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It’s almost that time of year again– the release of the next generation of iPhones.

This year, analysts predict three phones will be released on the third or fourth week of September:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11R
  • iPhone 11 Max

Apple hasn’t officially announced the names of these phones and may opt to use roman numerals (example: iPhone XI Max). Each phone is a successor of the previous generation of iPhones.

Historically, newly released Apple phones have been expensive. In 2018, the new iPhones cost $1,000 for the lesser-specced option and $1,370 for the full-specced option.

It’s reasonable to expect that the 11th generation of iPhones will be similar in price if not slightly more. But, of course, the question on everyone’s mind is “What will these new iPhones offer?”

One of the most common trends for iPhone releases is to first provide dummy phones. Apple produces these dummy phones so companies can create appropriately sized iPhone cases.

And they tell us a lot about what the new iPhones are like:

1. Triple lens camera bump

The camera received an upgrade with an additional lens. There’s the standard, telephoto, and now the ultra-wide.

The 2018 iPhone cameras were 7 megapixels, but the 2019 iPhones will get an increase as high as 12 megapixels.

Users will be able to take extremely high-quality photos and videos, as well as have a variety of camera options. Including 3x optical zoom, better performance in low light, and better 3D sensors for augmented reality.

This will be significant for Instagram-users, photo-lovers, and augmented reality-gamers.

The downside is that the camera has a “bump,” meaning it’s not flat with the rest of the back. Due to its size and protrusion, the camera looks clunky and inelegant.

The front side still has a selfie camera and a small-notch for quick facial recognition.

2. Lightning charge only

The dummy phones reveal that the new iPhones have lightning charge ports. Unfortunately, they do not have any kind of USB type C port.

There are a lot of different ports pioneered by manufacturers. Lightning is designed by Apple.

The significance of a USB type C port is that it’s universal and not proprietary. Meaning, they can be used anywhere and by anyone.

Many tech giants are beginning to release products with USB type C ports, believing they are the future universal port.

But with Apple’s lightning-only iPhone 11, this means users must always use an Apple-specific cord to charge their phone.

3. No more 3D touch

3D touch debuted with the iPhone 6 generation. This introduced a pressure-sensitive screen, which allowed iPhones to distinguish between “light” touches and “heavy” touches.

This meant users had more options when touching their phones. For example, a user could open an app with a light touch or open the app’s menu with a heavy touch.

Many Apple users have long suspected 3D touch would be removed from iPhones. It received largely negative reviews for being unnecessary and a lot of iPhone carriers simply do not use it.

It’s rumored the iPhone 11s will do away with the feature altogether. Theoretically, this should lower the company’s cost of production.

4. Similar size and color

The iPhone 11 appears to be similar in size to its predecessors. They’re easy to hold in one hand, fit in a pocket, and seem to have the same screen size as an iPhone 10.

Approximately, the iPhone 11 is 5.8 inches and the iPhone 11 Max is 6.5 inches.

iPhone 11s have the same sleek design as previous iPhones, maintaining that metallic case and dark glass front we’re familiar with.

5. Circular mute switch

The buttons and speakers are similar to previous iPhones, but the mute switch is different.

Instead of a thin oval, the mute switch will be circular. Users frequently mute and unmute their phones, even in a single day.

A circular switch makes the process easier and more natural than attempting to find a tiny button hidden on the phone somewhere.

6. Shipped with iOS 13

It is not confirmed but almost guaranteed that the new iPhones will arrive with iOS 13.

Earlier this year, Apple released iOS 13 beta testing to the public. And since then they have improved the software with additional updates.

This means the new iPhones will have the latest and most cutting-edge software that Apple has to offer.

A few announcements, leaks, and beta-testers have revealed a few noteworthy features with iOS 13:

7. Significant speed boost

Apple Vice President Craig Federighi spoke at WWDC, saying, “nothing is more important to our iPhone users than performance. So this year, we worked top-to-bottom making everything faster that you do the most.”

Here are the specific statistics Apple claims about iOS 13:

  • App downloads will be 60% faster
  • App launching speeds will be twice as fast
  • Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster

One of the biggest expectations for the iPhone 11 is a significant speed improvement.

8. New Siri voice

With the iOS 13 debut, there’s now a new Siri voice that sounds less robotic and more human. Apple claims users will notice this particularly with longer sentences, such as reading the news.

