This article outlines the hotels in Hawaii which offer club or executive lounges to guests. We review lounges across Oahu including Waikiki, Maui including Kaanapali, Kapalua and Wailea, Kauai including Poipu and Hanalei and Big Island’s picturesque Kona-Kohala coast.
By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotels I would select as having the best club lounges that Hawaii has to offer.
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I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across the best luxury hotels in Hawaii. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn, so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access.
1. Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui
We consider this to be the best club level on Maui and across all the Hawaiian Islands. Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui offers a Club Level as well as a beautiful resort on the beach and an exclusive golf course.
You can only get access to the club level lounge if you book a club level room. The Club Lounge is located near the elevators on the eighth floor of the Napili Wing of the resort.
They call it a hotel within a hotel, this with a dedicated concierge and a well-appointed, relaxed lounge environment. Continuous culinary offerings include breakfast, light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and sweets – many reflecting the cuisine of the Hawaiian Islands.
The continuous culinary offerings throughout the day (breakfast, light lunch, evening hors d’ oeuvres, desserts and sweets), and in the afternoon and evening you can drink alcoholic drinks of your choice and staff makes will make up great cocktails complete with flowers in, all included of course.
The lounge itself has a dark wood floor and loads of comfy chairs and sofas. It does look slightly less trendy, when you compare it to, say, the Andaz in Wailea or the Four Seasons Lanai with it’s ultra modern Asian inspired decor. Then again, this is all taken account in the price, the Ritz Carlton is generally less expensive than the Four Seasons properties on Hawaii and appeals to a more traditional and sophisticated golfing crowd.
Club level rooms offer better views and are on the higher floors of the hotel. Ritz Carlton values club access at about $100 per person per day and because the Ritz Carlton club lounges are so much better than most other club lounges (with the exception of Four Seasons Club lounges) and so I would agree that this is probably fair, mainly because the food and drinks are enough to negate the need to go anywhere else. Of course, you miss out on other dining and drinking options by booking and staying in the club lounge.
When travelling with kids, the value of the lounge is increased as kids under twelve do not usually cost extra so it is terribly convenient to have a constant array of food available and not to have to stick to mealtimes, so paying for Club Lounge does seem worth it if you don’t go above the $200 additional charge on top of the ordinary rooms.
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Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests (served in the Ulana Restaurant)
$100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
2. Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
The Outrigger Waikiki offers a Voyager 47 club lounge which is on the second floor of this beachfront hotel (pictured above). This is the newest and the best club lounge in Waikiki. It only opened on July 1, 2018. The first voyagers to the Islands of Aloha sailed there aboard the catamaran canoes. The club lounge apparently sits on the site of the original Outrigger canoe club.
Worth knowing: The pool at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is nice but with limited sun due to the high-rise buildings on either side. You get direct access to the beach from the hotel, just bear in mind that this is the centre of Waikiki and, as such, it can be quite busy! The pier or break which juts out from the beach nearby is a real asset and the perfect place to watch the fireworks from the Hilton on Friday nights.
They say “In the morning, experience sunrise over Diamond Head with a delicious island-style breakfast. And of course, premium Kona coffee.
At sunset, early evening pupu (appetizers) are served, together with daily specialty sangria, wine, and local craft beer. Best of all, both menus include an unmatched view of world famous “Canoes” surf break – the focus of Waikiki’s surf culture for generations.”
You get access to the exclusive Voyager 47 Club when you reserve a suite or Voyager 47 Club room. Both room types are located on high floors and feature stunning views of the white sand beach and crystal blue ocean. These rooms also have enhanced bath amenities. There is also a dedicated concierge in the lounge for planning and vacation tips.
The club itself is at the end of a corridor and the lounge is a covered area which has floor to ceiling windows on three sides. These windows look out upon outdoor decking with more seating. The food is a step above all the other club lounge food in Waikiki, hence why we have positioned this lounge at the top. Expect plates of delicious fruits and salads, omelettes, sausages, pastries, crepes with maple syrup and homemade jam, smoked salmon and more for breakfast buffet. Teas and coffees are brought to your table by the lovely staff. The decking looks right down at Waikiki beach and the stylish rattan furnishings with sea blue soft cushions brings the outside in.
