Dreaming of your next tropical escape? Perhaps this time, you can go for an all-out Hawaiian luxury getaway. Drifting off in the Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands is the youngest of the American states and the most isolated of the bunch. The entire archipelago was formed out of a volcanic activity that started millions of years ago and continues to this very day. As a result, you have gorgeous emerald valleys, steep mountains, tropical flora not found anywhere else, and a unique island culture fiercely protected by its locals. The Aloha State has eight main islands. In this article, we’ll set our sights on the top Airbnb luxe accommodations in Island of Hawaii.
The Island of Hawaii is a mountainous region, with volcanic activity constantly shaping the landscape. We have the natural forces to thank for carving the land this beautiful tropical hideaway sits on. Kamilo at Mauna Lani 321 is the very definition of a tropical garden escape, nestled in a lush plot of land and surrounded by distant, towering peaks. The highlight of the property is the lagoon pool, which is attached to a hot tub. And since you’re in the resort community of Kamilo, some of the best golf is just five minutes away.
Kamilo at Mauna Lani 321Kamuela, Hawaii, United States
Sunsets in the Big Island are truly a sight to behold, and when you stay in this bungalow called Kamilo 330, you get the best seats on this side of the Kohala Mountains. Do away with pretension and just sit back and relax in this laidback luxury abode. The open-concept floor plan that integrates indoor-outdoor living is great for entertaining and spending quality time with your loved ones. Hawaiian touches are sprinkled throughout the house, from the greenery to the woven panels, all locally made. Best of all, there are two master suites here – one in the main house and another one in the guest house.
Kamilo 331Kamuela, Hawaii, United States
Enjoy the ocean breeze and Hawaiian sunshine in this modernist villa, fully designed to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. An entire wall of the house that faces the Pacific gives way to a great open area where you can enjoy the best of Hawaii’s natural offerings, all within the comforts of a cozy luxury home. Check out the wooden trellis that provides both sun and shade, as well as the infinity pool that overlooks the golf course. Not far, you can see the glittering Pacific Ocean.
Kipuka LaniKamuela, Hawaii, United States
When you’re in a place as beautiful as the Island of Hawaii, it’s hard to resist the charms of resort-style living, which is why this two-bedroom villa in Hualalai Resort is one of our favorites. It’s designed by one of Honolulu’s best architects, featuring locally sourced and made wood fittings and artwork for authentic Hawaiian design experience. The golf course is not far off – in fact, the 15th tee of the Hualalai Golf Course is right at your backyard. Perfect for the avid golfer!
Hualalai Resort Fairway Villa 104DKailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
If you ask us, the ideal vacation in Hawaii has three elements: gorgeous views, great outdoor spaces, and the shoreline not far from the place where we’re staying. This hillside villa, fortunately, ticks those three boxes. You get panoramic garden and ocean views here, all to be enjoyed from the numerous outdoor spaces located in the property. If you want to take a dip in the ocean or lay down in the sand, the beach is not far off. But one of the highlights is this Airbnb luxe retreat’s proximity to the Hualalai Coffee Company, where you can enjoy fresh brews of delicious Kona coffee.
Hillside Villa 1102 HualalaiKailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Spend your vacation in Hawaii like royalty in this estate, where contemporary design meets tropical sensibilities. Meditate downstairs in the central courtyard and wash your worries away as you listen to the water feature in the garden. Upstairs, in the balcony, read a book, take a nap, and watch the ocean glisten under the sun. Located in Hualalai Resort, this property is located a short drive from the Hualalai Coffee Company and the local cultural center. If you’re after an immersive experience, this Airbnb luxe rental is a top contender.
Hualalai Resort Haliipua Villa 104Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
You know you’re vacationing in the right place when you’re located close to a world-class resort. This two-bedroom luxury villa is just a stone’s throw away from Four Seasons Hualalai but already offers every kind of luxury you’ll find in the resort. There’s the fully stocked gourmet kitchen (you can hire a chef to prepare an authentic Hawaiian course), alfresco dining in the private lanai, and beautiful tropical views. But in case you want to experience what Four Seasons Hualalai offers, the resort amenities are all a short walk away from the property.
Hualalai Resort - Hillside Villa 4102Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Mauna Lani is a great place, so if you’re looking for a larger luxury rental to accommodate a bigger group, this retreat is just a short distance away from Kamilo at Mauna Lani 321. This time, you get four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, perfect for a larger party. As always, the property is surrounded by emerald grounds with tropical foliage, and the outdoor and indoor living spaces are simply divine. There’s an infinity pool where you can cool off, but if you want salt water in your hair, Mauna Lani’s private beach club is just a short walk away.
Lau'lea at the Mauna LaniWaimea, Hawaii, United States
Experience true island living in this Airbnb luxe oasis in Champion Ridge, one of the gated communities located within the Mauna Lani Resort. It oozes Hawaiian appeal, with the wood used for the foundations and accents, the integrated outdoor-indoor living spaces, and the fabulous master suite that comes with its very own private lanai. This property makes great use of its location – its one of the best spots in the Island of Hawaii to enjoy Kohala Coast sunsets, watch the stars at night, and feel the breeze coming from the Pacific. And did we mention the pool is simply divine?
Champion Ridge HomeWaimea, Hawaii, United States
You’re on vacation and it’s perfectly alright to do nothing all day. Tell you what, this tropical contemporary vacation rental in the Mauna Lani resort community seems to be just the perfect place to do absolutely nothing. Go swimming in the pool, lounge around in one of the day beds, do some cartwheels in the garden, or take a couple of Instagram-worthy pictures by the blooming bougainvillea. Everyone in the group gets to rest well – the rooms come with a California king bed, a king bed, and a queen-sized bed, all with plush linens and pillows.
Ke Kailani (1C) at Mauna LaniWaimea, Hawaii, United States
Here’s another recommendation for all of you out there who just want to be close to emerald fairways. This luxury vacation rental in Champion Ridge is just a couple of minutes away from the community’s expansive golf course, so you can tee your heart out whenever you want. After golf, you can cool off by taking a dip at the swimming pool, read a book while you work on your tan, enjoy an informal barbecue meal or go all out and prepare a feast in the gourmet kitchen. There’s little light pollution here, so you can go stargazing with ease, even while you soak in the hot tub.
Champion Ridge at Mauna LaniWaimea, Hawaii, United States
Capping off our list of top Airbnb luxe rentals in the Big Island is this plantation-like estate set in an expansive parcel of land in the Champion Ridge community. You can go for long walks around the property, admire the sweeping views of the Kohala Mountains from any point, and just set your mind at ease. This is the epitome of luxury, with three king beds and a pair of queen beds in the private quarters, a refreshing swimming pool, a state-of-the-art media room, and the chef-grade kitchen. Here, you and your friends will truly feel like you’re in paradise.
House of the Turtle at Champion Ridge Mauna LaniMauna Lani, Hawaii, United States
The Big Island is waiting
The Island of Hawaii (also known as Big Island) is the perfect starting point to your Hawaiian adventure. It has beaches, active volcanoes, great restaurants, everything you need (and more) for an ideal tropical getaway.
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