Best Family Resorts in Hawaii
If you want to plan a family reunion, why not head to Hawaii? This beautiful island paradise offers endless outdoor experiences, stunning resorts, and delicious food. No matter where you choose to stay, your multigenerational group is sure to love it. These are the best family resorts in Hawaii to consider for your trip.
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What are the best family resorts in Hawaii?
Best Places to Stay in Maui for families
Part of the Waldorf Astoria family of hotels, you can expect luxury on the grandest scale at Grand Wailea. There are so many things to do within the hotel that you may not find time to leave. Kids can have ukulele lessons and wilderness survival classes, while parents and grandparents take tours of the hotel’s art and gardens, head to the spa, or go for a round of golf. Everyone can enjoy the resort’s weekly luau and don’t forget to book a complimentary session with the resort’s photographer.
Grand Wailea has a handful of restaurants on site, serving a variety of cuisine. Sadly, several restaurants have closed due to COVID restrictions including the wonderfully named Humuhumunukunukuapua. This restaurant might be worth waiting for, as it’s several huts on stilts in shallow seawater. Be sure to check the website to see if this will be open for your trip.
Some of the suites at Grand Wailea can sleep up to six people, making it a great option for parents, grandparents and two kids, or large families. Rooms come with garden or panoramic ocean views. An ocean view is always a favorite because the hotel’s location perfectly combines water with the scenic landscape!
Located in a slightly remote part of Maui called “Heavenly Hana”, you’ll find small beaches and nature at its finest. If you don’t love driving winding roads to get to the hotel you can arrange an airport transfer by small plane (I said it’s remote!). If you do drive, don’t miss these tips for driving the Road to Hana.
The activity schedule at Travaasa Hana is packed with things to do, and its location means you beat tour crowds to the beautiful attractions. You can likely find things for youngsters to do, but this hotel would be more appreciated by older children and teens.
Hawaiian spear throwing, coconut husking and throw net fishing are some of the most unique experiences I’ve come across! There’s also lei making, ukulele lessons, smoothie, cocktail, and cooking classes. If you want to explore beyond the property, guests can try horseback riding, snorkeling, and even paddle boarding.
Each type of room has its unique qualities. Waikoloa Family Suites can accommodate up to six guests with a full kitchen and dining area. Garden View Suites have indoor and outdoor seating areas as well as a wet bar. Rooms do not have air conditioning, but they do have ceiling fans, so you can sleep with the doors open at night and listen to the waves.
There’s only one restaurant and bar at the hotel, which offers great food and views of the ocean and stunning landscape. However, it’s the food trucks that need a mention here. Just around the corner, you can eat your way around the world by food truck in Hana!
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The Westin Maui Resort and Spa Ka’anapali
There’s plenty to do at the Westin Kaanapali and it’s a great choice for families as there is a day and evening kids program. At Westin Kids Club, children can learn about the Hawaiian culture through song, dance and crafts. At night, kids can go on a wildlife scavenger hunt or everyone can enjoy the Wailele Lu’au, an authentic Polynesian luau!
The resort boasts a “pool playground” covering over 87,000 square feet. There’s a family pool with two connecting pools. Kids will love the swim through waterfalls connecting each one. If your group loves water slides, you’re in luck, because the Westin has two water slides for all day fun.
Rooms in the Ocean Tower come with views of the gardens or ocean. Families of four can fit in one room, but if you are looking for a place to stay in Maui with a large family, you will need to book multiple rooms. Larger suites are available, but only sleep 3.
Dining options are currently limited, but the Hale Mo’olelo bar has several handcrafted drinks which are tied to a moolelo (or story) about Maui. They are each paired with delicious local cuisine.
Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
If you’re looking for a luxury family hotel in Hawaii, Four Seasons Maui is the place to be. With complimentary classes (including lei making and hula lessons), golf courses, and a beautiful beach, all ages will love the resort. Allow their concierge service to put the most amazing itinerary together for a vacation you won’t forget.
From picnics around the island and dinners on the beach, there are lots of experiences that are exclusive to the hotel too. Kids can even take part in the Four Seasons Maui academy and learn about the Hawaiian culture, which some schools accept as extra credit.
As you can expect the rooms are beautiful and exactly what you’d expect from such a prestigious brand. There are a variety of rooms, offering garden and ocean views from their balconies. A large two bedroom suite can accommodate up to six adults if everyone wants to share a room.
Kids will want to spend time in the Kids for All Seasons camp, and while they’re busy, adults can head off to the spa or adults only pool.
There are seven places to eat at the hotel including Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s AAA Four Diamond Restaurant. If you would prefer to enjoy a picnic on the beach, you can order one to be delivered to you too!
Montage Kapalua Bay
Montage Kapalua Bay is one of the best Hawaiian family resorts. Together, guests young and old can take part in Montage Merits activities and earn badges. If you complete all twelve, you get a larger Humuhumunukunukuapua’a pin to take home! This is great for families because not only will you create memories, you’ll bring home a souvenir of your amazing adventures!
