10 Best Big Island Hotels for a Luxury Stay

The definition of luxury hotels on the Big Island is a bit different than that of those on islands like Oahu. Luxury hotels on the Big Island are unique. Rather than huge five star resorts, luxury accommodations on the Big Island usually offer a unique blend of nature, elegant environments, and beautiful views. Most properties offer hot tubs, spa treatments, and beautiful decor. Escape to a hidden jungle getaway, or book a private estate with a waterfall over the ocean to experience luxe life on the Big Island.

So if you're in search of the top ten luxury accommodations on the Big Island, look no further because here at 10 best we have you covered. We've compiled the best hotels for you to spend a day or weeks in seventh heaven. Whether its mom or dad or one of the kids, everyone can find luxury through our top ten list.

Along the gorgeous jungle laden Hamakua Coast is the Luxurious Waterfall & Pool Resort Hakalau. Nestled in a lush jungle that harbors its own waterfall and natural swimming pool, this getaway is a perfect blend of luxury and nature. For another unique place to stay with a waterfall, The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls Hilo is home to a natural pool and rooms decorated in art brought back from the owner's travels. Down along the Puna Coast, Kalani Oceanside Retreat offers an array of rooms. Nearby beaches, and an on site pool and sauna make Kalani a relaxing getaway.


Hilo's most classic hotel, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel manages to offer the most upscale accommodations in Hilo, but for a large hotel it's still without resort like bells and whistles. There's a pool which can be wonderful on those hot and humid Hilo days. There's an on site restaurant and gift shop, but the best shopping and eating in Hilo is just a short drive away, and they're worth it. You can walk to beautiful attractions like Liliuokalani Gardens and Coconut Island to swim. The Hilo Hawaiian, although clean and renovated, still maintains a feel of Hawaii from the 1970s.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Resting above Hilo Bay, this hotel is the largest and nicest in Hilo.

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Nestled along the beautiful Puna Coast surrounded by lush jungle, Kalani Oceanside Resort is a unique and alternative resort. Private bungalows as well as a vast camp ground offer overnight accommodations, and a communal kitchen and restaurant offer on site dinging option. There's a good sized pool, a hot tub and sauna, or you have the option of swimming at a nearby black sand beach. The gift shop sells locally made crafts and arts, as well as souvenirs and snacks. Communal sports like volleyball happen throughout the week, and there's a venue for dance gatherings as well as classes and workshops.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Kalani is a unique place that you won't forget, and offers a range of beautiful accommodations along the ocean.

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Found on top of an ocean cliff on the Big Island, Honomu, the Palms Cliff House Inn offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. The Akaka Falls State Park and the Kolekohe Beach Park are only two miles from the area. Private lanais and complete modern amenities are set in each guestroom. Cable television with DVD players and a dial up internet access are included in every room along with private bathrooms and in room safes. Yoga and massages are available upon request. The Palms Cliff House Inn offers a lovely tropical set up along with a lush garden of banana plants and macadamia nut trees. An outdoor spa tub is set between the beautiful gardens with a lava rock path leading the way to the relaxing activity.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This picturesque B&B is located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast and is a unique alternative to hotels.

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The Hilltop Legacy at the highest spot in town that allows you to look down on beautiful Hilo Bay. At this bed and breakfast you can enjoy the privacy of the peaceful Hilltop Retreat, a pair of over one hundred years old Banzai trees, koi pond, and the legendary Legacy Stone. From here it's just a short walk down through the historical Haili street where you will find museums, grocery stores and shops. As a bed and breakfast property, the front desk hours will vary guests should contact the property to find out more information. To contact the property, use the number on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Hilltop Legacy is centrally located in Hilo and offers ocean views from the modern building.

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Halana Lodge is a unique property with five bedrooms. Lodge offers a large living room, complete kitchen, family room, covered lanai, laundry room and dining room that can seat 20. All rooms are located on one floor. The lodge rents individual rooms, but it is ideal for conferences, retreats, seminars, family gatherings and weddings. Five miles from Volcanoes National Park, there are two different viewing areas to watch the Volcano and lava flow. Halana Lodge is just four miles from Volcano Village, where there's a small amount of quaint and great restaurants and art galleries. The property is 30 acres and features a large lawn, fruit orchard and a fern forest for hiking.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Nestled in the lush forest of the Volcano area, Halana Lodge is a beautiful and affordable stay in the coolest climate on the island.

