1. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
The Big Island has a lot of rocky volcanic beaches. They’re great, of course, but you may well want to opt for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, with its uncommon soft white sandy beach on Kauna’oa Bay. But there’s lots more to recommend it. As the very first resort built on the island, the property is rich in Hawaiian culture and tradition, with hundreds of museum-quality artifacts such as quilts, wooden carvings, and sculptures to be found in the on-site Mauna Kea Art Collection – among them a five-foot pink granite Buddha sculpted in 12th-century India. On-site amenities include award-winning restaurants, a soothing spa, and oceanfront beach cabanas.