In the evening you can grab a complimentary glass or wine or beer out on the veranda along with delicious charcuterie meats and cheeses and little pottery bowls of marinated salmon, meats and vegetables. They describe the evening food and drinks as a “locally inspired tasting menu with pupu platters and speciality draft beer bar, featuring seasonal brews plus local wines.”
In addition, Voyager 47 Club Lounge guests receive a complimentary two-day Tesla test drive as part of their stay, based on availability. ￼Check out the video to see how lovely this lounge is. This lounge, alone, is a reason to stay at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.
The Voyager 47 Club Lounge at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is available exclusively to guests staying in Club Level Rooms on the dedicated 14th-16th floors, with 104 rebranded rooms in total. Hours of operation for the Voyager 47 Club Lounge are from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is the only disadvantage of this lounge, you are restricted to using it in the allocated times and cannot drink through to 11pm in the lounge.
3. Grand Hyatt Kauai
From the resort amenities, dining options and superb lagoons and pool area, the Grand Hyatt Kauai is the perfect family vacation destination.
The Grand Club Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Kauai is exclusively available for Club Level guests and is located in the Poipu Wing of the sprawling resort grounds. You get access by a private key, only if you have booked Club Level accommodations. Guests with Hyatt Globalist Status or Hyatt Explorist members can access the lounge using a club lounge upgrade award.
Highlights of this lounge include the outdoor patio overlooking the ocean,
Food and beverage presentations throughout the day.
Grand Club level rooms, most of which have great views of the resort and ocean.
Food includes continental breakfast every morning, refreshments and snacks throughout the day with light hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the evening. Alcoholic beverages are served at a minimal charge.
Is it worth the cost? Given that they charge for alcohol, this isn’t the best lounge on the Hawaiian islands but if you can upgrade to the Grand Club Lounge with points or for a discount at check-in, or for $100ish per room, the all-day access to food and drinks, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and reduced rates for wine and alcohol is definitely worth considering, particularly if you are travelling with your family, when the convenience of all-day food and drink is a great bonus and can make your life so much easier.
Whatever you decide, book with our luxury travel concierge and get the following free benefits:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability-capped at Club Ocean View
Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two in-room guests
Daily Anara Spa access for up to two in-room guests
Welcome appetizer at Seaview Terrace, once during stay
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
4. Hyatt Regency Maui
The Regency Club Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Maui has recently been redesigned and moved to the lobby level of this hotel which means that it now benefits from a large outdoor terrace with ocean views and the resort’s gardens.
The new lounge features over 3,000 square feet of space. Amenities include a continental breakfast every morning, refreshments and snacks throughout the day with light hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the evening. Alcoholic beverages are chargeable but discounted.
You must book a Regency Club room to get access to the lounge but they do have better views and are on higher floors of the hotel. If you don’t have access via Globalist status and are not using one of four Club Access Awards for being an Explorist member you can book a room specifically with lounge access at the Hyatt Regency Maui, or you can use 3,000 Hyatt points per night on top of paying a standard rate for a deluxe room or better. You can also pay on points completely at 27,000 points per night for a Regency Club room instead of the 20,000 per night point rate for a standard room without club access.
Bearing jet lag in mind the Regency Club is open from 6.30 – 9.00 am for breakfast. Breakfast is usually a bunch of juices, all the usuals, a selection of cereals, pastries, muffins, and breads and a hot egg dish, as well as smoked salmon and sliced meats.
There are mid-day snacks out from 11.30 am – 4.00pm including nuts, fruit, and cookies, as well as soft drinks and juice, and in the evening 5 pm – 7 pm there is a salad bar with loads of choice to make up a nice salad, along with meats and rolls as well as snacks like cheese and crackers. Dinner for two these resorts can easily cost close to $150 so this can mean that eating in the lounge sometimes is great value although remember you will be paying around $5 for a drink. Dessert is available from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm
in the evening, but truthfully the time zone prevented us from ever still being up and hungry at those times, so I can’t give any first-hand info on what is offered for nightly desserts.
Having Regency Club access at the Hyatt Regency Maui is likely to save rather than cost you more when you bear in mind resort food and drink costs, so is worth splurging on.
5. Moana Surfrider Hotel, A Westin Resort
Last time I stayed in this hotel was just before Christmas and there was a charming Christmas train set in the foyer with sparkling snow and a train making it’s way around this tiny mountains and through petite tunnels. It is one of three main memories of my stay here. The other two moments that stick with me are sitting on the rocking chairs on the balcony to the front of the hotel, looking out to the main street, watching people walk by and just relaxing in the heat.
