Island Deals for the Summer

Island Vacations need not break the bank. 

By: By Marty Wentzel

An island vacation need not break the bank. That’s the message from Hawaii hotels during these days of soaring fuel costs and sagging visitor counts. Properties on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai are working hard to keep front of mind by promoting deals with more value than usual.

Case in point is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island. For the first time ever, the 243-room luxury hotel is offering the fourth night free, with rates from $725 per night from Sept. 2-Dec. 18. Clients who book ocean front accommodations or higher get two free rounds of golf or two 50-minute massages, a $500 value (888-340-5662;

Another Big Island property, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa, is partnering with two local companies to give clients more bang for their buck. Through Dec. 23, guests of the 521-room hotel get a Triple Dip coupon redeemable for free t-shirts from Hawaii Forest and Trail or Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, when they spend $25 or more at either company’s gift shop. On-property, clients can use the coupon for a 50 percent discount at Keauhou Bay Coffee Co. or get a free glass of wine at the resort’s Kai restaurant (866-716-8109;

On Maui, the Royal Lahaina Resort is pitching a Royal Rewards promotion that can save clients over $500 when they stay in the Lahaina Kai Tower, fresh from a $35 million renovation. For bookings of at least five nights, the deal comes with a room-category upgrade, daily breakfast for two at the Royal Ocean Terrace and a pair of admissions to the Royal Lahaina Resort luau. The offer applies to stays from Aug. 17-Dec. 22 (800-222-5642;

The Mauian, a laidback 44-room property, is offering a 15 percent discount on bookings of ocean view units from Sept. 1-Dec. 22, reducing the nightly cost from $195 to $165. Known for its low-rise 1950’s-style architecture and Hawaiian family hosts, the Mauian gives all guests complimentary daily continental breakfast, access to a free weekly poolside party with live entertainment, and presentations on the island’s marine environment (800-367-5034;

Maui’s oceanfront Kaanapali Beach Hotel has launched the two-night Family and Friends package priced at $499 for up to four people. Clients get use of a rental car, daily buffet breakfast in the Kaanapali Mixed Plate restaurant, one pizza to go with the second pie for half price, bottled water each day, a $20 certificate for the poolside Tiki Grill, keepsake cooler bag filled with snacks and $10 discount on adult tickets to a magic dinner theater (800-262-8450;

The Napili Kai Beach Resort, a 163-unit property in northwest Maui, is lowering its rates for fall visitors. From Aug. 25-Dec. 20, clients get a free fifth night, fresh tropical flowers in the room and free entrees for kids who dine with an adult at the beachfront Sea House restaurant. Fall rates range $270-$460 per night. Napili Kai is also listing special programs and discounts for family reunions, weddings and other groups (800-367-5030;

For clients heading to the Garden Isle, Sheraton Kauai Resort has a new initiative emphasizing green getaways. Called Malama (take care of) Kauai, the package provides a National Tropical Botanical Gardens logo bag, a book about the history of nearby Koloa Town and a welcome packet detailing opportunities to volunteer at several environmentally friendly nonprofit organizations around the resort. Package rates start at $229 per night through Dec. 20 (866-716-8140;

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