Hawaii's Most Over The Top Resorts

Hawaii’s Most Over the Top Resorts

Pristine beaches, incredible scenery, tropical rainforests, incredible surf spots and the perfect year-round climate, are some of the many things you have to look forward to on your vacation to Hawaii.

Planning a vacation to Hawaii can be overwhelming. Other than the abundance of activities to do, you have to decide what area you want to visit and what resort you want to stay in. Do you want to stay in a laid back resort, with spas and tranquil surroundings? Are you looking for a resort that offers adventure, water sports and fun activities for the family? Or are you looking for a little bit of both?

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From infinity edged swimming pools, to outdoor lava-rock garden showers, luxurious spa treatments, award winning restaurants and 24 hour fitness facilities, these are just some of the many over the top resorts in Hawaii.

St Regis Princeville

Enjoy the ultimate luxury in one of the most sophisticated resorts in all of Hawaii. The St Regis Princeville is located in the 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei. Enjoy private candlelit dining, an ocean-side massage and incredible drinks. Swim in their 5,000 square foot infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous Hanalei Bay. The pool features incredible glass tile, tropical gardens and stunning water. Bonus: Guests are provided with snorkeling opportunities – and you don't even have to leave the resort.

Four Seasons Hualalai

With 250 guest rooms, villas and suites, the Four Seasons Hualalai has a variety of options to choose from. Guest rooms have deep soaking tubs and furnished outdoor balconies. Suites come with custom bamboo bed canopies and headboards. While villas come with a personal suite concierge, two lounge chairs at the beach and tropical floral arrangements. The resort has seven swimming pools; heated pools, infinity edged pools and whirlpools, 125 guest rooms with outdoor lava-rock garden showers and 5 ocean-side lounges and restaurants.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay

Perched on top of a red-lava cliff is the incredible Four Seasons Resort Lanai. There are a variety of suites to choose from – specialty suites, penthouse suites, large suites and small suites. Relax in their red-cedar dry-heat saunas, steam rooms and rainforest showers. When you're ready for an adventure, get your scuba gear because they have over 30 different dive sites. They also have approximately 400 miles of unpaved road so you can explore Hawaii. Bonus: The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is only approximately 9 miles from Maui.

The Ritz Carleton at Kapalua

Experience Maui like you may have never before at the Ritz Carleton at Kapalua. They are one of Hawaii's largest nature preserves and contain two marine sanctuaries. They have 463 hotel rooms, suites, Club Level accommodations, six dining experiences and a variety of on property activities. Some of these include two championship golf courses, swimming, surfing, a basketball court, tennis court, kayaking, stand-up paddling and more. Relax in a poolside cabana; get pampered at the spa; go hiking through the rainforest and snorkeling among Maui's spectacular coral reefs. Bonus: They will also coordinate your own personal full-service wedding and vow renewal.

The Grand Wailea

The Grand Wailea is the perfect resort for a families or couples. They have nine pools, some of which include an adult only pool, baby beach pool and an incredible 2,000-foot long river with waterslides and waterfalls. Play golf in one of their three championship golf courses or tennis on one of their 11 tennis courts. Eat award winning meals, participate in a variety of water activities and get a luxurious spa treatment. The Grand Wailea offers guided kayak tours, scuba diving programs, paddleboard lessons and a guided stand up paddle excursion.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

If you are looking for a relaxing escape, look no further than the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Po'pu Beach. They have five spa treatment rooms, one of which includes a romantic couple's suite. They also have an on-site fitness center, a swimming pool, whirlpool and a variety of outdoor adventure activities to choose from. Enjoy snorkeling, surfing, sailing and scuba diving in the clear waters. Also enjoy incredible views of Kauai on their zip line, one of their bike tours, helicopter tours or hiking trails. Stay in one of their 121 guest rooms and suites. The oceanfront guest rooms feature the most incredible view of Poipu Beach.

Montage Kapalua Bay

The Montage Kapalua Bay offers the ultimate family package – children can eat, stay and play for free. They have a variety of rooms to choose from and a unique spa experience. This resort takes pride in honoring the wellness traditions of the ancient Hawaiian culture. They offer indoor plantation style spa suites and private outdoor treatment rooms. There is no need to worry about staying in shape while you are on vacation. You can purchase a Fitness Class Weekly Pass and receive access to all of their scheduled classes.

