The exotic islands of Hawaii are a classic choice for a honeymoon. With some of the most spectacular sights in the world, adrenaline-fueled adventures and soothing spa treatments, and resorts that elevate every aspect of your romantic getaway, it’s the perfect place to celebrate your union if you want to relish in relaxation and much-deserved pampering. And since the resort you choose is an important part of your experience, we’ve rounded up the best honeymoon resorts in Hawaii that please a range of tastes.
Tips for Choosing the Right Resort
Before you begin exploring the stunning resorts in Hawaii, consider what you’re looking for. The following tips can help you develop a clear view of what your ideal honeymoon resort will be like.
- Select your preferred island(s). As Hawaii is made up of various islands, take some time researching and discovering what each has to offer for scenery and activities.
- Make a list of your desired amenities. Most resorts offer slightly different amenities, so make a list of what’s most important to you. For example, do you want a modern suite with an ocean view? A resort with a golf course? An adults-only pool? Surf rentals and lessons? World-class dining options? After you make this list, rank the amenities in order of importance.
- Determine your budget. Because it can be frustrating to find the perfect resort, only to discover it’s too pricey, determine how much you can spend on accommodations before you start your search. You should also factor in how much you can spend on food and drink, spa treatments, and other activities.
- Decide if you want to indulge in a honeymoon package. Many Hawaiian resorts offer honeymoon packages that provide romantic touches like champagne upon arrival, a candlelit dinner by the beach, couples’ spa treatments, and other amorous activities. Knowing if this kind of package is important to you can help inform your research.
Honeymoon Resorts in Hawaii
Now that you’ve homed in on your criteria for your ideal Hawaii honeymoon resort, say “Aloha” to the top options, and discover your perfect fit. Fortunately, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
If you want to feel like you’ve dropped into a private, romantic haven with your spouse, Four Seasons Resort Lanai should be at the top of your list. As one of the few resorts on a 140-square-mile island nicknamed ‘the private isle,’ it allows you to enjoy your honeymoon activities without the presence of throngs of strangers.
While the lavishness of this famous resort could easily keep you happy for weeks, the concierge can also craft one-of-a-kind itineraries if you feel like exploring the island. Popular outings include a sunset catamaran cruise, a private, five-course dinner under the stars, horseback riding on the beach, and 4×4 adventures across wild terrain. And don’t miss the most romantic activity: a leisurely walk up Hulopoe Bay Beach that ends at a cliff-side perch overlooking Puupehe (also called Sweetheart Rock).
If the idea of lounging on the white-sand beach of Oahu’s iconic North Shore sounds appealing, Turtle Bay Resort could be for you. It offers the idyllic combination of tropical foliage, powder-soft shores, a warm sea that seems to fade into infinity, and all of the amenities you’d expect from a world-class resort.
These amenities are especially amazing for honeymooners, as the honeymoon package will have you arrive to an opulent greeting of leis, sparkling wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Next, you’ll settle into your plush accommodations, which can include more strawberries and champagne, private butler service, and oversized soaking tubs. Romantic picnics and couples’ massages are also on the menu.
This stunning, modern Wailea Beach Resort can easily fulfill your dreams for the ideal honeymoon, thanks to its sophisticated guest rooms with plush beds, immaculate shores on Wailea Beach, and series of pools, including one with four water slides, an adults-only serenity pool, and two oceanfront pools with hot tubs and cabanas. The resort is so exceptional that in 2019 Travel + Leisure included it on their list of ‘The Top 15 Resort Hotels in Hawaii,’ while Condé Nast Traveler named it one of the ’13 Best Resorts in Maui.’
One of the most popular features is the impressive dining options. The signature eatery is Humble Market Kitchin By Roy Yamaguchi, which serves Hawaiian-inspired fare made with fresh ingredients. There’s also a bar and grill, a coffee house that serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies using locally-sourced ingredients, specialty coffee drinks, and a food truck with local favorites like poke bowls.
Another signature of this resort is its luau show, Te Au Moana Luau. During the show, you’ll savor a buffet of local foods, sip on handcrafted tropical cocktails, and try your hand at the dance moves during the interactive portion of the show.
Located on the beloved garden isle, this oceanfront resort is composed of 50 acres of tropical gardens, winding paths, dramatic waterfalls cascading into blue lagoons, and restaurants boasting some of the best fares on the island. Grand Hyatt Kauai is especially appealing for couples that love pampering, as it features some of the most extravagant couples’ spa packages in all of Hawaii.
The Anara Pilialoha (romance) Journey is a soothing voyage through a warm stone and kava body scrub, volcanic clay mask, and massage. From there, an outdoor shower for two is followed by side-by-side Oxygen Facials, lunch, and Tropical Luxury Pedicures. The Hawaiian Escapes package is inspired by traditional healers and includes massage and spiritual healing to encourage lokahi (harmony). The experience, which is intended to connect the spirit with the romance of Kauai, unfolds in a private garden hale (bungalow) and begins with a tropical foot bath.
The resort also offers paddleboarding, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, and surfing for those looking for a side of adventure.
