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Hawaii's Best Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Waikiki Beach

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Winning resort offers easy access to the heart of Honolulu

The Aloha State is home to some of the world’s best hotels and resorts, many of them a destination in their own right. Sprawling swimming pools, beach access, luxe amenities and stellar service are just a few of the perks when you book a room at one of these top accommodations.

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Waikiki Beach
    Honolulu

    This luxury resort overlooking Waikiki Beach features 552 oceanview residences and guest rooms just a 5-minute walk from Honolulu’s Luxury Row. Guests can swim in an eighth-floor infinity pool, relax in a locally-inspired spa or dine at one of three onsite restaurants, including Sushi Sho and Dean & DeLuca.
    Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

  • Halekulani
    Honolulu

    A stay in Honolulu doesn't get much better than at the waterfront Halekulani, a luxury property in Waikiki that enjoys unobstructed views of Diamond Head. Resort guests can practice yoga on the beach, dine by the heated pool or indulge in a treatment at one of Oahu's best spas.
    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

  • Fairmont Orchid
    Big Island

    This luxury resort on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast is surrounded by 32 acres of oceanfront tropical gardens, waterfalls and a white sand beach. Guests enjoy a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront pool, six restaurants, a children’s program, tennis pavilion, fitness center and golf course. The Hui Holokai Beach Club offers cultural programing and ocean activities.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Orchid

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
    Maui

    This 54-acre secluded Maui resort takes its name from a Hawaiian word meaning “arms embracing the sea.” Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua have access to two golf courses, six restaurants, an award-winning Hawaiian spa and a resort shuttle to nearby beaches and attractions.
    Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

  • Fairmont Kea Lani
    Maui

    Home to one of Maui's best spas (and one of Hawaii's best restaurants), Fairmont Kea Lani sits on 22 lush acres of the Wailea coast as the state's only all-suite and villa oceanfront resort. Resort amenities include three swimming pools, a kids club, wellness classes, beach activities and nearby championship golf.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Kea Lani

  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort
    Honolulu

    Guests at The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu receive a lei and cool towel at check-in, free internet access and a complimentary shopping shuttle to several area malls. Other amenities of the 338-room hotel include an oceanfront swimming pool, 800-foot white sand beach, free bicycles to rent and water sports rentals.
    Photo courtesy of The Kahala Hotel & Resort

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
    Oahu

    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, a five-star beach resort on Oahu's western coast, features 371 guest rooms, a Ted Robinson-designed golf course, full-service day spa, Hawaii's only deep-draft marina, tennis center, swimming pools and a beach where guests can go stand-up paddleboarding or take an outrigger canoe ride.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
    Kauai

    The Grand Hyatt Kauai encompasses 50 oceanfront acres between the mountains and the sea. Rooms come equipped with Hawaiian-style lanais, flat-screen TVs, free wifi and comfy plush pillow-top beds, while resort activities include golfing on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. course, unwinding at the open-air spa or experiencing Hawaiian hospitality at an evening luau.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

  • Prince Waikiki
    Honolulu

    Prince Waikiki sits in one of the most vibrant areas of Honolulu, with floor-to-ceiling windows in guest rooms offering stellar views of the Pacific. An infinity pool looks out over the Honolulu harbor. Amenities include a welcome drink, fitness center, nightly turn-down service on request and a complimentary shuttle to Waikiki and the surrounding beaches.
    Photo courtesy of Prince Waikiki

  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
    Oahu

    Sprawled over 21 oceanfront acres on Oahu, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa celebrates Hawaiian heritage in a manner that is truly Disney. The massive Waikolohe Valley pool area includes water slides, a lazy river, interactive play areas and more while the full service spa offers treatments the entire family can enjoy including magical makeovers for kids. The massive kids’ club is complimentary as are a number of other evening activities.
    Photo courtesy of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel in Hawaii are as follows:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Waikiki Beach - Honolulu
  2. Halekulani - Honolulu
  3. Fairmont Orchid - Big Island
  4. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua - Maui
  5. Fairmont Kea Lani - Maui
  6. The Kahala Hotel & Resort - Honolulu
  7. Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina - Oahu
  8. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa - Kauai
  9. Prince Waikiki - Honolulu
  10. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa - Oahu

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels and resorts!

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