Should You Look For An All-Inclusive Hawaii Vacation?

Dinner at Travaasa Hana

If your tropical vacations normally take you to the Caribbean or Mexico, you probably stay in an all-inclusive resort. So, when you start to look at Hawaii as your next tropical destination, you may wonder where you find the all-inclusive resorts. You might be surprised to learn that Hawaii doesn’t have many all-inclusives.

Hawaii’s all-inclusive resorts are:

  • Travaasa Hana is located in a remote area of Maui. This rustic luxury resort includes high end activities and spa treatments as well as meals for Sea Cottage guests. (Travaasa Hana also provides guest rooms that are not all-inclusive.)
  • Kona Village Resort is located on Hawaii’s Big Island. Unfortunately, this resort was significantly damaged by the March 2011 tsunami. The resort hopes/plans to reopen, possibly in 2013. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this Polynesian resort can reopen.
  • Occasionally, a resort will offer all-inclusive packages. For example, Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island currently offers an all-inclusive stay.  These packages are rare.

In my opinion, I really like that Hawaii doesn’t offer many all-inclusive resorts and packages. Why would I want to be confined to one resort’s dining and activities when there’s a plethora of great restaurants and activities offered throughout each island? I have lists of restaurants and activites I want to try on each island, even though I’ve been to Hawaii dozens of times.

In general, at an all-inclusive, you’re a captive audience, so the resort doesn’t really feel the need to impress.With some all-inclusive resorts we’ve experienced in the Caribbean and Mexico, the quality of food and service is okay. My last all-inclusive stay in Mexico gave me a two-week long  digestive issue – not a desirable souvenir.  In comparison, our many a la carte (self-catering) Hawaii vacations have provided food, beverage, service and activity experiences that were excellent. If they hadn’t been great experiences, I wouldn’t have been inspired to write this blog.

In the Caribbean and Mexico, some all-inclusive resorts provide a barrier of safety. In many areas, you need that protection. In contrast, Hawaii is very safe to explore. I don’t think twice about hopping in the rental car to explore scenery, pop into a local restaurant, stop at a roadside stand, etc.

In summary, Hawaii doesn’t have many all-inclusives because they’re really not needed. Hawaii is a very safe destination, which makes it easy and so much fun to get out of your resort and onto an adventure.


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3 comments

  1. Going to Maui July this year – getting married at secret cove – staying two weeks – restaurant suggestions greatly appreciated – going to zipline but haven’t decided which one – any feedback – road to Hana – any must see mile markers? Looking for lies at reasonable prices for wedding ceremony – all suggestions for anything Maui!!!

  2. That’s a great point about all-inclusives often being located in places that might not be safe to venture out for dinner.

    Hawaii is so safe and has so many great restaurants–to fit all budgets–it would be a shame to only eat at the hotel.

    One thing I liked about the Travaasa Hana was that the meal plan included a local restaurant so you didn’t have to stay with just the onsite one.

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