With dreamy beaches, crystal-clear water and velvety green mountains, it's easy to see why the Hawaiian Islands are such a popular destination for honeymooners. And whether you decide to go to Oahu, known locally as the “gathering place,” or one of Hawaii's less populated islands, you can be sure to find a resort ideal for creating wonderful honeymoon memories.
According to "Oahu Revealed" author Andrew Doughty, Halekulani translates to “house befitting heaven,” and the hotel certainly lives up to its name. You know you're in for a relaxing vacation when you can skip check-in and go straight to your room, where you are greeted with a box of handmade chocolates and tropical fruit. Relax at the resort's luxurious Spa Halekulani, which was voted one of America's Best Hotel & Resort Spas by Mobil Travel Guide. Or spend the day exploring Waikiki before unwinding at one of the resort's three restaurants. The Halekulani offers the Romance Remembered package, which includes dinner for two, a chocolate fondue fountain and flowers.
The Four Seasons Resort Maui is a five-star property in Wailea, fronting one of Maui's best beaches. The resort offers the Romance for All Seasons package, which includes a couples massage, candlelight dinner for two, flowers upon arrival and monogrammed bathrobes for you to keep -- a perfect way to remember your Maui honeymoon. Included in any stay at the resort are such activities as outrigger paddling and free scuba lessons, as well as access to snorkeling equipment. Resort facilities include three swimming pools and three on-site restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck's Spago.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is located on Kauai's north shore. The resort offers a number of activities for vacationers, including golfing at one of its own championship courses and unwinding at the Halele'a Spa. Guests have two on-site dining options, specializing in seafood, steak and Pacific Rim cuisine. The St. Regis Princeville offers the Seduction at St. Regis package, which includes fresh flowers for the room as well as breakfast for two and a bottle of a sparkling beverage.
The Kona Village Resort is unique in a number of ways. For one thing, it's located between Kona and Kohala, next to turquoise blue water and black lava rock. The resort has no actual hotel rooms but instead offers hales -- bungalows with thatched roofs. You have the choice of hales set among lush tropical greenery or next to lava, lagoons or black sand beaches. The hales are not without hotel amenities, though, including bathrobes, slippers and a private Jacuzzi. The Romance at the Village package includes three ocean-side meals, sparkling wine upon arrival and a line art drawing of your hale. When you would like a little privacy, tradition dictates you leave a coconut outside your door as a “Do not disturb” sign.
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