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.

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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.

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Vacation home top picks revealed by booking website Vrbo: ‘Above and beyond’

Need some travel ideas or vacation home decor inspiration? 

Check out these stunning American properties that have been highlighted by Vacation Rentals by Owner — AKA Vrbo — an online vacation home rental platform that’s under Expedia Group, Inc.

Vrbo named 10 visually compelling accommodations in its 2022 Vacation Homes of the Year roundup. 

Nearly all the homes mentioned on the list have an average star rating of 4.8 out of 5 or higher from travel reviewers. 

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The travel site also made its determinations by evaluating each vacation home’s number of bookings, host status and family-friendly amenities.

“The hosts who own and manage these places are dedicated to going above and beyond for their guests,” said Vrbo spokesperson Alison Kwong in a statement. 

“We also know every family has different tastes and vacation preferences, so this list represents a variety of price points, destinations, types of properties and design.”

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If you’re on the lookout for your family’s next vacation destination or want to know what travelers are looking for in top-ranked vacation homes, take a look at these vetted properties.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida: The Gulf Front 30A home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, is a five-bedroom and a five-and-a-half-bathroom coastal getaway that can accommodate up to 16 guests. 

It’s located in the Dune Allen community and has a private walkway that leads to the beach. The vacation home’s seaside theme is kept throughout with stone and wood floors, original art, custom linens, two covered porches with gulf views, grills, fireplaces and a 15-by-30-foot pool.

The Gulf Front 30A vacation home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has a furnished oceanfront covered porch. (Vrbo)

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: The Moonshine Peak Chalet is a rustic abode nestled in the Arts and Crafts District of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This three-bedroom and three-bathroom chalet can fit up to 10 guests

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