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Hawaii — By byun on January 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm
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Maui wins praise from Travel Weekly and AAA

“The Magic Isles,” otherwise known as Maui and Lanai, have consistently ranked among Hawaii’s most visited and idyllic islands.  Often considered the best island for tourists year after year by national travel publications, Maui has recently been visited by high-profile celebrities such as Bill Cosby, Sheryl Crow, and Elton John.  First time visitors and seasoned travelers alike can enjoy the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure on Hawaii’s environmentally diverse island.

Hawaii always gets attention for being the U.S.’s premiere beach destination.  With its world-class resorts, award-winning cuisine, championship golf, stunning natural beauty, the 50th state is back in limelight.  Travel Weekly honored the winners of its seventh annual Readers Choice Awards on December 17 in New York. The award winners represented the “best of the best of the travel industry.” The nominees and award recipients were selected by Travel Weekly’s readers, a group comprised of expert travel professionals.  This year’s Readers Choice named Hawai‘i as the winner in the Best U.S. State Destination and recognized the island of Maui within the Hawai‘i category as Best Destination. Travel Weekly is the nation’s leading business-to-business information source for the travel industry, reaching some 180,000 readers in the industry each week.

In addition to this distinguished honor, Hawaii was also recognized by AAA as the offering the best hotels and restaurants in the nation.  Nearly half of the AAA’s Hawai‘i hotel accolades honored resorts on Maui and Lanai, as seven hotels and four restaurants earned Four Diamond scores in AAA’s 2010 ratings system. The hotels include Hotel Hāna Maui and Honua Spa, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i at Mānele Bay, Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i, The Lodge at Kō‘ele, Grand Wailea Maui Resort Hotel & Spa and The Fairmont Kea Lani. The restaurants are Kauiki Dining Room (Hāna), Banyan Tree (Kapalua), Sarento’s on the Beach (Kīhei), The Dining Room (Lāna‘i City).

Photo courtesy of Conor Dupre-Neary (Flickr)

Related places:
  1. A
    Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa
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  2. B
    Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa
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  3. C
    Westin Maui Resort And Spa
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  4. D
    Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay
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  5. E
    Lodge at Koele The
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  6. F
    Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa
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  7. G
    The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
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