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Do you want to travel to Hawaii but are you feeling overwhelmed with deciding on a hotel? The good news is that regardless of the island you choose – whether it’s Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island – there are several hotels to choose from. To make the decision even easier, here’s a breakdown with eight of the best family resorts in Hawaii!
Hawaii is a great destination for families, so it is not a surprise that there are several resorts that are family friendly. However, the list can be narrowed down considerably by comparing what each hotel has to offer, especially for the youngest family members. From kids clubs, to rooms that cater to large families, to elaborate pools, lazy rivers, slides and beach activities and nighttime entertainment, here are eight of the best family hotels in Hawaii!
1. Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
The Aulani is located on the island of Oahu, but it’s a destination all on its own. The biggest draw is Aunty’s Beach House, which is primarily for children 3 years old and older who are potty trained. Children can learn to make space goo with Stich, hang loose with Chip and Dale in Surf’s Up, and learn all about ocean life. For those who are more adventurous, there’s also a separate area for snorkeling. And if the beach isn’t enough, there is also a lazy river, several pools, an elaborate splash pad, and fun slides for children and adults.
2. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is located on the island of Kauai. Children that are from 3 to 12 years old can participate in Camp Hyatt activities, like designing leis, fashioning shell bracelets, and making volcanos. Families can spend the day floating down a lazy river that has plenty of shade, or renting a kayak and paddling away in the saltwater lagoon. The fun doesn’t stop once the sun sets, though – evening entertainment consists of a luau on certain nights, which is convenient for families that are staying on-site.
3. Honua Kai Resort and Spa
The Honua Kai Resort and Spa is located in Maui, on Kaanapali North Beach. The beach area itself is beautiful, but there are also plenty of family friendly things to do outside of the beach. For example, there are several pools, including a kid friendly pool with a sandy beach area, and a fun waterslide. For younger children, there’s a splash pad area. Accommodations are also very family friendly – all suites come with a kitchen (including a refrigerator, a microwave, and a dishwasher) as well as a washer and dryer, all of which are extremely convenient when you are traveling with younger children. If guests don’t want to eat inside their room, they can grab a bite to each at Duke’s Beach House.
4. Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is also located in Maui. There are several play areas for children, including a pool area that includes a very cool pirate ship with a slide. The Westin also has a kids club for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, called the Westin Family Kids Club, where children can participate in activities like making leis and learning about more about Hawaiian culture. There are also several outdoor activities for older children to participate in, such as snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding. Like the Honua Kai Resort and Spa, the accommodations are also family friendly. All rooms include a refrigerator and a dishwasher.
5. Fairmont Orchid
The Fairmont Orchid is located in Kona, on the Big Island. The Fairmont also has a kids program for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, called the Keiki Aloha Children’s Program. Water activities at the Fairmont include paddling in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, and stand up paddle boarding. Those who like to get up close and personal with marine life can also go snorkeling while the beach area consists of a lagoon with calm water. There is also a pool for the guests who would prefer to avoid saltwater.
6. Grand Wailea, Waldorf Astoria Resort
The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is located in Maui. It has an extensive water playground, beginning with nine pools. It also includes a lazy river, several slides, caves, a water elevator, and the fishpipe. Children can also participate in organized activities through Camp Adventures, which is available for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Activities are also available at the beach for older children and adults with snorkeling, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.
7. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located on the Big Island. Children are welcomed upon arrival – with chocolate chips cookies and milk, and a child sized bathrobe. There are also plenty of outdoor activities available for children. Some of the activities include participation in Hawaiian arts and crafts and learning to make a flower lei. The Four Seasons also has an organized kids club called Kids For All Seasons, which is for children that are between the ages of 5 to 12 years old. There are also several things to do for teens: playing games (board games and video games) and an entertainment center. Toddlers also have the opportunity to become involved with Toddler Times, which is for children younger than 5 years old.
8. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is for the families who like to stay at the center of activity on Waikiki Beach, which not only includes the beach itself, but several upscale stores, and restaurants. Camp Penguin Kids’ Club is for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Children can participate in activities like learning to make leis, and storytelling. They can also participate in activities outside of the resort, such as visiting the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. Evening entertainment includes outdoor movie nights and the Waikiki Starlight Hawaiian Luau.