Hawaii truly offers something for everyone. Are you looking for a luxurious oceanfront resort loaded with amenities, an intimate two-room bed-and-breakfast tucked away in a lush rain forest, a house with a pool and incredible views for your extended family, a condominium just steps from the 18th hole, or even a campsite at a national park? You can find all these and more throughout the Islands.
Most hotels and other lodgings require you to give your credit-card details before they will confirm your reservation. Get confirmation in writing and have a copy of it handy when you check in. Be sure you understand the hotel's cancellation policy. Some places allow you to cancel without any kind of penalty—even if you prepaid to secure a discounted rate—if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Others require you to cancel a week in advance or penalize you the cost of one night. Small inns and bed-and-breakfasts are most likely to require you to cancel far in advance. Most hotels allow children under a certain age to stay in their parents' room at no extra charge, but others charge for them as adults; find out the cutoff age for discounts.
For many travelers, nothing compares to the personal service and guest interaction offered at bed-and-breakfasts. There are hundreds of bed-and-breakfasts throughout the Islands; many even invite their guests to enjoy complimentary wine tastings and activities such as lei making and basket weaving. Each island's website also features a listing of member B&Bs that are individually owned.
Bed and Breakfast.com (512/462–2632. www.bedandbreakfast.com.)
Bed & Breakfast Inns Online (800/215–7365. www.bbonline.com.)
Better Bed and Breakfasts (www.betterbedandbreakfasts.com.)
BnB Finder.com (888/547–8226 or 888/469–6663. www.bnbfinder.com.)
Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfasts (808/263–3100. www.bestbnb.com.)
Condominium and House Rentals
Vacation rentals are perfect for couples, families, and friends traveling together who like the convenience of staying at a home away from home. Properties managed by individual owners can be found on online vacation-rental listing directories such as CyberRentals and Vacation Rentals By Owners, as well as on the visitors bureau website for each island. There also are several Islands-based management companies with vacation rentals.
Compare companies, as some offer Internet specials and free night stays when booking. Policies vary, but most require a minimum stay, usually greater during peak travel seasons.
CyberRentals (512/684–1098. www.cyberrentals.com.)
Vacation Rentals By Owner (www.vrbo.com.)
With a direct home exchange you stay in someone else's home while they stay in yours. The exchange clubs listed below feature dozens of Hawaii homes available for exchange. Many are on the beach or have ocean views.
HomeExchange.com. A three-month membership is $47.85; a twelve-month membership is $119.40. 800/877–8723 or 310/798–3864. www.homeexchange.com.
HomeLink International. This company charges an $89 annual membership fee, or $39 for USA exchanges only. 800/638–3841 or 954/566–2687. www.homelink.org.
Intervac. This company charges $99 for a one-year membership. 800/756–4663. www.intervac-homeexchange.com.
All hotels listed have private bath unless otherwise noted.
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