The Big Island hotels offer numerous lodging choices for tourists. In general, the most popular hotels are those that are found on or near a beach, as Hawaii in general is a beach enthusiast’s dream destination. The western side of the Big Island is where the best beaches can be found, and it is also home to the island’s top beach hotels. This includes the Kona beach hotels and the beach hotels that are found along the renowned Kohala Coast.
Regardless of their lodging preference, visitors to the Big Island are encouraged to book their accommodations in advance. This can be an especially good idea during the peak Hawaii tourist season, which roughly runs from mid-December through March. The final two weeks of December are the absolute busiest Hawaii travel periods, and the peak season in general is when the Big Island hotels tend to be at their most expensive.
Kona Beach Hotels
The Big Island’s Kona region covers much of the western coast. This coast is drier and sunnier than the other coasts. As such, the Kona beaches are often the ones that Big Island visitors seek. Much of the shoreline is actually rocky lava reef, though there are delightful pockets of golden sand. As for the Kona beach hotels, many of the most popular ones are found in and around the largest regional town of Kailua-Kona. They include the upscale Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu and the impressively overhauled Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. South of Kailua-Kona and the Keauhou area, the Kona beach hotels tend to come in the form of bed and breakfasts, and the southern coastal area in general is known for its tranquil appeal.
Kohala Coast Hotels
Kohala takes up the northwestern portion of the Big Island, and it is a region that arguably boasts the island’s best beaches and beach hotels. Among the top beach hotels in the area are the longstanding Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (pictured above) and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Both offer idyllic locations on the coast, near Mauna Kea and Hapuna Beach, respectively, and the amenities are abundant. Well-heeled travelers who are thinking of heading to the upscale Kohala Coast are also likely to find favor with the luxurious Fairmont Orchid Hawaii. As is true of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, it enjoys a fantastic oceanfront location and offers an impressive array of facilities and activity options. Those who aren’t staying at one of these high-class resorts can always consider dropping by for a visit. The grounds are a joy to take in. All Hawaii beaches are public property, so if nothing else, non-guests might treat themselves to some time on the sand.
Waikoloa Beach Hotels
The Waikoloa area is part of the Kohala Coast, though it often gets looked at as its very own area. Regardless, it can be a great place to focus on when trying to find Big Island beach hotels. It is here where you will find the renowned Hilton Waikoloa Village. An extensive resort, the Hilton Waikoloa is set on 62 oceanfront acres, and guests have access to more facilities than they might know what to do with. The other highly notable hotel that can be found along the Waikoloa coast is the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. This resort sits on stunning Anaehoomalu Bay, and the watersports activities are about as extensive as could be. The upscale guest units and complete facilities also make the Waikoloa Beach Marriott a lodging property to consider.
Hilo Beach Hotels
Hilo is found on the wetter eastern side of the Big Island. As such, it isn’t typically a city that most Big Island visitors have in mind when planning beach vacations. That being said, there are some enticing waterfront hotels in Hilo. They sit on Hilo Bay, and their guests don’t have to go too far to find a good place to swim along the beaches in Hilo. Coconut Island Park with its small beaches doesn’t take long to get to from the Hilo Bay hotels. As for Hilo beach hotel recommendations, the best options are arguably the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and the Hilo Seaside Hotel. These aren’t luxurious retreats, though they are pleasant places to stay and offer very affordable rates.