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The Chalet Kilauea Collection offers affordable Volcano, Hawaii accommodations. An eco-friendly alternative to the mainstream Hawai'i hotel and resorts, it's nestled in the rainforest and features five upscale, uniquely-themed rooms including private bathrooms. The property's amenities include a garden gazebo, a koi pond and a 6 person hot tub. Suites include the Africa Room, which is deal for parties of one to two people. The Continental Suite offers inspiring European ambiance and vintage decorations and a private alcove overlooking gardens. The Treehouse Suite features include a King bed, stylish wall-mount LCD flat screen TV, and a private lanai that overlooks the rain forest's ancient tree ferns. The Garden Room is curiously unique and eclectically structured and features a beautiful lanai that looks over a taro patch surrounded by rainforest flora. The Hapu`u Forest Bungalow is adjacent to the main inn and amenities via a short, private trail. The Jade Room is dcorated with Asian art and memorabilia and is perched above our landscaped rainforest gardens and koi pond.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Nestled in the rainforest with luxe amenities including a hot tub, the chalet is one of the most magical places on the Big Island.

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Located along the lush Kamaili Road, otherwise known as the Opihikao area in Puna, Plumeria Hill Bed & Breakfast is a private estate offering privacy, beauty, and peace. Children 13 years of age and older are welcome, and there's a selection of elegant suites to choose from. Located just a few minutes from swimming spots including lava rock tide pools, the Champagne Pond, and a natural, geothermally heated swimming pool, Plumeria Hill brings guests close to the best of Puna. The Victorian Rose King suite is filled with a matching handcarved French bedroom set, including a grand armoire, with white marble crowning the dresser and bedside stands from the late 1800s. The bed is King-Size. The Ocean Blue Twin suite has a gorgeous matching antique twin bedroom set, including desk and dressers from the 1920s. The Malie Single bedroom has a sliding door to the upper lanai to access the ocean view.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Plumeria Hill offers private accommodations located in the most beautiful part of the eastern side of the Big Island.

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The oceanfront property is located on the shores of Hilo Bay. There are 317 renovated guestrooms and eight ocean front suites featuring original artwork by local artists, new furniture, spacious marble tile bath, refrigerator, 32-inch flat TV, free internet access, free parking, coffee marker and hairdryer. As the gateway to adventure, Naniloa Volcanoes Resort provides the perfect base for visitors to explore the many natural wonders in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and East Hawaii. The Resort offers golf, dining and entertainment, wedding, and banquet and conference facilities. Located on Banyan Drive, the Naniloa is a short walk to attractions like Liliuokalani Gardens and Coconut Island.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hilo Hawaiian is one of the nicest hotels in Hilo and overlooks Hilo Bay.

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Just 10 minutes from Hilo, once you arrive at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls you'll feel far from the town. There's a waterfall and natural pool in the backyard, that you can swim in if you sign a waver, and it's a must do. The owners travel all over the world and the inn is decorated with art from the far east. The rooms are more simple and hotel like, but they're clean and nice. They don't offer meals, but there is a main refrigerator where guests can store food to make their own meals. This place is romantic and beautiful.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Luxury blended with nature is what guests will be enchanted by at the inn.

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The Luxurious Waterfall and Pool Resort Hakalau is located in the neighborhood of Hakalau. The Hilo Airport is the nearest airport in going to the hotel. Other nearby landmarks includes the World Botanical Gardens, the Akaka Falls and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. All rooms come with balconies to provide a good view of the ocean or the pool outside the hotel. LCD Televisions with satellite channels plus DVD players create a good entertainment for all the guests. A full size refrigerator plus a complete kitchen and bathroom are also available. A private waterfall is set within the vicinity along with an outdoor pool and barbecue grill for guests to feel at home and relaxed.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The name says it all, and luxury and natural beauty near a waterfall is what makes this property so lovely.

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