Luxury Holidays to Hawaii

Aloha and welcome to Hawaii, the most isolated population centre on Earth, a mere 2,390 miles from the coast of California and some 3,850 miles from Japan. As you can imagine, this is a place that takes a while to reach, but boy is it worth the effort.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Hawaiian flag still features the union flag in a reminder that Captain James Cook was the first European to set foot here before his ignominious end. We're pleased to say that the locals are friendlier to Brits nowadays.
  • The islands are mother nature's playground - there are volcanoes, rainforests, mountains, deserts and sun drenched beaches - all within a few miles of each other.
  • The average temperature in Hawaii ranges between 25 - 29 degrees year round. Who doesn't love eternal summer?
  • It is completely unlike the other 49 states.

Tailor Made Trips to Hawaii: the Detail

We're seeing a huge increase in interest for all things American, and this extends to the 50th State, way out west in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Despite this remote location, Hawaii is still the easiest part of the South Pacific to reach, and there is plenty of indigenous culture to enjoy alongside the creature comforts that mainland Americans do so well.

A luxury holiday on the islands also dovetails beautifully with either California or the west coast of Canada to provide perfect combinations or an ideal multi-stop honeymoon.

And so to the islands themselves, the remnants of massive volcanoes that burst from the ocean floor millions of years ago, and which are still growing strong. Seven of the eight main islands are inhabited, and because they are so easy to get between, we would highly recommend combining two or more on any trip, because they all have something different to offer.

MAUI

If we had to choose one island for a luxury Hawaiian holiday (don't do it!), it would most likely be Maui, home to 80 beautiful beaches and beginner friendly surfing conditions; a snorkeller's paradise in the vast submerged Molokini crater; wonderful trekking and riding country and the famously dramatic switchbacks of the Road to Hana. Take the ferry across to neighbouring Lana'i and the trip often also doubles as a whale watching trip.

LANA'I

Lana'i itself goes by the nickname of 'Hawaii's most enticing island', which might explain why billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle fame splashed a cool $300 million on buying 98% of it. The island's main draws are a wonderfully laid back vibe (the speed limit on the island's traffic light free 30 miles of roads is 30 mph) and the chance to swim with spinner dolphins in beautiful Manele Bay.

KAUAI

Next stop Kauai, the so-called 'Garden Island' that doubled as Jurassic Park in the movie and which is also home to Waimea Canyon. The American obsession with branding everything in sight means that sure enough this too has a strapline - 'the Grand Canyon of the Pacific' but branding or otherwise, Waimea, at 3,000ft deep is mighty impressive.

HONOLULU ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU

The observant among you might have noticed we haven't yet mentioned Honolulu. Well, it's on the island of Oahu and the only proper city in the islands, with a lively nightlife and great (and very American) shopping and also home to Pearl Harbour for history buffs to explore.

HAWAI'I

Finally, the big one - Hawai'i island itself, which is nearly twice as big as all the other islands combined. This is the place to see searingly hot molten lava and the vividly coloured volcanic sand beaches that show the massive geological forces still at work in the islands. Horses or helicopters are a great way to explore the bizarre lunar landscapes.

As you can see, there's plenty on offer on a luxury holiday in Hawaii and if (like us, if we're completely honest) you have preconceptions of a destination that long since sold its South Pacific soul to Americana, think again.


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Original Highlight

A helicopter tour is the best way to see Kauai - it's the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and is famous for providing the location for Jurassic Park. Much of the beautiful Na’apali Coast is otherwise inaccessible!

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A note on price

Return flights to Hawaii will set you back north of £1,000 per person, and for a two week stay in good quality accommodation, you should budget from £3,500 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Flight from London

19:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -11 hrs


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The pool bar at Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Hawaii

This Four Seasons Resort is located in the white-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast.

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The balcony at Koa Kea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Koa Kea

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Koa Kea on the lush tropical island of Kauai is a smaller set up than the ubiquitous Four Seasons resorts we recommend on other islands.

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Four Seasons Lana'i Manele Bay, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.

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The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu

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The Modern is a contemporary urban hotel at the top end of Waikiki Beach on Honolulu. Unlike on some of the other islands where height restrictions are in place, the Modern – all 18 floors of it – is a genuine skyscraper with predictably good views as a result.

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The beach at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is, in our humble opinion, the best of the bunch among the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. It seems others agree, as it’s also apparently the most successful Four Seasons in the world.

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Volcano Tour Hawaii

Volcano Tour Hawaii

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As if white, sandy beaches, tranquil waters and fresh floral air weren’t enough, the state of Hawaii tops it all with its breathtaking natural beauty, including numerous impressive and still active volcanoes.

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St. Regis Princeville, luxury hotel in Hawaii

St Regis Princeville

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The St Regis is part of the larger Princeville Resort, which also includes a Westin Hotel, a smattering of condos, two golf courses and a ranch where guests can go riding or zip-wiring.

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Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui

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Andaz Maui is a new addition to Maui’s trendy beachfront portfolio of luxury hotels. The resort is situated directly on Wailea’s shore displaying a blend of class and eco friendly amenities.

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Learn to Surf

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Popularly dubbed ’sports of kings’ Hawaii is the birthplace of big wave surfing and home to some of the best surfing spots in the world, scattered throughout the archipelago.

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Kauai Helicopter Tour

Kauai Helicopter Tour

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Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands showing off with its immense natural wonders. A helicopter tour is probably the best way to capture the island’s entire natural scenery, lush mountains, beautiful gardens and exotic beaches, but most of all, to fully experience the ‘Garden Isle’s’ hidden wilderness, as over 70% of the Island is inaccessible by land.

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The pool at night at Hotel Wailea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Hotel Wailea

Hawaii

Hotel Wailea is one of the few quality boutique hotels in Hawaii, with a relaxed, laid back vibe verging on hippy-ish, but authentic all the same.

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Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

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Nicknamed by Mark Twain a hundred years ago as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, the Waimea Canyon on Kauai Island is the Pacific’s largest Canyon and a must-see geological wonder for everyone strolling around this region.

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