The 6 Best Hawaii All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

These resorts let you to bundle meals, entertainment, and sometimes even airfare for a nearly all-inclusive Hawaii vacation.
Enjoy sweeping ocean views at Ka Maka Grotto, a family pool at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa (Photo: Disney)
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa (Photo: Disney)

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 at full-service resorts plus other incentives that allow you to have a nearly all-inclusive experience. 

The Best All-Inclusive Hawaii Resorts

From the sand and surf of Oahu to the tropical and geologic diversity of the Big Island, it’s easy to see why Hawaii is one of the most popular family vacation spots in the United States. And while the best Hawaii all-inclusive resorts for families aren’t fully inclusive in the literal sense of the term, they do give you options to build your own all-inclusive-like experience, freeing you up to sit back and just enjoy the Hawaiian islands. Here are the top Hawaii resorts with inclusive packages. 

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1. Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa

Oahu, Hawaii

image of pool and pool chairs at Aulani
Aulani’s nightly rates include so many activities and amenities that it feels all-inclusive (Photo: Christine Sarkis)

Okay, so Aulani isn’t technically a Hawaii all-inclusive resort. But this Disney resort on Oahu 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 craft and game room, ukulele lessons, Disney character experiences, kids’ clubs, and live entertainment. All told there are more than 30 included activities, enough to easily spend a week busy and happy without paying an extra dime on things to do.

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Of course, access to this nearly all-inclusive Hawaii resort’s beach, as well as its many countless pools, lazy rivers, and splash pad is also included in the rate, as are the pool parties and dive-in movies hosted there. Like most Disney hotels and resorts, Aulani has thought of pretty much everything you might need or want on your Hawaii family vacation, including loads of dining options and restaurants for everyone in your group.

2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk

Oahu, Hawaii

Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk goes all in with free perks (Photo: Embassy Suites)

Located steps from world-famous Waikiki Beach on Oahu, the all-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk offers a different kind of nearly all-inclusive Hawaii experience that relies heavily on free perks. Stock up on groceries at a local supermarket and cook lunch and dinner in your spacious suite with a fully equipped kitchen, but leave breakfast to the resort—that’s on the house and includes a bountiful buffet each morning. Included in your $40 resort fee, the hotel also hosts evening receptions with snacks, beverages, and often live entertainment. 

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Other all-inclusive-like perks include the Grand Lanai, where you’ll find a heated pool, whirlpool spa, children’s pool, and sun deck with cabanas and daybeds for lounging. Be sure to inquire about the hotel’s specials before you book, too—it regularly offers packages designed specifically for families, such as the “Stay Longer” deal that offers 20 percent off five nights. Other packages may include upgrades or food and beverage credits. 

3. Royal Kona Resort

Big Island, Hawaii

Royal Kona Hawaii All Inclusive Resort (Photo: Royal Kona)
Royal Kona Hawaii All Inclusive Resort offers airfare-inclusive vacation packages (Photo: Royal Kona)

On the Big Island, Royal Kona Resort has offered all-inclusive resort pricing in the past, and is currently offering a number of vacation packages, including airfare-inclusive vacations that combine accommodations and flights in one discounted rate for a somewhat inclusive Hawaii vacation experience.

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Additionally, Royal Kona Resort’s “Added Value” packages offer extra discounts along with more activities and dining options at reduced rates. Examples include a car rental and parking package and a “Royal Experiences” package that includes daily breakfast for two and special-event perks like luau tickets and a dinner cruise. 

Once you arrive at Royal Kona Resort, you can take advantage of scheduled activities, a swimming pool and saltwater lagoon, and of course the nearby beach at no extra cost. (All beaches in Hawaii are public right of way.) And of course, no trip to the Big Island would be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, so be sure to make time for that on your vacation!

4. Royal Lahaina Resort and Bungalows

Maui, Hawaii

Royal Lahaina Hawaii All Inclusive Resort (Photo: Royal Kona)
Royal Lahaina Hawaii All Inclusive Resort routinely has special promotions and discounts (Photo: Royal Kona)

Royal Kona Resort’s sister property on Maui, Royal Lahaina Resort is not a traditional all-inclusive resort, but like the Royal Kona Resort it has regular special offers that might include discounts, upgrades, and/or dining experiences that can add up to an almost all-inclusive Hawaii resort stay.

