1. Kauai's Marriott Resort & Beach Club
Why We Love It: Set on an expansive and lush 800 tropical acres on Kalapaki Bay, this spectacular spot brims with little luxuries that make a stay unforgettable and completely comfy, like bathtubs with jets, five on-site restaurants and lounges, a fitness center, spa, golf courses and more.
Why You’ll Love It: Whether you dig luxury or adventure, or a little bit of both, the Kaua'i Marriott Resort & Beach Club has you covered. Spend mornings lounging on the white sand shores, and afternoons trying your luck at more than handful of water or land sports. Then, rest your weary bones at the Alexander Spa & Salon, outdoor pool, or whirlpool with your one and only. Snag the honeymoon package and you'll be spoiled the right way -- with a honeymoon suite complete with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and breakfast in bed.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: If shacking up in your luxe digs doesn't satiate, head out of your room for a day of aquatic adventure: sailing the sparkling seas, snorkeling down under, or water skiing. Or stick to land, with tennis, volleyball, biking, or horseback riding. Venture out a bit more to see the nearby majestic Waialua Falls, Opaekaa Falls, Waimea Canyon, or the legendary Fern Grotto.
2. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Why We Love It: The oversized guests rooms (600 sq. feet for a standard) and suites (2,700 sq. feet for the Presidential) are fresh and glowing from a recent multi-million dollar renovation, and every room has a view of either the ocean, hotel lagoon, or the mountains. Even some of the baths are ultra-posh, featuring sit-down Jacuzzis and mini remote-controlled televisions.
Why You’ll Love It: Romance comes alive for honeymooners with the hotel’s "Share the Stars" dinner. A sumptuous meal featuring your choice of luscious Chef’s specialties, your dinner is served beachside at your own private table setting by a personal server. Upgrade your stay to Regency Club status, and you’ll be lavished with daily Concierge service, Continental breakfast, cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, and after-dinner drinks accented by decadent chocolate truffles.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: In addition to the aforementioned dining and lounge service, a fifty-yard white-sand beach on the hotel’s private salt-water lagoon awaits for swimming, scuba lessons, and sand volleyball. If you prefer to contain your exercise regimen to your suite, the resort’s refurbished Anara Spa offers one-of-a-kind treatments designed to relax and indulge.
3. Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, Maui
Why We Love It: The Grand Wailea’s setting is truly paradise found, including waterfalls, caves, a swim-up grotto bar, poolside massage cabanas, the world’s only water elevator, and a 45,850 sq. foot pool that’s for adults only.
Why You’ll Love It: Where else can you dine in a floating, thatch-roof restaurant over a salt-water lagoon and select your own lobster right from the water beneath you? The 50,000 sq. foot spa is the largest in the state of Hawaii, and will design half-day and all-day packages of decadent treatments for two.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: The resort features a stunning art collection including the works of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol – and offers a fascinating tour across the property’s spectacular grounds that covers them all.
4. Hotel Hana-Maui
Why We Love It: Situated on the eastern coast of Maui, this celebrated hotel awaits travelers at the end of one of the most famous and beautiful drives on the planet – the Road to Hana. Just getting to the resort is a magnificent memory for honeymooners to hold close to their hearts, as travelers drive over bridges and past waterfalls, bamboo forests, eucalyptus groves and more.
Why You’ll Love It: Your room options include an array of quaint, bungalow- and plantation-style cottages (some of which feature private hot tubs on their own oceanfront lanais), and even a turn-of-the-century home for the ultimate in honeymoon privacy. To ensure that newlyweds spend “quality” time in their rooms, there isn’t a single television to be found outside of the property’s Club Room.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: If the private tennis courts, bicycling, on-site croquet, and free modified Yoga aren’t enough to make you wander into civilization, the private, guided jeep excursions over the island definitely are. Excursions range from the legendary Hana highway to the rainforest, and you even have the option of designing your own trek. If you still insist on sticking close to your home away from home, try your hand at the complimentary lessons in hula, ukulele, and lei making.
5. Hanalei Colony Resort, Kauai
Why We Love It: When we're seeking understated elegance and a respite from high-end resorts, we head here to see Kauai in her full unobstructed glory.
Why You’ll Love It: Off-the-beaten-path couples will love the small, secluded resort, set on a gorgeous golden beach, with the majestic mountains of Kauai's north shore as your backdrop. Hanalei Colony is intimate, private and supremely personal, in a pampered but downplayed way (yes, it is possible). Take in a couple's massage at the on-site spa, and if you opt for the Honeymoon Hideaway package, enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: Kauai offers endless adventure and leisure activities, and since you'll be so very poshly self-directive, you'll be able to do as much or as little as your newlywed hearts desire. Take a Na Pali cruise, surf, golf, hike, kayak, windsurf or do absolutely nothing -- it's up to you in paradise.
