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What is the best Hawaii island for honeymoons?
Hawaii is home to beautiful mountains, an active volcano, stunning beaches of all colors, and some of the most incredible waterfalls in the world. It’s no wonder that Hawaii is a popular honeymoon destination. When it comes to planning a honeymoon in Hawaii, one of the first decisions is which island to stay on.
There are five islands offering honeymoon accommodations, and they’re all very different. It’s essential to narrow it down to one or two, and that can be a difficult task. If you’re feeling overwhelmed planning your Hawaii honeymoon – I get it! Most of my clients reach out because their task is a lot more daunting than they realized. If that’s you, make sure to contact me. I help couples plan Hawaii destination weddings and honeymoons regularly, and I’d love to help you create a custom Hawaii honeymoon just for you.
I’ve said it before, but there isn’t a “best island in Hawaii.” However, there IS a best island in Hawaii for you. As a Hawaii Travel Agent specializing in weddings and honeymoons, I’m often asked about the best Hawaii island for honeymoons. The truth is, the best island for a honeymoon depends on you!
So, what is the best Hawaii island for a honeymoon?
From city-life in Oahu to the biological diversity of the Big Island. From the gorgeous beaches of Maui to the stunning Na Pali coast of Kauai, Hawaii has a lot to offer to honeymooners.
If you’re looking for a mixture of Big City things to do, plenty of historical and cultural activities, and beautiful natural attractions. Oahu has it all. Honolulu is also a big city and comes with all the positives and negatives of a big city. Yes, there are plenty of things to do. Lots of high-end shopping, more restaurants than you can imagine, the only island with real nightlife, and so much more. Oahu also has a lot of historical and cultural activities, from visiting Pearl Harbor to learning about Hawaiian culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
On the other side of that, Oahu also has traffic, lots of traffic. It’s also filled with people, so if you’re looking for more of a secluded honeymoon, you should head to the North Shore or another island. The North Shore is an entirely different world, so I strongly advise checking it out even if you do choose to stay in the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.
The Turtle Bay Resort
My choice for the best resort on Oahu
There are plenty of fantastic resorts on Oahu. The Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore or the Kahala Resort and Hotel near Waikiki are my top picks. Turtle Bay Resort was the scene for a few movies set in Hawaii (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and is a beautiful resort with a lot of amenities. The Kahala Resort and Hotel is near Waikiki, but far enough away to be more secluded.
If you don’t mind spending $2500+ per night, ESPACIO, the Jewel of Waikiki, offers an ultra-exclusive and personalized experience. Amenities include the use of luxury vehicles, butler service, a roof-top infinity pool, and more. ESPACIO is genuinely the best of the best in Waikiki.
For even more Oahu honeymoon resort options, check out the best 5-star resorts on Oahu.
If seeing an active volcano is on your bucket list, the Big Island is the place for you. The Big Island is also home to Mauna Kea, where it can snow in the winter! The dry, western (Kona) side of the island is full of high-end resorts. You can also shop and dine in the beautiful seaside Kona town.
The eastern (Hilo) rainier side of the island is where you’ll find waterfalls, gorgeous botanical gardens, and the more “local” town of Hilo. One of the biggest draws to the Big Island is the biological diversity. The Big Island is home to many of the world’s climate zones. On the Big Island, you can experience them all in one day.
The Fairmont Orchid
My choice for the best resort on the Big Island
The Fairmont Orchid. The Fairmont Orchid is set on 32 stunning oceanfront acres on the Kohala Coast. You’ll find championship golfing, fabulous restaurants, and an incredible spa at the Fairmont Orchid.
You can also check out the 7 best resorts on the Big Island for more options.
If you want a secluded, and I mean, really secluded honeymoon spot, Lanai is a perfect choice. Lanai has just one resort, The Four Seasons Lanai. Although Four Seasons Resorts are very family-friendly, not as many families make it to Lanai. The remoteness of Lanai makes it an excellent choice for a Hawaii honeymoon.
The Four Seasons Lanai
Although the island has a small population, there are plenty of things to do while you’re there! From ATV rides to sunset dinner cruises, Lanai has a lot to offer.
My choice for the best resort on Lanai
The Four Seasons Lanai is the only option for honeymoons on Lanai, but it won’t disappoint!
Arguably the most beautiful island, Kauai is the perfect destination for honeymooners seeking adventure. Kauai has plenty of beautiful resorts for relaxing by the beach/pool or a spa day. Kauai also has more adventure activities than you can imagine. While Kauai is more remote than the other islands on this list (excluding Lanai) and is perfect for anyone looking to getaway.
The list of adventure activities on Kauai is long, but a helicopter tour or sunset sail down the Na Pali coast is a must. Check out more of the best Kauai adventure activities here. If you love to hike, Kauai offers some of the most amazing hikes, including the 11-mile one-way Kalalau Trail. If you aren’t feeling up to an 11-mile hike, there are plenty of other hikes you can try. Check out my post for the best hikes on Kauai.
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Kauai is also perfect for surfing, kayaking, or even just hanging out on a secluded beach. If being on an island with no large towns doesn’t bother you, and you love being outdoors, Kauai is one of the best islands in Hawaii for honeymoons.
My choice for the best resort on Kauai
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas or Princeville Resort on the North Shore or Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort on the South Shore. If you want to stay near the beautiful Na Pali coast, check out the Westin or the Princeville Resort. If you are worried about rain, check out Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort in sunny Poipu.
You can also check out the 7 best resorts on Kauai for more options.
I bet you were wondering when I was going to mention Maui. When you think of a honeymoon in Hawaii, you probably think of Maui. Maui has a lot to offer for couples on their honeymoons. Maui is home to one of the few genuinely adults-only resorts, the Hotel Wailea.
If you’re looking for the best beaches, Maui has them. Maui offers more human-made activities than all of the other islands except Oahu, without having the issues of a big city on a small island. If you want to get remote, you can do that on Maui too. Plan to take an epic drive on the Road to Hana. You can even stay in Hana if you want a truly remote and one-of-a-kind vacation.
The Andaz Maui
My choice for the best resort on Maui
Some of the best honeymoon resorts on Maui are the Hotel Wailea, The Andaz Maui, and the Travaasa Hana. If you want a quiet, adults-only experience but still stay close to the action, I recommend the Hotel Wailea. Prefer to stay at an eco-friendly, trendy, high-end resort? The Andaz Maui can’t be beaten. If you prefer to stay away from it all in a beautiful, luxury resort, check out the Travaasa Hana. While there are no actual “all-inclusive” hotels in Hawaii, the Travaasa Hana comes close, offering options that include your meals.
You can also check out the 10 best resorts on Maui for more options.
The best Hawaii honeymoon resorts
So, what is the best Hawaii island for honeymoons? The best Hawaii island for honeymoons is the one that is best for you. Now that you’ve narrowed down which island is right for you, it’s time to choose your resort. Hopefully, the suggestions listed will help get you started.
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