If you’re in the middle of planning your perfect Hawaii honeymoon, look no further than this page. We’ve rounded up romantic retreats from each of the four major islands, including resorts that pamper you and restaurants offering a cozy atmosphere made for two.
Hawaii Honeymoon Hotels
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
The rooms are perfect here for a Hawaii honeymoon, large and well-laid out with tons of closet space. The bathrooms have separate showers, deep soaking tubs and double vanity sinks. Every room has a spacious lanai and a ceiling fan, so feel free to open up the doors and let in the ocean breezes. The decor has a warm, natural feel to it. Beds can be customized with mattress toppers. Large 65-inch smart TVs and iPads are available in each room and to use around the resort. They come in handy for ordering room service or streaming Netflix. You can enjoy Nespresso coffee daily in your room and have your empty fridge turned into your own personal mini bar with items of your choosing. Some of the suites even come with their own outdoor spas and gardens.
The Villas at Poipu Kai and Regency Villas
These condos are part of the Po‘ipu Kai Resort area but were finished in 2009. They consist of two sections: One is called the Garden Villas (and four-bedroom Ohana House), the other is a newer section called The Villas at Po‘ipu Kai. The Garden section consists of one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units. The Villas have three- and four-bedroom units. Both sections are very nice with expensive furnishings and high-end appliances. Though the main living areas are smaller at The Villas, they make up for it with doors that fold back to open onto large lanai. Both sections have thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers on arrival and freebies like cots, kids’ play beach gear, coolers, etc. You have access to eight tennis courts at Po‘ipu Kai, should you want to be active on your Hawaii honeymoon.
Honua Kai Resort and Spa
This 38-acre condo property opened in 2009 and operates like a resort. Even though each unit is individually owned, all have the same type of furnishings from the on-site agent. Many units are not rented out—they’re second homes for their owners—but a lot are. The condos themselves are furnished luxuriously in a contemporary Hawaiian style. Bosch or Viking appliances throughout—everything a gourmet cook could want. They feel very spacious, like a second home, and all have queen sofa beds, so even a studio can sleep four comfortably. The lanais here are a real asset. Their glass doors fold back all the way so the lanais become part of the main living space, but they also have optional screens (good for buggy nights). And the lanais are gigantic—some as big as 3,200 sq. ft. (that’s larger than the unit itself). The baths rival the lanais and are spacious with separate deep soaking tubs and showers (except mountain view rooms, which have tub/shower combinations). Their beach is also a real winner here for your Hawaii honeymoon. They’re on the southern end of Keka‘a Beach, and the water is good for snorkeling about 100 feet out when calm.
Big Island Honeymoon
Hawaiian Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Hoomaluhia
This inn was lovingly finished by the owners in 2009 as a luxury retreat for those wishing to get away from it all and find themselves. Built on 50 acres high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, it was started by the same woman who opened the Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid. Even some of the antiques from that hotel adorn the lobby and rooms. They grow and manage practically everything they serve at their restaurant—from herbs to vegetables to chicken eggs to goat’s cheese (which is yummy, by the way). They pride themselves on being organic, green and sustainable, from the solar panels to composting to the windmill. Basically, they are there for your needs—if you want to be left alone, so be it. If you want a historic tour of the grounds, facial and massage for your Hawaii honeymoon, they’ll arrange that, too.
Hawaii Honeymoon Restaurants
You’re paying for an awesome beachside location at Disney’s Aulani Resort. When the sun goes down, so does the view, making dinner—as delicious as it is—overpriced. The ono is for breakfast and lunch. The small breakfast menu runs more gourmet than casual. Take the breakfast sandwich—a lobster claw, egg, avocado, tomato, lettuce and truffle oil on a brioche bun. Yeah, this ain’t no McBreakfast for your Hawaii honeymoon. Sandwiches at lunch get a similar treatment. Dinner consists of steak and seafood, mainly a la carte. That means you choose which style of steak/fish you want and then are charged additionally for any sides you’d like to add.
Oasis on the Beach
They have an awesome, breezy location next to the beach in front of the Waipouli Beach Resort with a thatched, woody atmosphere. Perfect for a Hawaii honeymoon. Small but well-chosen menus using fresh local ingredients with clever preparations. Breakfast has lots of recognizable favorites with a local twist (love the Oasis Hash made with short ribs). Lunch has local beef burgers, fish tacos and a few other items. Their drink called okolehao is tasty and potent, and we like their beer selection. Prices ain’t cheap, but most of the entrées can come as a half portion for less money, and the results work for us. Dinner brings a small menu of steak and seafood plus many pupus. Service is usually (but not always) good. They have a pretty cool catamaran bar in back. You’ll have to park on either side of the resort and stroll along a beachside path to the restaurant.
Fleetwoods on front street
Legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer, Mick Fleetwood, has a restaurant in Lahaina, and though a bit shaky in the past, they mostly get it right these days. The location (especially the rooftop dining area) is amazing, the food quality is great, there’s a nice wine selection, and the events and entertainment can be a blast. The nightly sunset ceremony has become a favorite in Lahaina (complete with bagpiper), and the view is basically open from the mountains to the ocean. The menu embraces seafood more these days and a variety of fish are usually available, as well as steak and various grilled meats.
Holuakoa Gardens & Café
This is the best reason to drive up to Holualoa for your Hawaii honeymoon. They mainly use ingredients grown nearby and clearly gush with pride over the results. The dinner menu changes nightly based on what local farmers and fishermen supply. Beef, seafood and pasta are what they do, using incredibly creative preparations. Although the menu is constantly changing, we can say from experience that some of the pasta dishes don’t do their excellent meat entrées justice. Start things out with the very unusual pizzettas. (Fantastic use of pears and sometimes figs.) The delicious salads are from fresh-picked local greens. Forget the heavy dressings, just enjoy the simplicity (we didn’t know healthy could taste this good).
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