top hotels big island hawaii

The Island of Hawaii, a.k.a. “the Big Island,” makes for a fantastic vacation. There’s amazing food, challenging hikes, active volcanoes to explore, stunning beaches, and exciting local entertainment. Choosing the right accommodations in Hawaii can ensure you have a truly spectacular trip. Luckily, to make the booking process a little easier, we’ve found the most amazing hotels in Hawaii for you!

1. Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

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The Fairmont chain of hotels always offers a luxury experience and the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii location is no exception. In fact, the US News & World Report voted the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii the top hotel on Hawaii island in 2021. 

This five-star resort has massive grounds that are right on the ocean, so you can relax by the beach anytime throughout your stay. You can book an ocean view or a partial ocean view room and wake up every morning to the soft sounds of crashing waves. Additionally, the resort has a spa, a gift shop, and activity passes. So, you can get virtually everything you need right at the hotel.

2. Volcano Eco Retreat

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly resort in a prime location, then the Volcano Eco Resort is the hotel for you. This resort’s most exciting feature is that it’s at the base of two mighty volcanos. For people who want to spend their vacation exploring Hawaii, the Volcano Eco Retreat is close to all the major island destinations, including Hilo, Kona, and Mauna Key. 

Enjoy an unbelievably relaxing time staying at this four-acre resort, as it’s quite secluded and located in the native Hawaiian ʻōhiʻa tree forest. And, you’ll feel great about choosing accommodations that minimize their impact on the environment. 

Volcano Eco Retreat’s sustainability efforts include:

  • Using LEED certified bamboo for construction
  • Using recycled rainwater
  • Absolutely no use of single-use plastics
  • Biodegradable cleaning products
  • Produce from local growers and farmer’s markets
  • Growing food on-site
  • Donating 5% of profits to charity
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3. The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls may only be a three-star hotel, but the view and location make it a five-star experience. This hotel offers “off-the-grid” accommodations that will give you a peaceful stay on the island. The Inn takes up 22-acres of land and provides access to Hawaii’s largest privately accessible waterfall. It feels truly magical to spend your nights right next to one of Hawaii’s most stunning waterfalls. 

You’re only 15-minutes from town but feel like you’re in your own paradise. Enjoy meals at the resort that are farm-to-table, cooked by local, private chefs. Breakfast is provided daily and included with your room rate. When selecting a room, the options include rustic cabins or ocean view rooms. 

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4. Hapuna Beach Hotel

The Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel is a gorgeous ocean-front hotel on the Kohala Coast. The hotel has been recently renovated, so guests can enjoy updated rooms and amenities. Guests will always have something to do at the hotel with its 18-hole golf course, two swimming pools, four dining spots, spa, and gym. 

Another benefit of choosing the Hapuna Beach Hotel is its location. You’re just a short drive from exploring all the restaurants, hikes, and entertainment that Hawaii has to offer. 

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5. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers its guests a five-star stay right on the ocean. This resort provides all the typical amenities you would expect from a Four Seasons hotel – golfing, a spa, and onsite dining options. However, the most exciting feature for most guests is the King’s Pond. The King’s Pond is a 1.8 million-gallon swimmable aquarium that includes a swimming pool, lounge deck, and a Marine Activity Center. And, the King’s Pond features over 4,000 tropical fish. Onsite marine biologists provide daily programs for Hualalai guests to participate in.

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6. Holualoa Inn

If you’re not one for extravagant resorts, the Holualoa Inn might be more your speed. This quaint B&B accommodation sits on 30-acres of lush, private land. Located at the base of Mount Holualoa, this tropical property offers ocean views from every room. You can enjoy breakfast at the Inn, along with a refreshing cup of 100% estate-brewed Kona coffee. Afterward, take a short walk to the beach or the small village of Holualoa.

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7. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is one of the most popular hotels in Hawaii. The resort is right next to the ocean, offering views of the beautiful Anaeho’omalu Bay. 

One of the unique features of this resort is the two ancient ponds on the property. Guests get exclusive access to the Kahapapa Ancient Fish Pond and the Ku’uali’i Ancient Fish Pond. 

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8. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is an oceanfront property offering you everything you could want from a Hawaiian hotel. Spend your time on the golf course, relaxing on the beach, or even swimming in Kauna‘oa Bay with mantas. The hotel hosts a spectacular weekly luau and offers an art tour of the hundreds of art pieces displayed throughout the hotel. 

This is the perfect family-friendly resort that gives you everything you need so you can have a worry-free vacation. 

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9. Sheraton Keauhou Bay

The Sheraton Keauhou Bay is located on the lava rocks of Hawaii’s Kona Coast. This resort has beautiful views of the ocean and direct access to the beach. Guests of this hotel always have something to do, thanks to its prime location. You’re close to Volcanoes National Park, have access to Kona Coffee farms from the resort, and can view the Kailua-Kona’s manta ray coastal feeding grounds. And, the resort hosts a farmer’s market every week on its grounds. 

If you have children, they’ll love the “Manta Ray Super Slide & Pool.” This multi-level fantasy pool is the island’s longest water slide and includes bubbling whirlpool spas. 

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10. Volcano Village Lodge

Volcano Village Lodge may not have all the fancy bells and whistles of some of the five-star resorts on this list, but that’s not why you stay here. This charming B&B is located in Volcano Village in Hawaii, only two miles from Hawaii Volcano National Park. Visitors get to spend their nights sleeping in the Hawaiin rainforest while being close to an active volcano. It’s a truly unique experience you can’t find anywhere else.

This B&B is perfect for individuals who want a relaxing, quiet vacation. You have beaches nearby, restaurants, and a few farmer’s markets. The Lodge also offers entertainment, such as private hula classes. 

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Whether you want a luxurious, relaxing, or adventure-full vacation on your next trip to Hawaii – there’s a hotel on this list that will give you everything you want!