Where is it? Big Island
Why go? Regarded as the first resort on the island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel combines historic charm with contemporary style. An on-site art gallery displays an impressive collection gathered by hotel founder Laurance S. Rockefeller, while complimentary yoga sessions are offered on the beachfront. Room decor is chic contemporary with colorful island accents. Guests have direct access to the soft sand beach of Kauna’oa Bay while nightfall offers guided moonlight swims with manta rays.
Even in a destination as deliciously relaxing as Hawaii, finding the right hotel is of optimum importance. Yes, you might spend much of your time lazing on beaches and in hammocks, but a comfortable bed and a good breakfast remain as necessary on the islands of paradise as anywhere else on the planet. Luckily for tourists, travelers, backpackers, and nomads alike, Hawaii’s islands are filled with fantastic hotel options.
The last decade has seen the accommodation picture change, as private rentals and Airbnb have forced the hotel industry to change tack. Hawaii doesn't care, as the hotels of paradise continue to offer the unbeatable combination of ocean views and, you know, the whole ‘being a hotel in Hawaii’ thing. The best hotels in Hawaii are all about beauty and hospitality in equal measure, where you’ll be treated like ohana (family) or like absolute royalty, sometimes even both.