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Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has the best pool in Hawaii, one of the top U.S. spas, and a prime location on one of the best U.S. beaches. Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand.

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 The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has the best pool in Hawaii, one of the top U.S. spas, and a prime location on one of the best U.S. beaches. Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand.
The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has the best pool in Hawaii, one of the top U.S. spas, and a prime location on one of the best U.S. beaches. Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand. Opulence marks every feature, from the luxe rooms to the massive gym to the large, marble-tiled bathrooms that include a soaking tub and a separate shower with a large showerhead and powerful water pressure. Bath products are from Spa Grande's signature line and include honey-mango-scented soap, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, and lotion. After the Kauai Marriott's $50-million renovation in 2009, this 356-room, family-oriented resort on Kalapaki Beach boasts big flat-screens in every room, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and the biggest single-level pool in Hawaii. All of the Marriott's refurbished guest rooms feature contemporary furniture in colorful, contrasting shades of orange and red. The huge, 42-inch flat-screen TV in the standard room comes with about 40 cable TV channels, including HBO Family. New "Revive" beds have 300-thread-count sheets and a down duvet. To help sleep a family, even the standard rooms have either a king bed and a sleeper sofa or two double beds. One-bedroom suites (1,000 square feet) with separate living room and dining areas are also available. At this high-end condo resort, you get a huge one- and two-bedroom suite that's among the best on the island without the bustle of a mega-resort. Bonuses include a top-tier spa, family-friendly pool and full, high-tech kitchens in every room. All rooms have comfortable beds with Simmons Beautyrest World Class Innerspring mattresses and four pillows. Bathrooms include a separate whirlpool tub and shower, and guests can upgrade from the basic garden view to partial mountain view, partial ocean view, ocean view, and oceanfront units.. Full kitchens boast granite countertops and high-tech brands: Wolf stove and oven, Sub-Zero fridge, and GE Profile microwave. Situated on the largest of Ko Olina's man-made lagoons, the elegant JW Marriott Ihilani is a solid option for families and couples, with two excellent pools, a top-ranked golf course and spa, five tennis courts, and excellent cuisine. At 640 square feet, standard rooms here are larger than at many Oahu hotels. Each room has a sitting area with a couch. An immaculate, art-filled property fronting Wailea beach, the Four Seasons stands at the pinnacle of the area's resorts, offering a slew of amenities, spacious rooms -- some with outstanding views -- and a top-notch staff. All of the rooms at the Four Seasons combine the chain's trademark beige with welcome island-style accents like woven dark-wood desk chairs, a picture of a shell necklace on the wall, and, for kids, a fun stuffed lizzard. Bathrooms have separate showers and deep tubs, a choice of six genres of music to play, two Turkish robes, L'Occitane en Provence toiletries, and 100-percent-cotton custom towels by Sobel Westex. Even in the standard room with a king-size bed, the sofa folds out into an additional bed. Each room sleeps four adults or two adults and two children. Views range from mountainside -- overlooking Wailea Avenue -- to garden view, partial ocean, and ocean view; views of the ocean and sunsets are worth the upgrade. Built on Black Rock, a sacred Hawaiian landmark and one of the best snorkeling sites on Maui, the 508-room Sheraton has all the qualities of a modern mega-resort -- clean rooms, big pool, full spa, quality gym. Refurbished in 2005, the rooms have a fresh look that's more "modern American" than "traditional Hawaiian" -- taupe carpets; paisley curtains; pastel watercolor paintings. All rooms have private, tiled balconies, 80 percent of which have some sort of ocean view. It's worth upgrading to the Partial-Oceanview Rooms as the "Mountain View" Rooms could mean that your balcony opens out to a rockface just a few feet away. This 121-room Poipu boutique hotel offers five-star features -- rooms with fine Egyptian linens, Italian marble bathrooms, and personal espresso machines, and a free fitness center with individual cable-TV monitors. With just one pool and restaurant, it lacks the extras of the mega-resorts -- but the service is more attentive and pampering. The sleek, boutique-style interiors extend into the marble-tile bathroom, which include exceptional L'Occitane bath products, Turkish cotton towels, and waffle-knit bathrobes. But only the Deluxe Rooms and Suites (not the standard rooms) have soaking tubs. Reopened in January 2008 after a $180-million renovation, the 463-room Ritz-Carlton Kapalua boasts up-to-date rooms, top-notch dining, a quality spa, polished service, and beautifully landscaped grounds of national park proportions. As is typical in Hawaii, there are no prestocked minibars, but guests can order specific items to be placed in their empty mini-fridges; coffeemaker and bottled water provided. New bathrooms have marble floors and counters, a separate shower and bathtub, and hotel-brand toiletries. A 15-minute walk outside Kaanapali's main strip, the family-owned Royal Lahaina has what the Kaanapali mega-resorts lack -- a quiet, isolated beachfront. The sleek interiors of the Tower Rooms (a step up from the older standard rooms) represent the chicer side of tropical design: platform beds, textured white linens, wide slat-screen shutters, and monochrome photographs of Hawaiian life. Rather than build multiple high-rise towers and offer a plethora of amenities, this semi-isolated, 27-acre beachside resort keeps