Hawaii Mom Blog: Hawaii Family-Friendly Hotel Guide




Hawaii Family-Friendly Hotel Guide

Hawaii offers families a lot of great hotel options.  There are hotels that really cater to families, and others that are suitable for families, but don't necessarily offer kid-specific perks.

Below is a guide to Hawaii hotels that Hawaii Mom Blog contributors have stayed at with their families, along with a very brief summary of the family-friendly features.

The hotels are broken down into the following categories:
  • Excellent:  Offers welcome gifts for kids, a kids program, age-appropriate amenities, a variety of activities, and much, much more.
  • Great: Offers a kids program and several family-friendly activities and/or amenities.
  • Very Good - Offers a few family-friendly activities and/or amenities 
  • Good - Suitable for families, but does not offer any kid-specific activities, amenities, or programs.   
Hawaii Island

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka`upulehu: Toys, kids bath amenities, and mini bathrobes welcome the littlest of guests.  The popular Kids for All Seasons program and Hale Kula toy and game room can keep kids busy all day long.  Kids can splash around at the Keiki pool and indulge in yummy poolside treats, or swim with an eagle ray in King's Pond.  Kids meals are offered at the restaurants, and kids can even request happy face or Mickey-shaped pancakes at `ULU Ocean Grill's Breakfast Buffet.  The `Ohana Suite is perfect for families, complete with a video game system, telescope, outdoor shower, and easy access to the Keiki pool.
  • Sheraton Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay: The `Ohana Suite is ideal for families.  A keiki club, children's pool (with free pool-side treats!), and kids play area make the resort very family-friendly.  
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa: A spacious suite with bunk beds offers plenty of room for large families; kiddie pools, water slide, table tennis, pool toys, and pool pleasers keep kids busy all day. Keiki menus available at on-site restaurants.

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa:   It will be hard to tear the kids away from the incredible pools, which include a slide, lazy river, and salt-water lagoon.  Camp Hyatt (for a fee) offers all day and night, providing kids ages 3 to 12 with all sorts of activities. Lawn games, koi feedings, and other activities offered on property will entertain kids.  
  • Koloa Landing Resort:  Spacious villas will full kitchens are perfect for families.  Family-friendly dining, waterslides, activities, and even S'mores nights help to make the property fun for all ages.
Very Good:
  • Kauai Shores Hotel:  Located right on Kauai's Coconut Coast, the Kauai Shores hotel offers 2 pools, easy beach access, Unlimited DVD and Playstation 3 rentals, and lots of grassy areas for kids to run around and release their energy.  Studios with kitchenettes provide families larger spaces than the average guest room.

  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai (formerly Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay): Welcome toys and bath amenities greet the little ones upon arrival.  Kids for All Seasons program keeps kids busy with games, toys, and activities.  Kids under 4 eat free with paying adult. No need to worry about high chairs, pack n plays, etc. - the resort offers them complimentary. 
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai the Lodge at Koele: Little guests are greeted with juice in kids cups, cookies and milk, stuffed toys, and names spelled out in bath sponges.  On property kids will enjoy swimming in the pool, playing lawn games, feeding the koi, or playing in the game room.  Guests have access to Kids for All Seasons program at Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

  • Fairmont Kea Lani: Keiki Lani Kids Club is included with the daily resort fee; kids menus, keiki dining program, kid-friendly pools with a water slide, pool toy rentals, kid amenities, family-friendly activities, and more make families feel welcomed at the Fairmont.
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: A fruit-filled shark carved out of a watermelon, cookies, juice, toys, and stuffed turtles - just a few examples of what will greet kids upon arrival.  Kids for All Seasons and Game Room offer plenty of kids activities (Kids for All Seasons also offered at Night Market Friday Nights at DUO).  Free kids meals for kids 5 and under at at Ferraro's and DUO when accompanied by a paying adult.  Kids can request Mickey-shaped pancakes at DUO's breakfast buffet. 
  • Grand Wailea: The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool boasts nine pools, four slides, a rope swing, and a water elevator.  The Rock will keep kids busy all day with video games, toys, a movie theater, arts and crafts, and LEGO.  Keiki 5 and under staying at the resort eat free. The littlest guests of Napua Tower have access to board games, DVDs, and more.  
  • The Westin Ka`anapali Ocean Resort Villas:  Spacious villas with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer are ideal for families.  Large pools, including a Pirate Ship pool, a playground, a kids club, shuffle board, and more will keep kids busy throughout the day.
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa: The `Ohana Suites are ideal for families.  Cultural activities are fun for the entire family.  A kids pool, lazy river, and fresh-water lagoon provides ours of fun in the sun; lawn games, beachside s'mores, kid-friendly dining options, and more make this resort a great choice for families.

