Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.

Oaxaca's Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua spreads for about 20 miles of open-ocean beach shoreline and islet-studded jungly lagoons midway between Pinotepa Nacional and Puerto Escondido.

Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua in Oaxaca, Mexico

The Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua spreads for about 20 miles of open-ocean beach shoreline and islet-studded jungly lagoons. With so much ground to explore, it usually takes a full day and must be done by boat. Here are available excursions, highlights, and accommodations.

Shallow turquoise water of Hierve El Agua.

Hierve el Agua: Mexico’s Mineral Springs

Although the name of this place translates as boiling water, the springs that seep from the side of a limestone mountain less than an hour’s drive east of Mitla aren’t hot. Loaded with minerals, over time rock-hard deposits formed great algae-painted slabs in level spots and, on steep slopes, accumulated into what appear to be grand frozen waterfalls.

The lush, green landscape of Hanalei.

Condos and Vacation Rentals in Hanalei for $200 and Up

For gorgeous, spacious luxury, Hanalei excels. Here, resorts and rental homes are large, sprawling affairs focused on the pure enjoyment of your surroundings, making them the perfect escape. You’ll also find all the conveniences of home and more in your immediate area.

The Ko‘olau Mountains in Kailua.

O‘ahu’s Windward Coast B&Bs and Resort Hotel

On the southeast shore you’ll find the only resort in this region, while Kailua boasts an array of bed-and-breakfast accommodations. All are great options for escaping from the Waikiki scene to one of the prettiest white sand beaches on the island.

Three separate multistory buildings of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa face the water; one faces inland for mountain views.

Kona Accommodations $150 and Up

In Kona you’ll find two resorts that offer a range of amenities. Both are fairly luxurious, full-service resorts, with very little need to venture off the grounds if sun, sand, and relaxation are your goals.

Where to find a vacation rental or condo in Hanalei.

Vacation Rentals and Condos in Hanalei Under $200

If you’re looking for simple, comfortable accommodations in Hanalei, you’ll do well with either of the options here. Two offer fully-equipped kitchens, all three have great locations, and depending on your need for privacy, you can stay tucked away from Hanalei’s bustle or right in the middle of it.

Bermuda's South Shore in Warwick Parish

Where to Stay in Bermuda for Under $200 a Night

The constant demand for more affordable places to stay in Bermuda is increasingly being met by local residents who are renting out rooms, attached apartments, separate cottages, or transforming their homes into B&Bs. These are perfect for visitors who seek something more private or unusual than a standard hotel.

A king-sized antique bed in a brightly lit room.

Places to Stay in Honolulu

Though it’s the biggest metropolis in the middle of the Pacific, there aren’t many places to stay in Honolulu. There are a few hotels to choose from—mostly at the airport but there are a couple in Ala Moana—and a historic bed-and-breakfast or a budget YMCA/YWCA option.