Where to Stay on The Big Island
As the largest island in the state (4,000 square miles and still growing), Hawaii Island has been aptly nicknamed the Big Island. It’s also known as the land of fire and ice, boasting diverse terrains that includes arid lava desert, lush rain forest, rare dryland forest and snow-capped mountains. It’s the only place on the planet where you can trek across the world’s largest active volcano, climb to a snowy peak and end the day with a swim in the ocean. The slopes of Hualalai shelter some of the world’s best coffee farms, while the ranches and farms in upcountry Waimea raise cattle and grow a cornucopia of fresh produce; delicious papaya and other tropical fruits come from the verdant Hilo side of the island, where abundant rain also creates abundant waterfalls.
Foodies can enjoy our well-researched lists of where to eat, including where to find the best sunset dining, et the best shave ice, sushi, burgers and breakfast, as well as other favorite picks created by island experts. Looking for the best activities? Check out our constantly evolving lists of the best ways to experience Hawaii Island’s natural and cultural wonders, including helicopter tours, scenic hikes, entertaining luaus, and snorkel tours. Of course, you’ll need a place to stay. We’ve also sifted through the many options to find the island’s best lodgings, including top choices for a romantic getaway for two, a family vacation or a group gathering, as well as the best luxury and good-value hotels and condos.
Best Oceanfront Hotels on Big Island
Here are the best hotels right on the best beaches, all on the Big Island’s Kona (west) side, heading north to south.
Best Luxury Hotels on Big Island
Most luxury accommodations on the island of Hawai‘i Island are still in South Kohala or North Kona, here are our favorites.
Best Family Hotels on Big Island
Best Group Getaway Hotels on Big Island
Whether you’re planning a family reunion, milestone birthday, bachelorette party or work off-site, we’ve done the homework.
Best Hotels with Spas on Big Island
If you want to relax and rejuvenate on your Hawaii vacation, there’s nothing better than a visit to one of its top spas. Here are out picks!
Best Romantic Hotels on Big Island
Here are our favorites romantic hotels, from north to south along the Kohala and Kona coasts.
Best Vetted Value Hotels on Big Island
These hotels on Hawai‘i Island may not offer the absolute cheapest rates, but they provide excellent bang for your buck!