10 Best Honeymoon Spots in Hawaii

The pool area of the Travaasa Maui at night Photo by Travaasa Maui
By Hillary Richard McNamara, Shannon Wianecki, Martha Cheng and Jeanne Cooper

The beaches, the water, the Aloha Spirit... It's hard to go wrong with a honeymoon in Hawaii. Romance is everywhere you turn. These 10 hotels and resorts are some of most decadent and dreamy on the Hawaiian Islands. Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the privacy of your beachfront cabana, explore the undersea world with your partner, or relax at one of the many award-winning spas.

Photo Caption: The Travaasa Maui at the end of the famed Road to Hana.
A woman gets a massage in a hut over a waterfall at the Fairmont Orchid Resort Photo by Fairmont Orchid
What: The Fairmont Orchid spreads across 32 acres of perfectly manicured gardens along the Pacific. Vast grounds and open plan ensure that there's always a great view. Sporty newlyweds enjoy the 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, the 2 championship golf courses, and the 10 tennis courts. The hotel even has its own lagoon, complete with resident green sea turtles.

Honeymoon Highlights: Couples who enjoy getting pampered should try the outdoor Waterfall Massage (pictured), where they can lounge in a hale (private hut) overlooking waterfalls and a koi pond.

Where: The Fairmont Orchid is on the Kohala Coast on The Big Island

Cost: Rooms start at $389 per night

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Photo Caption: The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast on The Big Island.
The pool and beach area of the Kahala Hotel and Resort Photo by Kahala Hotel & Resort
What: The Kahala's 6.5 acres of crescent beach, tropical gardens, and waterfalls seem far removed, but the resort is only minutes from Honolulu's cosmopolitan atmosphere. Five bottlenose dolphins frequent the private lagoon — but they aren't the resort's only celebrities. A walk through the hotel's photo gallery shows that The Kahala has hosted everyone from US presidents to rock stars.

Honeymoon Highlights: The Kahala's "Kissing Point" is one of the most beautiful spots on the island to watch the colorful Hawaiian sunset.

Where: The Kahala is a 10-minute drive from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu

Cost: Rates start at $335 per night

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Photo Caption: Though all beaches are public in Hawaii, it's mostly the guests of the resort who use the beach and pool at the Kahala
The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea on Maui Photo by Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
What: For couples who truly love the finer things in life, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea can provide a luxurious and romantic atmosphere on the shores of Maui. The resort boasts one of the country's top-rated spas and three of Hawaii's most critically acclaimed restaurants.

Honeymoon Highlights: A concierge can help with any romantic request, but the resort features two popular options. For the Bougainvillea Trail option, gardeners hand-pick bougainvilleas from the grounds and set up a trail from door to bed, complete with chilled champagne. The Ultimate Romantic Dinner brings private, fine dining to the beach. The Four Seasons Resort Maui chef creates a five-course meal for couples at a private table on the beach set with fine crystal, silver, china, and tropical flowers.

Where: The Four Seasons Maui is in Wailea on Maui

Cost: Rates start at $489 per night

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Photo Caption: The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea on Maui.
Hotel Renew in Waikiki on Oahu Photo by Hotel Renew
What: Honeymooners who appreciate a chic, designer boutique hotel—and one that won't break the bank—will enjoy the 72-room Hotel Renew on Waikiki Beach. The hotel's on-site surf school and sunset surf lessons are a regular hit with couples.

Honeymoon Highlights: The "reEngage" package includes a 15% discount and a bottle of sparkling wine.

Where: Hotel Renew is in Waikiki on Oahu

Cost: Rates start at $159 per night

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Photo Caption: Hotel Renew in Waikiki on Oahu.
The Makai Golf Course at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai Photo by St. Regis Princeville
What: With its dramatic cliffside layout—you enter on the ninth floor to see a dazzling panorama of Hanalei Bay and Makana (the "Bali Hai" mountain)—the St. Regis is the best place to take the photos your grandchildren-to-be will ooh and ahh about in years to come. It's also the most opulent resort on the island, with glamorous 540-square-foot (and up!) rooms and an overload of sniffy amenities.

Honeymoon Highlights: The resort's two famous golf courses, both designed by Robert Trent Jones, are kismet for duffers (the Makai Course is pictured). For those who don't care about the links, the Princeville boasts an 11,000-square-foot spa, a restaurant helmed by Hawaii's celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, dozens of available daily adventures (from ziplining to horseback riding) and, down the elevator from the cliffs above, a lovely beach and 5,000-square-foot infinity pool.

