Hawaii Hotel Picks | Up to 50% Hidden Fees and Taxes

Travel + Leisure recently came out with their World’s Best Awards for 2022, and among the picks are their 20 Best Resorts in Hawaii. We sorted through their choices to look at rates and how taxes and hidden fees add to your nightly rate. Hidden fees can be those gotcha items at the end that include resort fees and more.

For this non-scientific study, we checked the lowest room rates for dates off-season (September 14-21). And we chose the lowest price available on each hotel’s website. Taxes were estimated at 20%, which is slightly above actual, which you can read all about in Hawaii hotel taxes are the highest in the U.S.  Below are what you’ll find, and some of it was surprising to us.

Taxes and resort fees ranged from approximately 20% to 50% of the total Hawaii hotel bill.

Some takeaways, such as this were rather surprising. In addition, it’s interesting to see that, no matter how high-end and expensive, some hotels are forgoing resort fees, which is an acknowledgment of just how unpopular “hidden fees are.” Others are choosing to wrap the parking and the resort fee together. There were some relatively low-priced (for Hawaii) surprises too among the top picks, although some of those had among the highest ancillary fees. You’ll note too that the higher the nightly room rate, the less impactful the taxes and fees are.

Beat of Hawaii is on the road around Hawaii.

We will try staying at some of these resorts over the next couple of months. The hotels do not know that we will be coming or writing about them, and we’ll pay normally, just as you would. Stay tuned for that.

1. Hotel Wailea, Maui. T+L (T+L Score 94.86)

24% additional taxes and fees estimated.

$1,199/nightly, plus $40/combined parking and resort fee.
Website: hotelwailea.com

$1,487/est. daily total for 2 including all taxes/fees.

2. Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani, Oahu (T+L score 94.59)

32% additional taxes and fees estimated.

$397/nightly, plus $40/combined parking and resort fee.
Website: halepuna.com

$524/est. daily total for 2 including all taxes/fees.

3. Four

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Hawaii inns are now observing visitor bookings into 2023

The solar sets off of Waikiki Beach front on the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Honolulu, Hi. 

Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Moments by means of Getty Imag

With the conclusion of Hawaii’s Protected Travels application and the decline of the omicron variant, the range of travelers to the condition is rising and lodge rates are mounting.

Pent-up journey demand and constrained journey decisions thanks to the pandemic brought 851,406 U.S. site visitors to Hawaii in July 2021 — a document all-time large for U.S. guests. In January, there ended up 574,183 guests to Hawaii, up from 171,976 site visitors in January 2021, but even now down from the 817,600 guests to Hawaii in January 2019.

Bookings from U.S. travelers are bouncing back to pre-pandemic concentrations, but bookings from Japan and Korea are continue to “essentially zero,” according to a quarterly forecast from the Financial Investigation Organization at the College of Hawaii (UHERO). Japan has very long been the premier source for global readers to Hawaii, but the pandemic noticeably minimized people numbers. Shut to 1.5 million travelers to Hawaii were from Japan in 2019, in contrast to 269,402 in 2020.

“In December, U.S. readers represented almost 90% of Hawaii tourists,” the UHERO report said. “The range of website visitors from Canada has enhanced considering that the summer months, achieving 5% of all visitors in December and 45% of their pre-pandemic stage. People from other worldwide markets keep on being negligible so considerably.” 

This might all change as additional worldwide constraints ease.

A busy summer time is predicted later on in the calendar year, and with it much more intercontinental guests, according to the Hawaii State Office of Business enterprise, Financial Progress and Tourism’s push release.

Costs for lodges and other lodging are also rising — accounting for almost 50 percent of visitors’ expenditures. Alterations to Hawaii’s family vacation rental laws have significantly decreased the quantity of rentals out there, driving up demand and price ranges.

“Hotel bookings for future stays however lag rather behind pre-pandemic ranges, but the fast retreat of the omicron wave bodes

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Amazing Hawaii Vacation Rentals For Your Winter Escape

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.

Big Island

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.

Homes & Villas by Marriott International

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.

Hawaii vacation rental with pool
Homes & Villas by Marriott International

Three-Bed, Three-Bath House With Pool

Situated along the sun-drenched Kohala Coast on the

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