Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations in the USA and the world to honeymoon and for a good reason. The tropical setting boasts pristine beaches and a relaxed setting that is the perfect way to start your marriage. Hawaii really has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for adventure by hiking volcanos or surfing, to take in the culture by enjoying a luau and some typical Hawaiian music played on the Ukulele, relaxing on the beach or a bit of a mix.
Choosing the Island (Or Islands)
Each island in Hawaii offers different attractions and activities where you can stay busy or spend your honeymoon sleeping in during the trip. When you want to know which Hawaiian island for a honeymoon, it’s important to research each island to determine where you’ll feel like you fit in depending on your personality and preference. Lanai is the perfect place to visit for couples who consider themselves to be beach bums and don’t want to stray too far from the sand. You can visit the island during the shoulder season in the fall and spring when the rates are lower and fewer tourists are present.
Maui is ideal if you’re health-conscious and want to participate in yoga or hike one of the dormant volcanos. You try several different physical activities that include stand-up-paddle-board Pilates to learn how to balance on the open waters with the help of a local studio. There are also high-end boutiques and Hawaii’s luxury vacation rentals when you want to enjoy a regal setting.
Maui Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels
Four Seasons Maui at Walea
The elegant and spacious king-sized rooms come with large private balconies or lanais (Hawaiian patios), deep-soaking marble tubs, and glorious views of the gardens, mountains, or ocean. There’s a beautiful salt-water infinity-edge pool for just adults, two other swimming pools, a full-service luxurious spa, a choice of fine-dining and beachside restaurants, tennis courts, a games rooms, and a range of free daily activities. You can arrange exceptional tailor-made trips and experiences to make your stay truly special. Honeymoon activities include couples’ massages and training in massage techniques to learn how to pamper each other at home, romantic private picnics on the beach, and candle-lit dinners without another soul in sight.
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Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
Romance awaits at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali for newlyweds looking to watch the sunset from the oceanfront pool, venture out to explore West Maui’s sparkling bays, snorkel just offshore amid tranquil marine life or cozy up on the intimate beach steps away from the property. Experience this tropical escape with all the perks of home including, a full kitchen, washer and dryer and breezy balconies with a premium suite. To sweeten up the beginning of a whimsical honeymoon, let the resort know about the recent I do and receive complimentary champagne and delectable chocolate bites.
Rates starting at $384/night.
Royal Lahaina Resort
For a more moderately priced resort, the Royal Lahaina is located on the west side of the island on a beautiful stretch of the Kaanapali beach. The resort includes 3 pools, a full-service spa, and an on-site nightly luau. Due to the position of the hotel tower, most rooms provide an ocean view. The resort also makes a perfect location as a home base while you enjoy excursions and activities around the island.
Fairmont Kea Lani
Discover the essence of Maui at Fairmont Kea Lani, Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury resort. Nestled on the golden sands of Wailea Polo Beach, this award-winning oceanfront resort redefines luxury with a state-of-the-art spa, island-inspired cuisine, and authentic cultural experiences. Let spectacular sunsets and romantic sunrises set the scene for couples to reconnect. Relax and recharge with treatments made for two at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa or poolside at the Adults-only tranquility pool. As the sun
sets for the day a selection of intimate dining experiences awaits, including private dining under the stars to signature experiences as the resort’s four unique restaurants and bars.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali | Maui, HI
The breathtaking oceanfront setting on legendary Ka’anapali Beach provides the perfect
backdrop for wonderful memories on a honeymoon getaway. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is just steps from Whalers Village where guests can discover upscale dining, shops, and entertainment. On-property, enjoy five lavish pools, tropical gardens, waterfalls and a cave with a hidden jacuzzi. Stop by the Heavenly Spa for an otherworldly cabana massage or facial. Savor delicious all-day dining with great views at our restaurants, or sip world-class cocktails on the beach or at the pool bars.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
A luxury hotel set on 15 beachfront acres. Guests can immerse themselves in the island spirit with regional farm-to-table dining, direct access to Mokapu Beach, and rooms boasting tropical views. Explore the exotic Polynesian culture and history of Maui during the resort luau experience, featuring an authentic ‘ohana-style meal and cocktails during the Feast at Mokapu.
The resort has 301 rooms. The intimate resort includes 35 spacious suites and eleven
residential-style luxury villas—each with a private lanai from which to admire island views. The rooms have a soothing neutral palette and modern wood furnishings or a spacious villa with a private plunge pool or hot tub and expansive views of the Pacific.
The resort’s `Āwili Spa and Salon in Wailea is a premium spa resort that offers a unique
apothecary experience. Treatments are tailor-made to fit guest needs with products and
services that are individually customized. Our consultants assist in blending guests personalized products, featuring local elements from Maui. Guests can indulge in a unique and lavish spa experience, and revel in complete tranquility during their stay.
