By Susan Johnston
Few places in the world offer as much variety and unspoiled natural beauty as Hawaii’s Big Island. Here you can snorkel or surf on the beach, take a helicopter tour above active volcanoes, and actually see snow atop Mauna Kea, which houses the world’s largest observatory, all without leaving the island. Here are three Hawaii hotels for your next vacation.
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa
Designed with a laidback Hawaiian charm and luxurious details, this oceanfront resort includes a 3,200-square foot spa, a 200-foot lava slide, two spa tubs, and much more. Guests appreciate its breathtaking views, friendly staff, and close proximity to golf courses and other recreational activities.
Hilton Waikoloa Village
This tropical playground for travelers of all ages offers upscale accommodations and plenty of activities, including tennis courts, swimming and snorkeling at an ocean-fed lagoon, and Dolphin Quest, an in-water interactive visit with dolphins. As if that weren’t enough to keep you busy, guests can also take a free shuttle to Anaehoomalu Bay, home to one of South Kohala’s best beaches.
King Kamehamehas Kona Beach Hotel
The former residence of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha now serves as a 460-room oceanfront hotel. Spacious rooms and spectacular ocean views make guests feel like royalty. The hotel is also convenient to many of the island’s popular luaus and shows and offers several dining options right on the property. Sunsets are accompanied by live music to set the mood.
Insider tip: While average temps on the Big Island hover around seventy degrees most of the year, be sure to pack warm clothes if you plan to visit Mauna Kea. Some tour companies provide winter coats for that destination, but you definitely won’t want to be without one.
Susan Johnston is a freelance writer outside Boston. Much as she loves New England, she hopes to return to the Big Island in the near future.