6. Halekulani, Oahu
Why We Love It: Named one of the world's best places to stay, all Halekulani rooms boast large lanais, so you can take full advantage of Hawaii's magnificent tropical climate. Rooms are categorized by view -- Garden Courtyard View, Partial Ocean View, Ocean View, Ocean View Prime, and Diamond Head Ocean Front. Most offer stunning views of the turquoise Pacific.
Why You’ll Love It: Love is in the details, and we're loving the thoughtful deets at Halekulani. The plush and cozy bathrobes, deep soaking tubs, marble vanities, welcome fruit bowl (including Halekulani's own chocolates), flat screen TVs, and twice-daily turndown service, are world-class all the way.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: Unwind with a body massage or therapy at the SpaHalekulani, the first spa to fully explore the healing cultures of the Pacific Islands. Or indulge your palette with a taste (or 100!) of one-of-a-kind dishes from award-winning chefs at the hotel's three restaurants.
7. Mauna Lani Resort, Big Island
Why We Love It: This dazzling resort has something for everyone – golfing, water sports, a luxury spa, beautiful surroundings, and as much privacy as any honeymooner could dream of.
Why You’ll Love It: The ultra-luxurious bungalows are a honeymooner’s fantasy, each with a private chef, lanai, Jacuzzi, and private swimming pool. A personal staff stands by 24 hours to do your bidding, and the views are spectacular.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: The extraordinary, open-air Lava Sauna begins with a coat of smoothing black mud on your skin, and ends with a meditation in the resort’s La’au (healing) garden (after you’ve showered). If you’re a golfer you‘ll adore the two resort courses with panoramic views. Six charming restaurants run the gamut from cocktails and sushi to fine Pacific Rim cuisine, making it tempting to bypass room service at least once or twice.
8. The Fairmont Orchid, Big Island
Why We Love It: Where else can you spot Hawaiian green sea turtles each and every afternoon? Here, on the 32-acre resort, these gentle giants crawl out on the Fairmont's private shoreline every afternoon for what seems like your own private showing.
Why You’ll Love It: The magical outdoor 'Spa Without Walls,' including new waterfall massage hale (houses) and breathtaking oceanfront massage cabanas, is an experience that's not to be missed. Gorgeous ocean views, a private beach, and secluded hammocks help to get you in the mood for love as well (not that you'll need it). Make arrangements for the Romantic Getaway package and you'll be privy to a couple's massage oceanside or waterfall-side, limo transfers between the hotel and airport, a decadent buffet breakfast, and a 'Make Room for Romance' amenity, which includes a trail of orchid petals leading from the your room door to the bed where they are arranged in a heart shape upon the top sheet; a bucket of ice-cold champagne, bath oils, chocolate-dipped Big Island fruit, and other romantic touches.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: Enjoy a refreshing dip in the 10,000-square-foot oceanfront swimming pool, then stargaze from one of the lava whirlpools. Or spend a day snorkeling in the clear waters of Pauoa Bay. Paddle an outrigger canoe, sail aboard a Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe, head out on a cultural hike, or learn to weave a coconut leaf basket.
9. Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Why We Love It: We love being pampered and are suckers for all the sweet touches like being greeted with a lei of freshly gathered flowers upon arrival and finding our bed impeccably arranged with an orchid on our pillow each night. Also, each of the 249 rooms and suites, at an average size of 700 square feet, features private balconies, original artwork, and marble baths. In exclusive suites, traditional English-style butler service knocks our socks off (which is perfect since we'll be sporting flip flops during our stay!).
Why You’ll Love It: Just steps away from the long arch of Hulopo'e Beach (named America's most beautiful shore), the majestic Manele Bay resort is ideally situated for exploration of Lanai's top-rated coast, as well as the many natural attractions further inland. But you might just enjoy snuggling up by a roaring fire instead. Go the extra mile with the sweet romance package and you'll love full breakfast daily at one of the resort's deelish restaurants, as well as sipping your bottle of champagne, and whiffing your bouquet of fresh flowers.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: Ya swing? If so, hit the Jack Nicklaus-designed Challenge at Manele -- every hole offers sweeping ocean views and many require precision shots from cliff to cliff, where the Pacific literally becomes your water hazard. Or, conserve your energy and lazy the day away at the Spa at Manele for a nourishing ti-leaf wrap or the ancient Hawaiian tradition of a Lomi Lomi massage.
10. Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu
Why We Love It: Resting on nearly five miles of beachfront, this North Shore masterpiece boasts spectacular ocean views from every one of the 443 beach cottages and guest rooms.
Why You’ll Love It: Two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, 10 tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking, mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining and shopping are just a few of the fabulous things that keep love-loving couples coming back year after year.
Why You Might Leave Your Room: Turtle Bay's spa is a true sanctuary, and the resort's 12 miles of nature trails are ripe for exploring with your newlywed. The island's only 36-hole golf facility on O'ahu makes its home at Turtle Bay, so take advantage and hit the links.
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