Aloha! Looking for an authentic island getaway? Head to Hawaii, where eight islands offer extraordinary scenery, unparalleled culture and top-notch resorts. With kids’ clubs, complimentary amenities and spacious rooms, these are the best Hawaiian resorts for families.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Kauai Beach Resort - Kauai
Kauai Beach Resort
is the epitome of a Hawaii resort. The lushly landscaped property features tropical-themed pools with special water features (and a wading pool just for kids); organized activities, such as lei making and hula dancing; rooms and suites with Playstation and Wi-Fi (fee); and most importantly, direct access to the beach. The resort's central location is a big draw for families, as well, with easy access to Poipu Beach and Kauai's North Shore. It's also located by a grocery store and other shopping for added convenience.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu - Big Island
With seven swimming pools, a kids" club, cultural activities, and more, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka"upulehu
is filled with kid- and family-friendly fun. The resort is located on the Big Island near the Kohala Coast and the guestrooms and suites all come with ocean or pool views, Wi-Fi and DVD players. Kids between 5 and 12 will spend days at the Kids for All Seasons club, while teens take part in pick-up football games, scavenger hunts or hangouts at the teen lounge. King"s Pond is made out of lava rock and offers a unique swimming experience for all ages. Plus, kids can learn to snorkel and swim there. The whole family can come together for ukulele lessons, lei making and family meals at onsite restaurants.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Kauai
Amenities are infinite at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
, and each family member will find something they like. While parents relax at the spa or play a game of golf, kids can head to Camp Hyatt, where they'll enjoy everything from feeding Koi fish to lei making. For a day of family fun, go scuba diving, mountain biking or swimming in one of the hotel's sparkling pools. At night, dance under the stars at a traditional luau. Families like to stay in the Garden View Two Beds room, which features two queen beds fitted with luxurious sheeting over a pillow-top mattress, an extra large marble bath and Portico products. Cribs are also available upon request.
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii - Big Island
Located on 32 acres of sugar-white sand and aqua-colored waters, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
offers a luxurious atmosphere to travelers. Families rave about everything from the friendly service to a myriad of activities. Accommodations are aplenty at this hotel, which houses 540 spacious guestrooms. All rooms have a refrigerator, and cots and compact cribs are available upon request. Guests can dine at five onsite restaurants, ranging from a casual deli to a sushi restaurant. Kids ages 5 and under eat free off the children's menus, while kids ages 6 to 11 eat for half-price off the regular menus. While parents relax, kids can participate in Keiki Aloha, a program for kids ages 5 to 12, or splash in the 10,000-square-foot oceanfront pool.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows - Big Island
If you're looking for an elaborate, yet comfortable vacation on the Big Island, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
is the place to stay. Complimentary activities and facilities include a lap pool, spa, hula lessons, bicycles, snorkeling equipment, ukulele and lei making classes, fish and turtle feeding tours, and a Hawaiian weaving class. Families will also love relaxing under the beach cabanas. Listed at the most affordable price for a luxury guestroom, the Standard Room is a favorite amongst families. All rooms feature a spacious private patio, refrigerator, personal bar and coffee/tea maker.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea - Maui
Nestled on Maui's southwest coast, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
offers the ultimate family vacation, packed with tons of activities for children. Upon arrival, families receive a welcome amenity, child-sized bathrobes, complimentary baby and children's toiletries and children's menus. For kids ages 5 and under, the hotel provides beach and pool toys, in-room baby proofing, Pack n' Plays and a wading pool. Kids under 5 also eat free in Ferraro's and Duo, the two onsite restaurants. For ages 5 to 12, there's a children's pool and a Kids for All Seasons program, which includes activities like Hawaiian bowling, sand sculpting and visits with Rocky and Lucy, the parrot mascots. For ages 12 and up, the hotel offers a canoe program, scuba clinic and seasonal teen programs. The hotel also has three pools, and families will especially like the Waterfall Pool, a free-form lagoon-style pool.
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui - Maui
The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
is Hawaii's only all-suite and villa oceanfront luxury resort. Situated in sunny Wailea, Maui, the hotel offers many value-added benefits to families. One-bedroom suites offer a spacious living space and private patios. If you're traveling with a big group, you might enjoy a villa, which features three bedrooms, a private courtyard with a plunge pool, barbeque grill, private washer and dryer and a full kitchen. Most of the villas include a complimentary luxury class rental car as well. When you're not in your room, take full advantage of all that the island offers, and let the kids join the Keiki Lani program, which focuses on Hawaiian culture. At the end of the day, enjoy a family dinner at one of the resort's four restaurants, including Ko, its signature eatery.
Honua Kai Resort & Spa - Maui
Stepping onto the property of the Honua Kai Resort & Spa
, kids and teens will gawk at the aquatic playground, with its four swimming pools, kids" activity pool, zero-entry sandy beach pool, waterslides and more. Beyond that, families can enjoy the beach, with water sports like snorkeling, boogie boarding and paddle boarding, plus spacious accommodations. The resort will be your family"s home away from home with a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom suite, all with full kitchens, laundry units, DVD players and free Wi-Fi. Onsite dining for all meals can be enjoyed at one of the two onsite restaurants, Duke"s Beach House or Ã¢â‚¬ËœAina Gourmet, the latter of which serves on-the-go items that are perfect for families who are busy having fun.
Napili Kai Beach Resort - Maui
Unlike many of the resorts in Hawaii, Napili Kai Beach Resort
does not charge a resort fee, which helps families save. The Maui resort also offers a plethora of complimentary amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, free beach gear, and a free kids" program. The Keiki Club is great for kids ages 6 to 11 and is offered during the busiest seasons of the year, with activities like Ping-Pong, lei-making and other cultural activities. Napili Kai also offers free dining for children 12 and under when with a paying adult. While the resort has so much for the younger ones, parents will also be able to relax and have fun with activities and events just for them, such as the weekly Mai Tai parties and the Monday night Putting Parties, where drinks are just 50 cents each.
Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club - Oahu
Book your stay on the beach in Oahu at Marriott"s Ko Olina Beach Club
. The resort will be your family"s second home, with accommodations that come with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, full kitchens, laundry rooms and free Wi-Fi. Activities at the resort include three pools, with one that has a waterslide just for kids, as well as beach activities, water sports and a kids" club. The Kamaaina Kids Club provides both half- and full-day programs centered on Hawaiian culture. Dig into family meals at one of the four onsite restaurants or make the trip to Honolulu for other options -- it"s only 30 minutes from the resort. Whatever you do, though, don"t miss the weekly Fia Fia Polynesian Dinner Show, which features dancing, music and fun for all.