Hawaii is known for its beautiful scenery, enchanting weather, and variety of options for travelers, whether it is activities, dining, or lodgings. It is easy to change your mind about the activities in which you would like to participate, or the type of food you would like to enjoy, but changing lodging options is not as easy, so it is important to pick the Hawaii resort (or hotel) that best fits your needs and wants before heading out to the Islands. There are a few types of resorts which 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 Lodge at Koele, by Four Seasons. But it will depend on your personal taste as well as the way you would like to spend your time in Hawaii, as to which Hawaii resort will be the right fit for you.
Waikoloa Beach Marriot Resort & Spa on the Big Island
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 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, do try to look for a hotel that is family friendly, but is also not too far from trails which are suitable for hiking when you have children with you.
Westin Maui Resort & Spa
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 for Hawaiian hotels is 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 not limited, whether you are looking to spend your time in opulent luxury or simply enjoy nature and 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 Koele. This resort offers the best of everything including dining, spas, a golf course with a majestic setting, and many other amenities for those seeking romance, luxury and comfort.
Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele
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 selection of hotels and resorts which are offered through pandaonline.com provide a list large enough to have something for even the most discriminating traveler. When looking for a hotel or resort, please keep in mind all or some of the following (depending on what is important to you):
Cost: Pick a price-range with which you are comfortable and narrow down your selection. Do 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 extra in your budget to do things you really want. For example, if you are not a golfer, then you can eliminate the properties that have a private course (which is of course reflected in the price).
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 in which I am looking to partake?”, “Does the hotel offer the amenities that are important to me?”, “Is it in a central location so I can enjoy the local scene without having to rent a car?”. These are just some examples to get you started on the right track. If you have questions, we are always a phone call away.
Amenities & Activities: Hotels and resorts in Hawaii come in many varieties, some provide basic lodging and others will have the a-z of your vacation taken care of and you may not even need to step off the resort, so make sure to figure out what you want to do on your vacation and 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 activities and a variety of restaurants so you don’t need to venture off too far to do what you enjoy.
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 which are located near tourist destination will either offer complementary tours or have a relationship with the tour operator which will not only make it easier to book the tour but will most likely be advantageously 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+ years of experience to help travelers plan memorable vacations.