Siri also totes some new features. For example, Siri can now discern between voices. If a user says, “Siri, what’s my schedule,” it will pull up that specific user’s schedule, rather than someone else’s schedule.

9. Sign in with Apple

Apple is now competing with Facebook and Google by offering users to sign into third-party accounts. Therefore users won’t have to give their email to unknown parties when signing into apps and websites.

Users do not have to give Apple their own private email either. They can create a unique email for Apple’s services.

This adds an extra layer of security and privacy for users.

10. Dark mode

Beta testers for the iOS 13 have reported that there’s a nifty feature called dark mode.

With it activated, the screen now automatically changes white backgrounds into black or dark gray on supported apps.

Phone users will be able to use their devices at night time without blinding themselves with bright white backgrounds.

11. Silence unknown numbers

With iOS 13, the iPhone 11 will be able to automatically silence unknown numbers.

Spam cold calls are becoming more common for mobile users and annoying thousands of people. Apple is responding with this feature.

Siri scans your recent calls and contacts to see if it recognizes the incoming number. If not, it goes straight to voicemail.

12. Changes to camera and portrait mode

iOS 13 enables users to change the intensity of light when taking photos and videos. Something Apple users have wanted for a long time.

Users will also have more options and control when navigating and editing photos. For example, the photo gallery allows easier navigation with pinching and holding photos.

The photo gallery will have a new tab that holds the user’s best photos for each week, month, and year.

Beta testers report a more user-friendly camera and photo editor. iOS 13 finetunes photo editing, giving the user more filters, effects, and options for rotating and cropping.

13. More formatting options for email

Up until now, email text has limited options. Users can’t send a hyperlink via email and instead have to copy and paste an obnoxiously long URL right into the email.

With iOS 13, users can send a hyperlink and customize their text more. This includes more control over font size, style, color, alignment, and indenting or outdenting text.

Users will also have more options with bulleted and numbered lists.

14. More customization for memojis

Memojis are the emojis of the Apple world. They were immensely popular in the previous generation of iPhones.

Apple empowered users to customize their own emojis. The iPhone 11 will capitalize on their popularity and expand customization.

Apple announced a wider selection of emojis will be available by fall of 2019. And many users anticipate the ability to customize their memojis on a detailed level with the iPhone 11.

For example, users will be able to apply make-up and add piercings or headwear to their memojis.

Once a memoji is created, the iPhone 11 can create a sticker pack of various expressions of the memoji. The pack would live in a small menu on your keyboard and would be shareable across different media and apps.

Conclusion

It appears the biggest features to the iPhone 11 are the additional camera lens and the expectation of iOS 13.

The design is roughly the same as previous iPhones, but will likely cost the same or slightly more.

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Volkswagen Goes Electric, Are you Missing Out?

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Volkswagen Goes Electric

Volkswagen plans to be the leader of electric cars by 2025.

They announced a new vision called TOGETHER 2025+, which promises electric cars and a digital network by 2025. Their stated goal is to make automobiles that are “clean, quiet, intelligent, and safe.” And ultimately be “part of the solution when it comes to climate and environmental protection.”

This massive project tells us a lot about the future of the auto industry.

What Are Electric Cars?

As their name suggests, electric cars are automobiles that run on electricity, rather than gasoline. They use an electric motor, which is powered by rechargeable batteries.

Some cars use both sources of power, which are called hybrids.

To manufacture electric cars, Volkswagen will have to repurpose their factories, implement new technologies, and use different designs.

Emissions-Cheating Scandal

A few factors prompted Volkswagen to take this direction, but their emissions-cheating scandal was probably the biggest influence.

In 2015, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused Volkswagen of creating cars that cheated emission standards.

Specifically, Volkswagen created software that detected when their cars were analyzed by emissions testing. The software would enable emission controls to “pass” the testing.

But during normal driving conditions, the software would shut off. This gave cars more power and fuel economy, but resulted in more pollution than the law allowed.

Since then, Volkswagen admitted to installing the software in about 11 million cars and publicly apologized for the practice. However, the day after the news broke, their stock price declined 20%, then fell another 17% the following day.

In 2017, Volkswagen pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties. A week later, executives were charged.

In response to their scandal, Volkswagen changed their logo to a white variation on June 5, 2019. In a TV commercial, Volkswagen acknowledged their mistake and announced their launch into electric vehicles.

Their PR strategy is to demonstrate a dramatic change for the good, using the tagline “In the darkness, we found the light.”

