Where to Stay in Hawaii Based on Your Vacay Style
Check in and check out for your honeymoon. Here, five favorite hotels that are as unique as you.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Where: The Big Island
Perfect for: Nostalgists
All boxy straight lines, spare blue tiling, and indoor-outdoor spaces, this hotel (from $425 a night) owes its Bauhaus vibe to Laurance S. Rockefeller, who built the 250-room place in 1965 and filled it with gallery-worthy Polynesian, Pacific rim, and Asian artwork, from wooden carvings to gilded god statues. That’s nice and all, but you might forget the history once you’ve glanced across the pool to the ocean, which in the winter and early spring is filled with humpback whales seemingly jumping for joy.
Perfect for: Quiet types
Unplugging is easy at this remote resort that lies between Maui’s thick rainforest and the Pacific Ocean. After all, nothing says “tech free” more than stargazing to the sound track of crashing surf as you soak in your own hot tub on your Sea Ranch Cottage deck (from $350 a night). (Adding to the calm? These bungalows are in the adults-only part of the compound.) Days are filled with boot camps, yoga classes, and lei-making sessions, and a no-tipping policy solves the whole carrying-cash-while-wearing-a-bathing-suit problem.
Turtle Bay Resort
Perfect for: The time-crunched
Situated on 800 acres fronted by a dramatic peninsula on Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay (from $289 a night) is spacious and scenic enough (thanks in part to a $45 million face-lift) to feel miles away from everything. But in reality, it’s just an hour’s drive from Honolulu International Airport, making it ideal for couples without time for an inter-island flight. Surfers will love being close to the North Shore’s famously challenging waves, while the less ocean-savvy can ride horses, hike, snorkel in a fish-filled cove—or dip their toes into the statewide obsession by enrolling in the resort’s surf school.
Pefect for: Yogis
A five-minute drive “up-country” from Maui’s artsy North Shore town of Paia—where, incidentally, you might catch Willie Nelson playing at Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon, which he owns—this new retreat (from $329 a night) is all about twice-daily yoga, deep-tissue massage, walking meditation, and long afternoons stretched out on hammocks. Apart from that, there’s blissfully little to do but tootle around downtown or sunbathe on the uncrowded beaches 10 minutes down the road.
St. Regis Princeville
Perfect for: Boldfaced names
This glam beachfront resort (from $630 a night) is where Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello got engaged in 2014 and where the Afflecks go to get away from it all. The service is so warm, the pool so pretty, and the views of Hanalei Bay so memorable that anyone could be forgiven for feeling a bit famous by mid-stay.