12 Budget-Friendly Hawaii Resorts for a Stress-free Vacation

Noah Belachew

Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet. Its lush, verdant forests, brilliant blue waters, and awe-inspiring mountains make it a popular vacation spot. 

However, with that popularity comes a high price, literally. It’s no secret that visits to Hawaii are costly. Plane tickets, food, travel to and from attractions, and lodging all have costs you’ll have to factor in.

Fortunately, we can help you cover at least one part of your planning. Here are 12 budget-friendly Hawaii resorts for your vacation to the Aloha state

Hawaii Resorts in Maui

Also known as “the valley isle,” Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island. Maui’s dormant volcano and world-famous beaches make it a beloved destination. If you’d like to visit Maui, here are a few Hawaii resorts you may want to watch.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club

It’s hard to find a Hawaii resort that offers better amenities than Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club. A family photoshoot, dining, shopping, and swimming are all available on-site. Almost three acres of lagoon await you, so you may never want to leave the resort. 

Or, if you do decide to adventure outside this Marriott Vacation Club resort, you will be close to all of Maui’s top attractions, like Kaanapali Beach and the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium. In addition to luxurious amenities, you will stay in a spacious suite ranging from 800 to 1305 sq ft. You will find stylish, modern decor in each room and comfortable beds accommodating four to eight guests. 

Kaanapali Beach Club

Maui’s western shore is home to Kaanapali Beach Club, a Diamond Hawaii resort located minutes from downtown Lahaina. You can choose between ocean or mountain views in your villa, so you will never be short of spectacular scenery. In addition, there is lush landscaping and calming waterfalls throughout the resort. 

Swimming in the oceanfront pool with your family is the perfect way to cool off. In the pool area, you’ll find a 1-acre swimming pool with a waterslide, hot tub, and kiddie pool. Additional amenities include an open-air cafe, a marketplace, direct beach access, childcare, and a children’s program. 

Westin Nanea Ocean Resort

Another great resort in Hawaii is the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas. This blissful resort spans 16 acres boasting spacious accommodations. These villas range in size from 840 to 1,260 sq ft. Whether you are looking to stay on-site or explore, this is the perfect Hawaii timeshare resort to do so. 

In addition to having incredible villas, there are three pools, award-winning restaurants, ukulele classes, hula dancing, and several other fun activities at the resort. Nearby you can go scuba diving, shopping, snorkeling, and surfing.

Hawaii Resorts in Kauai

Kauai is sometimes called “the garden island,” and it lives up to the name. This island is filled with tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and enormous mountain spires. As a result, Kauai is great for anyone hoping to immerse themselves in nature. If you’d like to visit Kauai, here are three Hawaii resorts worth looking into.

Pono Kai Resort by Bluegreen Vacations

Located on the eastern coast of Kauai, Pono Kai Resort by Bluegreen Vacations is an 11-acre oceanfront family-friendly Hawaiian resort with almost a mile of private beach. Pono Kai offers arts and crafts classes, ping pong tables, and even board games for the little ones and their parents to enjoy. 

This Bluegreen Vacations resort offers condos just steps away from the crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters. Additionally, you can find a putting green, tennis courts, and a sauna on-site.

Wyndham Kauai Beach Club

On the east coast of Kauai, the Garden Island, Wyndham’s Kauai’s Beach Villas, offers lush vegetation and exotic beauty. This Hawaiian resort is near the main airport of Kauai, so you can quickly get to and from the island. This resort is your place if you’re looking for a laid-back, quaint, yet luxurious oceanfront Hawaii resort. Visitors are greeted at Kauai’s Beach Villas by an “Aloha” carved into the shrubbery. 

You’ll also be able to relax in outdoor hot tubs or gaze out over the resort with your private balcony. Each unit has a fully-equipped kitchen and separate bedrooms so everyone in the family will feel right at home. This Wyndham resort has a variety of on-site amenities, including pools, tennis courts, a restaurant, and live entertainment.

Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons Kalanipu’u

Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons-Kalanipu’u is a Kaui resort with top-of-the-line amenities set in the gorgeous atmosphere Kauai is known for. Each comfortable two- and three-bedroom villa boasts private balconies, fully-equipped kitchens, separate living rooms, and dining areas. 

The amenities on-site at this Hawaiian resort include car rentals, a world-class swimming pool complex, a private beach, childcare, and boat rentals. In addition, if you have any golfers in your family, they will love the location because it is adjacent to two championship golf courses and a golf range.