Volkswagen’s Announces the I.D. Series

In 2016, brand chief Herbert Diess said, “By 2025, we plan to sell 1 million electric cars per year, and by then we also want to be the global market leader in electromobility. Going forward, our electric cars will be the hallmark of Volkswagen.”

Volkswagen announced their plans to launch a generation of electric cars beginning in 2020. They call this series of cars the I.D. family. This line of cars will reinvent their previous vehicles as electric versions.

The first models, debuting in 2020, will be the I.D. and the I.D. Crozz. In 2021, the ID. Roomzz model will be released, which will be a zero-emission SUV.

By 2022, the public can buy the I.D. Buzz, the I.D. Buzz Cargo, and the I.D. Vizzion. However, some models will be restricted to Europe. In addition to cars, Volkswagen also plans to create a charging network.

In a press release on August 8, 2019, Volkswagen announced plans to install 4,000 charging stations at their German sites by 2025. Beyond Germany, Volkswagen Group is working to provide over 36,000 charging points throughout Europe. The project cost is estimated at 250 million Euros.

The Future of Volkswagen

Analysts believe it’s only a matter of time before automakers ditch petrol cars in favor of electric cars, which many consider the next technological step for the auto industry. However, there are still challenges companies like Volkswagen face.

As mentioned earlier, electric cars require charging stations. Not only does Volkswagen have to create a new generation of cars, but they also have to update infrastructure. To make electric cars a reality, drivers need a network of charging points.

Nevertheless, Volkswagen is moving forward with their initiative. With auto giants like Volkswagen going electric, it’s only a matter of time before other car companies follow suit.

As the world demands higher environmental standards, companies are responding with greener initiatives. Volkswagen’s TOGETHER 2025+ project indicates that electric cars will be commonplace in the future.

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Tesla’s New AutoPilot is Insane

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Tesla's New AutoPilot

With self-driving cars upon us, the future is now.

Tesla Inc. is leading the way with innovative technologies in the automotive industry. For years, they’ve been developing Autopilot, which is a fascinating invention that causes both hope and fear for car drivers.

Get everything you need to know right here.

What is Autopilot?

Tesla’s Autopilot is an advanced system that empowers a car to drive itself. On its own, Autopilot can stay centered in lane, change lanes, maintain distance from the next car, self-park, and summon the car from a parking spot or garage.

Tesla’s Autopilot is an example of full self-driving (FSD), which is sometimes called a driverless car or an autonomous car. Autopilot combines both hardware and software to make this possible.

Here’s a demonstration of Autopilot. Legally, there must be a person in the driver’s seat when Autopilot is on, but the person is not driving.

How Autopilot Works

Under the Federal Aviation Administration, pilots must monitor an aircraft that is on autopilot at all times. In a similar vein, Tesla mandates that drivers must monitor a car on Autopilot at all times.

Tesla equips their cars with radar coverage, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, which give the system a 360-degree view around the vehicle. The software then uses this equipment to discern surroundings.

The equipment is able to distinguish other vehicles, road signs, obstacles, and lane markings. This system can even detect other cars and pedestrians through fog, dust, and heavy rain. The hardware processes this information at 200 frames per second.

With this constant influx of information, the software is programmed to make the proper moves and adjust speed to the surroundings.

Anytime a new software update is released, a car with Autopilot receives the update wirelessly.

A Brief History of Autopilot

Autopilot has developed over the years in a series of updates and adjustments to both their software and hardware. This section will touch on some of the notable advancements of Autopilot.

In 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” The theory was simple: if we use autopilot on planes, we can and should use it on cars.

In late 2014, Tesla offered customers Autopilot for the first time. The Model S and Model X came with a tech package upgrade: a windshield-mounted camera, frontside radar, and sensors on the front and back bumpers.

Together this was known as Autopilot, which offered semi-autonomous driving. Tesla refers to this tech package as Hardware 1. This allowed drivers to do limited hands-free driving.

In October 2015, Tesla customers experienced the next step in Autopilot development with the release of software enabling Autopilot, which was packaged with Tesla’s version 7.0. This added a few features.

However, Tesla later released version 7.1, which removed a few features in 7.0. Tesla announced this was an effort to discourage risky behaviors. Version 7.1 did add a remote parking feature, which could be used without a driver in the vehicle.

