Say “aloha” to spending winter hiking and bird-watching in paradise. Homes & Villas by Marriott International offers several vacation rentals in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. And although winter — or hoolio, as its called in Hawaii — is the rainy season on the islands, it’s the most popular time to visit. Perhaps that’s because the average temperature at sea level is 78° Fahrenheit, which is much better than we can say for the weather on the mainland during January and February! From the Garden Isle of Kauai to the Valley Isle of Maui, we’ve rounded up the best vacation rentals in Hawaii to escape to this winter.
Aptly dubbed the “Big Island,” as it is the largest island in the chain, the Island of Hawaii is a topographical wonder. Visitors can stroll green sand beaches, climb black volcanic boulders, view active lava flows, lose themselves in lush tropical forests, and explore majestic mountain ranges. Here are some great places to stay on the Big Island.
One-Bed, Two-Bath Villa With Yoga Studio
Prana is a unique a-frame villa tucked away on a lush property full of Balinese-style architecture called Ramashala in Pahoa, HI. The first floor is a yoga studio exclusively for guest use, while the living quarters are upstairs. With two California king beds, the one-bedroom, two-bath vacation rental can sleep up to four guests.
A covered balcony offers a peaceful place to enjoy your morning coffee. There’s a grill and picnic table on the covered patio where you can dine al fresco. Do note that this rental does not have air conditioning or TVs — a nice break for some, but something to consider.
Just a couple hundred yards away, you’ll find Kehena Beach, one of the world’s only black sand nude beaches. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, turtles, and whales. Other nearby attractions include Lava Tree State Monument, natural steam vents, and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Three-Bed, Three-Bath House With Pool
Situated along the sun-drenched Kohala Coast on the