Graced with tremendous natural beauty, the Hawaiian Islands are a popular wedding and honeymoon destination. Popular with other types of tourists, as well, Hawaii’s resort scene does not always offer the type of romantic seclusion that some Honeymooners crave. For those willing to travel a step or two off the beaten path, however, honeymoon seclusion can be found in the islands.
A bustling tropical destination, much of the Valley Isle’s tourist scene is concentrated in the west and south in the resort areas that stretch from Makena-Wailea past Kihei and up to Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua. Meanwhile, the local business and government centers are centered in Kahului and Wailuku. Couples looking for seclusion should eschew these areas and hit the Hana Highway — the “Road to Hana” — for the three-hour drive to the eponymous town. While the road itself can get busy, most tourists blow through Hana to the pools of the Oheo Gulch or turn around and head back to “civilization” before it gets dark. You, on the other hand, will stop at the Travaasa Hana (travaasa.com), formerly the Hotel Hana Maui, among the state’s first resorts outside of Waikiki. Check into one of the all-inclusive ocean-view Sea Ranch Cottages, decorated in airy, island style, many with a Jacuzzi on the lanai, and it is likely you won’t see another soul until you choose to. Once you do decide to leave the room, enjoy a couples massage at the on-property spa, a horseback ride for two along the coast or just relaxing on the uncrowded, laid-back crescent of Hamoa Beach.
Step off the tourist pasth for a secluded Hawaii honeymoon.
Accessible by ferry from Maui or puddle jumper from Oahu, Lanai is considerably farther from mainstream tourist Hawaii than most of the other main islands. Yet, as home to a pair of Four Seasons resorts, it is clear why many elite celebrities — Bill Gates and Tiger Woods, for example — have chosen Lanai as the location to exchange vows and honeymoon. The oceanfront suites at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (fourseasons.com) offer privacy and a protected view of the Pacific, from which you will see nothing but lush tropical landscaping and water. If you choose, you can have three meals a day delivered to your suite’s Lanai and see no one else but the waiter. Should you tire of seclusion, the resort offers an award-winning spa and is just steps from Hulopo’e Beach, included on many best beaches lists.
Located on Hanalei Bay, made famous as a location for the film “South Pacific,” Hanalei Colony Resort (hcr.com) is situated near where the road ends at the massive sea cliffs of the impassable Na Pali Coast. Its end-of-the road location adds to the seclusion you will feel in your step-onto-the-beach premium oceanfront condo. With all the condominium amenities you would want, such as a jetted tub and kitchen area, leaving your room is purely optional. Opt for one of the resort’s romance or “honeymoon hideaway” packages and the staff will ensure your privacy — at least until it’s time for your oceanfront couple’s massage.
The Big Island
Perched at the edge of a 120-foot waterfall and overlooking the crashing Pacific below, the Pagoda Guesthouse at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls (waterfall.net) offers three stories of detached privacy. Once you decide to venture out, the spa is right next door and the property sits on acres of landscaped gardens and bamboo forests surrounding the waterfall with trails to the bottom and to the coast. A dip in the pool at the waterfall’s base will cool you off after your hike, and you’re likely to be the only people in sight.
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