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Hawaii Vacations

The Four Seasons Hualalai

Kailua-Kona

The Four Seasons Hualalai is the ultimate Big Island luxury retreat, a resort consisting of a series of secluded bungalows that manages to feel intimate. Well-appointed rooms and suites feature Polynesian-style decor, ocean views and bamboo canopy beds. Some even boast private outdoor showers. The resort's Jack Nicklaus golf course has lush green fairways nestled into black lava with ocean and island views that threaten to distract even the most avid golfers from their game. Spend your days unwinding in an oceanfront hammock, or take advantage of the resort's many activities including 5 pools, a Hawaiian history and cultural center, scuba lessons and Hawaiian outrigger canoe rides.

Wes tin Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Kohala Coast

The Westin Mauna Kea Beach resort is vintage Hawaii and the first of its kind on the Koh ala Coast when it was built 1965 by Laurance S. Rockefeller. Remodeled guest rooms are spacious retreats, each with a private lanai, swanky bedding, L 'Occitane amenities and high-tech touches like flat-screen TVs and media hubs. Outside, lush vegetation -- Kauna'oa is also the name of the vine that grows on the bay's shoreline -- and with meticulous landscaping create a lavish backdrop to this paradise. Relax in a cabana overlooking the white sands at Kauna' oa Beach, play a round of golf, head to the weekly luau or clambake on the beach, or learn some traditional Hawaiian crafts like making leis or lauhala weaving.

Kona Village Resort

Kailua-Kona

With a collection of private bungalows, Kon a Village offers an escape from the modern world, without doing away with the luxuries you'd expect from a trip to paradise. There are no en suite telephones, TVs or radios, and guests stay in individual, thatched-roof cottages strewn across 82 acres of seaside property. Of course, you will never be far from the modern world and all of its diversions; pools, restaurants, bars, tennis, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball, glass-bottom boat rides, whale-watching and outrigger canoe tours are all available. Located about 15 miles south of Kauna'oa Bay, this resort also offers access to black-sand and white-sand beaches located nearby.

Sheraton Kauai Resort

Poipu Beach

Situated on Poipu Beach, the Sheraton Kauai Resort is a family-friendly dream set on 20 lush acres with multiple restaurants and activities galore including tennis, horseback-riding, endless beach fun and access to golf. Each of the hotel's 2 pools has an adjacent children's pool. And the Keiki Aloha Club offers entertainment activities for children ages 5 to 12; while Mom and Dad are swinging away on the ninth hole, the kids will be learning how to make leis, hearing Hawaiian legends, painting or drawing to their hearts' content. Best of all, when the clan reunites later in the day, they're just steps from family-friendly Poipu Beach.

The Royal Hawaiian

Waikiki

Rising above the beach in sunny Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian is a local icon thanks to its palatial grandeur and cheery signature bright pink hue. When the Pink Palace was built in 1927, it was the hottest and most luxurious resort in Hawaii. This tradition of luxury continues today with well-appointed rooms and suites and first-rate service. During the day, relax on the beach at

Waikiki or take a dip in the saltwater plunge pool or slide down the 70-foot-long waterslide at the Helumoa Playground pool complex. Come sunset, indulge in a seafood feast at Azure Restaurant, and enjoy a signature cocktail at the Mai Tai Bar.

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