An Oahu honeymoon provides the ultimate urban tropical escape: Whether hiking Diamond Head peak in the morning, surfing the turquoise-hued Pacific waters midday, or sampling zaatar-grilled tako (octopus) at the buzz-worthy restaurant Senia by night, every kind of experience can be had on the island capital of Hawaii. Post up on the bustling Waikiki Beach—located in Honolulu, on Oahu's south shore—where you'll find everything from towering resorts to street food vendors selling poke bowls and tacos. (No Oahu honeymoon would be complete without salmon poke.) Many of the resorts on Waikiki Beach have been around for decades, but recent years have seen renovations and a few debuts that have reinvigorated the area.
No matter what kind of experience you crave, there’s a classic honeymoon resort or trendy newcomer right here in the U.S. Read on to find out which beach resort is right for you:
Halekulani means “house befitting heaven” in Hawaiian, and the hotel’s white-on-white decor feels like just that—especially when you’re relaxing poolside or indulging in a half-day couples retreat at Spa Halekulani. Have cocktails next to the kiawe tree at House Without a Key—as the nightly trio strums in the background—followed by French-with-a-Hawaiian-twist dishes at La Mer, a favorite of the Obamas. (Rooms from $530.)
The earthy aesthetic at 'Alohilani (think reclaimed wood and a muted palette) feels more like an airy beach house than an 839-room two-tower resort. Take a free surf lesson, sip brews in the tropical beer garden, and chill in a cabana—with butler service and a reflecting pool. Can’t decide which of the two Morimoto restaurants to hit? Don’t worry: You can have ramen one night and Pan-Asian the next. (Rooms from $235.) —Michele Bigley