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Looking for the best Hawaii honeymoon resorts? The Hawaiian Islands are a top honeymoon destination for good reason: The beaches are palm lined and gorgeous, with frothy white-capped waves that lure surfers from around the world. The attitude is chill and laid-back in a way that's alluring to vacationers as they strive to shake off their everyday lives and just relax. The mouthwatering fare includes everything from tuna poke to macadamia-nut-crusted fish, shave ice topped with tropical fruit to macadamia-nut pancakes dripping with coconut syrup.
And you can't honeymoon in Hawaii without visiting a luau, where hula dancers show you moves you've never seen before and the traditional dishes, like pork cooked underground and a coconut-milk pudding called haupia, will forever remind you of this time. As will the souvenirs, which could be anything from Kona coffee beans to a ukulele. In Honolulu, you'll also find insane shopping: Chanel, Gucci, and Saint Laurent all have outposts on Waikiki.
More important than the restaurants and shops — and even the adventurous activities like outrigger canoeing and surf lessons — are the hotels. These islands are dotted with world-class resorts. You'll find sexy pools, impressive spas, and guest rooms worthy of distracting you from the beaches (at least for a little while).
We've rounded up the 15 best Hawaii honeymoon resorts throughout Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Hawaii Island. If you're planning a trip to paradise, you'll definitely want to consider these award-winning hotels!
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Fresh off a multimillion-dollar renovation, this 383-room mainstay on Maui’s popular southwestern shore has updated guest rooms, Missoni-decorated pool cabanas, secluded oceanfront sundecks, and unforgettable experiences (like a private chef’s dinner beside the adults-only Serenity Pool). Also not to be missed: the couples instructional massage—talk about a worthy souvenir.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai
If total seclusion is what you're after, make immediate moves for the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. As one of only two resorts on the island, which is owned by Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, you'll get the full private island experience and plenty of honeymoon-worthy amenities. Namely, five restaurants—including outposts of the always-buzzy Nobu and Malibu Farm—a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, ocean-inspired treatments at Hawanawana Spa, and an adults-only pool surrounded by palms and plumeria. At sunset, stroll along the water to view Sweetheart Rock, the place where ancient Hawaii’s Romeo and Juliet pledged their eternal love.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, Hawaii Island
Insta-worthy moments abound on the island of Hawaii, from the black- or green-sand beaches to the natural hot springs just north of Hilo and the lava-spewing Kilauea Caldrea inside Volcanoes National Park. When it comes to Insta-worthy hotels, none can beat this swank resort on the Kona-Kahala Coast. Want an authentic Hawaiiana experience? Book a hula or lei-making class. Rather relax in the sun? Hang on the beach or take your pick of six stunning pools. (Try King's Pond, carved out of lava rocks and filled with fish and rays.)
Andaz Maui at Wailea
Maui's Wailea coast is filled with some of the best resorts in Hawaii. At the Andaz, a sleek, hip option for honeymoon couples, you can take a paddle board out on the quiet waters early in the morning, lay on the beach in the afternoon, and dine at a Morimoto restaurant by night.
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui
This sprawling resort may have 463-rooms and suites, but it's set on 54 acres of lush land—including the Honokahua Preservation Site, one of Hawaii's largest nature preserves—so don't expect to feel like you're at an overcrowded theme park. Honeymooners love the secluded beachfront, which has strong ocean currents (quick dips are recommended) but also low-key burger shacks when it's time to indulge (you've earned it!). And speaking of indulgences, Ritz-Carlton is known for its top-notch spa programs, so be sure to book a couples' massage in a private cabana—treatments incorporate local plants, flowers, and fruits and herbs cultivated in the resort's own organic garden.
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
If you're the kind of honeymooner who wants big resort amenities but also exclusivity and privacy, book a room at this all-suite property on Wailea. With it you'll get a secluded lanai (balcony), private plunge pool, and grill. Want to cook your own mahi mahi or rib-eye? Ask the concierge to fill your fridge with super fresh ingredients and put the new hubs to work.
Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui
Luxury abounds at this Kapalua Bay residence-style hotel—from the award-winning golf course to the complimentary guided hikes, multiple infinity pools and horseback-riding trails through pineapple fields and along the coast of West Maui. Also not to miss: a tour of the local brewery and winery (beer for him, vino for you) and the most romantic private dining set up ever at Kapalua’s Cliff House, a home built in 1940 that overlooks the ocean.
There's a reason Halekulani—which means "House Befitting Heaven" in Hawaiian—has been an Oahu institution for nearly 100 years. A few of our favorite reasons: the chic white-on-white decor, views of Diamond Head, top-notch service, and inventive spa programs. Expect to feel like you've died and gone to Hawaii honeymoon heaven when you step into your suite overlooking Waikiki Beach or dine on Hawaiian seafood with French flair at La Mer or sip cocktails under the romantic kiawe tree at the restaurant House Without a Key.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
This newcomer on Oahu's less-traveled western coast (on land that was once inhabited by Hawaiian royals) has a different vibe than the rest of the island. It's close enough to Honolulu that you can still experience the hustle and bustle of downtown, but also escape from it and relax on a secluded stretch of beach. Doing so will feel like a trip back in time—albeit, one in which luxe, modern resorts existed. Ko Olina maxes out on amenities: five restaurants, outrigger kanoe excursions, an adults-only pool with butler-serviced cabanas, oversize rooms (80 percent have ocean views) and one very insane $17,000-per-night, two-bedroom Penthouse Suite (above).
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai
On an island ruled by mega-resorts, this sleek sanctuary in Poipu stands out for its understated style and size. (The 121 mod rooms here each have a private lanai.) Locals love the place, too: You may see some very relaxed monk seals sunbathing on the hotel's golden sands.
Grand Hyatt in Poipu, Kauai
Set on the sunny side of the island, this resort's well-manicured grounds and regal palms present limitless photo ops during your Hawaii honeymoon. Bonus: There's a twice-weekly luau on site, so you won't have to leave the property to sample traditional roast pig and poi.