TOP 10 HAWAII
1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
at Historic Ka’upulehu
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui
3. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
4. (tie) Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
4. (tie) Grand Wailea, Maui
6. (tie) Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
6. (tie) JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, Oahu
8. The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai
9. Halekulani, Oahu
10. The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina
A new renovation in the 35,000-square-foot spa at Oahu’s JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina carved out a “Ho’onanea,” or private suite, for groups of friends or primping bridal parties where the inevitable chatter won’t disturb other guests. Indulge in the Hawaiian pampering prescription: a ginger sugar scrub, ti leaf wrap, and lomi lomi massage.
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Visit the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea during one of its expert-led “Unforgettable Events,” including windsurfing camp with top competitors, cycling camp with lead racers, and tennis camp with pros like Lindsay Davenport and Tom Gullikson.
Meet a Monk
Though endangered, Hawaiian monk seals are known to haul up on the beach in the front of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, host to new weekly beachfront chats on the animals given by preservationists.
Two Hours in Paradise
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The food-truck trend hits the pool deck with the new mai-tai cart at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Mixologists will come to your chaise with all the rum and garnishes to make you a tall one to order.
Meanwhile, staffers will take the kids on kitchen garden tours, allowing them to pick their own herbs and veggies to put into their own pizza rolled out in the hotel kitchen.
In terms of food-mile calculations, import-dependent Hawaii has it tough. But the Big Island’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is getting as local as possible at its new restaurant ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge. It throws a weekly farm-to-table dinner beachside each Saturday. It highlights local kampachi sashimi and opakapaka nigiri. And it shakes up the 100-mile Kona Kaffir cocktail, a rum sour highball made entirely from ingredients sourced within 100 miles of the bar.