By Liz ZackUpdated May 17, 2023
Japanese mother and her son enjoying the transparent water of Lanikai beach in Hawaii.
Hawaii just may be the most perfect family vacation destination on Earth. World-class all-inclusive resorts for families set on jaw-dropping beaches with direct flights and spectacular sunsets. Whether you’ve got littles or teens, they will all remember this trip as their best vacation ever. That is, if you choose the right resort.
We’ve scoured the options to highlight the very best family resorts in Hawaii, from resorts with rushing water slides, to kids’ clubs with ukulele and Hula lessons, you won’t be disappointed.
Yes, this is where the famed first season of White Lotus was filmed, and this family-friendly resort in Hawaii is truly more spectacular in person. But what the show did not highlight is how amazing this resort is for families.
Any elevated vantage during the winter months here could reveal humpback whales frolicking in the sea just offshore and in the Kids for All Seasons program, littles can learn about migratory patterns and whale habitat to enrich their sightings.
The kids’ program also brings in special speakers, like a “Wayfarer” who teaches kids about how indigenous Hawaiians navigated by the stars. The Four Seasons also provides complimentary baby items like strollers, bottle warmers and swim diapers for guests so you needn’t lug them from home.
Be sure to check out the somewhat similar Four Seasons Resort Hualalai here before choosing.
The Mauna Kea Beach Resort is a special place. The very first resort ever built on the Big Island, initially dreamed up by Laurence Rockefeller in the ‘60s, this property is set on a spectacular stretch of white sand beach with all ocean-facing guest rooms.
Golfers will love the 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course (also the very first course on the island) and the hotel maintains a strong commitment to authentic Hawaiian culture as evidenced by the daily chanting of E Ala E to the sun and sky as Hawaiian ancestors did. Goosebumps.
As if the natural playground isn’t enough, the resort features family pools and half-day programs every weekday where kids can participate in fun treasure hunts and lei-making lessons making it one of the best family resorts in Hawaii.
This gorgeous property on the lush island of Kauai, is an A+ playground for families. Mom and Dad will love the plein-air treatments at Anara Spa, but the real star here are the endless pool options. From a lava-rock-lined lazy river, to a saltwater “lagoon” to a high-octane whoosh down a 150-foot waterslide, this multi-level pool system is best in class.
And no worries if the beach is more your style. The white sand of the Keoneloa Bay/Shipwreck Beach is just steps away. Spa treatments are never far off, as well as healthy walking opportunities to get your steps in or just watch a breathtaking sunrise. Be sure to pack your best double travel stroller if you're heading to this Hawaiian escape with more than one child.
It's an ideal resort for toddlers, little kids and teens alike—there's really something for everyone at every age and stage.
Aulani is fully Disney-does-Hawaii, as only Disney can do any destination. From character meet and greets (Mickey’s in a floral shirt and lei!) to kid-friendly restaurants and incredible, pools and beaches, the entire property is one big kid's club and definitely earns mention as one of the best family resorts in Hawaii.
Don’t miss Auntie’s Beach House, where storytelling becomes an interactive experience. Only a 30-minute drive from Honolulu, a stay at this resort means you do not need a connecting puddle jumper flight to get here from your home city.
Because it's a Disney property, you know every detail has been considered and mapped out. Little kids have access to toddler-appropriate food menus, big kids can score surf lessons down by the water and parents can happily lounge as needed.
Nestled on the edge of the famed Wailea Beach, this lush, luxe resort set on 40 acres of tropical landscape features the largest private art collection in all of Hawaii. Kids love the gratis beach cruiser bikes, learning the ukulele and Hawaiian hula and everyone will be gob-smacked when they see the authentic Gran Lu’au.
Once you’ve settled in, take advantage of one of the other smart perks—a 45-minute family photography session with a local professional. It's a rare amenity more family resorts should offer, and one we can't stop raving about. Holiday cards, done!
We also love the soft, clean sand at this Hawaiian family resort's private beach as well as the manicured landscaping that turns even the most normal moments into picture-perfect excuses to snap lifelong memories.
Come here for a dip in the longest oceanfront infinity pool in the world (yes, cool IG pics galore) but stay for the incredible infant childcare! The Sheraton Waikiki understands that what parents really need on vacation (especially new, exhausted parents) is a little alone time – and the Sheraton Waikiki’s Poppins Day Care offers childcare starting at just three months.
This is by far the best Hawaiin resort for families to stay if you have an infant. Just think of all the fun you can have while your teeny tiny naps the afternoon away! Take advantage of mouth-watering meals, several on-site food and beverage options, a totally relaxing beach scene and nighttime activities for the whole family.
Unlike the other resorts on this list, the Lodge at Kukui’ula is all private vacation homes. Since you can choose between one to four bedrooms for your unit, you can bring grandma, and each of your teens can have their own space if they wish. It's an upgrade from even the best family hotels in Hawaii.
Homes come with the option of a private pool, and the resort includes all the amenities, from Pickleball and a variety of saltwater swimming pool options to bike rentals and The Farm, where you can pick your own flowers or herbs.
This friendly hotel sits right on the green cliffs overlooking Namalu Bay in Maui. The hotel incorporates that sea-faring focus into all its common spaces and is comprised of one to four-bedroom suites which means you can prep breakfast and snacks in the room if you feel like skipping the restaurants.
Kids love Paintbox, the kids club for five to 12-year-olds, focused on the treasures of the tide pools and games by the pool. For every activity completed kids earn a Montage Merit Badge – collect all 12 and earn a prize.
Plus, the entire family can take advantage of activities including nature classes, walks and indigenous dancing. Picturesque scenery, loads of things to do and exceptionally clean facilities make it one of the best resorts in Hawaii for families.
Every family is different, but those who are breastfeeding should definitely take their best nursing swimsuits. Be sure to pack swim diapers, plenty of sunscreen, sandals for kids and long-sleeve rash guards. The sun is strong and you'll almost certainly burn without proper precautions.
That depends on the resort. Some family resorts in Hawaii do allow pets (and most allow service animals). You'll have to check with the property. Those allowing pets may have size limits or small added fees. Need more pet-friendly resort ideas? Check out this list of the best family resorts in Texas.
Yes! Many resorts offer travel cribs, toddler travel beds, kids' mattresses and rollaway cots that are perfect for children. Be sure to let your hotel know at least a day before your arrival so they can have kid-friendly bedding ready for you upon check-in.
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