One of the most secluded resorts on the Hawaiian islands, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is nestled in an elegant area of Honolulu, beside a beach that’s typically only occupied by hotel guests. In addition to being a great choice for those looking for privacy, the resort is also a big win for foodies. It features five restaurants, where the most popular are the oceanside Hoku’s, the open-air Plumeria Beach House, and Arancino, which serves modern Italian cuisine.
If you want to swirl in some excitement and cultural exploration, take the short 15-minute drive into Waikiki, where you can discover the Diamond Head hike, Chinatown’s markets and lei shops, Pearl Harbor, Foster Botanical Garden, or the Honolulu Museum of Art.
A resort that exudes the classic charms of Hawaii, Kauai Marriott Resort is the place for couples wanting a laidback experience. The stylish guestrooms feature all of the elements for ultimate relaxation, the spa offers everything from seaside massages to nourishing body wraps, and the outdoor pool — the largest in Hawaii — is backed by some of the most stunning views you’ll ever see.
The resort also boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, which is the longest stretch of oceanfront golf in Hawaii. Additional activities include kayaking, volleyball, surfing, tennis, and jogging on the fitness trail.
Fairmont Kea Lani, which sits on the pristine shores of Wailea, provides a luxurious assortment of romantic dining options, an adults-only pool with private shaded cabanas, an award-winning spa with oceanfront couples’ massages, and one-bedroom suites with serene private lanais.
The resort also offers an acclaimed honeymoon package that includes a minimum of three nights in a luxury suite or villa, two glasses of Moet & Chandon champagne upon arrival, and a daily deluxe buffet breakfast for two at Kea Lani Restaurant. Additionally, you’ll enjoy a four-course dinner and one bottle of wine beside the Adult Tranquility Pool, in addition to one day in a private poolside cabana with chilled water, tropical juice and soda, fresh fruit, and a scented spritzer.
Perched in a magical pocket of Maui, Travaasa Hana is the ideal boutique resort for honeymooners wanting to forget about the outside world as they lose themselves in love. This is made easier by the absence of radios, clocks, and televisions in the rooms.
You can enjoy much of this getaway in a stylish cottage, or a private suite, highlighted by spectacular ocean views of the Pacific Ocean from the room’s private lanai. To further elevate the experience, treat yourselves to the Hana Couples’ Escape package at the spa, which includes a 90-minute couples’ massage, scalp treatments, and herbal foot treatments.
It’s only fitting that ‘Halekulani’ means ‘house befitting heaven,’ as this 5-star resort features lulling offshore breezes, an exotic grove of coconut trees, awe-inspiring views of Diamond Head, and elegant rooms that provide the perfect combination of grandeur and peace.
A popular option for honeymooners at Halekulani Hotel is the Romance Remembered package, featuring a Chef’s Special dinner for two at the Orchids restaurant and a daily buffet breakfast at House Without A Key. This package requires a minimum of a four-night stay. While it’s hard to pull yourself away from the resort’s heavenly environment, you can easily access Honolulu’s dynamic assortment of shopping, dining, entertainment, museums, and water sports.
Named by Travel + Leisure as ‘The Most Romantic Hotels Collection’ in 2018, Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort is a top choice for a picturesque honeymoon. Situated on the luminous sands of Poipu Beach, this impeccable Hawaii honeymoon destination boasts oceanfront accommodations with private lanais, a dreamy pool area, candlelit dining at the acclaimed Red Salt eatery, and oceanside spa services.
When you’re in a serenity-now mood, dive into a book on one of the lounge chairs on the ocean lawn, savor a cocktail and nap by the pool, or run your feet through the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. As if that’s not enough, the resort also has one of the most enticing honeymoon packages on the islands. The Romance Package includes a discounted luxury room with late check-out, a $500 food and beverage credit, $200 in spa credit, and special treats when you arrive.
In addition to all that pampering, you can partake in snorkeling, hiking, sailing, ziplining, and other adventures the concierge can organize.
It’s not surprising that warrior kings once came to the site where this resort rests, as it’s located at the base of five soaring mountains on the Kohala Coast. Mauna Lani makes you feel like you’re in a storybook, especially when you step into one of the stylish bungalows or suites that help you rejuvenate after the wild experience of wedding planning. It’s a perfect location to relish the early days of married life.
Beyond the charming accommodations, you’ll find a magical ecosystem made up of a palm-lined infinity pool, a resident ukulele player sharing tales of the historic coastline, and dinners of freshly-caught fish and local produce.
The hotel also offers an array of activities, like beachside yoga and peloton rides, golfing on the resort’s top-ranked courses, and a hike to an ancient petroglyph site. And after you check an activity off, you can say “Yes” to a sumptuous treatment at the signature spa.
A fusion of the natural wonders of the Kona-Kohala coast and the manmade marvels of the Four Seasons brand, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is like a utopia for honeymooners. The palatial accommodations are filled with rich colors and locally-inspired decor and located in two-story bungalows organized in small crescents around the beachfront and golf course. The resort also includes tennis courts, extensive spa and salon services, and the Cultural Center that offers classes and activities highlighting Hawaiian culture.
Additionally, the resort has five dining options. The most popular is the ‘ULU Sushi Lounge, which is the only Forbes star-rated restaurant on the island. Every restaurant uses ingredients from over 160 local farms, and 75% of the food is from Hawaii. It’s a food-lovers paradise.