The Aloha spirit of Hawaii is real and is present wherever you go in this breathtakingly beautiful and ethnically diverse state. It is typically summer all year long in Hawaii and each island presents a uniquely different experience. From beautiful sandy beaches, majestic mountains, rain forests, untouched secluded areas to exciting city life, Hawaii is a destination not just to see but to “live”.
Regardless of which island or islands you choose to visit, one of the best ways to truly “live” the Aloha spirit is in condo accommodations. So many travellers prefer a condo over a hotel room, for good reason. It’s like a home away from home. The space to spread out and truly relax. Condos are available in so many styles and sizes, offer all the conveniences of home and some with the amenities of full service resorts. Whether you are looking for a studio or a four-bedroom condo in a resort style setting or a smaller quaint property, you can find exactly what you are looking for, so you can “live” Hawaii.
Why condos in Hawaii are the way to go?
- Space for the entire family. Living rooms for relaxing, dining areas for family meals, separate bedrooms and multiple bathrooms for comfort and privacy.
- More flexibility with your vacation. Stay for three nights or 30 and arrive any day of the week – the choice is yours.
- Live like a local. Grocery shop with the locals, go to the farmer’s markets for the freshest produce. Meet the growers, the honey producers, the local artisans and enjoy some island food. Acting like a local may just get you a kama‘aina discount!
- Kitchens for convenience. Whether it’s a full kitchen with everything from blenders to rice cookers or a basic kitchenette, preparing your own meals (one, two or three a day) can save you money. They’re also great when you don’t want to eat out for every meal, have dietary restrictions or like the convenience for kids.
- Washers and dryers. These appliances are especially convenient when you only want to bring a carry-on bag, for kids or when you don’t want to go home with dirty laundry.
Housekeeping or no housekeeping. If you are the type of guest who leaves the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door, choosing a condo that does not include daily maid service is perfect for you. On the other hand, if you like coming back to a refreshed room, there are condos that include daily housekeeping service or a midweek clean.
Maui may be the second largest Hawaiian Island but is number one for Canadians. More of us visit this island than any other and almost half stay in condos. The South and West Coasts of the island both have a lot of condos to choose from. Kihei, on the south coast, is the sunniest and driest part of the island. This surf town caters to residents and visitors alike, has over nine kilometers of beach, restaurants, shopping, and some nightlife. On the other side of the West Maui Mountains is Lahaina and the resort area of Kaanapali with world-famous white sand beaches, resorts, restaurants, shops, activities and a plethora of condos, many with ocean or beach front locations. North of Kaanapali Beach and dotted along the coast between Kahana and Kapalua are dozens of affordable condos.
On the Island of Hawaii (aka The Big Island), the Kohala Coast on the northwest side of the island is home to world-class accommodation and great condo choices, many set on the fairways of one of its two golf courses. The Waikoloa Resort area has beaches, resorts, shopping and great dining combined with historic sites including petroglyph preserves, sacred fishponds and centuries old lava fields. On the southwest side of the island is Kailua-Kona, a quaint seaside town surrounded by a few big box stores, so you are never far away from a shopping fix or a Costco run. A collection of oceanfront condos sit between rocky coves and stretches of beach and these tend to be lower priced than the Waikoloa area.
Kauai, the lushest island and nicknamed The Garden Island, is laid back and a playground for adventure. Picture Jurassic Park (without the dinosaurs), rain forests, emerald valleys, waterfalls and blue sparkling water. There is a good range of condo accommodation in the resort areas of Poipu (South Shore) and The Royal Coconut Coast (East Side). Poipu is the sunniest part of the island and together with its perfect beaches, small towns, resorts and golf, this area can be as chill or as fun as you would like. Up on the Royal Coconut Coast north of Lihue, golden beaches are scattered along the coast and attractions including Fern Grotto, the Wailua River and Kapaa Town are close by. Many of the condos are oceanfront, peacefully quiet and have their own pools and barbecues.
Most of Hawaii’s population lives on the island of Oahu and it is here that you will find the best of city life. Many visitors stay in Waikiki/Honolulu and although 70% of the available accommodation is in hotels, there are some very good 3, 4 and 5 star condo hotels steps away from Waikiki Beach. In the centre of Waikiki, there is a grocery store as well as lots of shopping and restaurants if you want to indulge in local cuisine. Be sure to take a day or two to explore the island and visit coastal surf towns, amazing uncrowded beaches and big waves on the North Shore.
With our extensive service to Hawaii from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, visiting Hawaii has never been easier.