Hawaii is without a doubt a top-notch beach destination, so it's only fitting that you'd spring for the best accommodations you can find. For those who have high standards and fine tastes (and who are ready to spend a pretty penny), we've rounded up five luxury 5-star hotels in Hawaii that will exceed even the highest expectations.
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Montage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina, Island of Hawaii
Nestled in lush tropical gardens just minutes from Kapalua Bay Beach, this 5-star gem is a collection of upscale residences, many with incredible sea views. The jaw-dropping pool alone may beckon you here — it features a multilevel design connected by waterfalls and lined by loungers. Dining options include the hotel's signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe, and the Mahana Market for a quick coffee or treats. Can't wait to hit the water? Try cliff jumping into crystalline waters just offshore.
Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu
You couldn't ask for a better location than what the Halekulani Hotel offers — it's smack dab in the middle of the Waikiki action, with Waikiki Beach mere steps away. Plus, it boasts three on-site restaurants, two cocktail bars, and a weekly (free!) wine reception on the terrace. Not too many 5-star hotels in Hawaii can compete with that.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Most 5-star hotels in Hawaii have staff members who go above and beyond — the Four Season Resort Hualalai is no exception. Time and again, TripAdvisor reviewers have praised the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff here, resulting in a coveted 5-star guest rating. But besides that, it's got a stunning pool area with a waterfall and thatched-roof huts, plus access to a lagoon-like beach. You'll also find a sushi lounge, an American steakhouse and a beach bar. Sunsets here are in a class of their own.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Poipu, Kauai
One of Poipu's most upscale resorts, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa impresses with 50 acres of tropical gardens, access to a white-sand beach and newly renovated rooms. Two connected swimming pools with waterfalls and grottos offer a place to relax and decompress — that is, when you're not at the 45,000-square-foot spa. Don't miss the 1.5-acre saltwater lagoon, which you can explore with a snorkeling session or by kayak. For dinner, you'll have your choice of seafood, Italian or sushi at the resort's three on-site restaurants.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, Oahu
Yet another 5-star hotel in Hawaii's biggest city, the Kahala Hotel & Resort keeps guests in a state of vacation bliss with five dining establishments, access to the beach, and a private swimming lagoon where dolphins reside. The spa boasts nine private treatment suites, each with its own shower and changing area. And while rooms are comfortable with 40-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, there's a shuttle service to get you around when you're ready to paint the town red.