Category Archives: Where to Stay

Using Google Maps for vacations in Hawaii (and beyond)

Does anyone else remember the days when you had to study a map and write down directions? Then, if you traveled on your own, you’d have to try to read those directions as you were trying to drive. That was stressful. Navigation applications have made that process so much easier! Google Maps is our favorite application to use for trip ... Read More »

Where to stay if you want to see Pearl Harbor

With its rich history, Pearl Harbor tops many visitor’s list of places to see on their Hawaii vacation. That was definitely the case for us when we first visited Hawaii and it’s a common priority I hear from our readers. Often times, people refer to Pearl Harbor in a very general sense, but there are multiple attractions in this famous ... Read More »

How to choose the best Hawaii hotel, condo or villa

After you’ve chosen which Hawaiian island(s) you want to visit, one of the next major decisions is choosing where to stay. Though the selection process can be daunting, if you follow our tips, it will make the process easier. In this guide, we’ll primarily focus on hotels, however many of the same factors to consider for a hotel also apply ... Read More »

Detailed review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

On the sunny south shore of Kauai, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa reigns as the area’s top luxury hotel. Situated on 50 beautifully-landscaped, oceanfront acres, this resort has really embraced their sense of place on the island with the moniker the garden isle. As we walked around the resort, there were so many tropical flowers, trees and shrubs that ... Read More »

Photos, video and review of the Villas at Poipu Kai, Kauai

On our recent trip to Kauai, we enjoyed a four-night stay at the Villas at Poipu Kai within the Poipu Beach Resort on the south side of Kauai. As you can see from this Google Map, the resort is a short five-ish minute walk to the beach. With architecture that honors the former sugar cane plantation days the Villas at Poipu ... Read More »

All-inclusive resorts in Hawaii

We’ve recently had an uptick in people asking for recommendations for all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii. “Can you recommend an all-inclusive hotel on <insert Hawaiian island>?” — is the typical question. The answer is that Hawaii doesn’t have true all-inclusive resorts like many resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. The closest resort to having an all-inclusive package is Travaasa Hana on ... Read More »

Hawaii hotels with adults-only pools

If you are planning a romantic Hawaii honeymoon, couples trip or a peaceful solo trip, you may want to consider staying at a resort that offers a dedicated adults-only pool area in addition to other pools for all ages. Generally speaking these pools will offer a serene setting. We’ve created the following list of Hawaii hotels with pools designated for adults ... Read More »

Relaxing, spacious stay at Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui

When I think back on our January stay at Fairmont Kea Lani, I think of relaxation. This resort gives you space to breath, reflect and enjoy. Location The Fairmont Kea Lani is perched on a bit of an oceanfront hill of the south end of posh Wailea in sunny South Maui. This location is convenient for sight-seeing all across Maui. ... Read More »

Where are the best accommodations and places to stay for family vacations in Hawaii?

The Hawaiian Islands are a fantastic place to take family vacation with many beautiful beaches, cultural activities and adventures to enjoy. As many people are turning their thoughts to the annual family vacation, we wanted to provide some suggestions for the best places in Hawaii for families to stay. Our first recommendation for families is to find accommodations that have ... Read More »

Timeless Luxury at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

When we stepped into the lobby of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we immediately sensed the history of this elegant, fifty-year old resort. There’s something about it that’s both nostalgic and timeless. If walls could talk, we would have loved to strike up a conversation, or as they say in Hawaii “talk story”,  with the walls of Mauna Kea Beach ... Read More »

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