In August 2016, Tesla announced Autopilot 8.0, which made a significant shift in software. Instead of using cameras as the primary sensor, Autopilot would now use radar. A November update added two notable safety features:

  • Autopilot requires the driver to touch the wheel more often.
  • Whenever Autopilot is activated, there is now a more noticeable indication that it’s engaged.

In November 2016, Autopilot had been used to drive over 300 million miles.

On October 19, 2016, Tesla announced that all their cars would now be made with full self-driving. Their vehicles would now come with better computing and sensing equipment, which they call Hardware Version 2 (HW2).

This allowed Autopilot to change lanes without needing driver input, transition between freeways, and exit a highway near the driver’s destination.

In February 2017, Autopilot became available for HW2 cars. They included auto-steering on local roads and divided highways, as well as adaptive cruise control. In June of the same year, version 8.1 arrived, which added the features of parallel parking and full-speed breaking.

Later updates made riders smoother by making acceleration and deceleration less jerky.

In July 2017, Hardware Version 2.5 was released. And as of 2019, Tesla continues to evolve Autopilot with developing Hardware Version 3.

Public opinions on Autopilot

As with all new technologies, many questions have been raised over the years by industry experts and concerned citizens.

Some have voiced concerns over the legality of full self-driving. Many question if Tesla drivers using Autopilot are even driving legally. Autopilot seemingly conflicts with the current best practices in driving, such as keeping both hands on the wheel or keeping one foot on a pedal.

Earlier, in the demonstration video, the driver is doing neither.

Tesla spokesman Alexis Georgeson said there is “nothing in our autopilot system that is in conflict with current regulations.” She went on to clarify a misconception about Autopilot, saying:

“We’re not getting rid of the pilot. This is about releasing the driver from tedious tasks so they can focus and provide better input.”

Despite Tesla’s safety measures, some still ask if self-driving cars inherently promote irresponsible driving.

Another recurring debate revolves around fault in the case of an accident caused by full self-driving. If Autopilot makes a mistake and there is a car wreck, who is responsible?

Drivers are expected to monitor Autopilot, but this complicates investigations and court proceedings. At what point is a driver responsible vs. the program and can a company like Tesla be liable?

Individuals, manufacturers, and insurance companies will likely fight a lot in the following years to work out liability issues with self-driving cars.

Autopilot incidents

In the years developing and using Tesla’s Autopilot, there have been a few accidents and deaths recorded involving Autopilot. This article will note a few of the more recent incidents at the time of writing.

May 11, 2018 at South Jordan, Utah
During the evening, a Tesla Model S crashed into a fire truck that was stopped at a red light. Autopilot was engaged at the time and traveling at about 60 miles per hour during the time of impact. The Tesla driver survived with a broken foot.

According to witnesses, the Tesla car did not appear to avoid the impact or attempt to brake prior to the collision. Telemetry data revealed the driver did not touch the wheel 80 seconds preceding the crash and did not brake until milliseconds before impact.

The driver later admitted she was on her phone at the time. Police cited her for “failure to keep proper lookout.”

March 1, 2019 at Delray Beach, Florida
During the morning, a Tesla Model 3 hit a semi-truck on a highway and under rode the trailer. The driver did not survive. The dispatched investigators that analyzed the scene did not fault or cite the driver of the semi-truck.

Ten seconds prior to the collision, the Tesla driver activated Autopilot. And in May 2019, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that neither the Autopilot or the driver attempted evasive maneuver prior to impact.

Preliminary telemetry showed that the driver’s hands were not on the wheels for approximately 8 seconds leading up to the crash.

August 10, 2019 at Moscow, Russia
During the night, a Tesla Model 3 ran into a parked tow truck, then caught on fire. At the time, Autopilot was activated and was driving at the maximum speed limit (100 km/h).

Fortunately, the driver and his children exited the vehicle in time and escaped with survivable injuries. The driver had a broken leg and the children suffered bruising.

The driver claimed he was holding the wheel at the time of the crash, but was not paying attention.

Positive incidents with Autopilot

A noteworthy incident that puts a positive light on Autopilot occurred on July of 2016, in Washington D.C. While driving his Tesla Model X, Joshua Neally experienced pulmonary embolism, which made it impossible for him to drive.

Neally was able to drive most of the way to a hospital using Autopilot, which possibly saved his life.

On July 21, 2016, Elon Musk tweeted that Autopilot saved the life of a pedestrian in D.C., or at least prevented serious injury. The driver reported that a pedestrian stepped out in front of his vehicle while he was distracted. Autopilot instantly braked and prevented the car from hitting the pedestrian.

