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January 27, 2016
The Best Luxury Resort Values in Hawaii
There are so many great resorts in Hawaii, how do you pick one? Hopefully this guide will help you find the best value for your money!
Oahu: The Modern Honolulu
member of the Ritz Carlton hotel group, The Modern is cosmopolitan and chic, with
a splash of Hawaiian whimsy. It’s luxurious
and intimate, yet has all the amenities one expects of a luxury hotel including
spa, nightclub, and two pools. The
oceanfront location is close to great beaches, shopping, and restaurants.
you book an ocean view room through a Ritz Carlton STARS agency, you are
automatically upgraded to a Studio Suite if available, which has a
king bed, sofa bed, and a private terrace.
And there are no resort fees, even high speed internet is included!
Modern rooms at The Modern Honolul
Tip: Several Daybed Experience Packages
are offered which include unlimited use of a daybed for the entire day,a 3-5 course
tasting menu, and wine or cocktails. You
can upgrade to add a 30 min couples massage.
Kauai: St. Regis Princeville / Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa
there are limited 5 star options on Kauai, so the rates don’t vary dramatically,
and they offer the same Virtuoso amenities:
daily breakfast for two, amenity valued at $100, upgrade on arrival if
available. But they offer two different experiences.
St Regis Princeville is perched on Hanalei Bay, boasting one of the most scenic
views in the world, perfect for a romantic getaway. The north shore is known for its spectacular
unspoiled scenery, which is why many movies have been filmed here (and many
celebrities have made it their second home).
It also offers some of the best adventure activities and snorkeling on
Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa has a slight edge if traveling with young children,
with its lagoon style pool and fun waterslide, plus they will guarantee
connecting rooms in advance. There is
plenty of on-property entertainment, and a luau is offered twice a week. It is
not on a swimmable beach, but they have a sandy lagoon, and are only a few
minutes from Poipu Beach. The island’s
south shore is a good location in the winter months, as the north shore beaches
are not safe for swimming with the high surf.
Grand Hyatt waterslide
island is not that big, so no matter where you stay, it’s not a long drive to
any activity or attraction
Tip: Take a snorkeling cruise to the
Napali Coast in the morning, then drive up Waimea Canyon in the afternoon to
get a birds’ eye view of the same coastline.
Island: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
low key resort on a beautiful white sand beach is a lesser known gem, but
guests tend to return over and over because of the great service and authentic Hawaiian ambiance. Rates
are some of the best for a resort of this caliber, and Virtuoso clients are
upgraded at time of booking if possible, making it an even better deal. Daily breakfast and $100 resort credit are
also included in the Virtuoso amenity package. The resort fee is also one of the
most inclusive to be found.
One of the nicest Big Island beaches
recently announced the Bungalow Inclusive Experience which includes
accommodations in a 2 bedroom bungalow, private roundtrip airport transfers (or a rental
car), daily $500 spa or golf credit, and 3 meals a day for up to six
bungalows are 2,700 sq. ft. including two
master bedrooms, wet bar and full kitchen, and a large private outdoor space
with jacuzzi and heated swimming pool.
Snorkeling with turtles is always a highlight
Tip: Baby turtles are raised in salt water ponds on the property. If you visit during the Fourth of July holiday,
you can watch them be released into the ocean.
Maui: The Fairmont Kea Lani
is not only the best value on Maui, but possibly the best value in all of
Hawaii. Suites command
premium rates at most resorts due to limited availability. But every room at the Kea Lani is
an 800 sq ft one-bedroom suite! With huge bathrooms, entry foyer for stashing gear, queen size
sofa sleeper, wet bar, and spacious lanai, they are perfect for families. Larger
groups or couples traveling together will appreciate the space and privacy of
villas near the beach, which have a full kitchen, dining area, and private
guests receive complimentary daily breakfast, $100 spa credit, and upgrade on
arrival if available.
Two level family pool with water slide
Tip: If you have young children, book
one of the twelve poolside suites which is just steps from the
may be thinking “What about Lanai?” Well, you
really don’t have much choice there, but what a choice it is! The Four Seasons Manele Bay is re-opening on
Feb 1 after a renovation, and they are celebrating with a 4th night
free offer and guaranteed upgrade at
time of booking (through April 30), exclusive to clients of Four Seasons
Preferred Partner agencies. Four Seasons resorts are always a great value, because they include so much in the rates, such as internet, snorkeling gear, and the Kids For All Seasons program.
Four Seasons Lanai beach
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