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The Big Island celebrates guests as ‘ohana (family) and you can’t help but be seduced by the warm hospitality found at its hotels, from welcoming flower leis (garlands) on check-in to fresh local juice and fruit served daily. There’s a big emphasis on sense of place here too; whether you prefer luxurious resorts or laidback inns, hotel architecture and decor commonly incorporate tradition, culture, myth, and legend, showcasing hibiscus flowers, tributes to Pele the Fire Goddess, repurposed coconut shells, and natural bamboo accents.
Furniture often draws on local materials, including koa wood, recognized for its deep rich coloring and grain patterns. And outdoors, indigenous planting, lanais (verandas) and breezeways ensure guests are always linked to the natural world. Ready to plan your vacation? Follow our lead with our choice of the top 12 hotels on the Big Island.