Musk confirmed this by looking at the vehicle’s logs.

The Future of Autopilot

Autopilot will unquestioningly impact greater society in the future. Tesla has repeatedly stated and demonstrated a commitment to developing a safe, legal, effective Autopilot system.

And they’re not the only ones interested in the technology. Google is also developing a self-driving car under their program Waymo.

While Tesla has made significant progress in recent years, it seems there are still technological and legal barriers they need to overcome.

Here’s Elon Musk on the future of Autopilot: “Full autonomy is really a software limitation. The hardware exists to create full autonomy. So it’s really about developing advanced narrow AI for the car to operate on.”

This astounding statement reveals how close we are to a world full of self-driving cars. The hardware already exists. We just have to write better software.

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10 Resorts in Hawaii That Everyone Should Try

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Planning a vacation to Hawaii? There’s a reason why it’s such a popular vacation destination.

Each island has its unique beauty – lush green mountain tops, oceanfront views, and volcanos. The culture is fascinating, the food is delicious, the weather is great, and the shopping scene is bustling.

Now to pick somewhere to stay.

If you’re looking for the right place to lodge, look no further than this list. We’ll break down the best destinations in Hawaii. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation or a romantic getaway, we have you covered.

Look them over and pick your favorite:

1. Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Fairmont orchid hawaii

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii hugs Kahala Coast on the Big Island. This stunning property offers a wide variety of activities. Guests can play volleyball in the sand, visit a golf course next door, rent a poolside or beachside cabana, or take a culture hike.

Their Spa Without Walls offers massages near waterfalls or in lush gardens. If you’re feeling indoorsy, you can always head to one of their saunas or steam rooms. All of their 500 rooms have lanais (roofed porches) with an ocean view, marble tubs, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs.

Their Brown’s Deli offers house-made pizza, salads, and sandwiches. And their Kahiki bar offers drinks just a few steps away from the ocean.

Location: 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743

2. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four seasons resort hualalai

This ultimate resort sits on the Kona-Kohala coast and offers incredible luxury accommodations. Two-story bungalows with guest rooms are decorated with Hawaiian inspired art and decor. They offer rooms with beautiful views of the ocean and suites that have private outdoor showers.

Guests can take advantage of their concierge services, which can arrange an outing to explore Hawaii’s volcanoes or a round of golf on the prestigious Hualalai Golf Course.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers guests unique experiences with nature. You can tour their Herb Garden, where a chef helps guests catch shrimp. You can learn how salt was harvested by Hawaiians in the past on a Salt Harvesting Experience. Or take advantage of the Hawaii Island Coffee Experience, where you tour a coffee farm and end with a coffee tasting

Location: 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

3. Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea is the perfect location for romantic getaways. Their entire property was created with exclusivity and privacy in mind. They have over 70 luxury suites spaced apart next to the ocean. Each suite has oceanfront lanais and comes with plush bathrobes, deep soaking tubs, and luxury linens.

Their fun activities were created with couples in mind. For example, the hotel offers a map with X’s, which guests use to explore the island’s best spots for beaches, sea turtles, and snorkeling. Their restaurant, The Treehouse, offers private dinners in a secluded bungalow surrounded by fruit trees.

Hotel Wailea is the perfect place for a honeymoon.

Location: 555 Kaukahi Street, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753

4. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

The Ritz Carlton Hawaii

You could spend a month at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and every day would look different. Nearby you can go horseback riding, explore waterfalls, visit local beaches, tee off at one of two championship golf courses, and even get a tour on a helicopter. You can go scuba diving, take fishing trips, enjoy a sunset cruise, and have the staff organize a luau.

If you want to go all out, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua offers Club Level access. This gives you access to a private lounge, where hors d’oeuvres, light snacks, and beverages are offered throughout the day. Club Level access also comes with a concierge dedicated to your needs. These extra services and amenities make the Club Level an upgrade on top of an already ultimate getaway.

Location: 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, HI 96761

5. Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort North Shore Hawaii

Turtle Bay Resort sits on Oahu’s North Shore and offers a wide range of unique services and activities. Guests can head to Turtle Bay Spa for seaweed body wraps or aromatherapy immersion. Guests can take advantage of wave therapy, which is a massage table that rocks gently and feels like you’re floating in water.