Hyatt Regency Maui
Ideally situated on 40 tropically landscaped oceanfront acres along a three-mile stretch of the famed Ka’anapali Beach, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers an authentic Hawaiian experience in a setting of tropical luxury on the “Best Island in the World” as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Each of the 806 guestrooms, including 31 suites, provides a setting of Hawaiian elegance with plantation-style furnishings and a private lanai with panoramic views, with complimentary Wi-Fi access, featured in all guestrooms.
In 2016, the resort was honored with the “Best Hotel” award from its ownership group, Host Hotels & Resorts, and as a top honeymoon destination by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Offering Hawaiian regional cuisine, Japengo received a “Restaurant of the Year” award at the 2016 Aipono Maui Restaurant Awards.
The resort recently underwent a multi-million renovation and was awarded LEED-EBOM
Silver level certification, positioning it at the forefront of sustainability in Hawaiian hospitality. In 2016, the resort also was named a AAA Four Diamond resort for the 21 st consecutive year. The resort also boasts endless amenities including Maui’s only oceanfront 15,000 square-foot luxury spa and fitness center, an extensive water playground with tropical streams and waterfalls, close proximity to championship golf, three tennis courts, SCUBA and water sports, four restaurants and lounges, shopping, and more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, as well as expert-led stargazing, an award-winning luau, and wildlife tours.
Culture buffs will enjoy staying in Oahu where you can shop at cozy boutiques in the downtown area or explore the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House at your own pace. You can also take in the scenery at the North Shore beaches where some of the world’s best surfers frequent the area.
Oahu Honeymoon Hotels & Resorts
Four Seasons Resort at KoOlina
The elegant and spacious king-sized rooms come with large private balconies or lanais (Hawaiian patios), deep-soaking marble tubs, and glorious views of the gardens, mountains, or ocean. There’s a beautiful salt-water infinity-edge pool for just adults, two other swimming pools, a full-service luxurious spa, a choice of fine-dining and beachside restaurants, tennis courts, a game room, and a range of free daily activities. You can arrange exceptional tailor-made trips and experiences to make your stay truly special. Honeymoon activities include couples’ massages and training in massage techniques to learn how to pamper each other at home, romantic private picnics on the beach, and candle-lit dinners without another soul in sight.
Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Waikiki Beach
Adventurous newlyweds can begin their exciting journey together at this newly reimagined lifestyle hotel, immersing themselves into a fun, romantic, Hawaiian lifestyle. This four-star retro beach getaway, located where Diamond Head meets Waikiki Beach, features unobstructed views of the famed majestic peak of Oahu, and is only mere steps away from Waikiki’s white sands and azure waters.
Following a $35 million reimaging, the property features 315 well-appointed guest suites, an on-site surf school, an international culinary sensation’s first concept in Hawaii, and a collection of vintage Hawaiian and local art that allows couples to immerse themselves in dreamy scenes of midcentury Hawaiiana.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
Known as the “Pink Palace,” The Royal Hawaiian is a historic, luxury Honolulu hotel, located right on the famed Waikiki beach. Be recognized as a honeymooner during the traditional Hawaiian feast called ‘Aha‘aina, A Royal Celebration. Also at the hotel, honeymooners can partake in all sorts of crafts and take home something special (think shell bracelets, Lauhala bracelets, flower lei) or, choose to do morning yoga or Hiu Wai, a traditional Hawaiian sunrise ceremony.
Residences at Waikiki Beach Tower
Newlyweds look no further than the Residences at Waikiki Beach Tower for the perfect tropical honeymoon. Newly renovated, this 40-floor resort-condo offers exceptional ocean-facing views with modern and elegantly designed rooms. Couples can toast to their
nuptials on their own private lanai or on the open-air sundeck with views of Waikiki beach.
If you want to spend your day indulging in exotic cuisine, then visit Kauai where you can order the seared Pacific shrimp or the macadamia-nut-encrusted roasted pork loin with mai tais while staring at the ocean. The Hanalei Farmers’ Market is the best place to shop for local produce where you can pick up oversized avocados and grab a fresh coconut to take on the go.
Aston at Poipu Kai
Aston at Poipu Kai, spread out over 84 lush landscaped acres, is a tropical oasis ideal for adventurous newlyweds. Located on Poipu beach, couples have easy access to a wide range of watersports and can embark on hiking in Waimea Canyon, swimming along the Napali coast, or sailing across the coastline. The property offers accommodations ranging from multi-room suites to private homes with each unit offering a full kitchen and lanai.