Hawaii Resorts in Oahu

Oahu is called “the gathering place,” and it’s easy to see why. The majority of Hawaii’s residents live here, and it gives the island a greater sense of bustle. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Hawaii, Oahu is the place for you. Here are three Hawaii resorts worth checking out.

Waikiki Skytower

Waikiki Skytower provides unforgettable views and is the perfect jumping point for exploring scenic Oahu. Located in the heart of Honolulu, this Hawaii resort puts you within minutes of the island’s best attractions. You’ll be just moments away from Waikiki Beach, historical landmarks, world-class cuisine, and much more. 

Guests can relax in one-bedroom, condo-style accommodations with full kitchens and spacious living areas. To catch some of Hawaii’s signature sunshine, guests can enjoy the resort’s pool or head down to the beach.

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club resort takes luxury to a new level. Guests will be “wow-ed” by this O’ahu timeshare’s fabulous amenities and accommodations. Suites have living rooms, spacious bedrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen facilities so that you will feel right at home. In addition, there are varying suite sizes you can stay at, which makes it the perfect location for larger families. 

Amenities at this 640-acre gated community include activities for kids, a swimming pool, beach access, restaurants, and a fitness center. For a Hawaiian resort that does it all, you can’t go wrong with Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club.

Marriot's Ko Olina Beach Club is 3 minutes from Disney's Aulani Resort.

Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations

Standing 39 stories tall, Grand Waikikian cuts an impressive figure across the Hawaiian skyline. This Hilton Grand Vacations Club tower has superb amenities such as an arcade, pool, fitness center, and dining options. You can also access all the amenities across the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. 

This Hawaiian resort is closer to the outskirts of the village, so you will experience more privacy and can escape the crowds. The accommodations offer one- and two-bedroom suites as well as a penthouse option.

Hawaii Resorts on the Big Island

As the largest of all the islands, it should come as no surprise that the island of Hawaii, also known as “the big island,” has plenty to do. From the volcanos’ dark soil to the beaches’ white sand, there are so many awe-inspiring environments to explore. If you’d like to visit the big island, here are a few Hawaii resorts to consider.

WorldMark Kona

If you want to visit Kailua-Kona, a spot known for being the most beautiful on the Big Island, stay at WorldMark Kona. This Hawaiian resort’s suites are available in one- and two-bedroom sizes. They are spacious and include a kitchen, dining area, and living room. 

If you want to have fun on-site, enjoy the fabulous amenities such as movie rentals, beach access, and a pool. Not to mention, there is an activities center on-site that hosts fun events throughout your stay. The Big Island is one of the best islands to visit in Hawaii, and you can’t go wrong when staying at this Wyndham-affiliated timeshare.

Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations

Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort is one of the largest and best Hawaii resorts. Whether you play a round of tennis, take a dip in one of the two swimming pools, or enjoy the incredible views of Wailua Bay, your whole family will have something fun to do. Each one- and two-bedroom suite provides ample space for everyone to stretch out and relax. Not to mention, each suite has a kitchen, washer, and dryer. 

Since this timeshare is located on the Big Island, there is plenty to do in the surrounding areas. Fun attractions the whole family will love include ziplining over KoleKole Falls or going on a safari at Volcanoes National Park.

Wyndham Hawaii at Royal Sea Cliff

Conveniently tucked outside Kailua-Kona, the Wyndham Hawaii at Royal Sea Cliff offers a quiet, cozy retreat. So if you want a home base on the big island with a little less noise, you can’t go wrong with Royal Sea Cliff. 

This Hawaiian resort has an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub to take a dip in when you need some aquatic relaxation. As for accommodations, guests can choose a one or two-bedroom suite. The one-bedroom suite has a queen-sized sleeper sofa, while the bed size in the bedroom varies. Meanwhile, the two-bedroom suite has a king-sized bed, a queen-sized bed, and a queen-sized sleeper sofa. 

Making Your Trip Better With Budget-friendly Hawaii Resorts

Vacation planning isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. These Hawaii resorts are not only budget-friendly but also close to some beloved attractions. As a result, you’ll save not only some money but also some time. 

If you’d like to save even more money while staying at a resort like this, a rental timeshare might be right for you. Timeshare rentals allow you to save money while staying at a resort, and you’ll still be able to enjoy all the amenities available. With these resorts, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of Hawaii without breaking the bank.

This article originally appeared on Savoteur.

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