Resorts in Hawaii

by Meg Massie 
Posted Jan 21st 2011 10:36 AMUpdated Jan 24th 2011 11:39 AM

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While catching waves and bumming around on the beach are favorite pasttimes for travelers to Hawaii, for others the lush tropical environment begs for relaxing in the lap of luxury. And thus exist numerous resorts in Hawaii for lovers of fine things.

These resorts typically feature spas, golf courses, and organized recreational activities for all ages. Additionally, many of these resorts are all-inclusive resorts. In Hawaii there are many of these resorts to choose from. But what are some of the best visitor-rated resorts in Hawaii? AOL Travel takes a look.

Resorts in Hawaii: Four Seasons Resort – Maui at Wailea

Situated next to Wailea Beach on the island of Maui, the Four Seasons Resort is in prime position to take advantage of what the island has to offer. With fine swimming and snorkeling, great restaurants, and a sunset view like no other, travelers from around the world are attracted to the Four Seasons at Wailea. But it's not the location alone that lends to the impressive reputation that this resort has built among travelers. Earning a Travelers' Choice 2011 award of top luxury hotel in the United States, the Four Seasons wins visitors' accolades for its impeccable food, service, and attention to detail. They have a wide variety of luxury guest rooms and suites - including privacy suites on the eighth floor - and a dizzying array of services. All of this considered, it's easy to see why visitors consistently call the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailean one of the best resorts in Hawaii.

Four Seasons Resort – Maui at Wailea: 3900 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753 (808) 874-8000

Resorts in Hawaii: Halekulani Hotel

If you plan on heading to the island of Oahu and the city of Honolulu, you'll notice that there is a plethora of options for accommodations. Standing out among them, however, is the Halekulani Hotel. Last discussed by our travel staff in 2009 as a record-breaking hotel (slide 10 of 11), the Halekulani consistently receives awards for its ability to provide a subtle yet professional touch to everything it does. With 453 rooms and suites of varying styles and views, there's something to please most any luxury traveler. As for amenities and services, they are so numerous that they can't all be listed on Halekulani's website. Among their services is the SpaHalekulani, which has received its own accolades. And when you're not partaking in the exceptional service at the Halekulani, I encourage you to head to Diamond Head Crater Park, only a ten-minute drive away.

Halekulani Hotel: 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (800) 367-2343

Resorts in Hawaii: Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

On the southern coast of Kauai, oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, is nestled the small town of Poipu. There you can find a variety of hotels and resorts, including the renowned Koa Kea Hotel and Resort. It's somewhat smaller than the two previously discussed resorts at only 121 rooms. That's not to take anything away from the quality of their rooms and suites, all of which are spacious and inviting. Koa Kea will also delight you with its service and offerings. Outside of the expected spa and fitness center, visitors can rent beach and surfing gear, have their dry cleaning done, and enjoy fine dining at the Red Salt. You can even take surfing lessons on Poipu Beach! How's that for variety? Though the Koa Kea has only been open since the spring of 2009, it has already built a solid reputation as being one of the best resorts in Hawaii.

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort: 2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (808) 828-8888

Photo by Mike Bostock from Flickr
Filed Under: Hotel, Luxury

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