Romance and Hawaii are almost synonymous, so there are plenty of romantic Hawaii hotels. They combine the relaxation and beauty of the tropical paradise with the privacy and comfort you expect in a romantic getaway. Each island has its own list of dreamy accommodations.
The home of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, Oahu is usually the first, and sometimes the only, stop for Hawaiian visitors. Honolulu is a large, bustling city -- but that doesn't mean there aren't tranquil and romantic places to stay.
- 412 rooms and 43 suites on 5 acres of oceanfront
- Spa and fitness center
- 3 restaurants
- Known for: 4,300-square-foot Vera Wang suite and over 3700-square-foot orchid shaped, glass tiled swimming pool.
Even though it is located on the famed Waikiki Beach, the five star Halekulani is a luxury oasis just right for romance. No detail has been overlooked to make each visitor's stay gracious and personal. You can start your stay with private hotel registration in your elegant wood and marble guest room. Water activities, such as deep sea fishing, surfing and snorkeling can be booked with the front desk. Enjoy evenings on your guest room lanai or by dining in the fine dining restaurants.
Kauai, known as the "Garden Island," is a favorite with honeymooners because of its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches and scenery. The island is rural, with small towns sprinkled around the coast. There are probably more romantic hotels per capita on Kauai than any other place in the world.
Secret Beach Hideaway, North Shore
- Three luxury cottages/condos on 40 acres of private oceanfront
- Each cottage has private gardens and path to the Kauai Secret Beach
- Catering and massage therapist available upon request
- Known for: Elegant décor, stunning vistas and private tropical setting
- Very expensive
Secret Beach Hideaway is the ultimate in secluded getaways. Each cottage/condo has its own lush garden, private spa and lanai. The accommodations are deluxe: granite countertops in gourmet kitchens, marble and glass bathrooms, hardwood floors and designer interiors. Restaurants and shopping are located a short drive away.
Popular with tourists for decades, the island of Maui offers something for everyone. The scenery is diverse, with dramatic mountains, beautiful beaches and lush rain forest. Visitors can choose between vibrant resort areas, quiet country towns or remote villages. Wherever they go, visitors are sure to enjoy Maui.
Hotel Hana-Maui, Hana
- 67 rooms plus cottages
- Oceanfront hotel with nearby red and black sand beaches; shuttle to white sand beach
- Pool, gym, tennis courts, spa and fitness center
- Two restaurants
- Known for: secluded location, slow lifestyle and fine restaurants
This paradise hotel is located near the small Maui town of Hana near the end of the famous Hana Road. Unlike the frenetic pace of the rest of Maui, the Hotel Hana-Maui is peaceful and relaxed. In keeping with the tranquil atmosphere, the elegant rooms do not have a television or radio. There is, however, a television in the Club Room for that "can't miss" show.
The island of Hawaii is often called the "Big Island" to avoid confusion. It lives up to its nickname, as it is bigger than all the other islands in the chain combined. The Big Island is popular for its active volcano, black sand beaches and shopping. The island is roughly divided into the Kona side (west) and the Hilo side (east).
Kona Village Resort, Kona
- 125 bungalows, or hales, on 82 acres
- Two restaurants
- Pool, spa, gym and tennis courts
- Rates are include three meals and many water and beach activities.
- Known for: repeat visitors and relaxed setting.
What can be more popular than your own private Polynesian bungalow? The Kona Village Resort located on an ancient Hawaiian fishing village and features individual thatched roof bungalows. Each luxury 'hale" comes with a view of the ocean, the lagoon or the lush gardens. In keeping with the serene atmosphere, there are no phones, radios or televisions in the bungalows.
Tips for Selecting a Romantic Hawaii Hotel
- Choose a romantic Hawaii hotel based on your likes and dislikes. If shopping or nightlife is important, don't choose a remote rural location unless you have a car. If you go into withdrawal without television or Internet access, make sure these are available when booking.
- If you are having trouble deciding on a hotel, check with friends and family to see if they have a recommendation.
- Make your reservations as far in advance as possible. Since Hawaii is a popular destination, the hotels and resorts fill up quickly.
- It's a good idea to check for specials and packages at the hotel of your choice. You may save and be offered great amenities included in the package.