Must-Stay Hotels In Hawaii

The Surfjack Hotel + Swim Club

First up, this super trendy boutique hotel has us wishing it was time for our next stay-cation. Located in Waikiki, The Surfjack encompasses a mid-century aesthetic that takes you back in time. During your stay at The Surfjack, you can relax by their totally Instagrammable pool, dine at Mahina & Sun's, and shop at their perfectly curated boutique, Olive & Oliver.

Guest Room at the Surfjack Hotel
Pool from overhead with tiling that reads "Wish You Were Here!
Mahina & Sun's restaurant at The Surfjack

"We think true Hawaiian hospitality is about treating your guests like they were part of your ohana...To create The Surfjack, we wanted to pay homage to the true soul of Waikiki, not the prefabricated version peddled to the masses."

The Laylow, Autograph Collection

Also located on Waikiki, The Laylow is another trendy, boutique hotel that can definitely make your next Hawaiian vacation a blissful and relaxing experience. In between beach trips, hikes, and exploring Honolulu, you can lay low at The Laylow *pun intended.* At The Hideout, you can eat, have some cocktails, and have a cup of coffee any time of the day in a relaxing, lanai setting. Did I mention they're pet friendly, too? Sold.
Poolside tacos and drinks
Woman jumping on bed while a man plays a ukulele
Woman laying out by the pool

"Where mid century modern style meets present-day Hawaiian charm."

Kalani Honua

For those looking for more than just a trendy place to stay, the Kalani Honua is the largest retreat on The Big Island. It's a non-profit wellness center dedicated to "presenting nature, culture, and wellness within sustainable, educational programs that honor Hawaii's native and diverse heritage." It's the perfect place to detox and relax! All rooms are technology-free with weather that's so perfect that you don't need air conditioning or heaters. At the retreat you can participate in yoga, hula, or meditation classes, get a hot stone massage, and take advantage of the team of therapists for a wellness treatment. If you really want to get the full experience, the Kalani Experience Package includes a 6-night stay, unlimited classes, meals, wellness treatments, and access to special events. We're already feeling relaxed.
Women practicing yoga
Group meditating outside under a rainbow
Women practicing yoga in the morning

"Kalani co-creates a dynamic environment where all can thrive. We aim to be a living model for a healthy and vibrant planet."

The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian may be the oldest hotel, but that doesn't mean it's any less trendy. Known as the "Pink Palace of the Pacific" the hotel is an Instagrammer's heaven with its vintage style and Millennial Pink vibe. Also located on Waikiki Beach, the hotel has cabanas for guests to lounge in, panoramic views from their rooms, a full-service spa and salon, a private beach area, and more! For am even more luxurious stay, you can stay at the Mailani Tower. Here, your experience is personalized and you'll be treated like royalty.
The Royal Hawaiian poolside cabanas
The Royal Hawaiian main tower
Couple looking out on the The Royal Hawaiian

"Built in 1927, the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, ushered in a new era of luxurious resort travel to Hawaii."

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

Located on The Big Island, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is an Eco-friendly hotel-- they actually were named one of the world's Top Luxury Eco-Friendly Beach Destinations by Conde Nast Traveler! They offer both relaxing guest rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean and bungalows for a more private stay. Bungalows may cost more than a room, but trust us, it's worth it. On top of the luxurious accommodations, Mauna Lani Bay helps save turtles! In honor of Turtle Independence Day, they raise young sea turtles in the hotel ponds and release full-grown turtles back into the wild every July 4th. If you plan on staying there in that time frame, you can actually attend the celebration!
Overhead view of Mauna Lai Hotel pool
Woman wearing grass skirt, dancing by the sea
Close up of sea turtle

"With a focus on sustainable actions and green living, our Eco resort emphasizes the importance of environmental preservation on the beautiful islands of Hawaii."