The 8 Best Hawaii Honeymoon Resorts of 2019

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The Rundown

01 of 08

Best Overall: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

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Couples who choose Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will discover their own slice of paradise on the Big Island’s breathtaking North Kona coast. The resort makes the most of its idyllic beachfront location with ocean-inspired activities, including outrigger canoe adventures, whale-watching tours and marine biologist-led snorkeling trips. One of its seven swimming pools doubles as a natural aquarium complete with tropical fish and rays. For honeymooners, the most romantic poolside hangout is adults-only Palm Grove, which has its own ocean-view pool, swim-up bar and secluded Couples’ Nests.

With an award-winning golf course and several tennis courts, there’s plenty to do for active couples. If you’d rather sit back and relax, opt for a side-by-side massage at the spa instead. There are five restaurants, including Beach Tree (for Californian cuisine served directly on the beach) and ‘Ulu Ocean Grill (for farm-to-table meals overlooking the sea). For unparalleled romance, request a private dinner on the beach beneath a canopy of glittering stars. Suites are sanctuaries with private lanais and atmospheric outdoor showers. Better yet, choose an ‘Anela ‘Kai Suite for direct access to the beach. 

02 of 08

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Maui

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Maui

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Direct access to picturesque Mokapu Beach and a romantic, couples-oriented vibe make Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort a worthy choice for honeymooners. The resort has 301 rooms, suites and villas, all with a chic neutral color scheme and a private lanai. Of its five swimming pools, three are cascading infinity pools that overlook the ocean and one is a tranquil haven exclusively for adults. A daily resort fee gives you access to an impressive list of included activities, ranging from daily outrigger canoe excursions and guided kayak tours to mixology classes and stargazing sessions.

Additionally, unlimited use of a GoPro Hero 5 camera means you’ll be able to record your honeymoon memories. Other highlights include the adults-only spa (complete with private couples suites for romantic Japanese-inspired massage rituals) and four atmospheric dining outlets. Don’t miss the Chef’s Table Tasting experience at Ka’ana Kitchen, which treats couples to a six-course custom menu accompanied by sommelier-selected fine wines. The resort also offers an authentic insight into Polynesian culture with the Feast at Mokapu Luau. Expect fire dancers, local culinary specialties and a memorable beachfront setting. 

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03 of 08

Best Luxury: Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui

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Set amidst 24 tropical acres on the edge of Namalu Bay in northwest Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay takes the (wedding) cake in terms of decadent exclusivity. Each of its luxury residences comes with its own living room and full gourmet kitchen. Take a soak in the marble bathtub, then wander out onto the private lanai for sundowners overlooking the sea. During the day, kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling await at Kapalua Beach, while the Sunset Pool cascades over three levels and has private day beds available for rent.

At the spa, there are a range of couples experiences to choose from. The Maui Romance ritual starts with a coconut milk bath for two, followed by side-by-side massages in a breathtaking outdoor treatment hale. The concierge can also arrange unforgettable luxury tours, including helicopter flights over Maui’s mountains and sunset catamaran cruises. After a day of adventures, unwind at one of the resort’s gourmet restaurants. Cane & Canoe pairs Hawaiian steaks and seafood with a curated wine list and dramatic ocean views, while The Hideaway is a more relaxed destination for local light bites and cocktails under the stars. 

04 of 08

Best for Relaxation: Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, Kauai

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, Kauai

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Located on the south coast of Kauai, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort offers the island’s closest accommodations to the water. “Relaxing” is the descriptor most often used by reviewers, making this laid-back option a great fit for couples who want to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other after months of stressful wedding planning. With 121 rooms and suites, the resort is relatively small and personal. All rooms have a private balcony or patio and marble bathrooms with dual-head showers and/or deep-soaking tubs.

Spend your days tanning by the resort pool, where panoramic ocean views, a thatched pool bar and a lava rock hot tub are guaranteed to induce tranquility. Alternatively, the spa tempts with the Hawaiian Honeymoon Ritual – a massage, scalp treatment and hand and foot polish performed in a romantic couples suite. When you do want to be a little more active, the Hoku Watersports hut offers surf lessons and outrigger canoe trips. In the evening, kick back in an Adirondack chair by the oceanfront fire pits, or dine in with regionally sourced Hawaiian cuisine at Red Salt Restaurant. 

