Hawaii: hotel or condo? Turns out they’re both right.

Hawaii. So many things to do – so many reasons to go. Start with ‘well, it’s winter in Canada’, and go from there. Go to explore, go to relax. Go for the beach, go for the culture. Go for the whale watching, volcano watching or people watching. Go for our latest favourite experience: manta ray diving. Just go. You’re in? Awesome. Once you’ve decided to go, then you need to decide what kind of Hawaiian vacation experience is right for you. Do you want to go the hotel route, or do you want the freedom that a vacation condo can provide? We’ve been there and we’ve assembled some of the advantages of both for you here. They are both great ways to go – here’s why.

Room service or self-serve?

WestJet Vacations Hawaii Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger Condo

Photo credit: Hawaii Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger Condo

What kind of vacationer are you, or more to the point, what kind of vacation are you looking for? Say you want to relax, with the only decision being whether to bring a book to the beach, or which end of the buffet to start at ­– well, that sure sounds like hotel living and it sounds pretty appealing, especially with months of Canadian winter on the horizon. Many of us go on vacation to be pampered and have our every whim catered to, which describes many of our hotel destinations to a “T”. The advantages of a hotel vacation are fairly obvious: start with “we’re on vacation in Hawaii”, and go from there.

Home away from home.


Photo credit: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

For the more independent traveller who’s interested in going their own way, a condo vacation provides the freedom to do exactly that. Condo vacations are a great choice for families or groups, because the accommodations provide room to stretch out – and also the ability to stretch out the cost among your group. The condo setting allows for an atmosphere that feels like home, which can be ideal for families and groups.

In your vacation condo, you can have your morning cereal and do your own cooking. Or, decide when you want to go out to eat. The ability to do your own laundry comes in handy as well, making it possible to pack a bit lighter.

Condos can also offer a bit more privacy, ideal for families on vacation. And they can be a bit less crowded and perhaps less “tourist-y”. The condo vacation definitely can afford a more unique and personal experience of Hawaii than you might find if you were doing a resort or hotel type vacation. Just going out to buy groceries can provide you with a bit more of an authentic local vibe.

Hotel living, on the other hand, can mean being pampered and indulged at every turn. The onsite amenities can be more extensive, with room service, on-premises restaurants and bars, pools, spas, fitness facilities and more. Many of us look forward to going on vacation as a chance to treat ourselves to luxuries and indulgences we wouldn’t normally enjoy at home. It’s these pleasures that allow us to relax, enjoy and ultimately recharge our batteries.

They’re both right.

WestJet Vacations Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

Photo credit: Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

Many of the vacation condos you can book through WestJet Vacations offer the best of both hotel and condo vacation packages with restaurants onsite, a reception desk and some even offer housekeeping, just like the hotels. Booking your condo or hotel vacation package with WestJet Vacations gives you the opportunity to truly unwind and enjoy every moment and let us do the worrying for you. It’s your vacation. So whether you choose a hotel or a condo, you can relax knowing that your entire vacation package is backed by the expertise and reputation of professionals who have been there – the people at WestJet Vacations.

It’s really determined by personal choice: what kind of traveller you are, and what kind of experience you’re looking for. When it’s all said and done, Hawaii remains the world’s most perfect vacation climate – also the best and some would say only, place to buy a Hawaiian shirt. The Hawaiian vacation experience is truly second to none, making hotels and condos two “right” answers to the same question.

Checkout some options for both hotel and condo accommodations below and start planning your Hawaii vacation today.

WestJet Vacations Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger Condo

Photo credit: Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger Condo


Aston at Waikiki Banyan Condo

Hilton Hawaiian Village


Maui Eldorado Kaanapali by Outrigger Condo

Kamaole Sands Condo

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel


Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

Hawaii Island

Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay

Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger Condo