Hilton Waikoloa Village Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Hilton Waikoloa Village is the largest and most family-friendly resort in the Kailua-Kona area, and is often referred to as the “Disneyland“ of the Big Island. With 1,200 rooms, three large pool areas, extensive outdoor grounds and a variety of on-site dining options, the Hilton Waikoloa is indeed a small village in and of itself, and a tram and canal boats help guests travel across the sprawling property. Each of the three towers on the property has a different style of room decor, but the overall feel the same: clean and generic.
Four Seasons Hualalai Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Four Seasons properties are known for their wonderful kids programs, and the Four Seasons Hualalai is nothing less than one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Big Island. It offers guests everything from colorful alphabet bath sponges, toys, "Little Swimmers" diapers, to children's menus, a welcome gift, and items to childproof the rooms. Plus, children under 18 can share their parents' room at no extra charge.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxury property on the Kohala Coast is known for its beautiful white-sand beach, fine dining and world-class golf and tennis facilities. The atmosphere is relaxed and the thoughtfully renovated rooms have comfortable furnishings and come with mini-fridges stocked with bottled water replenished daily, movies and flat-screen TVs. The Keiki Club, for kids ages 5 to 12, is supervised and offers activities such as sandcastle building, games, Hawaiian arts and crafts, T-shirt painting and beach scavenger hunts. For younger guests, the concierge can arrange babysitting services.
The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This 32-acre luxury resort in Waimea delivers all the high-end Big Island essentials: A beautiful spa, comprised mostly of outdoor huts; a white-sand beach on a calm lagoon, and beautifully landscaped grounds, which adults will probably enjoy. Meanwhile, kids can spend a day or a half-day at the Keiki Aloha children's club, which offers activities such as hikes to the petroglyph field, exploration of lava tube caves, and gecko hunts.