Planning a low-budget group getaway?

Here is my current list of Value Vetted, low-budget, special occasion getaways for a birthday, family reunion or just because... If any of these look good to you, click on the link and book, or email me so I can do it for you.

Oahu (Waikiki) 

Gotta love the excitement of Waikiki, it attracts people from around the world for various reasons and budgets. If you are looking to spend $200 and less, here are my favorite options.

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel My mother’s favorite spot, not only is it a great value –but it’s just out of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki along the shores of Sans Souci Beach. It is two miles from downtown Waikiki a pleasant walk or in expensive cab ride. Guest rooms provide Diamond Head views or views of the ocean.

Coconut Waikiki Hotel  I love this 81-room, Joie de Vivre property for the value and hip decor. Check out the video I made, and say hello to Josh (if he's still there), if you happen to book a room. The 81-room, Joie de Vivre’s, Coconut Waikiki Hotel, is just three blocks from the world famous Waikiki beach, and can easily save you three hundred dollars per night. In typical JDV style, the property has a clean and contemporary decor and all the amenities necessary to keep you comfortable. There is a pool on property, 24-hour fitness center and complimentary hot breakfast served daily.

Hotel Renew by Aston Waikiki One of my favorite Aston properties in the islands, this affordable and chic, 72-room hotel in Waikiki is just a block from the beach. The rooms are usually under two hundred dollars, but have all the amenities of the big name resorts nearby.  There is a daily continental breakfast with fresh fruit and pastries, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Also a happy hour wine bar at the end of the day, which encourages easy conversations with fellow guests.


There are a few resort areas on Maui, however lower prices are usually found in Ka’anapali, which is a great destination fronted by a three-mile white sand beach and dotted with hi-end, mid range and value properties.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Is a 23- acre oceanfront resort, built in 1963 and renovated in 1997, is positioned at the point where the legendary Black Rock or Pu‘u Keka‘a of Ka’anapali meets the ocean. Most of the 508 rooms and suites directly face the ocean, with a private lanai.

Westin Ka’anapali Resort Situated right in the heart of Kaanapali Beach Resort. This oceanfront property features 731 room and 28 suites located in two 11-story towers. The kids will love the pools and slide, and adults will appreciate their own pool and cabana area. With a focus on wellness, the property offers healthy but still tasty meals and amenities such as running shoes available for rent (for a very low price).

Hyatt Regency Maui On the south most end of Ka’anapali beach, this 40-acre property was built in 1980, with two pools, seven restaurants, three lounges, a fitness center and the only oceanfront spa on the island. In 2010, the resort underwent a $15 million renovation, making updates to enhance decor and overall experience.

Hawaii “The Big Island”

While Kohala Coast is a popular destination with eight resorts surrounded by golf courses, tennis courts, white sand beaches and plenty of restaurants, the historic town of Kona is something to consider if you are on a budget. In fact, budget or not, many travelers prefer Kona because it’s an actual city with lots of shopping, eating and recreational offerings at ‘local’ prices.

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Previously the site of the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the building is situated on the west side of the Kona Harbor. The hotel is within a 5-minute walk of the Hulihe`e Palace Museum, two minutes to shops and has seasonal Luaus. Kona Boys run a SUP, kayak rental program right on front on the beach. The rooms include a refrigerator and coffee machines with Kona coffee. Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner.

Kona Sheraton Located on 22 oceanfront acres just south of the town of Kona, the resort is situated on an ancient lava flow on Keauhou Bay. Built in the early 1970’s as Kona Surf, the resort has gone through a few major renovations and was rebranded as the Kona Sheraton Resort in 2013. Adjacent to the hotel and accessible via the trolley is the Kona Country Club Golf Course with two 18-hole courses. Within walking distance (approximately 5 minutes) of the entrance of the Sheraton is Keauhou Bay Marina with a variety of ocean-related activities including kayak excursions, deep sea fishing, snorkel and dive boats. On property there are two tennis courts, a basketball court and a sand volleyball court.  Also spotting manta rays, six evening per week (except Sundays), a complimentary Manta Talk is held just after sunset near the manta viewing area.


There are many value spots on this island, but here are my three top picks at the moment.

Hanalei Colony Resort, not only is this classic oceanfront resort a great deal, they will make you an even better deal by offering you a $50 credit to your room if you turn in your digital devices for part of the day during your stay. It is just ten or so minutes out of the town of Hanalei and has a shuttle in case you don’t have a car. Each room is sort of like being in your own apartment with a private balcony. Some of the rooms have kitchens, and all have air conditioning. There is a pool, hot tub and tennis courts on site as well as a wellness center.

Kiahuna Plantation Longtime value-spot on Poipu Beach, The Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation is set on 35 acres with large sprawling lawns (ideal for playing games) between the one- and two-bedroom condominiums. Each is furnished with a complete kitchen, ceiling fans, cable TV, and a private lanai. Property is located near shopping and dining at the Poipu Shopping Village or nearby in historic Koloa Town.

Sheraton Kauai Resort, Built in 1968, this 394 room resort, is situated on the prime spot on Poipu Beach. It has recently undergone a major remodel of its lobby, Ocean Pool and dining facilities.