Waimea is a small town about 30 minutes inland but is also an area that includes the coast. In Waimea along the coast you will find the most expensive and luxury resorts. In the town of Waimea itself it is your typical town with a few budget hotels and a bed and breakfast. In essence you will get what you pay for.
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Places to Stay in Waimea Town
Kamuela Inn—Bed and Breakfast
This is a small, cozy 30 room inn located in the middle of Parker Ranch, the largest privately-owned working cattle ranch in America. It’s also situated right at the base of Mauna Kea. It is set off the road so there ia sense of quiet and privacy. It’s a nice place to stay in an area where hotels are few.
65-1300 Kawaihae Rd
Kamuela, HI 96743
Waimea Country Lodge
This is a budget hotel with simple features and accommodations. The facility itself is said could use some cleanliness and care. The advantage is that it is close to town.
65-1210 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, HI 96743. If you are needing a discount place to stay, it will get the job done.
This is more upscale lodging set on a plantation-style historic ranch. The room accommodations are contemporary to New England style that are accompanied with a personal lanai, canopy beds, and whirlpool or soaking tubs. Like several places internet is a challenge and in this lodge, phone and dial-up internet are available in the main house only. Nor will you find microwaves, fridges, etc… Yet in all this it is considered a hidden gem.
65-1444 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
Resorts in Waimea Coastal Area
The Waimea Coast has the top resorts on the island. These resorts can range from $200/night up to $1500/night and more. They are truly all-in-one luxury accomodations. They all have beach side access, several types of swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, spas and the like. You could make your entire Hawaiian vacation in one of these resorts without ever leaving.
This is perhaps the most well-known on the island. They have taken an empty patch of dry lava, poured multi-million dollars of development and have turned it into a world class resort. The grounds, restaurants and shops are all open to the public although the swimming facilities are not. This is a family friendly resort and has something to offer for both children and adults. The facilities are so large that a boat takes you from place to place. A featured attraction is their Dolphin Quest which anyone can watch and paying participants can swim with the dolphins.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
This luxury hotel sits on Hapuna Beach that is regularly designated as the Best Beach in the US. It is a luxury resort with a golf course that boasts of a coastal view from every hole.
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
This luxury hotel has spared no expense in creating an all access resort. It’s highly rated and for those that desire highest levels of reception and concierge service, there is the Fairmont Gold.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Resorts
The Mauna Lani offers hotel and bungalows. They are very highly rated by their guests. The rooms feature private lanais along with complimentary hula and ukelele lessons.