US News & World Report, launched in 1948 and in its eighth decade of providing consumer advice and analysis, recently released their 2023 list of the top hotels across the nation—and wouldn’t you know it, two Big Island experiences have placed near the top of the list!

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua-Kona came in at number six overall, and Mauna Lani/Auberge Resorts Collection (located in Puako) was right behind at number fifteen.

(While we politely disagree that neither hotel was ranked number one in the world this year, there’s always next year’s rankings to look forward to.)

The Four Seasons, which we’ve written about before, features an 18-hole golf course designed by none other than the ‘Golden Bear’ Jack Nickalus, which also recently hosted the PGA’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Mauna Lani, meanwhile, nestles into the famed Kohala Coast and features two golf courses, two saunas, and a slew of cultural activities and top-flight amenities, making this a must-see for your next island getaway (or in-island getaway!).

US News & World Report utilized a methodology that combined industry awards, guest rankings and ratings, and verified hotel star ratings in determining this year’s winners. Both Big Island hotels have also now earned the highly-coveted ‘Gold Badge’ ranking, bestowed upon each hotel in the top 10% of the list.

A word to the wise for our off-island friends, though—be careful when you visit either of these stellar hotels on your next you may not want to ever leave! Don’t worry, though: Karen Bail has you covered. Give her a call to start exploring how you can make the world’s greatest island getaway your new island home today.