10 Best Big Island resorts offer luxe and unique experiences

The Big Island is home to a broad spectrum of resorts that make homes high up in the cool climate of Volcano Village down to the sunny coast of Kailua-Kona. Accommodation on the Big Island vary greatly in style and type. Large resorts are reserved for the Kona Coast, while along the Hamakua and far inland vacation rentals and cabins are the only option. In Hilo mid-sized resorts dot the edges of Hilo Bay, offering panoramic views of the volcano and coastline.

The gigh class resorts along the Kona Coast offer luxurious amenities for complete unwinding, and some of these resorts offer all inclusive packages which include everything from food to entertainment. Over in lush Hilo, Naniloa Volcanos Resort is a beautiful place to stay, to relax and enjoy the peaceful lifestyle of the east side of the island. Next door is the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, another oceanfront mid-sized resort that offers basic comforts and an ideal location.

Down along the Puna Coast lies a truly unique resort, Kalani Oceanside Retreat. Nestled in the jungle and surrounded by miles of undeveloped land, Kalani is a custom resort with separate cabins, activities, a pool and a sauna. It's not far from attractions like geothermal heated ponds and views of the lava.

When visiting the Big Island, try to see as much of the island as you can, by staying in resorts in different parts of the island. Look no further than our list of the ten best Big Island resorts.

The Palms Cliff House Inn
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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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



The Hilo Seaside Hotel is one of the top two affordable hotels in Hilo. It's clean, simple and modest with a traditional Hawaiian theme. There's no frills, but for a budget hotel it's pretty beautiful as it's located right on the water in Hilo...  Read More



Uncle Billy's is an "old school" hotel located right on the water in Hilo Bay. Uncle Billy's is modest with a Hawaiian decor throughout the hotel. There's a pool on site, along with a restaurant and gift shop. There's no frills, but it's clean,...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade