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The 5 Best Hawaii All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

Do all-inclusive Hawaii resorts exist? The answer is both yes and no. While you won’t find traditional all-inclusive resorts that package accommodations, activities, meals, and gratuities in one rate per person, you will find all-inclusive Hawaii family vacation packages or other incentives that allow you to have a nearly all-inclusive experience on the islands. These are the best Hawaii all-inclusive resorts for families.

Travaasa Hana – Maui 

Travaasa Hana (which will become the Hana-Maui Resort in November 2020) is the closest thing to a traditional Hawaii all-inclusive resort. Located on the island of Maui, this oceanfront resort offers an all-inclusive package that covers overnight accommodations; three meals daily; unlimited access to scheduled activities and onsite facilities; gratuities; Wi-Fi; bottled water and coffee; and banana bread upon arrival. Those who book this package also get a $175 resort credit per person, per day, which can be used on a spa treatment or private class. 

Royal Kona Resort – Big Island 

Royal Kona Resort has offered all-inclusive pricing in the past, and is currently offering an air-inclusive vacation package. The package combines accommodations and airfare in one easy, discounted rate. Once you arrive at this tropical oasis on Hawaii’s Big Island, you can take advantage of scheduled activities, the swimming pool and saltwater lagoon, and of course, the nearby beach, at no extra cost, just like a true Hawaii all-inclusive resort.

Royal Lahaina Resort – Maui

Royal Kona’s sister resort on Maui, Royal Lahaina Resort, is also offering an air-inclusive package with discounts on both airfare and room rates. This resort is located right on the beach, where all guests enjoy complimentary access to the sand and surf, as well as beach activities and rentals. Families also enjoy free access to three pools (two of which are oceanfront) and two hot tubs. 

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa – Oahu 

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Okay, so Aulani isn’t technically a Hawaii all-inclusive resort. But the Oahu resort includes so many activities and amenities in its nightly rates that it certainly feels all-inclusive! Among the inclusions are nightly bonfires with storytelling, resort walking tours, a game room, ukulele lessons, character experiences, kids’ clubs and live entertainment. Of course, access to the resort’s beach, as well as the countless pools, lazy rivers and splash pad, is included in rates, as are the pool parties and dive-in movies hosted there. Like most Disney hotels and resorts, they’ve thought of pretty much everything.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk – Oahu

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Located steps from world-famous Waikiki Beach on Oahu, the Embassy Suites by Hilton offers a different kind of all-inclusive Hawaii experience: spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens. Stock up on groceries at a local supermarket and cook lunch and dinner in your room (but not breakfast—that’s complimentary and includes a bountiful buffet each morning). The hotel also hosts evening receptions with complimentary snacks, beverages, and often live entertainment.

Other complimentary perks include the Grand Lanai, where you’ll find a heated pool, whirlpool spa, children’s pool, and sun deck with cabanas and day beds for lounging. Be sure to inquire about the hotel’s specials before you book, too—it regularly offers packages, many of them designed for specifically for families. 

Tip: Want accommodations that include a kitchen, but not necessarily looking to stay on Oahu or at the Embassy Suites? Search your favorite hotel booking sites for all-suite or condo hotels and resorts, as these type of accommodations typically have full kitchens and other useful amenities (think in-unit washers and dryers and bicycles for exploring) to help you save and have an genuine Hawaii all-inclusive resort experience.

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Amanda Norcross
Amanda Norcross is the former Lead Editor at Family Vacation Critic (a Tripadvisor Media Group Company), where she also served as a media spokesperson. Her travel expertise has been featured in major outlets including Bloomberg, NBC News, The New York Times, and The Weather Channel. When she's not traveling, you'll find Amanda performing on a community theater stage, practicing yoga, sampling craft beer, or obsessing over her mini-dachshund, Rudy.