Diamond Head defines the view from the posh Halekulani Suite. // © 2017 Halekulani
Feature image (above): A four-poster bed distinguishes the master bedroom in each of Fairmont Orchid’s Presidential Suites. // © 2017 Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
Escaping to Hawaii is heavenly in its own right. Experiencing a Hawaii luxury suite is icing on the cake. At once posh and private, the state’s fanciest hotel digs cater to contemporary needs while demonstrating the best of island-style hospitality.
Discriminating guests of Hawaii’s luxury suites get every imaginable amenity, from on-call butlers to designer furnishings. The following top-of-the-line accommodations appeal to VIPs, romance travelers and clients for whom money is no object.
Alii Royal Suite, Four Seasons Resort Lanai
The tiny island of Lanai lays claim to one of Hawaii’s most expensive suites. Measuring 3,984 square feet, the two-bedroom Alii Suite at Four Seasons Resort Lanai features a living room, a dining room for six and a media room with a 75-inch television. Bathroom head-turners include a double Japanese soaking tub and a walk-in steam shower for two. The large lanai is ideal for viewing spinner dolphins in Hulopoe Bay, with help from binocular tripods.
The suite’s look is defined by exotica, including Honduran mahogany floors and a bronze art piece by Cypriot sculptor Yorgos Kypris. Guests receive included perks, such as spa treatments, use of a luxury vehicle and a private golf lesson with a PGA pro.
Nightly Rate: $18,000 for two bedrooms, $21,000 for three bedrooms
Halekulani Suite, Halekulani, Oahu
A semi-private elevator leads to this one-bedroom gem. Halekulani’s eponymous suite provides 2,135 square feet of opulence, with the option to expand to a 3,320-square-foot two-bedroom suite. The brainchild of fashion designer Vera Wang, it features rare furnishings from Hawaii, Asia and the South Pacific. Up to six people can sip and sup in the dining room, outfitted with classic china and glassware. Eye-catching woods and sleek stone create a spa ambiance in the master bathroom. The spacious lanai faces Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.
Among the many included amenities are limousine airport transfers, en-suite afternoon tea, personal butler service and a welcome gift of champagne and amuse-bouches.
Nightly Rate: $6,000 for one bedroom, $8,000 for two bedrooms
Presidential Suite, St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai
Scenes from “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, were filmed in this 1,800-square-foot suite. The decor sets a casually sophisticated tone, from the formal dining room for eight with its Murano glass chandelier, to the freestanding Italian marble tub room. Guests can lounge on the outdoor terrace and savor wraparound views of Hanalei Bay and its signature sea cliffs.
Embroidered gold island maile leaf patterns add a sense of place to the master bedroom, complete with high-thread-count linens and plush pillows. A butler — who enters and exits through a separate entrance in the kitchen — unpacks and packs luggage, presses garments, delivers daily beverages and generally anticipates guest needs.
Nightly Rate: $7,100
Presidential Suites, Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Island
Fairmont Orchid presents double the decadence with its two Presidential Suites, one in the north tower and one in the south. Each two-bedroom, 4,258-square-foot accommodation features top-flight amenities such as a kitchen, a dining room, a living room and a parlor. The master bedroom beckons with a four-poster king bed, and the full bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub. The north tower suite throws in a baby grand piano.
Both suites come with two lanais, which are perfect for beach, lagoon, ocean and sunset gazing. They also include access to the Fairmont Gold Floor, with privileges such as continental breakfast, afternoon tea, an evening honor bar with canapes and a dedicated concierge.
Nightly Rate: $3,000 for both the North Tower Presidential Suite and South Tower Presidential Suite
Royal Pacific Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Renovated in 2016, the Royal Pacific Suite features plenty of wood and a color scheme of green, brown and cream, all of which reflect its natural surroundings. Hawaiian-inspired artwork graces its 2,550 square feet of interior space. The suite includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half travertine bathrooms, a full kitchen, a butler pantry, a walk-in closet, an eight-person dining room and a living room. Pick a lanai — there are five of them totaling 750 square feet — and enjoy the expansive views of Molokai, Lanai and the ocean.
Located on the top floor of the hotel, the Royal Pacific Suite invites its occupants to take advantage of The Ritz-Carlton’s exclusive Club Level, with five daily food and beverage offerings.
Nightly Rate: From $7,300