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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From San Francisco to Thailand, this month’s hottest hotels

John De Mello

John De Mello

Big Island, Hawaii

WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The Big Island is—surprise, surprise—big. Leaving the resort, it’s 1.5 miles up curving Ka’upulehu Drive, past the Jack Nicklaus Signature Hualalai Golf Club before you hit the coastal Queen Kaahumanu Highway, bordered by seemingly endless fields of black lava rock. Twelve miles north, hang a right at Waikoloa Road, which leads up to Hawaii’s highest point, 13,803-foot Mauna Kea.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: Toward the resort’s eastern end, the guest rooms surrounding the adults-only Palm Grove swimming pool look out over a lush green lawn and the ocean beyond. The patio of ground-floor room 802 is positioned perfectly on axis with the pool’s basalt-stepped entrance.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Enjoy the sunset over the Pacific with a chilled glass of sparkling rosé at the oceanside Beach Tree Bar and Lounge, while ukulele players strum and sing feel-good classics including, yes, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Hawaii-fied version of “Over the Rainbow.”
HOT DISH: Fully 75 percent of ’ULU Ocean Grill’s ingredients are produced by 160 fishermen and farmers with a Big Island zip code. Standout dishes include the height-of-summer-fresh heirloom tomato salad, from Waimea’s WOW Farms, and a prime New York steak crusted with heady, complex Kona coffee and kiawe-smoked potatoes.


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