerial view of the beach and property at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
George Russell/Courtesy of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Score: 92.38

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14. The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Oahu

Aerial view of The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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Score: 91.38

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15. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, Island of Hawaii

Aerial view of the beach and pool at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
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Score: 91.29

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16. Hanalei Colony Resort, Kauai

Oceanfront Premium Living room at Hanalei Colony Resort
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Score: 91.06

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17. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai

The property at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
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Score: 90.86

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18. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Maui

Aerial view of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
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Score: 90.84

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19. The Laylow, Autograph Collection, Oahu

The pool deck at The Laylow, Autograph Collection
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Score: 90.73

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20. Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

Aerial view of the pools and property at The Fairmont Kea Lani
Courtesy of Accor

Score: 90.69

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