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Featured Journeys: Hawaiian Islands

Introducing Featured Journeys from Five Star Alliance. Each month we're pulling together a luxurious multi-destination itinerary to discover. First up, the Hawaiian Islands. Offering a plethora of landscapes, scenery, and activities, the U.S.A.'s 50th state has much to be discovered.

Oahu
Maui
The Big Island

Oahu

We recommend starting your journey on the island of Oahu, home of the Honolulu International Airport with nonstop flights arriving daily from around the world. Explore the cosmopolitan city, walk along Waikiki Beach, hike atop Leahi (Diamond Head), and visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. To experience a laid back surf town, take about a one-hour drive to Haleiwa, on the island's North Shore, where visitors can experience the island's history, dine in restaurants set within former plantation buildings, browse charming art galleries, and shop surfing boutiques. For kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, and bodyboarding, head to Kailua Beach Park on the Windward Coast. Known for white sand and turquoise water, it's an ideal spot for exploring. Nearby Kailua Town offers a range of restaurants, including Island Snow, serving shave ice treats and frequented by the Obama family. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Oahu Hotels:

The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian

Since opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian Resort has provided guests with a luxurious Hawaiian setting, along the shore of Waikiki Beach. Learn to surf, experience a luau, or watch the sunset while sipping a tropical drink at the Mai Tai Bar. 

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Completely renovated in 2016, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is set on a private beach with a four-level Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre providing Hawaiian-inspired treatments. Plus, the Ko Olina Golf Club, outrigger canoeing, and sport fishing.

Halekulani

Halekulani Pool

Situated along Waikiki Beach, the Halekulani has an iconic, mosaic-bottomed freshwater pool with ocean views. Along with the award-winning, five-star rated Le Mer Restaurant serving French cuisine infused with tropical ingredients in a romantic setting. 

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Maui

Next, hop a flight to the island of Maui. Referred to as the "Valley Isle," Maui offers a taste of the island's locally sourced cuisine, artist communities, and charming towns. The island is also known for whale watching, and it is located withing the Hawaiian Islands Humpack Whale National Marine Sanctuary. From January to April, Lahaina Harbor offers a wide range of whale watching tours, along with historic attractions from the whaling village's past. For a historical and botanical experience, head to the Iao Valley State Park to see the monument where Kamehameha defeated the Maui army in 1790, and walk the Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop to learn about the flora that Hawaiians brought to the island. For scenic views, Haleakala National Park is home to the island's highest peak, and Kaanapali Beach offers signature Hawaiian sunsets. Don't forget to travel the road to Hana for breathtaking and panoramic scenery. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Maui Hotels:

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

Fresh off a massive renovation, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea provides a beachfront setting with a range of activities including tennis fantasy camps, photography tours, Kona Coffee helicopter tours, culinary experiences at Hana Ranch, and whale watch photo excursions. 

Montage Kapalua Bay

Bathroom at the Montage Kapalua Bay

Featuring a multi-tiered lagoon pool and island-inspired cuisine, the Montage Kapalua Bay is located on 24-acres of oceanfront property in Lahaina. The all-suite property has accommodations with private lanais, luxe bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Infinity pools at Andaz Maui at Wailea

LEED-certified, the Andaz Maui at Wailea is a contemporary beach resort set along a 1.2-mile-long stretch of land along Mokapu Beach. The apothecary-style Awili Spa incorporates locally sourced and destination-inspired ingredients, plus there are three infinity pools, kayak tours, hula, and ukelele lessons. 

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The Big Island

Finally, travel to Hawaii Island. Known as the "Big Island," it is the largest of the islands and is constantly growing due to magma flows. It offers the most diverse climate of all the islands with snow-capped mountains, black-sand beaches, uplands, and rainforests. Begin by flying into Kona International Airport where you can discover the Kona coffee plantations, historic Kailua Village, and the resorts along the Kohala Coast. Take a day to head south of Kona to the sacred Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, then onto the Punaluu Black Sand Beach.  Make sure to allow an entire day to explore Volcanoes National Park, a world heritage site with the Kilauea volcano, lava tubes, and deserts. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Big Island Hotels:

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai Kona

Providing authentic Hawaiian luxury, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features accommodations set within two-story bungalows. There are three restaurants, seven swimming pools, kids' club, Jack Nicklaus' signature Hualalai Golf Course, outdoor movie nights, tennis programs, sunrise meditation, and PiYo classes. 

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Fairmont Royal Orchid

Along the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is set amongst 32 acres of tropical foliage. Offering the Spa Without Wallas, tennis, and an oceanfront swimming pool, guests have access to a variety of activities, including hiking to petroglyph fields, lei making, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and outrigger canoe paddling in the open ocean. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village Pool

Spread throughout 62 acres of oceanfront property, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is a destination resort with Polynesian and Asian Artwork. Guests can stroll flagstone pathways, or be transported via air conditioned trams. The on-site Dolphin Quest provides an opportunity to swim with dolphins, and the Legends of Hawaii Luau features traditional island cuisine with hula and fire dancers.

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Ko Restaurant at Fairmont Kea Lani Resort was voted 2013 Maui Restaurant of the Year. Executive Chef Tylun Pang leads the culinary masterpiece of Kō restaurant in Wailea, the only fine dining restaurant on Maui to offer cuisine inspired by Hawaii's sugarcane plantation era. Ko features island family recipes and includes farm-fresh Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese menu items.

