If you dream of a honeymoon spent relaxing on wide, golden-sand beaches, hiking to remote waterfalls, learning to surf from chilled-out locals, and tasting some of the world's most up-and-coming cuisines, you dream of Hawaii. Besides the obvious fact that it's a Pacific Ocean paradise, with over eight main islands to choose from (each with its own distinct identity), there's also the Zika-free element (in case you're on the baby fast-track) and ease of traveling within the U.S. (no passport required).
To celebrate our 2017 Honeymoon Awards, BRIDES put together an exclusive Hawaii sweepstakes. This once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon includes a five-night getaway on Maui, one of the most popular Hawaiian islands, plus exclusive, unforgettable perks.
HOW YOU'LL GET THERE:
Some airlines harken back to the glory days of aviation, and Hawaiian Airlines—celebrating its 88th anniversary this year—is no exception. But don't think that means you'll be flying on an 88 year-old airplane. Hawaiian Airlines recently launched a bevy of new and exciting updates to its fleet, which operates routes to Asia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and mainland United States. Chief among them: A brand-new Premium Cabin, featuring 180° lie-flat seats, enhanced entertainment and technology, custom cocktails, and amenity kits crafted by Sig Zane (a popular local designer). World-class cuisine is another thing you can expect in-flight with the Hawaiian Airlines Chef Series First Class program, in which rotating menus are created by Hawaii’s burgeoning top chefs to showcase the best of Hawaiian cuisine today (think comfort foods like a fried mochiko chicken sandwich with sweet miso glaze on a Hawaiian sweet roll).
With this prize, you'll receive two round-trip economy-class tickets (valued at $2,400), departing from your choice of 11 U.S. gateway cities, plus interisland service from Oahu to Maui, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY:
Wailea, on Maui's southwestern shore, is one of the island's most picturesque—and popular—locales. There, you'll find a number of resorts, but the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea trumps them all. Fresh off a multimillion-dollar renovation, this 383-room mainstay has updated guest rooms, Missoni-decorated pool cabanas, secluded oceanfront sun decks, and unforgettable experiences (think stand-up paddle board classes, private dinners on the beach, outrigger canoe excursions, and hikes to deserted lava-rock landscapes).
With this prize, you'll win a complimentary five-night stay in an Ocean View Room, plus a romantic couples massage at the spa (valued at nearly $6,500).
See more: The 15 Best Hawaii Honeymoon Resorts
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
If you thought Maui was beautiful from the ground, just wait until you get up in the air and view it from above. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters—one of Hawaii's best tour operators—is offering a complimentary helicopter tour for two (valued at more than $900). Get your camera ready!
Whether you're avid golfers or new to the sport, Maui is filed with world-class courses that make for the perfect afternoon outing. The winner of this prize will get a free round of golf for two, including club rentals, at Wailea Golf Club, continually rated among the top golf courses in the country by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest (valued at $540).
For more on the BRIDES Honeymoon Awards, in which we 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.
Special thanks to the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau (MVCB) for helping BRIDES put together this exclusive Hawaii sweepstakes!