Need a Staycation? Unwind at one of these Hawai‘i’ properties that we think you'll love.
Whether Waikiki is far from home or just around the corner, ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach makes the perfect escape from the moment you enter the airy lobby. A 280,000-gallon, two-story oceanarium shows off the best in native Hawaiian species, with impressive private cabanas, a saltwater infinity pool, pool bar and kids offerings just beyond. Named in honor of Queen Liliuokalani, whose beachside home Ke‘alohilani once stood where the property is now, ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach was created in her spirit—that is, the resort gives back in every way possible. Whether by donating to local nonprofits such as Susan G. Komen Hawaii or Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to helping with the growth of native Hawaiian trees like koa, milo and sandalwood, you can feel good about indulging at ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. And that’s before dining at two restaurants that are under the tutelage of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. 2490 Kalakaua Ave., alohilaniresort.com
Hawaiians have known that wellness is a way of life for decades, and Sensei Lāna‘i, a Four Seasons Resort, aims to bring that to visitors and locals alike through its Sensei Guided Experience. Personalized itineraries are created after private wellness consultations and include spa treatments (ask for the thermal body mapping technology to help truly pinpoint issues), fitness classes, cultural and personal enrichment activities and more. Whether resetting your wellness or just unwinding, Sensei Lāna’i has a choose-your-own-wellness adventure completely customized for you. For those who want to carve their own path, there are room-only options as well, but why would you, when this 96-room resort has everything one could want, including a Nobu outpost? Did we mention airfare is included round trip from Honolulu on Lāna’i Air for all guests? It truly doesn’t get any more luxurious than to invest in yourself. 1 Keomoku Highway, fourseasons.com/sensei
At the northwest tip of Maui is Kapalua Bay, famous the world over for its beautiful vistas and pristine beaches. Fifty residence-style one- to four-bedroom suites make Montage Kapalua Bay an ideal place to gather the family safely and in style. With a full gourmet kitchen, laundry facilities, separate living and dining rooms and more, it’s a home away from home—with the ocean beckoning outside your door. Amenities abound, such as sound baths, snorkeling excursions and lessons with Montage Kapalua Bay’s resident cultural ambassador. An added 2020 perk to quell anxieties: Montage International is offering a Peace of Mind program, where all guests receive a complimentary monthlong membership to One Medical, including 24/7 virtual care. With easy access to surrounding attractions such as Lahaina, Paia, Makawao and Haleakalā National Forest, one of the United States’ national parks, it’s situated for the best of everything Maui has to offer. And if you want to stay longer, be sure to check out Montage Residences Kapalua Bay (montageresidenceskapaluabay.com), where resort-style living can be yours year-round. 1Bay Drive, Lahaina, montagehotels.com/kapaluabay
At Mauna Kea Resort (maunakearesort.com), there’s truly something for everyone thanks to options such as Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (maunakeabeachhotel.com), The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort (westinhapunabeach.com) and Mauna Kea Residences (maunakearesidences.com). It’s a choose-your-own amenities-filled adventure. At Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (one of the Historic Hotels of America), you can relax at the white sandy beaches of Kauna‘oa Bay, swim with manta rays, play golf on Hawai‘i Island’s first golf course and more. Over at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, a renovated retreat awaits, with four restaurants, an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, the Hapuna Spa, a 6,800-square-foot free-form pool and adult infinity pool and more. Mauna Kea Residences offers up luxury two- to seven-bedroom suites, townhomes and private estates, with everything needed from state-of-the-art home integration to a chef’s kitchen. If you fall in love, you can stay even longer by purchasing a move-in-ready property or site at Mauna Kea Realty (maunakearealty.com) and a membership to The Club at Mauna Kea Resort, where you can enjoy hotel amenities year-round. Mauna Kea Resort is devoted to sustainability as envisioned by original developer and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller. Learn more about these efforts, which include on-property apiaries, farm-to-table efforts, energy and water conservation, and community efforts, while visiting.