The 15 Best Hawaii Honeymoon Resorts

These are the most romantic, luxury hotels in the Hawaiian islands.

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The pool at Oahu's Halekulani resort

Courtesy of Halekulani

Looking for the best Hawaii honeymoon resorts? The Hawaiian Islands are a top honeymoon destination and 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 relax. The mouthwatering fare includes everything from tuna poke and macadamia-nut-crusted fish to shave ice topped with tropical fruit.

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

Four Seasons

Four Seasons 

After having a multimillion-dollar renovation, this 383-room mainstay on Maui’s popular southwestern shore has 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

Four Seasons

 Four Seasons

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.

Princeville Resort, Kauai

Princeville Resort

Princeville Resort 

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.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, Hawaii Island

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

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

Andaz Maui at Wailea

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 paddleboard 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

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui

 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. 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

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

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 your partner to work.

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

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 and the most romantic private dining setup ever at Kapalua’s Cliff House, a home built in 1940 that overlooks the ocean.

Halekulani, Oahu

Halekulani, Oahu

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, 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. But there's more. We recommend dining on Hawaiian seafood with French flair at La Mer and sipping cocktails under the romantic kiawe tree at the restaurant House Without a Key.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort

This newcomer on Oahu's less-traveled western coast 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. Ko Olina maxes out on amenities: five restaurants, outrigger canoe excursions, an adults-only pool with butler-serviced cabanas, oversized rooms (80 percent have ocean views), and one very insane $17,000-per-night, two-bedroom Penthouse Suite.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai

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 even spot some very relaxed monk seals sunbathing on the hotel's golden sands.

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea

This award-winning boutique hotel in a former private club has only 72 suites, and after a $15 million renovation, the decadent vibe is still very exclusive—from the cabana-lined pool to the apothecary-style bar, no detail goes unnoticed.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay in Lanai City

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

After undergoing an extensive renovation, this oceanfront retreat—set on a quiet island off the coast of Maui that feels both sleepy and sophisticated—now has a Nobu to add to the allure of the marine sanctuary and the gorgeous golf course.

Aston Mahana at Kaanapali in Lahaina, Maui

Aston Mahana at Kaanapali

 Aston Mahana at Kaanapali

With kitchens and laundry rooms as well as a private lanai and floor-to-ceiling windows, the guest rooms at this resort feel more like apartments. The best use of the kitchen: blending frozen drinks with local tropical fruits.

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

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.

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