The pool area of the Travaasa Maui at night
Travaasa Maui

10 Best Honeymoon Spots in Hawaii

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 the most decadent and dreamy on the Hawaiian Islands. For newlyweds in search of beautiful beach sunsets, adventure on or under the water, and relaxing treatments at award-winning spas, here are the places to be. 

Photo: The Travaasa Hana

A woman gets a massage in a hut over a waterfall at the Fairmont Orchid Resort.
Fairmont Orchid
Fairmont Orchid

The Fairmont Orchid spreads across 32 acres of perfectly manicured gardens along the Pacific. Vast grounds and an open plan ensure that there's always a great view. Sporty newlyweds enjoy the 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, championship golf course, and 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 an outdoor massage (pictured), where they can lounge in a hale (private hut) overlooking waterfalls and a koi pond.

Location: Kohala Coast on The Big Island

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The pool and beach area of the Kahala Hotel and Resort
Kahala Hotel & Resort
Kahala Hotel & Resort

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. 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 U.S. 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.

Location: A 10-minute drive from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu

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The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea on Maui
Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

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 some of Hawaii's most critically acclaimed dining options.

Honeymoon Highlights: A concierge can help with any romantic request, but the resort features two popular offerings. With the Bougainvillea Trail option, gardeners hand-pick flowers from the grounds and set up a trail from door to bed, where chilled champagne awaits. The Ultimate Romantic Dinner, meanwhile, features a private gourmet meal on the beach.

Location: Wailea on Maui

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Hotel Renew in Waikiki on Oahu
Laylow Hotel
The LayLow

Honeymooners who appreciate a cheeky chic, designer boutique hotel—and one that won't break the bank—will enjoy the Laylow Hotel on Waikiki Beach. And heck, you can learn a new skill together: Each room comes equipped with a ukelele and the hotel offers free lessons several times a week.

Honeymoon Highlights: LayLow's honeymoon package includes a bottle of champagne on arrival, a credit at the onsite Hideout restaurant, valet parking, and free Wi-Fi.

Location: Waikiki on Oahu

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The Makai Golf Course at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai
St. Regis Princeville
St. Regis Princeville

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 over in years to come. This is the most opulent resort on Kauai, with glamorous 540-square-foot (and up!) rooms and an overload of spiffy amenities.

Honeymoon Highlights: The resort's two famous golf courses, both designed by Robert Trent Jones, are heaven 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, 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.

Location: North Shore of Kauai

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Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is in the town of Koloa on Poipu Beach in Kauai.
Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort
Ko'a Kea

This low-key hotel on Poipu Beach skips over the manmade 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.

Location: The town of Koloa on Poipu Beach in Kauai

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A suite at the Poipu Bed and Breakfast on the South Shore of Kauai
Poipu Plantation B&B
Poipu Plantation Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Rentals

This ultra-tranquil compound comprises four adults-only suites set in a lovingly restored 1938 plantation house. For those who want even more privacy, there are nine vacation rental units. For a honeymoon, we suggest splurging on the 700-square-foot Ali'i Royal Suite (pictured), 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.

Location: South Shore of Kauai

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Grand Wailea Hotel is in Wailea on Maui
Aaron Scales
Hotel Wailea

The Hotel Wailea is expert at making guests feel pampered. No nickle-and-diming here—there are free cocktails by the fire pit, a free outrigger canoe trip each week, and included jaunts in the hotel's Mercedes SUV anywhere in Wailea. Rooms are gorgeous, with high quality king-sized platform beds, super-sized soaking tubs, and, on the lanais, daybeds for lounging. Another romantic perk: This is an adults-only resort.

Honeymoon Highlights: In the private treehouse (pictured), couples can enjoy a custom-tailored seven-course menu. The resort also offers in-suite couples massages from a local Hawaiian healer.

Location: Wailea on Maui

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A couple bathes in the lava rock Jacuzzi at the Travaasa Hana resort
Travassa Hana
Travaasa Hana

At the end of the spectacular road to Hana is a resort that can only be described as luxury in its purest form. The Ocean Bungalows here are downright heavenly, featuring plush beds with organic linens, bamboo floors, deep soaking tubs, and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open onto spacious lanais with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Active couples love the tour desk, where a genuinely hospitable staff sets up dozens of adventures such as standup paddleboarding, horseback rides past waterfalls, and fishing lessons. The onsite spa frequently tops best-of-Hawaii lists. 

Honeymoon Highlights: This is an all-inclusive resort, so although it's pricey, once you've paid for your stay (or received it as a wedding gift from friends and family, hint, hint), you're covered for the duration. 

Location: End of the road to Hana on Maui

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Sheraton Kona Keauhou Bay Resort is in the historical Keauhou district of the Big Island.
Rich Stapleton
Four Seasons Haulalai

Would you like to snorkel in a giant outdoor aquarium, filled with 4,000 fish (pictured)? Watch the sunset, cocktail in hand, body in the pool next to a swim up bar? Or start the day in an outdoor lava rock shower? The Hualalai is expert at pampering its guests, sometimes in ways you won't have experienced anywhere else. And the resort itself is exquisitly beautiful.

Honeymoon Highlights: With a team of naturalists on staff, the resort sets up couple's excursions that are both exciting and educational. That might include a private tour of the Mauna Kea Observatory and a star-gazing session with an astronomer. Or a salt harvesting jaunt to local flats, followed by a cooking lesson for two. Or a trip to some of the island's secret beaches.

Location: The Kailua-Kona on the Big Island

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