Travaasa Hana

Located in Maui is the incredible Travaasa Hana resort. Go stand up paddle boarding, throw net fishing, participate in outdoor yoga and guided meditation. Swim in their spectacular pool with amazing ocean views and make sure you choose your room wisely. They have a variety of cottages, private suites and even your own personal ocean bungalow to choose from.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

This hotel is known for their special packages. Choose from a package including free nights and breakfast, to packages offering resort credits and Manta swim sessions. There is an endless amount of recreational activities– Big Island golf, yoga, fitness classes, spa treatments and tennis, just to name a few. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also has a variety of kids programs including "Critter Crafts" and "Maori Poi Ball Dancing." Bonus: The Beach Club is now offering stand-up paddle boarding.

Fairmont Kea Lani

Located in Maui is the luxurious, over the top Fairmont Kea Lani. It is the only all-suite villa oceanfront resort in Hawaii. It sits on 22 acres of tropical landscape and features the award-winning 9,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa. There is an adult's only pool and two activity pools that are connected by a waterslide. Maintain your fitness in their 24-hour fitness center, take up a new watersport and even participate in their championship golf and tennis nearby. At night, join the resort as it celebrates the end of each day with Hawaiian culture – drink cocktails and listen music.

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

This 15-acre beachfront hotel welcomes you to a host of complimentary luxuries. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort residences include ocean front resorts – your front yard is Makapu beach and your backyard is the Andaz Maui. Treat yourself to a relaxing facial and enjoy their incredible pools. They have five different pools, one of which is open 24-hours. You can rent private cabanas, enjoy spending time with your significant other in the "tranquility" pool and enjoy island inspired food and beverages. Explore their spectacular rainforests, beautiful beaches and incredible scenery. Bonus: Don't forget to visit the pineapple fields and watch the Ulalena show at Lahaina.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

If you are looking for a hotel that combines adventure and relaxation, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is the one for you. Take up a new water sport – go scuba diving and snorkeling. Even participate in land sports – hiking, mountain biking, championship golf and dancing at a Luau. The hotel also features two freshwater pools with a connecting "river pools" and a 1.5-acre saltwater lagoon. When it's time to relax, treat yourself to a spa in the 45,000 square foot Anara Spa, honored as Top Resort On Kauai In Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. Spend time in their 24/7 fitness facility, participate in daily fitness classes and even schedule your own private class with an instructor.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

Reap the benefits of paradise; relax on clean beaches, watch the sunrise over the ocean, take a nap in your cabana, and sip on a cocktail by their beautiful pools. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows won't allow you to gain weight on vacation. They have a state-of-the-art fitness center with a lap pool, fitness classes and personal training options. A reviewer on Trip Advisor said: "The room was beautiful. We had an ocean front room. Loved that the bathroom had two sinks. Concierge was very helpful and we were able to sit down and plan all of our activities. Food was very good. The staff could not be friendlier. We would recommend this hotel and would return." Tip: Stay in one of their luxurious Bungalows – enjoy your own private pool, Jacuzzi and BBQ.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

This resort is perfect for the whole family – especially the little ones. Have fun with the kids in paradise. The Alulani Disney Resort & Spa offers incredible activities for all ages. Participate in family happenings, nighttime entertainment and spa services. Some of the most incredible features this hotel offers are their variety of swimming pools. Some of these include The Waikolohe pool which is an 8,200 sq. foot pool with a tunnel body slide. Take on the rapids in the Waikolohe Stream, relax in one of four of their whirlpool spas and enjoy the view of Ko Olina Beach from Ka Maka Grotto, an infinity edge pool. Also join the resort for Disney Movie Nights and Celebrate Starlit Hui in the evening for a taste of traditional and modern entertainment. Tip: Join the Disney Vacation Club for your own opportunity to own a villa.  

Four Seasons Resort Maui

The largest resort suites, guest rooms and the island's largest hotel bathrooms are all in the Four Seasons Resort Maui. They have a few options to choose from, two of which include the couples and family experience. Couples enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach, a  massage, a midnight stroll on Wailea Beach, and relaxing in a Missoni Cabana. Families appreciate the white sand beaches and water sport activities. Join the "Kids For All Seasons" program and watch your kids as they have fun playing basketball, taking hula lessons and playing traditional Hawaiian games. Also make sure you spend time in the toddler's pool and kid's pool. Bonus: This resort has five Forbes stars and AAA Diamonds. It is also the only resort in Maui that doesn't charge additional resort fees.