If the kids want some time away from the adults, the Montage’s Paintbox program runs activities during the day and evening. From crafts and games to rock pool exploring and dinner parties, kids will have plenty to be entertained while parents and grandparents go wine tasting or visit the spa.
Accommodation is residency style, so you can have a home away from home. Residences have one to four bedrooms, full gourmet kitchens, and separate living and dining rooms. Some residences have ADA accessibility features, so everyone can feel at home here.
Two restaurants are available on property. The Hideaway offers tasty local foods, while Cane and Canoe has the freshest seafood and top-quality meats. If you’re gathering for a big family get together or special occasion, the Cliff House is a private venue sat on the edge of a small cliff giving a stunning backdrop to any Hawaii family reunion.
Best resorts in Oahu for families
One of Hawaii’s best resorts for multigenerational travel is Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, where there’s plenty for everyone to do. A Disney hotel may at first look like it’s catered to the kids, but there’s an adult only area, golf course, and plenty to do as a family and in separate groups.
There’s a protected white sand beach with stunning views, a lazy river and water park, and even an on-site reef for snorkeling. Of course there are Disney character experiences and excellent evening entertainment including stargazing and Hawaiian storytelling.
Accommodation wise there’s room for any combination of guests. If you’re a group as big as 12 and want to stay together, the three-bedroom grand villa with an ocean view is a great option. There are smaller villas, studios and rooms if you want to break up your group for privacy.
As you would expect from Disney, there are plenty of dining options. The Aulani restaurants cover everything from table service to a buffet. There are bars, restaurants, snack shacks and even a shave ice bar.
Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club
Ko Olina Beach Club is a great place for a Hawaii multigenerational vacation. The resort is located in a gated community right next to Aulani and it is well situated for exploring Oahu with kids. Ko Olina is a timeshare property, but you don’t need to own one to stay here.
If you’re an outdoors type of family, there’s hiking, biking, horseback riding, sailing, and more nearby. If you would rather stay and enjoy the resort, there’s several pools, the beach, shopping, and a spa.
There are guest rooms and villas with one to three bedrooms. Villas come with full kitchens, separate living and dining rooms, and balconies for taking in the view. The largest villa can sleep 8 people.
Ko Olina has several restaurants, but check to see which are open. Cuisines include Italian and American food, and there’s a marketplace and pool bar. Don’t miss the popular weekly Fia Fia Polynesian dinner show.
If you’re looking for a Hawaii resort for a family reunion, the Sheraton Waikiki might be the perfect choice. Just nine miles from the airport, the Sheraton is close to everything. Everyone can enjoy the local shops, bars, beaches, and the famous Diamond Head crater.
The hotel offers fun family activities such as ukulele sessions, hula dancing, and lei making classes. Poppins Day Care offers child care from ages 3 months to 12 years so parents can take a break and visit the spa, beach, or fitness center. There’s also a kids program through Poppins that needs to be booked in advance for children between the ages of 2.5 and 12.
As the hotel is a high-rise you are likely to get a fantastic view of the ocean or the surrounding area. Families can choose their view when making room choices. Standard rooms sleep up to four and the Ohana two bedroom suite can sleep up to six.
The hotel’s location means you are spoiled for choice when it comes to food. Not only can you venture into the city, but you can also dine at any of the sister hotels and charge it to your room.
That being said, the RumFire bar at the Sheraton has fantastic views and exciting dishes and drinks. Its fire torch decor matched with a backdrop of the ocean and Diamond Head might make it your regular dining spot.
Where to Stay on the Big Island of Hawai’i
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
This hotel is Hawaii’s only member of the Historic Hotels of America. Mauna Kea opened in 1965 and perfectly combines its history, Hawaiian culture, and modern luxuries.
The hotel’s family-friendly programs and activities make it one of Hawaii’s best resorts for multigenerational travel. There are tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, a kids club (ages 5-12), bocce ball, and cultural activities. Explore the island by bike or hike, try stargazing and night time manta ray watching, or hang out at the beach. Families will love how many activities there are for all ages.
Their Mauna Kea Hawaiian Lū’au has been voted the best luau on the Big Island, so don’t miss it. Traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment gives you a great insight into the island’s culture.
The hotel offers rooms that face the golf course or the ocean, and families can ask for connecting rooms. Suites are available and can sleep up to 5.
Best Family Resorts in Kauai
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Located near the beautiful white beaches of Poipu on Kauai’s south shore, Grand Hyatt Kauai is a stunning destination for family trips to Hawaii. Families will love the property’s easy access to Kauai’s natural wonders and adventure activities.
The property features multi-level swimming pools, a lazy river, waterfalls, a water slide, and a man-made saltwater lagoon. Kids can spend time at Camp Hyatt and try hula lessons or palm frond weaving. Adults will love access to the Poipu Bay Golf course next door, Anara spa, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau. Check before your trip to see which amenities are available.
Rooms at the Grand Hyatt have views of the gardens, mountains, or ocean, so choose a favorite. Standard rooms can be connected for families or you might prefer to stay in one of the suites that can sleep larger groups. If anyone in your party has accessibility issues, call the hotel to find the best room for your group as rooms can be a long walk from the lobby and/or pool.
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