Hawaii holiday: Top hotels and tips for an unforgettable trip

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If Hawaii isn't on your holiday bucket list, it should be.

Whether you're looking for a luxury break, or just to get away from it all, there's something for everyone on this stunning group of islands.

Need some help planning your trip?

Here are some of the don't-miss parts of a Hawaiian holiday.

HONOLULU, HI - JUNE 26: The sun sets off of Waikiki Beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Honolulu, HI. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Waikiki beach is one of the most popular places to stay. Credit: Getty

FLY: Hawaiian Airlines

Start your holiday by flying with the state carrier.

They fly to every major Hawaiian island, and during the flight, you'll get a taste of the incredible Hawaiian hospitality; expect island-inspired meals and beers from the Maui Brewing Company.

There's no bad time of year to travel to Hawaii; the weather is similar all year round, at around 25 to 29 degrees.

January can be a bit wetter, and many hotels and activities are fully booked around Christmas and the new year.

June to November is technically hurricane season, although there have only ever been a handful of hurricanes that have caused significant damage.

There are events and festivals throughout the year, so choose when suits you and book your flights!

A Hawaiian Airlines flight taking off
Start your holiday with Hawaiian Airlines. Photo: Hawaiian Airlines

STAY: Sheraton Waikiki

Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous spots on Oahu, and most hotels are no more than a couple of blocks walk from the ocean.

This one is ocean-front, and is gorgeous - think outdoor pools, stunning views, and amazing restaurants.

Great for couples and families, it's the ideal location for shopping, exploring and hanging out at the beach.

An outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and backing on to the ocean at The Sheraton Waikiki
The Sheraton Waikiki is in a great location. Credit: Sheraton

STAY: Wailea Beach Resort, Maui

If you want to get away from it all, Maui is the place to go.

This hotel offers simple sophistication; ground-floor rooms that are overlooking the ocean, private decks and free yoga classes.

Expect amazing sunsets from your deck and an excellent restaurant with local food.

A couple walking out over their sun drenched deck at the Wailea beach resort
Get away from everything at the Wailea Beach Resort, Maui. Photo: Marriot


DO: Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

This amazing submarine scooter tour lets you cruise along Maunalua Bay past Diamond Head Crater.

You can swim with colourful fish, sea turtles and other marine life.

Truly a once in a lifetime experience.

A man in diving suit swimming with fish
Swim with the fish during an Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure. Credit: Lastminute.com.au

VISIT: Pearl Harbor visit

Don't miss a tour of Pearl Harbor during your Hawaii trip.

You'll ride on a US Navy launch ship to get to the USS Arizona Memorial which is built over the sunken wreckage of this massive battleship.

The USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour
A visit to Pearl Harbour is a must when you're in Hawaii. Photo: Lastminute.com.au

DRINK: Hawaii Coffee Company

The coffee and tea from this shop are infused with Hawaiian flavours and are well worth a try during your trip.

Their range of Royal Hawaiian coffees highlights award-winning coffees from growing regions in Hawaii.

Don't leave without buying a bag of the Vanilla Macadamia Nut 10% Ka'U Blend Coffee.

A packet of Vanilla Macadamia Nut coffee on a white background
The Vanilla Macadamia Nut 10% Ka'U Blend Coffee from the Hawaii Coffee Company is worth a try. Photo: Hawaiian Coffee Company

EAT: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort

You're spoilt for choice at this dining village where you can choose from high-end cuisine, casual beach-side dining or cool cocktail bars.

Whatever you do, don't miss out on the Kauai Pie ice cream at Lappert's Hawaii - it contains Kona Coffee ice cream, coconut flakes, dark chocolate fudge and Hamakua macadamia nuts.

A decadent ice cream in waffle cone on a white background
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort is home to Lappert's Hawaii and their incredible ice cream flavours. Photo: Lappert's Hawaii

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