  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Menehue necklaces are given to the little guests upon check-in, marking the start of a magical stay.  Amazing pools (where you can watch Mickey & friends perform), slides, and a lazy river will keep kids happy all day long.  Character dining (complete with Mickey waffles) and kids menus at other dining venues will satisfy even the pickiest eater.  Aunty's Beach House offers a variety of kid-friendly activities.  Villas provide plenty of room for families; some open up to the pools for easy access.  Complimentary step stools, high chairs, and play yards means less things to worry about.  
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina: A kid-friendly welcome of toys and sweets is just the start of a family-friendly stay.  Cool pool inflatables and yummy treats keep kids content at the pool; beach toys and stand-up paddle boards keep the keiki busy at the beach.  The Kids for All Seasons program offers activities, video games, and movies.  Kids 5 and under eat free at the four on-property restaurants.
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa: Family Suites provide lots of room for large families. Complimentary cultural activities are a great way for families to spend time together, or sign up the kids for the Kama`aina Kids programs (for a fee) so they can go on fun adventures. Kids 5 and under can dine for free when ordering off off the kids menu with a paying adult, and SHOR and Swim offer a For Kids by Kids Menu. Kids will have fun making their own flip flops or indulging in cookies and cupcakes at the on-property Pualeliani Atrium Shops.
  • Kahala Hotel & Resort: Kahala Keiki Club offers half-day and all-day programs (for a fee). Kids will love watching the dolphins in the Dolphin Lagoon (and can even get up-close and personal through Dolphin Quest). Families can splash away at the pool or beach. Kids menus offered at Plumeria Beach House.
  • The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort: Guests have use of the Helumoa Playground at Sheraton Waikiki.  Children's program available for a fee.  Kids menus and dining offers at select restaurants.  Family-friendly activities (lei-making, coconut art, etc.) offered on property.  High chairs or boosters available for in-room dining.
  • Sheraton Waikiki: Helumoa Playground - complete with a slides and a splash area, keeps both kids and adults busy.  Children 5 & under eat for free from Children’s Menus at designated dining outlets for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner with paying adult.  A variety of complimentary cultural activities are offered; billiards and games can be played in the lobby.  A children's program is available for a fee.   
Very Good:
  • Aston Waikiki Sunset: Spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens are great for families. Kids will have fun at the pool, or it's just a short walk to the beach. Unlimited DVD/Playstation 3 rentals provide the perfect excuse for a night in.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk:  Families will enjoy this all suite-hotel.  Guest rooms offer plenty of space for families. Complimentary breakfast and evening reception helps families save money.  A large pool and a beach that's just a short walk away offers plenty of fun for all ages.  Located right on Waikiki Beach Walk, the hotel is just steps away from a variety of dining and retail options.
  • Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio: Spacious suites available for families; family-friendly dining at M.A.C. 24/7; Executive Lounge access for those who book Executive Rooms are have Diamond Status offer a great way to save on meals; great pool with first-come, first-served cabanas and loungers.
  • Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites: Large, spacious suites provide ample room for families. Unlimited DVD and Playstation 3 rentals can keep kids busy for hours. Kids can cool off at the pool or go on an easy walk to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. 
  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort: Cultural activities (kukui nut bracelets, ukulele lessons, etc.) are fun for the entire family. The beach is just steps away, or a large pool beckons guests on property. Kids menus offered at on-site restaurants. 
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: Cultural activities (hula lessons; lei-making) are great for those young and young-at heart. Kids can swim in the pool or the beach.  Kids menus offered at on-site restaurants. 
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel: Cultural activities and a large pool will keep kids busy (ice pops offered at the pool 3x daily!).  Children 5 & under eat for free from Children’s Menus at designated dining outlets with paying adult.
  • Turtle Bay Resort: Super fun kids pool with a slide A variety of keiki activities offered - some for free (hula and ukulele lessons); some for a fee (biking, tennis, foot golf). Children's menus offered at select on-site restaurants.
  • Best Western The Plaza Hotel: Connecting rooms available.  Pool on site.  Rooms facing runway great for kids who love to watch planes take off.
  • Coconut Waikiki Hotel: Coconut Executive King Suite offers ample space for families.  Bosley & Bosley, Jr. Mascots welcome kids in the lobby.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber:  Spacious suites suitable for large families.  Pool on property to swim and splash; complimentary rides on the Waikiki Connection Trolley offer a fun way to explore the city.
  • OHANA Waikiki East: Suites offer plenty of room for families.  Complimentary rides on the Pink Line Trolley are both fun and convenient.
  • Park Shore Waikiki:  A nice pool offers plenty of fun, and the beach is just across the street. Several family-friendly dining options on property. 
  • Shoreline Hotel Waikiki:  A rooftop pool provides plenty of fun and gorgeous views.
  • The Equus: A small pool is on property.  During Mai Tai reception, little ones can request juice.

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