With its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and natural adventure playground, Hawaii is the perfect destination for a family getaway. And when it comes to accommodations, nothing beats one of the state’s many family-friendly resorts. Enjoy exciting activities such as hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing on the island’s beautiful beaches, learn about the local culture and customs, relax by one of the many pools or take advantage of luxurious spa treatments offered by many resorts. From beachfront properties, and all-inclusive resorts with plenty of amenities, to a more rustic experience, you can find something that fits your personal style and price range. Here are the best Hawaii family resorts for a vacation your family will never forget.
The Best Resorts in Hawaii for a Family Vacation of a Lifetime
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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a five-star resort that presides over a turquoise lagoon on the sunny western coasts of Oahu, close to Honolulu and Waikiki Beach.
The property features 371 accommodations, including suites and family-sized villas with stunning views of the ocean, lush gardens, and nearby mountains. With a fully outfitted kids club, and an abundance of cultural and adventure activities (swimming lessons, arts and crafts, luaus, and hula classes), there’s something for everyone at the resort — whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teens. The world-class concierge can arrange experiences suitable for your family’s interests, ensuring that everyone has a memorable stay.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina: 92-1001 Olani Street, Kapolei, HI, 96707
Price per night: $1,015
Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott, Maui
Fun for all ages, Wailea Beach Resort sits between two golden sand beaches on Maui and offers some of the best snorkeling and turtle tours in calm, family-friendly waters.
The kids will never be bored. The resort offers plenty of activities for children to enjoy from the Kolohe Keiki Club which features fun-filled activities such as arts and crafts and games to afternoon snorkel adventures with sea scooters, and multiple outdoor pools with slides. And if you want to venture outside the resort, Wailea has plenty to offer such as beginner group surf lessons on Maui South Shore for your junior Kelly Slater.
Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott, Maui: 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI, 96753
Price per night: $989
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is a luxurious oasis situated on the sunny south shore of Poipu, Kauai. This 50-acre resort offers families a more tranquil escape with its lush gardens, white sand beaches, and breathtaking views.
There are a variety of rooms for you to choose from for your troop. Generously-sized suites are suitable for small groups with younger children while the villas with private pools are a great option for those with teens. The kids will enjoy all the amenities like their amazing swimming pools with water slides, exotic tropical birds throughout the property, Camp Hyatt kids club, demonstrations of Hawaiian crafts, and cultural lessons.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa: 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI, 96756
Price per night: $937
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Grand Wailea Maui is an unforgettable Hawaiian getaway for families. A destination in itself, the huge two miles of private property is considered one of the best and most amenity-packed family resorts on Maui.
Kids will love the 25,700-square-foot Wailea Canyon activity pool with seven waterslides, rapids, and jungle waterfalls. There’s also a beach club, spa services, fitness center, and restaurants offering kid-friendly menus. Families can also enjoy special events hosted within the resort premises such as movie nights or cultural activities like hula lessons or lei-making classes.
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI, 96753
Price per night: $883
Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort sits on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This 1,300-acre paradise offers breathtaking views and is the only luxury resort on the North Shore, making it a great option for a family-friendly Oahu vacation.
With its modern amenities and touch of Tom Sawyer-like adventure, Turtle Bay Resort has earned rave reviews from visitors. For outdoor enthusiasts there are 12 miles of trails through the resort, so you can rest assured your kids will be safe hiking or biking. The three-pronged shape of the hotel ensures that each wing and each room has ocean views and the resort’s bungalows are gorgeous and huge — ideal for a group. While there is no kids club, there are seasonal and holiday programs as well as year-round family activities such as stand-up paddling, surfing, and an outrigger canoe picnic trip to a sandbar.
Turtle Bay Resort: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI, 96731
Price per night: $855
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali
It wouldn’t be a reach to state that a majority of the guests at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa are families with children. And there’s a good reason for that. Situated on the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach, this resort offers guests stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby islands.
The range of rooms and amenities have been designed with families in mind. The resort has six swimming pools overlooking Ka‘anapali Beach and 87,000 square feet of pool playground. If you need a break from splashing there is a serene adults-only infinity pool and hot tub. And the kids will be fully entertained in the newly designed family area which has an interactive splash zone and a 270-foot water slide.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali: 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Price per night: $759
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas sits on Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii. The resort adds a little touch of Disney magic to Hawaii and was designed with families in mind. It features a variety of villas and suites to accommodate any size family from the three-bedroom Grand Villa to the one-bedroom suite, each room has been carefully crafted with comfort, convenience (and Disney) in mind.
The resort offers a wide range of amenities for children including kid-friendly restaurants (with Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy available for photos), activities, spa services, a fitness center, several pools, a lazy river, fun slides, and whirlpool spas. Kids can enjoy activities such as snorkeling lessons, and star gazing, or take part in Aunty’s Beach House where they can explore Hawaiian culture through music and art.
Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas: 92-1185 Aliinui Dr., Kapolei, HI, 96707
Price per night: $740
Royal Kona Resort
The Royal Kona Resort is an oceanfront landmark located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. With its dramatic setting overlooking Kailua Bay, the resort offers spacious guest rooms and suites, a spa, a pool (with a separate kids’ pool area), a salt-water lagoon (where you can safely snorkel), and an excellent oceanfront restaurant. It’s also one of the Big Island’s best-value Hawaii family resorts. There’s everything you need for a great family vacation at an affordable price point.
It has a variety of amenities for families with children. There are multiple eateries onsite offering delicious local cuisine for all ages and kids can take part in fun activities like hula lessons or lei-making classes.
Royal Kona Resort: 75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Price per night: $265
What part of Hawaii should I visit with kids?
If you’re planning a family vacation to Hawaii, there are many great options to choose from. Oahu is the best island for a Hawaiian vacation on a budget and for family-friendly resorts, while Maui is worth considering for a family that loves outdoor activities like snorkeling and hiking. The Big Island of Hawaii is perfect for those who want convenience and a blend of city and beach.
How much is an average vacation to Hawaii for a family of four?
The cost of a Hawaiian vacation will depend on the length of your stay, the type of accommodations, the activities you plan to do, and other factors. On average, a week-long trip for a family of four to Hawaii can range from $3,000 to $5,000.