Newly renovated Hawaiian luxury resorts


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu sits on a picture-perfect stretch of beach on the Big Island's chic Kona Coast. The property already boasted a private Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and Pahu i'a, an award-winning oceanfront restaurant, but it recently upped the luxury ante with $40 million worth of enhancements, adding 20 new suites and expanding its lauded Hualalai Spa. Web site

Kahala Hotel & Resort
It's so hard to choose: At Honolulu's famed Kahala Hotel & Resort, open your guestroom's doors and take in the view of the cobalt-blue Pacific, Diamond Head and Koko Head craters, the mist-shrouded Ko'olau Mountain Range or, if none of that strikes your fancy, six bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the resort's own lagoon. The property just celebrated its 45th anniversary and recently completed a $50 million renovation. Web site

The Royal Hawaiian
It has an island address, but it's the stuff of Hollywood legend. The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, was built in 1927, when visitors could only reach the islands by sea. Shirley Temple visited the resort in the 1930s and made a splash by strumming a ukulele on Waikiki Beach; in fact, the beverage bearing her name was invented at the Royal. What's more, the resort's Spanish-Moorish architecture was influenced by Rudolph Valentino. And none of that history was lost in the Royal's recent renovation as it remains the famously elegant "Pink Palace of the Pacific." Web site

St. Regis Princeville Resort
Set to re-open in October, the St. Regis Princeville Resort is already being buzzed about as one of Kauai's most opulent addresses following renovations and a re-branding under the St. Regis banner. Situated in an area originally called "The City of the Prince" (it got its name from a visit by Hawaii's Prince Albert in 1860) on the island's North Shore, it's complete with all the posh details you expect from the St. Regis name, including butler service and fine dining at world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new restaurant. Web site