Keiki (Children) five and under eat free at Kō through the Keiki Dining Program.

Fairmont Kea Lani

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Bathrooms in all residences at Montage Kapalua Bay are equipped with thoughtful amenities, such as plush Turkish cotton robes, our exclusive line of Antica Farmacista bath products and separate zone temperature controls. And Bathrooms do have dual vanities.

Montage Kapalu Bay

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Lumeria Maui’s dining experience  is a loving journey from Farm to Table. The Chef uses the freshest and finest quality seasonal ingredients, harvested from the garden and from other local farms.

Dine on the inner courtyard lanai, overlooking the tropical and edible gardens, or enjoy a sunset view of the West Maui Mountains on the covered back terrace. For special occasions, the sunken garden terrace is available for dining under the stars.

Lumeria Maui

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At Hotel Wailea Maui, guests can stretch out in a spacious poolside cabana, sip cocktails, and soak up the sun.

Hotel Wailea Maui

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Lumeria Maui is a stunning six-acre property on the North shore of Maui comprised of five historic lodge-style buildings connected by a continuous, covered lanai (porch). Featuring 24 individually appointed guest rooms and suites with ocean, island and mountain views. The historic building is surrounded by indigenous tropical and edible organic gardens, stunning communal areas and meditation gardens, and a saltwater pool and Jacuzzi.

Lumeria Maui 

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Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Hawaii What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Your family's ultimate Hawaii getaway begins at the Grand Wailea Resort, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award 14 consecutive years. Feel the sands of Wailea Beach between your toes. Unwind in the whirlpools of Spa Grande. Indulge in the cuisine of Alan Wong's Amasia. There's no shortage of unique activities to explore at the Grand Wailea.

Surrounded by the rising slopes of Haleakala and the expansive azure blue of the Pacific Ocean, the design of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort captivates and delights the senses. Enjoy the lush, Polynesian beauty of an elegant Maui hideaway, providing an incomparable destination for relaxation and playful adventure.

Grand WaileaFor Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Deluxe Ocean View 2 Queen connects Deluxe Ocean View. There is an additional per night fee to guarantee connecting rooms. Deluxe Ocean view rooms offer the best views in the Grand Wailea. Located on the upper floors of the Haleakala, Wailea and Molokini wings, these luxury accommodations provide ocean views from your lanai, perfect for enjoying Maui’s memorable sunsets. With beautiful ocean views, King bed or two Queen beds. Appointed with feather duvets and pillows and with spacious with a private lanai that is perfect for enjoying brilliant Maui sunsets.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Wailea Beach VillasVacations are all about relaxation, and what better way to relax than to treat yourself to a nice relaxing massage to start your vacation? If you are a spa buff and looking to vacation in the beautiful islands of Hawaii, why not stay at Wailea Beach Villas? The property is perfectly located in the serene and beautiful island of Maui. Their 10,000 square-foot Mandara Spa offers ocean-view treatment rooms, an oceanfront cabana for massages, and a full-service salon.

The Mandara experience began on the spiritual island of Bali, inspired by the beautiful tradition of healing touches which are so deeply entwined within the culture. These time-honored therapies, combined with European methods and natural elements indigenous to Bali, meld together to provide the most unique and pampering spa treatments. Grand Wailea Villas

Mandara Spa's services include several 60 to 90 minute massage packages for you to indulge in. The different massages are each rooted in the Hawaiian culture,  traditional massages available with sacred healing techniques that were practiced for hundreds of years. There are hot lava stone massages as well. The stones were collected from Maui’s beaches. Oils and fragrances also reflect the Hawaiian culture. The massage services provided at Wailea Beach Villas seem to be a one way ticket to rest and relaxation-ville.

 

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These ultra-luxurious Penthouse suites and villas at Wailea Beach Villas are generously sized up to 3,100 square feet and feature a great room with an open floor plan comprising a living room, dining area and gourmet kitchen, complete with an embellished coffee bar. A private lanai with Viking barbecue grill is perfect for entertaining.

Wailea Beach Villas

 

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Andaz maui at Wailea


Andaz Maui at Wailea is the newest luxury hotel on the block. The LEED certified resort is accepting reservations starting September 15, 2013. The 15-acre resort will have 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxury 2-4 bedroom residential villas. 

 Guest of Andaz Maui at Wailea will appreciate a host of services, from upscale spa services to a diverse array of experiential tours that celebrate Maui’s equally diverse culture.  Andaz Maui at Wailea's  LEED-certified status means that the resort has been enhanced with eco-friendly, green-minded amenities.

 

Exclusive Maui Resort Services include:

 

                                                    

Andaz Maui at Wailea

-Private access to Mokapu Beach

-4 outdoor infinity pools and separate adult pool

-2 poolside bars and lounges

-2 acclaimed full-service restaurants

-Full-service, eco-friendly spa with apothecary retail store

-Exclusive Wailea golf privileges

-Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access

-15,000 square feet of residential-style meeting and event facilities

-Experiential tours and activity desk

-Fitness center

Just minutes from Wailea’s most acclaimed golf courses, restaurants and shops, resort guests will experience their own slice of island life.

 

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