Top 5 destinations for your socially distant vacation: Hawaii luxury resorts

Palm tree lined pools and beaches. Rocky coastlines. Epic Jurassic Park style landscapes where the most lush green mountains meat the sea. The freshest ingredients. Laidback “aloha” lifestyle. That’s the norm in Hawaii. But, what about staying at a Hawaii luxury resort during COVID?

It’s a time of year when people are normally traveling all over the place. You might be wondering what to do with the rest of your summer. And what about the fall? Or the rest of 2020? 2021?

Where can you vacation in Hawaii during COVID?

As COVID numbers continue to trend in the wrong direction for the United States, we continue to be more limited in where we can travel. This is a dynamic situation, and things are changing daily. But overall, here’s the trend if you are thinking about a vacation during COVID. As a US citizen, if you are going to travel near term, domestic is your safest bet.

For more detail on this, read my article covering the Top 50 destinations in the US for your post-quarantine vacation (linked here).

If you are thinking about taking a vacation during COVID, I need to tell you something. There are so many amazing properties spread across the US that were designed for social distancing. And that was wayyy before it was the travel industry’s hottest trend! If you don’t believe me, read on.

This article will dive into the beautiful islands way off the left coast of the United States. I will share 5 of my favorite Hawaii luxury resorts to consider for your Hawaii vacation during COVID.


Top 5 Hawaii luxury resorts for your post-quarantine vacation

Whether you live in Hawaii or you’re willing to fly to the islands, there’s a breathtaking option for you. 

And yes, I understand that Hawaii has done such a great job containing COVID cases, that they are not currently welcoming out of state visitors without a 14-day quarantine. This is a continuously developing situation that we are monitoring closely.

We’ve chosen options at different price points and rounded things out geographically across the Hawaiian islands. Everyone has different needs and priorities, so they are not listed in ranking order. 

It is also not an end all, be all list. There are too many great properties to include them all. If you do not find something that matches your needs, please reach out and ask (email me directly: I am happy to have the conversation and guide you in the right direction!

You might be looking for a near term getaway. Or maybe you’re planning ahead for a time when you will be ready to travel. Either way, continue reading and use this hand-picked list of Hawaii luxury resorts as a starting point. 


VIP perks and amenities for you

I am partnered with many of these properties (e.g. Virtuoso), which means free stuff and VIP treatment for you! At a minimum, this means:

  • Free breakfast daily
  • Food, beverage, or spa credits to use during your stay
  • Potential room upgrades

Plus, I will always contact the properties directly on behalf of my clients. This ensures they are ready to welcome you personally, and gives you the best chance of receiving extra amenities and room upgrades 🙂


Mauna Lani | Big Island – On the Big Island’s dramatic Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani’s secluded beaches, coral reefs, and ancient fishponds set the stage for transformative experiences. Gather with friends and family at the Hālau, the open-air village center that serves as the heartbeat of the resort. Come here for a morning coffee or a quick sandwich, to plan the day’s adventures, meet friends after a gym workout, or experience the spa and shops. Continue onto the Great Lawn—an expansive grassy playground with palm-fringed swimming pools, the HāLani open-air eatery, and Hā Bar. Wander down to the Surf Shack, a casual hangout to prepare and fuel up for a day on the water. After exploring the storied coastline, mark your day with dinner at the celebrated CanoeHouse.

Choose from a variety of rooms, suites, and larger, more secluded bungalows that offer more privacy and a private swimming pool and spa.

  • Open: November 6th (as of the time of this article)
  • $499++ per night

Andaz Maui at Wailea | Maui – Retreat to Andaz Maui at Wailea, a luxury resort set on 15 beachfront acres. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian island spirit with regional farm-to-table dining, direct access to Mokapu Beach, and rooms boasting tropical views. Explore the exotic Polynesian culture and history of Maui during the resort luau experience, the Feast at Mokapu, complete with an authentic Ohana-style meal and cocktails. Choose from five pools to relax and soak up the Maui sunshine, including three ocean-facing, cascading infinity pools, a lagoon pool, and an adult tranquility pool. Cap off the day watching the Wailea sunset with a craft cocktail in hand at Lehua Lounge.

Choose from a wide variety of room, suite, and luxury villa style accommodations.

  • Open: October 25th (as of the time of this article)
  • $569++ per night

Four Seasons Lanai | Lanai – Four Seasons Lanai is a secluded, oceanfront retreat on Hawaii’s last unspoiled island. It sits on the southeastern coast of the pristine island of Lanai, just a moment away from many of the most scenic spots in Hawaii. Best reached by foot or 4-by-4, this is where the Hawaii found in vintage postcards comes vibrantly to life. Spend your days lounging by the lagoon-style pools, strolling the botanical gardens, reconnecting body and spirit at the Spa, and savoring Japanese cuisine at cliff-side NOBU LANAI. From the rugged highlands to the aquatic sanctuary of Hulopoe Bay, the opportunities for adventure – and relaxation – are endless.

Choose from a wide variety of room, suite, and specialty suite style accommodations.

  • Open: October 1st (as of the time of this article)
  • $1,000++ per night

Four Seasons Ko Olina | Oahu – At Four Seasons Ko Olina, you’ll find your very own place of joy. This beachfront island resort sits on Oahu’s wild and rugged western coast. It’s where vast ocean views and lively pools and lagoons set the scene for an unforgettable adventure. Take the family for a ride on an outrigger canoe, splash around in the turquoise waters of the white-sand beach, play a round of golf as you weave through waterfalls at the onsite golf course, or spend the day reconnecting with your inner self at the Spa & Wellness Centre. Whatever the perfect vacation looks like to you, you’ll probably find it here – from sunrise to sunset and long into the star-filled night.

Choose from a wide variety of room, suite, and specialty suite style accommodations.

  • Open: To Be Determined
  • $500++ per night

Timbers Kauai | Kauai – At Timbers Kauai, you’ll explore the Garden Isle in style. At Kauai’s newest oceanfront luxury resort, you’ll find 47 private residences offering whole and fractional ownership opportunities as well as vacation experiences. Imagine relaxed authentic Hawaiian living in your private vacation home, complete with lanais, ocean views, and resort amenities. Kauai, one of the most captivating of the Hawaiian islands, offers adventures for any taste. After you get the blood flowing, savor your tastebuds with Garden Isle cuisine inspired by the island and locally sourced from their on-site farm whenever possible. The Spa weaves local ingredients into traditional practices to create experiences uniquely tailored to their guests. Whether you join for a visit or a lifetime, you’ll never “aloha” the same.

Choose from a variety of two- to four-bedroom luxury residences, each offering at least three private lanais and ocean views.

  • Open: Now
  • $1,000++ per night

Again, this is not an end all be all list of Hawaii luxury resorts. But, whether you’re looking for a Hawaiian vacation during COVID or if you’re planning ahead for a time when you will be ready to travel, this hand-picked list is a great place to start. 

Most luxury travelers don’t have the time, knowledge, or expertise to plan truly awesome vacations. I offer a personalized travel planning and concierge service to help you save time, access the best travel experiences, and travel hassle free.

I am partnered with many of these luxury properties (e.g. Virtuoso), which means VIP perks and amenities for you! To contact me directly, email To start planning your trip today, click SCHEDULE A CALL below.