"Hawaii is the island of big dreams for both islanders and guests. Those dreams born in paradise can, indeed come true," - Sharon Linnea

When planning a trip to Hawaii, there are so many options just between which Island to land on. That's why we're giving you our picks for the who's and what's of the Big Island to give you the perfect tropical vacation

Our #1 choice of stay on the Big Island is The Four Seasons Hualalai. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and black-lava landscapes, the resort is perfectly situated for all kinds of island adventures

Other Recommended Stays:
The Fairmont Orchid 
The Westin Hapuna Beach 
Hale Ohia Cottages 

The beaches of Hawaii are among the most beautiful in the world, and not to mention extremely diverse. You won't want to miss any of the different sands you can experience on the Big Island, so here's our choices for the best beaches of Big Island

Ahu Pohaku Ho'omawluhia
This remote retreat on the North Kohala Coast fuses Polynesian healing traditions with a green ethos. Book a lomilomi massage with a practitioner trained at the best school for the technique. Bring home the essential oils custom-blended from tropical plants by Warrent Botanicals. Learn more here

Kona Honu Manta Ray Night Snorkel or Dive
Kona’s Keauhou Bay is one of the best places on earth to swim up close to huge and harmless manta rays. Kona Honu Divers shines huge floodlights on the rays (some have 12-foot wingspans) to help attract their dinner, and divers or snorkelers can swim among the rays as they do an underwater ballet. Daytime dolphin swims are available too. Learn more here

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
The huge, centuries-old temples and 15-foot walls that lie in ruins at this ancient historical site, sacred to native Hawaiians, were built by the Hawaiians to provide a sanctuary for war refugees and those who broke the kapu laws. The surrounding Kealakekua Bay with its cliffs and spinner dolphins makes for a gorgeous backdrop. Learn more here

There's nothing better than curling up poolside or on the warm beach with a good book. Here's a few light reads to keep you company on vacation