Imagine: you’re savoring a frozen cocktail and watching the waves crash on the shore, your skin turning the perfect shade of bronze. Ah yes, even daydreaming about Hawaii seems like a vacation. So when it comes time to plan an actual trip to Hawaii, you owe it to your fantasy to make it as memorable as possible. Here are four luxury hotels that’ll do just that.
St Regis Princeville Resort – Kauai
Say aloha to the St. Regis Princeville, which recently became famous thanks to its role in the 2011 film “The Descendents.” Overlooking Hanalei Bay, this Kauai resort is fit for a king and features unparalleled service, jaw-dropping views and an infinity pool that’ll make you want to drop everything and start a new life. From its posh rooms, outfitted with the very best amenities, to its mélange of restaurants and lounges, guests clearly live a privileged life while at the St. Regis, and whether you enjoy adventure sports like surfing or scuba diving or simply prefer to rejuvenate at the spa, there’s certainly something for everyone. After all, when it comes to luxury, one size fits all.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – Big Island
It’s hard to walk into the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and not feel like an A-lister. The sophisticated decor, fine dining and attentive staff all contribute to an air of exclusivity that lands this hotel on all of the travel hot lists, year after year. Having received a $150-million facelift in 2008, the Mauna Kea has even more to show off these days, including its 258 guest rooms, each channeling that coveted island glamor. Guests will enjoy plush linens, L’Occitane bath products, spacious bathtubs and lanais – perfect for soaking in the views. Just steps away from the hotel, you’ll find the pristine sand of Kauna‘oa Beach, often lauded as one of Hawaii’s best, and plenty of ways to unwind, whether it be napping in a hammock, surfing, sipping a drink by the pool or checking out Manta Ray Point. Just remember: no matter how tempted you might be to stay, at some point you’ll have to pack up and head home…
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