a low, unassuming profile, hundreds of feet down the shore from the surf schools, sunbathers, and boardwalk scene on Kaanapali Beach. Not your typical time-share, this multifaceted Kaanapali resort features amenities that rival the area's mid- to high-end hotel chains -- fitness center, kids' club -- along with massive, stylish units and an atmosphere heavily geared to families. Even the studio units -- the basic room type -- are 440 square feet and feature a king-size bed, a whirlpool tub, and a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher, and sink. In the one-bedroom suite, however, you get a full-size kitchen with granite countertops, a four-burner stove and oven, and a dining area this is well-suited to accommodate a family. Kid-friendly food is also offered in all of the resort's restaurants. Kids five and younger eat free with a paying adult at the Ocean Pool Bar & Grill A celebrity retreat since 1964, the modernized Kahala is quite possibly the best hotel in Oahu. Yet its vibe is more "family fun" than "pretentious glitz" -- think swimming with dolphins, not posing in lounges. No matter which way you go, rest assured your room will be impressive -- $30 million of the $52 milion the hotel spent on renovations went into the rooms. The enormous, well-appointed bathrooms have soaking tubs, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads, and bath products by Floris of London. The rooms are low-frills for a 5-pearl hotel: amenities are pretty much limited to ceiling fans, a CD of Hawaiian slack-guitar music, and Harney & Sons tea and 10-percent Kona blend coffee (restocked nightly). The charming living room in the Koko Head Suite is flooded with natural light. This newly renovated condo property in the bustling, touristy town of Lahaina has fair-size, affordable studio, one- and two-bedroom units and two small, pleasant pools. All of the rooms at Aina Nalu are in great condition and have consistent d├ęcor and amenities so there are no surprises. Aina Nalu is a solid home base for travelers who plan to do lots of off-resort activities. In one- and two-bedroom units (not the studios), there's a full kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, stove, oven, and dishware. (Studios have a microwave and a full-size fridge.) Though the bathrooms lack a tub, the stylish, stone-tiled showers are the most beautiful in Maui. A top pick for those who want more than a budget hotel but less than a mega resort, this independent, ultra-modern, 72-room affordable boutique a block from the beach is high on style. Steering clear of standard Hawaiian florals and polyester blankets, rooms at Hotel Renew stand out for their sophisticated, urban design. Fashioned by San Francisco designer Jiun Ho, the small, tech-friendly rooms are some of the most stylish on the island in any price range. Bathrooms at Hotel Renew are sleek and modern, adding to the rooms' overall bachelor-pad feel. All 413 units at the Fairmont are multiroom suites, and they're massive -- the standard suites, modestly called "Moderate Suites," are larger than the standard rooms of the neighboring Four Seasons and Grand Wailea. Each suite features one king or two double beds with pillow-tops and down comfortors, plus a living room with a reasonably comfortable, sectional pullout couch. A wraparound balcony and full ocean views (whether you're on the balcony or inside the room) are what set the Kilohana Signature Suite apart from the other rooms. Huge, well-designed bathrooms (like this one in a Fairmont Deluxe Suite) have double sinks, a bathtub, a separate shower, and a separate powder room. Miller Harris toiletries and a separate care kit are provided. Hardwood floors, throw rugs, and mix-and-match furnishings give this Partial Ocean View Suite a homey feel. Bathrooms are bright, cheery, and spacious. Fully equipped kitchens come with GE appliances, including a fridge and dishwasher. A blender and rice cooker are among the handy extras. Red and gold wallpaper and a Florentine-pattern olive carpet create a striking effect in the Historic Wing room. Mix-and-match colors, florals, and stripes all work together beautifully in the recently renovated Historic Wing room. The immaculately kept suites at the Westin Princeville have kitchenettes, washers and dryers, Westin "Heavenly" beds, and the island's best TVs -- 32-inch flat-screens with 143 channels including seven HBO channels (more than other resorts offer) and DVD players. Queen beds, like the one in this one-bedroom Premium Villa, have famously comfortable Westin Simmons Heavenly mattresses, 200-thread-count sheets, and down duvets. Every bathroom comes with a whirlpool tub that overlooks the rest of the bedroom, a separate shower, and Heavenly Spa bath products. The one-bedroom suites include a full kitchen with modern appliances, like a glass range, microwave, full-size fridge, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster, and flatware -- but no ovens. The bright blue and green decor (plus a few red accents) at the Best Western is one of the most creative hotel-room looks on Oahu. The hotel's two-bedroom penthouse has a full kitchen, dining area, and large sundeck. Whalers Cove is a condo hotel, meaning that every "guest room" is actually an independently owned condo unit. Each condo varies based on how the owners have chosen to decorate or outfit them. But rest assured, they all fall within the luxury-condo category. It's more like a choice between luxurious and -- in the case of Unit 114 with a Bosch kitchen, Bose stereo, walk-in closet and whirlpool tub -- super-luxurious. Although the design of kitchens varies, they all come with a dishwasher, four-burner stove and oven, full-size fridge, and cooking and serving utensils. As you can see, the decor varies from condo to condo, but the full kitchen in every unit is top-of-the-line. Whalers Cove is known for its stunning views. All guest rooms have huge balconies. And, in select suites, there are breathtaking views from the bathroom shower. Other units have romantic, deep-soaking whirlpool tubs with shutters that open out into the bedroom.