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Royal Lahaina Resort is located right on the beach, where all guests enjoy free access to sand and surf play, as well as beach rentals. Families also get free access to three outdoor pools (two of which are oceanfront) and two hot tubs. With concierge service included, guests can get assistance planning off-property activities and can come back to free live music.

5. Hana-Maui Resort (Formerly the Travaasa Hana)

Maui, Hawaii

Aerial view of Hana-Maui resort, formerly the all-inclusive Hawaii resort Travaasa Hana
Hana-Maui Resort sits on the rugged and less touristed Hana coast of Maui (Photo: Hyatt)

For years, the secluded and relaxed Travaasa Hana resort offered a nearly all-inclusive Hawaii resort experience. A rebrand and update has turned the resort into the Hana-Maui Resort, a Destination by Hyatt Residence property. And while the appeal of the original resort remains (the vast and gorgeous property overlooking Hana Bay, for instance), there are no longer all-inclusive add-ons but rather a more traditional-for-Hawaii a la carte pricing structure for dining at the two main restaurants, the poolside bar, and the grab-and-go shop.

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The Hana-Maui Resort offers a variation on traditional air-inclusive packages as well. Its Plane to Paradise package, valid when you stay four nights or longer, will whisk you from one of Hawaii’s main airports (Kahului on Maui, Honolulu on Oahu, or Kapalua on Maui) to the resort’s perch along Maui’s east coast in a private 10-seat Cessna. The deal also nets you a dining and spa credit and two-day Jeep rental.

6. Residence Inn Maui Wailea

Maui, Hawaii

While all-inclusive Hawaii vacations are actually quite elusive, there are other ways to simplify your family vacation on the islands. The Residence Inn Maui Wailea not only has a central location near some of Maui’s best beaches and cafes, but breakfast is included and every suite has a full kitchen. So if the reason you want an all-inclusive Hawaii resort is to simplify your travels and keep your budget under control, this affordable spot on Maui’s southwest coast is tough to beat.

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In addition to the complimentary breakfast (which is unusual in Hawaii), The Residence Inn Maui Wailea has a spacious outdoor pool and fitness center, on-site putting green, a local area shuttle, and grocery delivery service. All rooms have a furnished balcony, and there are one- and two-bedroom suites with the option of requesting adjoining rooms as well as the classic studio accommodation options.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hawaii All-Inclusive Resorts

1) Does Hawaii have any all-inclusive resorts?

While many warm weather beach destinations do offer fully all-inclusive resorts (think Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas, just for starters), you won’t find fully inclusive resorts in Hawaii that cover all your food, drinks, tips, and activities at a single rate. But some Hawaiian resorts offer inclusive packages that make trip planning and budgeting a bit easier. 

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Some nearly all-inclusive Hawaii packages include accommodations and airfare along with water sports, beach access, and use of the resorts’ pools. Others include all those same amenities plus a breakfast buffet or golf course access. For the most part, though, you should plan to pay for your meals separately from your Hawaiian vacation package when staying at a Hawaii resort.

2) Does Honolulu have all-inclusive resorts?

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, has several resorts that feature all-inclusive-style amenities. Embassy Suites by Hilton on Waikiki Beach sells inclusive package deals designed with families in mind. The resort also has kitchenettes and complimentary breakfast, activities, pools, nightly receptions with snacks, and live entertainment. 

3) Does Maui have all-inclusive resorts?

Maui has resorts that offer inclusive packages, but not the traditional all-inclusive rates you might find in other tropical destinations. Your best bet for an all-inclusive Hawaii resort experience on Maui is Royal Lahaina Resort, which sometimes offers airfare-inclusive packages with discounts on both airfare and room rates. Other frequently offered packages come with full American breakfast daily and other inclusive perks.

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The resort formerly called Travaasa Hana, which once offered the most truly all-inclusive resort experience on Maui, has rebranded as Hana-Maui Resort and no longer offers all-inclusive Hawaii deals.  

4) How much does the average trip to Hawaii cost?