Where: The St. Regis Princeville is on the North Shore of Kauai

Cost: Rooms start at $710 per night

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Photo Caption: The Makai Golf Course at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai
Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is in the town of Koloa on Poipu Beach in Kauai. Photo by Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort
What: This low-key hotel on Poipu Beach skips over the man-made trappings of other resorts and instead emphasizes the serenity of its surroundings. All rooms feature lanais, most with awe-inspiring views.

Honeymoon Highlights: The spa here has five rooms specially constructed for couples. Follow an indulgent treatment with an even-more decadent dinner at Kauai's best hotel restaurant, Red Salt.

Where: Ko'a Kea is in the town of Koloa on Poipu Beach in Kauai

Cost: Rates start at $389.

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Photo Caption: Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is in the town of Koloa on Poipu Beach in Kauai.
A suite at the Poipu Bed and Breakfast on the South Shore of Kauai Photo by Poipu Plantation B&B
What: This ultra-tranquil compound is comprised of four adults-only suites set in a lovingly restored 1938 plantation house. For those who want even more privacy, there are 7 lovely vacation rental units. For a honeymoon, we suggest splurging on the 700-square-foot Alii Suite which includes a wet bar, a two-person whirlpool tub and private lanai.

Honeymoon Highlights: Couples who don't want the typical "resort" experience enjoy staying at this historic property, and being coddled by the owners with the daily (included) hot breakfast and homemade banana bread.

Where: The Poipu Plantation is on the South Shore of Kauai

Cost: The starting rate for a room is just $165 per night including housekeeping, Wi–Fi and breakfast

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Photo Caption: The Ali'i Royal Suite at the Poipu Plantation Bed and Breakfast on Kauai
Grand Wailea Hotel is in Wailea on Maui Photo by The Grand Wailea
What: Honeymooners visiting Grand Wailea will enjoy a particular combination of decadence and Hawaiian culture. No expense was spared during construction: some $30 million worth of original artwork decorates the grounds, much of which was expressly created for the hotel by Hawaiian artists. The hotel also boasts a farm-to-table dining series, the only specialized scuba pool in Hawaii, and the largest and most resplendent spa on Maui, a 50,000 square-foot marble paradise with thundering waterfall showers, Japanese furo baths, mineral soaking tubs and other luxe features.

Honeymoon Highlights: The Grand Wailea's signature restaurant float atop a man-made lagoon; some couples enjoy fishing for their own lobster, straight from the waters below.

Where: Grand Wailea is in Wailea on Maui

Cost: Rates begin at $514 per night.

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Photo Caption: Grand Wailea Hotel is in Wailea on Maui.
A couple bathes in the lava rock Jacuzzi at the Travaasa Hana resort Photo by Travassa Hana
What: At the end of the spectacular road to Hana is a resort that can only be described as luxury in its purest form. The adults-only Sea Ranch cottages here are downright heavenly, featuring plush beds with organic linens, bambooo floors, deep soaking tubs and floor to ceiling sliding doors that open onto spacious lanais (many with a private hot tub). Active couples love the Travaasi because the genuinely hospitable staff sets up dozens of adventures (many at no extra cost) from archery, to horseback rides past waterfalls, to learning how to throw a traditional Hawaiian fishing net. The on-site spa has been voted "Best in Hawaii".

Honeymoon Highlights: This is the only all-inclusive resort in the Hawaiian isles, so though it's pricey, once it's paid for (perhaps by your friends and family...hint, hint) you won't have to worry about costs on the honeymoon itself.

Where: The resort is at the end of the road to Hana on Maui

Cost: Rooms start at $350 for an "a la carte" stay and $600 all-inclusive. Certain packages throw in a flight to the resort for those who'd rather not drive.

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Photo Caption: The lava rock Jacuzzi at the Travaasa Hana resort
Sheraton Kona Keauhou Bay Resort is in the historical Keauhou district of the Big Island. Photo by Sheraton Keauhou Bay
What: Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay sits on an ancient black lava flow near the birthplace of Hawaii's King Kamehameha III. In this dramatic and romantic setting, guests can do everything from relaxing on the beach to partaking in Hawaiian cultural activities.

Honeymoon Highlights: Keauhou Bay has a special manta ray-viewing point just offshore. Couples can dive or snorkel at night with the manta rays. Those looking to renew their vows (or get married the first time around) can do so at the top of the dramatic lava cliffs that flank the resort.

Where: Sheraton Keauhou Bay is in the historic Keauhou district of the Big Island

Cost: Rooms start at $179

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Photo Caption: Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay Resort is in the historical Keauhou district of the Big Island.
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