And my third memorable moment was sipping a cocktail in the gardens overlooking the beach on the first night. The sun sets quite early here so we continued to sip as the and stars came out. I had terrible jet lag but the swishing of the waves on the shore and the distant Hawaiian tunes made that particular evening rather lovely, regardless of my poorly head and body!
It is the historic setting and the old fashioned architecture that makes the Moana Surfrider such a special choice in Waikiki. The hotel was actually built in 1901 and the lobby is in the original colonial building. You enter by passing the decked front porch lined with white wooden rocking chairs, and you step into the perfectly restored lobby. Enormous tropical flower displays scent the lobby and guests are greeted with a lei and a glass of fruit juice. Rooms are, unfortunately, less noteworthy.
The historic and diamond rooms lack a balcony and although pleasant, they don’t enable you to sit out and enjoy the views. The best rooms here are the more modern Tower Ocean Front and Ocean View Rooms with incredible vistas. If you are not bothered about a balcony, the Historic Banyan Ocean rooms are also cute.
A couple of points worth noting for the luxury traveller. Base rooms here are small and can be musty, you really need to upgrade to a room with a balcony and views for a luxury experience. Many “City View” rooms overlook the International Marketplace to the right of the hotel from the back. The view is great, but music can be loud and can continue well past midnight.
The location, right in the centre of Waikiki beach with direct beach access, means that you couldn’t be more central. The pool is small, but the location and overall upkeep of the hotel is superb making it a great hotel choice in Waikiki. Book with our Luxury Travel Concierge for advice, discounts and offers at this hotel.
Access to the beach club lounge may actually save you cash even though there is a steep price tag of around $100 per room per night. This is actually the going rate for club lounge access on Waikiki, and as this lounge is so nice, we think this offers a great deal.
Although we have placed this lounge in position two, it is less restrictive on opening times, meaning that the all-day snacks and drinks may well be preferable to the Outrigger lounge above. This lounge does actually feel a bit like a beach club and in my opinion, this is the second best Club Lounge of any hotel in Waikiki.
The lounge is on the ground floor and has an outdoor seating area which is great for breakfast and alfresco or drinks in the evening. You are just a few feet above the beach! What more could you want in Hawaii?
The Moana has a popcorn machine which is popular. There tend to be fewer children at this hotel than at the Sheraton Waikiki up the beach so usually this lounge is the more peaceful lounge of the two, if your loyalty sits with the Marriott/Westin/Sheraton brand and you collect Bonvoy points.
There is a great selection at breakfast; scrambled eggs, fruit, cheese and porridge, a nice variety along with coffee, espresso and bottled water (bottled water is not available at the equivalent club lounge at the Hyatt across the road, so the Moana beach club lounge offers a much better choice if the hotel lounge is a deal breaker at your hotel). There are also soft drinks available throughout the day.
In the evening, there is free wine/beer, they serve you, but your glass will never be empty, there is also a decent spread of food and excellent service.
6. Sheraton Waikiki Club Lounge Review
This hotel is right on the beach with a fantastic pool, beachfront with super beach, and a great if slightly soul-less club lounge (if you are after a character beach club style club lounge head over to the Moana Surfrider for a more child-free experience with outdoor seating).
The downside of this hotel is that it is HUGE, so don’t expect the personal touch, it’s too big for that! But with huge and enormously high blocks comes incredible views! The view from the club lounge is also excellent although it is just a crowded room (often full of kids) with a decent breakfast and light dinner with snacks and free-flowing self serve wine and beer in the evening. A great spread but lacking in much of a Hawaiian feel.
If you come here to enjoy the pools and beach, right on your doorstep, and a location right in the centre of the action, this hotel is a great choice!
When comparing the Moana Surfrider Vs Sheraton Waikiki Club Lounge, for me, it is always the Moana Surfrider Club Lounge that wins. The fact that Moana Surfrider lounge is outdoor with mainly covered seating, is fabulous. In the Sheraton Waikiki, yes you have views, but views that are from an enclosed room 30 floors up. You may prefer the pool at the Sheraton Waikiki but if the club lounge is the dealbreaker, this Moana lounge is easily the best for Bonvoy fans.
