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Hawaii Resort Vacations


Hawaii is known for its beautiful scenery, enchanting weather and variety of accommodations options for travelers. It is easy to change your mind about the activities you would like to participate in or the type of food you would like to enjoy. But making a decision on lodging options is typically not as easy; so it is important to pick the right Hawaii resort (or hotel) that best fits your needs. There are a number of resorts that you should keep in mind when researching your Hawaiian vacation lodging options.

Luxury Hawaiian Resorts

Hawaiian luxury resorts come in a variety of sizes, from the mega resorts on the big Island such as the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa to the more intimate ones like the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Kohala Coast. But it will depend on your personal tastes and how you plan to spend your time in Hawaii that will ultimately determine the best Hawaii resort for you.

Family Friendly Hawaii Resorts

Before we talk about family friendly resorts in Hawaii, let’s make it clear that Hawaii resorts are generally family-friendly, so you don’t have to pick between luxury and family-friendliness, you can most probably have both. Of course, some resorts do offer a bit more when it comes to activities and entertainment for younger guests. Some of the resorts will have kid’s clubs or water parks specifically catering to children. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is a great example of the fantastic options for vacationers with families. Do consider the availability of child-friendly activities outside the resort as well. For example, if you are looking to do nature walks, try to look for a hotel that is not only family friendly, but is also close to trails suitable for children.

Romantic Hawaii Resorts

Hawaii resorts and vacations are known to be some of the most romantic in the world. Hawaii’s lush flora and the exquisite settings of many Hawaiian hotels are nothing short of breathtaking. Many honeymooners and those seeing a romantic getaway will have Hawaii at the top of their list of destinations. In Hawaii, the options are virtually unlimited, whether you are looking to spend your time in opulent luxury or to simply enjoy nature and the outdoors, you will find a Hawaii hotel that can accommodate your desires.

Lanai is a favorite destination for couples, newlyweds or those looking to rekindle the romance in a long-term relationship or marriage. And one of the reasons why Lanai is a top destination for romantics is the Four Seasons Resort at Ko’ele. This resort offers fine dining, spas, a challenging golf course with a majestic setting and many other amenities for those seeking romance, luxury and comfort.

How to Choose the Right Hawaii Resort

The lodging choice has the potential to make or break a vacation, so it is important to make an effort to select the resort that is the right fit for what you are looking to get out of your Hawaii vacation. Getting a good price on your Hawaii vacation package is also important and that is where Panda Travel ® comes in.

The hotels and resorts offered through our Panda ® Online website provide a selection wide and diverse enough even for the most discriminating traveler. When looking for a hotel or resort, please keep in mind all or some of the following:

  • Cost: Pick a price-range with which you are comfortable and narrow down your selection. Keep in mind that sometimes in order to get exactly what you want you will have to be flexible with your budget, but don’t go overboard. At the same time, there are opportunities to save money on hotels; so you can have something extra for activities you really want to do. For example, if you are not a golfer, then you can eliminate the hotels that have also have a golf course, the costs of which are often factored into the room rate.

  • Location: What you are looking to get out of your vacation in Hawaii should be a big part of how you decide on a hotel or resort. Some of the questions you should ask are:  is the hotel near the activities I’m interested in; does it offer the amenities important to me; it in a location where I can see and do things without having to rent a car? These are just some examples to get you started on the right track. If you have questions that somehow can’t be answered on our website, we are always just a phone call away.

  • Amenities and Activities: Hotels and resorts in Hawaii come in many varieties, some provide basic lodging while others will have almost everything you’ll need and want on your vacation; so make sure what you need in advance relative to the limits of your budget, then pick the hotel or resort that is right for you.

Advantages of Staying at a Resort

If you are considering a resort vacation, but are not sure if it is the right fit for you, here are some of the advantages that resorts offer that may just tip the scales in their favor when you are making your final decision.

  • Activities: Resorts offer the convenience of having a variety of activities, restaurants and services readily available at your disposal.

  • Services: The list of services offered by resorts are much more comprehensive compared to those that a standard hotel will provide.

  • Entertainment: Resorts will usually offer, not only activities and dining options, but also entertainment for both children and adults.

  • Worry-Free: Once you arrive at the resort (usually by a complementary airport transportation), you don’t really have to leave the resort to enjoy your stay. Resorts are designed to provide everything guests may want to make their stay an enjoyable one. Even if they don’t offer the activity you are looking for on-site, a concierge can most likely help arrange it for you.

  • Excursions: Resorts located near tourist destinations will either offer complementary tours or have relationships with tour operators. This will not only make it easier to book the tour, but will often make it more competitively priced.

If you are still unsure about how to plan your trip to Hawaii, please give us a call and we’ll be glad to help. We love putting our 30-plus years of experience to help travelers plan memorable vacations.

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