Guests have the opportunity to kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, take surfing lessons, and enjoy a helicopter tour. You can also swim underwater with the mythical sea turtles that are famous in the North Shore. If you’re not feeling adventurous, you can always go for a massage on the beach.

Not far away, guests can practice their swing at two premier golf courses. Turtle Bay Resort has miles of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees. Their coastline receives powerful waves making it an ideal place to go surfing.

Location: 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731

6. Disney Aulani

Disney Aulani

Disney lives up to its reputation again with this ultimate family-friendly getaway. Disney Aulani offers fun activities for kids and relaxing alternatives for parents. Families can hit their amazing beach or one of their three pools. You can drift down their Lazy River while kids play around in their Splash Zone.

Inside their Laniwai Spa, you will find mineral pools, family treatments, vitality pools, and a hydrotherapy garden. There are plenty of eating options, including a cafe, a shaved ice hut, a snack stop, a pool bar, and a beachside restaurant that offers modern Hawaiian cuisine.

Location: 92-1185 Ali’inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707

7. Halekulani

Halekulani

Halekulani incorporates serenity and elegance into all they do. Their spacious rooms offer ocean views and are shaded gray, which gives them a sense of sophistication. Their Waikiki spa combines modern products and techniques with local therapeutic rituals.

Their “For You, Everything” program gives guests access to cultural and fine arts events on the island. You can visit Bishop Museum, which displays artifacts from Hawaii’s royal family as well as ancient Hawaiian items. The program also grants guests access to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Iolani Palace, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Location: 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

8. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

Ko'a Kea Hotel and Resort

Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort sits on Kauai’s south shore and has over 100 rooms. This is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to stay physically active on your vacation.

Close-by is the Poipu beach center where guests can snorkel, paddleboard, surf, and kayak. Their staff offers various lessons and rentals. Guests can also explore Old Koloa Town, play a round of golf, or go for a cliff-top hike.

If you’d rather stay indoors, the resort has a saltwater pool with a poolside bar and grill, a fitness center, and a full-service spa. All rooms have amazing views of gardens or the ocean, and have outdoor spaces and balconies.

The restaurant Red Salt offers fresh seafood and a sushi bar on some nights. The Red Salt has an ocean view lined with palm trees and pampers guests with breakfast dishes like lemon-pineapple souffle pancakes.

Location: 2251 Poipu Road Koloa, HI 96756

9. The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian is located in the capital city of Honolulu, on the famous Waikiki Beach. It’s known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific for its beautiful color and structure. They have over 500 rooms and three towers.

Guests are treated like royalty, receiving a Hawaiian garland upon arrival. The Royal Hawaiian offers massages in a tropical garden at their Abhasa Spa. Every night, live entertainment is provided at the Mai Tai Bar. Guests can even order pastries and morning coffee in bed.

The resort offers many interesting activities such as lei-making and a Hawaiian sunrise ceremony.

Location: 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

10. Andaz Maui at WaileaAndaz Maui at Wailea

The Andaz Maui sits on Wailea Beach, giving guests access to a white sand experience. This oceanfront resort has over 300 rooms, each with a lanai overlooking an ocean or garden. If you want an upgrade, look into their villas, which come with a private tropical garden, a gourmet Miele kitchen, and an outdoor Viking Grill.

Their Ka’ana Kitchen offers farm-to-table Maui dishes ideal for a family outing. Couples can take advantage of a customized six-course meal paired with wine in an open-air style kitchen.

You can start the morning at Bumbye Beach Bar, where you can lounge in the lagoon pool, sipping on cool cocktails. In the evening, check out Lehua Lounge, which offers delicacies and cocktails next to crystal clear waterfalls.

Location: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, HI 96753

How to Choose

There are a lot of great options to choose from, so how do you pick? The question you should ask yourself is: what do you want to get out of your visit?

If you’re interested in exploring the local culture and art, consider going to Halekulani, which offers a program for access to museums and events. If you want to stay active on your vacation, check out Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort, which offers a wide range of activities to keep you busy.

Then you have to consider who you’re bringing along. If you’re taking the whole family, consider going to Disney Aulani. They crafted their property and activities with children in mind.

But if you and your significant other are looking for a romantic getaway, then Hotel Wailea could be the choice for you. They tailored their secluded property and activities specifically for couples.

After thinking through your decision, pick your favorite spot, and then happy vacationing!

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