Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki

As a prime vacation destination, Waikiki has a plethora of luxury hotels and resorts to choose from. You’ll find some hotels cater best to families and large groups, others to the business traveler, and still more to those seeking a truly luxurious, full-service stay. Read on for the highlights of each.

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.

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.

Four Seasons Manele Bay golf course on the cliffs of Lana‘i's shore.

Recommended Hotels on Lana‘i

While Lana‘i is home to two of the most luxurious resorts in the state where you will absolutely feel pampered and relaxed, there is a more affordable—and historic—option for those visiting the island with a budget in mind.

The Trapp Lager Brewery is a recent addition to the Trapp Family Lodge.

Stowe, VT, and the Trapp Family Lodge

Despite Stowe’s popularity, the resort has eschewed the modern trend of building up the base lodge with condos and restaurants, preferring to work with independent businesses in the community instead. For that reason, Stowe still feels like a real community that happens to have a ski resort, rather than the other way around. Moon guides have the info you need when planning a trip to Stowe, VT.

Silhouette of a statue of shiva with the ocean visible outside the window.

Esalen: An Advanced California Experience

The Esalen Institute is known throughout California as the home of Esalen massage technique, a forerunner and cutting-edge player in ecological living, and a space to retreat from the world and build a new and better sense of self. Visitors journey from all over the state and beyond to sink into the haven that’s sometimes called “The New Age Harvard.”