The cost of a trip to Hawaii depends on factors like your total length of stay, where you’ll be flying from, which island you plan to visit, and the time of year you travel. Your choice of accommodations will also influence the cost. A budget hotel will obviously cost less than luxury lodgings, but according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the average nightly hotel rate is $264.

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Plan to spend $50 to $200 per day per person for food. That’s a wide range and may depend on the amenities offered at your resort. If you want to rent a car for your family vacation, you’ll need to factor in the cost of the rental and parking fees as well. Finally, round-trip flights generally cost between $500 and $875, with cheaper airfare available from West Coast cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

5) What is the best month to go to Hawaii?

Determining the best month to go to Hawaii really depends on your vacation goals. If you’re looking for the cheapest rates, you’ll want to pick a month in the fall, like September or October. Crowds are usually smaller during these months, so hotels offer lower rates to attract visitors.

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If you have a specific activity in mind, you’ll need to do a little research. For example, if you want to see humpback whales frolicking off the islands’ coasts, go in February. If you want to go hiking on Kauai, go in the summer when the trails are drier and there’s more daylight. 

6) How much does an all-inclusive trip to Hawaii cost?

You won’t be able to book an all-inclusive Hawaii vacation in the traditional sense of the term, but you can bundle elements like flights, hotels, and dining packages into a single price for an almost-all-inclusive price at some resorts. The number of nights you plan to stay and the type of accommodations you choose will greatly influence the cost. If you want to stay at a luxury resort like Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk on Oahu, for example, expect a higher per night cost than a budget hotel. You are paying for the location and inclusive resort amenities.

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Want accommodations that include a kitchen, but not necessarily looking to stay at an all-inclusive Hawaii resort? 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 a genuine Hawaii all-inclusive resort experience.

7) Are there all-inclusive Hawaii vacations with airfare?

Some Hawaii vacation packages are considered “air-inclusive,” which means your airfare cost is factored into the total cost. On the Big Island, Royal Kona Resort frequently offers air-inclusive packages. On Maui, Royal Lahaina Resort offers air-inclusive promotions from time to time. The secluded Hana-Maui Resort on Maui (formerly called Travaasa Hana) frequently offers transportation from the major Hawaii airports to the resort via a private 10-seat Cessna.

8) What is the cheapest time of year to visit Hawaii?

The cheapest time of year to visit Hawaii is September and October. Hotel rooms tend to be least expensive between September and mid-December. However, you should expect higher rates during the week of Thanksgiving when many folks look to get away for a holiday. You can sometimes get great rates in June and July, but these may be last-minute bargains. Hawaii vacations are most expensive from mid-December through April.

9) When should you not go to Hawaii?

In terms of weather, there’s really never a bad time to go to Hawaii. The average daily temperature in the summer is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, the temperature is around 78 degrees. At night, expect these temperatures to fall by about 10 degrees.

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Winter sees more rain than summer, but that’s not why you should avoid visiting between December and April. Instead, these months typically see the most tourists, so prices go up for all kinds of accommodations, including all-inclusive Hawaii resorts. If you’re looking for low-season rates, plan to go between late spring and early June, or between September and mid-December.   

10) What month has the best weather in Hawaii?

There’s really not a bad month to visit Hawaii. However, it can be more humid in the wet season, and it’s a little hotter at the peak of summer. Therefore, the best months to visit Hawaii are April, May, September, and October. You’ll have more pleasant temperatures, less rain and humidity, and better rates since these months fall in the off-season.  

11) What is the rainy season in Hawaii?

Given its tropical locale, Hawaii has two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season occurs in the summer months, from April until October. The rainy season in Hawaii occurs during the winter months, with November to March being the rainiest. As temperatures decrease, precipitation and clouds increase. This means you might experience some cloudy, gray days during your trip. Fortunately, Hawaii rarely experiences multiple days of cloud cover, so even during the rainy season, expect plenty of sunshine. 

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Amanda Norcross is a family travel expert who's previously written for FamilyVacationist. Her expertise has also been featured in major media outlets including Bloomberg, Cheddar, Family Vacation Critic, NBC News, Red Tricycle, SmarterTravel, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The Weather Channel. Amanda enjoys traveling with her curious toddler and seeing the world through his eyes.

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