7. Hyatt Regency Waikiki
The best feature of this property is the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Regency club lounge. The lounge and in fact, the hotel, is populated largely by Asian visitors but particularly the Japanese, giving it an international feel.
The lounge breakfast is served between 6 and 10 am and offers a nice selection of pastries a charcuterie of meats and cheeses along with fruit including strawberries and melon, salads, salmon and miso. If you are still hungry there is toast and loads of fresh buns with a variety of jams and spreads. Although this breakfast is not a patch on what you would expect from somewhere like the Four Seasons hotels, it still offers a fresh and expansive free buffet to fill you up in the morning.
During the day there are soft drinks available from a fridge which include Pepsi and cans of other soft fizzy drinks like Schweppes plus you can pick up yoghurt’s and there are loads of fruit juices but no bottled water to take away.
The evening food and beverage offering includes once again, a charcuterie of meats and cheeses along with cold salad items and soups. You can enjoy this food from 5 to 7 pm and there are deserts available from 7 to 9 pm. I can quite easily munch my way through strips of cucumber celery carrots peppers and dips to keep me going, but to be honest, you may feel you still want to eat out after finishing in the lounge. Interestingly, drinks containing alcohol are at extra cost with Beer coming in around four dollars, a glass of wine at five dollars and cocktails at six dollars. If you are still hungry there are plenty of eateries on the doorstep including things like Subway and McDonald’s to fill you up.
There is no kids club at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and, for me, the rather concrete pool area and the fact that you are across the road from the beach means that this Hyatt Regency is not the best hotel in Waikiki but it is one of the few hotels with a club lounge on Waikiki so it is worth considering. That said, the Hyatt on Maui and the Hyatt on Kauai are much better Hyatt hotels. they are proper resorts and both are on the beach. This Hyatt is more of a city hotel and consequently is not such a relaxing place to beach or to bring kids.
8. Prince Waikiki
The Prince Waikiki club lounge is excellent. It is located in the busy Ala Moana area, walking distance from the large mall and harbour and it consequently doesn’t have direct beach access making it feel more like a city than a resort hotel.
Book into their Club Suites, and you will be given access to the club level, located on the top floors of the Prince Waikiki. Your room will also be higher up with a better view. Most guests pay around $100 extra to use the club lounge.
All hotel rooms and suites here offer an ocean view, either over the harbour or out to sea. Club Suites are on higher floors to offer “sweeping vistas” as well as private access to the Club Lounge which is only available for those staying on the highest floors of the resort. Interestingly, even rooms 32 floors up have operable windows for fresh air.
The club lounge is perfectly positioned to overlook both pools on the deck. It has small comfy seating areas both indoors and outdoors (nice rattan furniture outside with lots of comfy cushions). The infinity pool is really nice with a view of the harbour and ocean, while the main pool is lovely, just don’t expect a beach here.
Usefully, there is complimentary all-day beer and wine on tap, yes the wine is ON TAP! But nice to have for free nonetheless! It is described as “red” or “white”!
Prince Waikiki is at the far end of Waikiki so to get to the centre you need to catch the complimentary shuttle from/to the hotel which stops at Ala Moana Center, T Galleria by DFS and Duke’s Statue. There’s also a golf shuttle to Hawaii Prince Golf Club.
This is a decent club lounge but the location of the hotel is too far from the centre of Waikiki, in my opinion, to give it a top slot.
It is worth mentioning that the Hilton Hawaiian Village which is nearby the Prince with its enormous size does not offer a club lounge. The Marriott which is situated across from the beach quite close to the Moana Surfrider doesn’t have a club lounge either, but elite reward members get vouchers upon check in for the complete breakfast in the newly refurbished and expanded dining room. It’s a good breakfast but there is no club lounge here. Again, book these hotels via our luxury travel concierge for extra benefits.
Of course, the best hotel on Oahu is probably the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina which is not in Waikiki but is a short drive away. Stay here and you have the option of enjoying the best of Waikiki by taxi-ing or uber-ing into town, but you can also escape the crowds to the glorious and luxurious isolation of this Four Seasons hotel.
This is also probably the most convenient of all the Four Seasons hotels on the Hawaiian Islands. It is located on Oahu around a half hour drive from Honolulu airport (HNL) and you can fly direct into HNL from mainland USA and Canada.
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