Hawaii is a lot of things to people: a retreat from the city, the perfect beach getaway, or the prime destination for various water sports. But for a lot of the couples out there, it is the dream honeymoon destination. Thanks to its picturesque beaches, breathtaking natural sceneries, and its perennial warm weather, there is no wonder why it is the top destination for newlyweds.
Because the Oceanic archipelago has become such a magnet for honeymoon destination seekers, some of its resorts have created customised packages exclusively for them. We see tailor-made romantic experiences set in big island rentals like Hawaii mansions or Robinson Crusoe-like cottages. Indeed, a Hawaiian honeymoon can be as indulgent or as adventurous as you want it to be.
Depending on your tastes, there are a couple resorts that might fit what you and your loved one enjoy doing together during a romantic trip.
St. Regis Princeville Resort, Princeville
If you are not afraid to splurge, at least if you do not have a limited budget to spend for your trip, then St. Regis Princeville Resort is where you want to be. It is a premier luxury resort that takes opulence to a whole new level. You and your significant other can enjoy a butler service, a buffet breakfast spread filled with international and local delights and a very impressive golf course. The resort overlooks the Hanalei Bay — the largest bay on the north shore of Kauaʻi island.
However, the resort is so posh there is a set of dress code rules you need to follow while you are on the property. Rest assured though that it will never be boring during your stay because of various activities, other swimming, are available for you to do like horseback riding and ziplining.
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Another resort that puts a spotlight on relaxation is Sheraton Kauai Resort. While not as pricey as St. Regis Princeville, you will still get the luxury treatment that will take away all that wedding stress you have accumulated for the last couple of hours. They offer an all-inclusive honeymoon registries or promos that will surely help you make your honeymoon an unforgettable experience, especially if you have been too busy planning the wedding itself and not the trip after. Their packages include your hotel accommodation, your daily breakfast, the activities that you want to do during your stay, and even your flight schedule.
Travaasa Hana, Maui
Now, if you are looking for a honeymoon destination where you will not be disturbed at all, you should consider Travaasa Hana, Maui. Other than being a secluded, rustic resort, you will not find any television and radio, not even a clock. There are 70 well-appointed, open-air cottages that have ocean views and high ceilings.To maximise your stay, book a cottage that comes with a private lanai hot tub and enjoy the privacy your location can give you. Additionally, Travaasa Hana, Maui can organize activities for you like horseback riding, lava-rock whirlpool, couples massage, archery, and more. You can even have access to their croquet lawn or their tennis court.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Located at Ka’anapali Beach, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is known for its water sports activities. Couples who have been here loved snorkeling around the Black Rock — a cliff that can be found at the northern coastline of Ka’anapali Beach. At the end of a long day soaking the sun, make your way to Grotto Bar which is built inside an artificial cave in between two waterfalls.
Huelo Point Lookout, Haiku
Another resort offering a rustic accommodation, Huelo Point Lookout, Haiku offers honeymooners with a very hipster vibe. It is a secluded property that can access through a gravel road. There are no shops or restaurants that can be found within the vicinity, so make sure that you have brought all the necessities with your before you retire to your room. The number of cottages are few, and each has its own private kitchen for you to prepare your meals and hot tub ready for use. If you want a honeymoon that still feels homey amidst natural scenery, this is the destination for you.
Talk about exclusive — this resort only has six rooms and has a common area designed in a Balinese-style decor. It is a bed and breakfast property which offers couples a unique alternative to your usual major-resort-destination or rustic-accommodation-properties. While the amenities may be limited, it provides couples with an intimate setting: there is only a pool and a breathtaking view of the ocean, a chance to re-energize and relax in peace together. If anything, honeymoons are supposed to be spent just enjoying each other’s company, and this is the perfect prologue to your life as a married couple.
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Going to the modern and elegant, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is known for its cuisine. The KAPA Bar & Grill is a poolside bar and bistro that gives your classic favorites a culinary twist. You can enjoy the Coconut Lemongrass Red Curry, Mahi-mahi fish tacos, Kush Kale Salad, and more. You will also love the Humble Market Kitchin managed by world-renowned chef, Roy Yamaguchi. Make sure to drop by Te Au Moana Luau so you can treat yourself to a unique Luau dancing experience.
Four Seasons Resort Maui
Four Seasons Resort Maui is another Wailea property that you should consider. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a ginger-mint lemonade drink, beautiful leis, and cooling towels. It has 380 rooms, each with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Their Club Ocean View room will get you an all-day access to their refreshments, a separate concierge, and a full-service bar. A dip in their infinity pool is the best way to kick off your honeymoon. Afterwards, choose between Duo — a seafood and steak restaurant — and an open-air Italian restaurant called Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante for your dinner cravings. Or, you know, you can just go to both!
Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
If you are the kind of couple who enjoys being spontaneous, then the perfect resort for you is Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort. It is located in Poipu Beach and offers couples a chance to DIY their honeymoon experience. While it is a good place to swim and snorkel, and there is a spa on the site, being at Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort also gives you a good opportunity to explore the island rather than being cooped up in the resort. You can ask the hotel about rental cars and commute around the area.
Royale Hawaiian Resort Waikiki
Royale Hawaiian Resort Waikiki, just like the previous resort, is another low-key alternative to your luxury resorts. This destination offers you more of a cultural experience rather than opulence; which, if as a couple you are interested in immersing yourselves in Hawaiian culture and tradition, you will definitely enjoy it. Waikiki beach is considered to be the birthplace of surfing, so do not pass up the opportunity to enjoy riding a few waves. At the Honolulu city centre, you would be treated to various boutiques and bars which can give you a glimpse of what the nightlife is like in Hawaii.
So while you are planning your dream wedding, take the time to browse through these Hawaiian resorts and start choosing which one fits your island honeymoon fantasy.