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Located in the heart of Poipu Beach on Kauai’s south shore, the resort is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and has just completed an extensive renovation of its oceanfront accommodations. As we are grandfathered into our coastal location, our accommodations are as close as you can get to the water! The beach fronting the resort is a beautiful, crescent-shaped, white-sand swimming beach, and our most frequent visitors include the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.
The resort is also home to RumFire Poipu Beach, which offers more than 180-degrees of ocean views from every seat in the house. Rum Fire’s upscale, modern Kauai dining
experience will be sure to be a highlight for a honeymoon.
Kaua’i Marriott Resort
Kaua’i Marriott Resort luxury hotel features top-tier amenities and modern rooms and suites with ocean, pool and garden views. Dine at one of five popular restaurants and bars. Relax in the heated, outdoor pool – one of the largest in Hawaii. Escape to the luxurious spa for massages and a full range of beauty treatments. The Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, the longest in Hawaii winds past steep cliffs and the bay. Centrally located on Kalapaki Beach in Lihue, on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, the resort offers easy access to popular attractions
The St. Regis Princeville
Located in the 9,000-acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei, this luxury resort on Kauai resides on the northern shore of the “Garden Island” and provides visitors all the amenities expected from an island destination considered to be one of the most spectacular in Hawai’i. A romantic honeymoon at The St. Regis Princeville Resort can be enhanced by a Couples Hanalei Bay Ritual at the Halele’a Spa.
Designed to awaken vitality, stimulate blood flow and energize, this treatment starts with a ginger grass bamboo exfoliation. Followed by a yuzu algae shower, a warming silk oil massage. The journey will be completed with a luxurious Spa pedicure leaving honeymooners rejuvenated from head to toe.
Couples can also indulge in a Romantic Dinner in a private outdoor setting drenched in candlelight and flickering Hawaiian torches.
If you’re planning on snorkeling or sailing, the main island of Hawaii is the perfect destination to find a tour guide or an instructor to help you explore the lush destination. The island is known for its natural hot springs and hula performances that are on the beach, which are always accompanied by large feasts. Many visitors also dine at Mauna Kea where there’s a high-powered telescope that allows you to stargaze at 9,200 feet.
Aston Kona by the Sea
Ocean views are everywhere at Aston Kona by the Sea. Enjoy open views of the Pacific and spacious rooms with a private lanai included. Newlyweds can retreat to the beach and sunbathe in super soft sand or head to the Keauhou Shopping Center for a shopping day.
The Fairmont Orchid makes an ideal honeymoon spot because we offer a romantic turndown upon request, a lovely sunrise canoe adventure experience, and our property is geared towards those who embrace casual luxury and are seeking an authentic connection to the beautiful culture of the island of Hawaii.
One of the most popular activities to enjoy is sailing Hawaiian islands when you want to travel to different locations during your trip. The adventure will prove to be memorable for the turquoise waters and breathtaking sunsets. Many people choose to sail from Maui to Oahu or even the Big Island to Kauai.
Boat rentals are available with yachts or sailboats available, depending on your experience. You’ll need to provide proof of your expertise and will have the freedom to set your own schedule.
With a sailboat, you can sail at your own pace without feeling rushed by a timeline or schedule. You can stop in a particular area to take in the views or fish, making it easy to create your itinerary that works around your mood.
If you prefer to feel pampered and accommodated while spending time on the water, you can hire a charter, which comes with a crew that navigates the boat and is available to meet your needs. The crew will provide you with plenty of privacy and can show you around a specific area that you want to explore. You’ll have an easier time discovering hidden waterfalls or dormant lavas with experienced guides who are familiar with the area.
Sailing tours are also available if you don’t mind having the company of other couples or families who are visiting Hawaii. Taking a tour is considered the be the most affordable way of taking a boat ride and often includes accommodations that include special viewing decks and glass bottoms to view the marine life underneath.
Beaches to Visit
If you want to experience the best of the islands, there are a few romantic beaches in Hawaii that will allow you to relax in paradise. Hulopoe Beach is the top place to spend the day by the water in Lanai. Wailea Beach, Kaanapali Beach, Makena “Big” Beach are all hot spots in Maui where you can walk onto the sand and snorkel in the water with sea turtles.
Add Kaunaoa Beach or Punaluu Black Sand Beach to your itinerary while visiting the Big Island to walk on black sand and rocky flanks.
Hanauma Bay, Waikiki Beach, and Lanikai Beach are known as the top locations in Oahu where you’ll find surfers, swimmers, and boaters in an area that has plenty of energy. The surfers are known for catching waves from the sunrise to late at night at local beaches that have a reputation for being lively.
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