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Hana Hou! Maui Nō Ka ʻOi: Voted Best Island Again

October 18, 2016, 3:48 PM HST
* Updated October 20, 12:54 PM
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Kahakuloa aerial by Wendy Osher.

Kahakuloa aerial by Wendy Osher.

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Maui topping the list of Best Islands in the US, and the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort recognized as number one on the list of the 30 Best Resorts in Hawaiʻi.

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 awards took into consideration the input of some 300,000 travelers.

“The breadth of their top-rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti,” according to an announcement on the company’s website.

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Waterfall in Hāna, Maui. Image: Chris Archer

Condé Nast Traveler published the lists today including a web-only exclusive list of the 50 Best Hotels & 50 Best Resorts in the World.

Below are categories that featured some of Hawaiʻi and Maui’s best. (*Click on the links for direct access to the 2016 lists and additional information).


10 Best Islands in the US: (1) Maui, HI; (2) Oʻahu, HI; (3) Hilton Head Island, SC; (4) Amelia Island, FL; (5) Sea Island, GA; (6) Kauaʻi, HI; (7) Kiawah Island, SC; (8) Hawaiʻi Island, HI; (9) Longboat Key, FL; and (10) Aquidneck Island (Newport), RI

Andaz Maui at Wailea. File photo credit: Andaz.

Andaz Maui at Wailea. File photo credit: Andaz.


30 Best Resorts in Hawaiʻi: (1) Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort; (2) Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui; (3) Wailea Beach Villas, Maui; (4) Hotel Wailea Maui; (5) Travaasa Hāna, Maui; (6) Koʻa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poʻipū Beach, Kauai; (7) Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island; (8) Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; (9) Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui; (10) Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Resort and Spa; (11) Fairmont Orchid, Big Island; (12) Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; (13) Turtle Bay Resort, Oʻahu; (14) Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island; (15) Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui; (16) Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; (17) Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; (18) Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Big Island; (19) Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi at Manele Bay; (20) Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island; (21) St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauaʻi; (22) Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, The Lodge at Kōʻele; (23) Grand Wailea (Waldorf Astoria), Maui; (24) Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Big Island; (25) Outrigger Reef Waikīkī Beach Resort, Oʻahu; (26) Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Oʻahu; (27) Kauaʻi Marriott Resort; (28) Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Maui; (29) The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Oʻahu; and (30) Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort, Oʻahu.

“To receive the top spot among so many well respected resorts and hotel brands in Hawaiʻi is an incredible honor and achievement for the whole team,” said Scott Allen, general manager of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. “This award reflects our team’s continued dedication to deliver the best in service, fitness, wellness, spa and culinary so that each guest leaves with a piece of our aloha spirit.”

Hula o Nā Keiki competition, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Hula o Nā Keiki competition, 2015. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Top 5 Hotels in Hawaiʻi: (1) Halekulani, Oʻahu; (2) The Royal Hawaiian Luxury Collection, Oʻahu; (3) Trump International Hotel Waikīkī Beach Walk, Oʻahu; (4) The Modern Honolulu, Oʻahu; and (5) Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, Maui.


“We are truly honored Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has been voted as one of the top hotels on the beautiful island of Maui by the trusted readers ofCondé Nast Traveler and are thankful to our most loyal guests and dedicated team members for making this recognition possible,” said General Manager Mike White.

“We are grateful for our employee’s longstanding dedication to providing true Aloha service for our hotel guests, many of whom return year after year to build beautiful memories with their families. From our newly launched Hale Huaka’i ocean activities center and wide variety of complimentary cultural activities, we look forward to continuing to offer an authentic Hawaiian experience for years to come.”

“As Hawaii’s leading luxury hotel, Halekulani adheres to a distinguished level of elegance and quality of service that compares to no other,” said Peter Shaindlin, COO of the Halekulani Corporation. “We are elated to learn that the readers of Condé Nast Traveler recognize Halekulani’s commitment to personalized service and providing memorable and unique experiences for guests.”

We’re excited to announce that Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa recently received the international Hyatt Thrive Leadership Award for its Excellence in Sustainability.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

10 Most Popular Honeymoon Resorts in Hawaiʻi: (1) Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort; (2) Sheraton Kauaʻi Resort; (3) Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; (4) Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui; (5) Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; (6) Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Resort and Spa; (7) St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauaʻi; (8) Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; (9) Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, Kauaʻi; and (10) Travaasa Hāna, Maui.  (*This particular list was published earlier this year)

Virgin America.

Virgin America.

5 Best Airlines in the US: (1) Virgin America; (2) JetBlue Airways; (3) Hawaiian Airlines; (4) Alaska Airlines; and (5) Southwest Airlines.

“We want to thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveler who voted to name Virgin America as the ‘Best U.S. Airline’ for an unrivaled ninth straight year,” said David Cush, President and CEO of Virgin America.

“This award is a tremendous honor and speaks to both our award-winning product and the unique service all of our Teammates work hard to deliver every day.  With the support of our loyal flyers and a focus on innovative design and topnotch service – our team of more than 3,000 teammates have again raised the bar at 35,000 feet.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running recognition of excellence in the travel industry. Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on Oct. 25, 2016.

The full list is published exclusively online, at

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