Picking the perfect honeymoon is no easy feat—countless romantic destinations, endless hotel options, limited vacation time and the struggle-is-real challenge of finding the perfect place to please both you and your new spouse. Where to begin? Well, right here. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso—a global network of more than 15,000 luxury-travel specialists—to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Whether you're looking for bucket-list hotels and resorts, far-flung beaches, the top cruise lines for couples, inexpensive honeymoon ideas, or unexpected honeymoon-worthy locales, you’ve come to the right spot. Presenting our 2017 Honeymoon Awards—dive in to see the best resorts in Hawaii!
1. 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. (Rooms from $589; fourseasons.com)
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2. 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. (Rooms from $1,075; fourseasons.com)
3. St. Regis Princeville, Kauai
There's no shortage of perfect panoramas of Kauai's North Shore at the St. Regis Princeville. Our favorite: A view of the ocean and surrounding garden-green peaks, as seen from beneath the kiawe tree at sunset, preferably cocktail-in-hand. (Rooms from $495; stregis.com)
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4. 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.) (Rooms from $795; fourseasons.com)
5. 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. (Rooms from $407; andaz.hyatt.com)
6. 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. (Rooms from $455; ritzcarlton.com)
7. 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. (Rooms from $419; fairmont.com)
8. 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 former plantation home built in 1940 that overlooks the ocean. (Rooms from $725; montagehotels.com)
9. Halekulani, Oahu
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 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. (Rooms from $530; halekulani.com)
10. 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). (Rooms from $850; fourseasons.com)
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