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Best Resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii

Updated: 6 days ago

My family and I have been traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii every single Christmas since I was little! Over the years, we have tested out a few different resorts on the island. There are FIVE that stood out above the rest as truly phenomenal resorts that I would recommend to friends & family! Today, I'm sharing those 5 resorts with you!

Hilton Waikoloa Village


About the Resort: The first hotel that always comes to mind when I think of the Big Island is the Hilton Waikoloa Village. This resort is quite literally a "village" with multiple pools, lagoons, dolphin quest, towers, spas, 2 golf courses, 14 restaurants, and so much more. In fact, the 62 acre resort is big that they have a canal boat system AND a tram to help escort you around the resort.

Best Feature: If you're looking for a resort where you can stay on property the entire duration of your trip, this is a great choice. You can start the day kayaking with Dolphins, then relax poolside before trying one of their 14 restaurants for lunch. Afterwards, you can play golf or visit the spa for a relaxing afternoon. For dinner, you can experience an authentic Hawaiian Luau or bar hop on property.

Worst Feature: Unfortunately, the biggest downside to this property is the lack of a beach. Yes, it is directly on the ocean and has plenty of lagoon "beaches" but it does not have an actual ocean beach for guests. That being said, it is not far from the Island's best beach - Hapuna Beach.

Fast Facts About the Hilton Waikoloa Village:

  • Prices Begin at $250/night

  • Resort Fee: $45/night

  • Beach Access? No (close to Hapuna Beach)

  • Onsite Luau? Yes

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Westin Hapuna Beach Resort


About The Resort: The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is directly on the best beach the Big Island has to offer: Hapuna Beach! This is a huge perk having this right outside your door. The resort itself recently went through a large renovation that has completely transformed the property for the better. Here at the Westin, you'll have 2 gorgeous infinity pools overlooking Hapuna Beach (one of which is adult only)! There are a handful of restaurants on property, a wonderful golf course and more.

Best Feature: The selling point for this property is truly the access to Hapuna Beach. It is the only resort with direct access to Hapuna Beach. Plus, the recently renovated infinity pools are stunning!

Worst Feature: It isn't in walking distance of any shops or off property restaurants. There is a complimentary shuttle to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (featured next on this list) but other than that you are a bit on your own.

Fast Facts About the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort:

  • Prices Begin at $280/night

  • Resort Fee: $30/night

  • Beach Access? Yes! Located on Hapuna Beach

  • Onsite Luau? Yes

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel


About The Resort: The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features a golf course, full-service spa, and 5 onsite restaurants. You can relax on sun loungers along the beach and dine with a beautiful view. In my opinion, the pool is just okay. For parents that are bringing their kids to Hawaii, this resort has a free kid's club and a game room!

Best Feature: The beach at this resort is perfect - always sunny and tucked in a bit of a cove. There are minimal waves (just enough to keep the little ones occupied) and some snorkeling options too! This beach is a bit of a hidden secret to travelers since it is behind a gated community so it's not as crowded as Hapuna Beach.

Worst Feature: The pool is just "meh" in my opinion. Plus, just like the Westin resort, there isn't anything in walking distance.

Fast Facts About the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel:

  • Prices Begin at $350/night

  • Resort Fee: $30/night

  • Beach Access? Yes!

  • Onsite Luau? Yes

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa


About The Resort: The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is another beautiful property that is in walking distance of so many different things! You can visit the Waikoloa King & Queens Market that has dozens of shops and restaurants to explore. Onsite, the resort features a beautiful pool, multiple restaurants, and a spa. This resort also has one of the most popular luaus on the island.

Best Feature: This resort is in walking distance to my favorite restaurant on the Big Island, Lava Lava Beach Club! This is not only a great spot for happy hour, but also the best view of the sunset!

Worst Feature: Yes, it has a beach directly next to the resort... but A-Bay isn't your typical white sand beach. It's actually a mixed black/white sand beach with small pebble like sand. I always feel like there are a few knats at this beach too, which is a big turn off for me.

Fast Facts About the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa:

  • Prices Begin at $200/night

  • Resort Fee: $30/night

  • Beach Access? Yes! Located on A-Bay Beach

  • Onsite Luau? Yes!

Four Seasons Hualalai


About the Resort: Looking for luxury? Look no further. The Four Seasons Hualalai is a stunning resort located within a private gated community. This is where celebrities and honeymooners stay for ultimate privacy. The resort has many types of rooms - bungalows, villas, condos, and more! There are a total of seven gorgeous pools available to guests.

Best Feature: The service is impeccable. You won't find better service anywhere else on the Big Island. Plus you'll feel like you're in a private oasis the entire time you're on this property.

Worst Feature: The beach area has no waves and has a small shoreline. There are warnings for sea urchins too so it's not the most user-friendly beach.

Fast Facts About the Four Seasons Hualalai:

  • Prices Begin at $800/night

  • Resort Fee: $/night

  • Beach Access? Yes!

  • Onsite Luau? Yes

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