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05 of 08

Best for Adventure: Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu

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Thrill-seeking couples who want to explore the outdoors should consider Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s wild North Shore. It's set on a rocky outcrop backed by 800 untamed acres of pristine nature and offers a seemingly endless array of activities. You could spend your days dropping in on the region’s world-famous surf breaks, or assisting with turtle research on a guided sea-kayaking trip. The resort’s scenic trails can be explored by foot, mountain bike or horseback, while resort helicopters are on hand for romantic sunset flights.

Of course, Turtle Bay also has a full range of sports facilities, including a golf course and tennis courts. If you need a breather in between activities, sign up for the Romance Package at the ocean-view spa. There are seven restaurants and bars to choose from, including Pa’akai (home of fresh-caught seafood), Kula Grill (for artisanal farm-to-table fare) and The Point (for Mai Tais, live entertainment and jaw-dropping sunsets). Accommodation options are just as varied. Spacious, secluded Beach Cottages are among the most romantic with a deep-soaking tub and furnished lanai. 

06 of 08

Best Urban: ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Oahu

‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Oahu

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Brand-new ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach boasts an enviable location amidst the bustling bars and restaurants of Honolulu’s world-famous Waikiki Beach. With an emphasis on urban fun, it’s the ideal choice for trendy couples who want to spend their honeymoon at the heart of the action. Highlights include the lobby’s astonishing, 280,000-gallon Oceanarium and the stunning, 5th-floor pool deck. Cool off in the saltwater infinity pool by day, then join Honolulu’s in-crowd for some cocktails and live music at night.

Alternatively, Oceanarium-view lounge O Bar hosts one of Waikiki’s best happy hours. The resort is also home to two restaurants by award-winning chef Masaharu Morimoto and a long list of pampering treatments at Island Club and Spa. For accomodations, Beachside Suites are the most romantic options. They include unobstructed Pacific views, private lanais and spa-like bathrooms. Suites also include access to the resort’s private Longboard Club. Located on the pool deck, it guarantees VIP treatment with a complimentary breakfast, beverages, evening hors d’oeuvres and snacks throughout the day. 

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07 of 08

Best Adults-Only: Hotel Wailea, Maui

Hotel Wailea, Maui

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If a child-free environment is a priority for your honeymoon, look no further than the sole luxury, adults-only resort in Hawaii: Hotel Wailea. A five-minute drive from Wailea Beach, the resort is set on a private estate with unobstructed ocean and island views. It's a masterpiece of Zen landscaping — imagine fragrant blooms, romantic waterfalls and winding pathways. Each of the 72 suites spoil with separate living and sleeping areas, indulgent soaking tubs, kitchenettes and furnished lanais. Your suite also serves as an intimate setting for luxurious couples spa rituals.

When you’re not lounging poolside in a private cabana or taking part in a complimentary yoga class, borrow one of the resort’s house vehicles for a trip to the beach. Here, a full beach valet service awaits. Activities range from complimentary outrigger canoe experiences and mixology classes to an impressive selection of paid experiences. It’s up to you to decide between seven-course private dinners served in a treehouse, vintage convertible excursions and sunset catamaran cruises. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea serves artisanal Hawaiian cuisine, either in a garden strung with fairy lights or on its ocean-view lanai. 

08 of 08

Best All-Inclusive: Travaasa Hana, Maui

Travaasa Hana, Maui

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All-inclusive resorts are hard to come by in Hawaii – in fact, Travaasa Hana on the east coast of Maui is the only one. The resort’s Total Travaasa package includes your accommodation, meals, bottled water, coffee and gratuities, so that you don’t have to waste time budgeting once you arrive. It also entitles you to take part in an impressive schedule of complimentary activities. Try your hand at traditional Hawaiian pursuits like throw-net fishing, lei-making and ukulele-playing, or get out and explore the resort’s idyllic surroundings on horseback or stand-up paddle board.

The package also includes a $175 resort credit per person per night, which you can put towards spa treatments or private classes. The Hana Couples Escape ritual is a favorite for honeymooners and includes a side-by-side massage followed by decadent scalp and foot treatments. Meals are served at gourmet restaurant The Preserve Kitchen + Bar, where live music and hula often complement the stunning coastal view. Of all the accommodation options, the Ocean Bungalows are the most romantic, with a private lanai and panoramic sliding doors that let in a cooling sea breeze. 

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best all-inclusive honeymoon resorts.

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