By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster
What makes Hawaii one of the top honeymoon destinations? Well for starters, the archipelago is just about the most romantic on the planet. It’s where rainbows appear on almost on cue and scents of heady plumaria fill the air. It’s where balmy breezes blow, verdant mountains flank the blue Pacific and of course beautiful beaches abound. Sounds like your honeymoon haven? A Pavlus travel specialist can get you going.
In the meantime we’ve created a honeymooner planner of some of the best the best of the islands to motivate your mojo:
The three Kamaole’s in Kihei and Airport Beach in Maui are heard to beat. Lanai’s Hulopoe Beach takes your breath away. Warm, calm waters allow for easy swimming or snorkeling. The shoreline affords awesome views of pods of dolphins playing in the surf. You’ll find sybaritic pleasure at any of the contiguous tiny beaches on Kauai’s sunny southern shore. One of the best is Poipu-Baby-Brenneke where gentle waves and soft sand sedate the senses. Hapuna Beach at the Hapuna Prince Hotel sit adjacent to soft sands and crystal clear waters. Hamoa Beach at Hana Maui, “the most perfect crescent beach” according to author James Michener—reachable by a breathtakingly beautiful 2-½ hour drive to Hana Maui.
Most Romantic Dining
There are many romantic restaurants in the islands. On Maui my choices are Gannon’s Wailea. The food’s fantastic and the setting magical.
More Maui choices include Koi at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Humuhumu at the Grand Wailea, Kaana Kitchen at the Andaz and Morimoto.
On Oahu you can’t beat Chef Mavro, just outside Waikiki, for food and ambiance.
I am sorry to say that too many snorkelers are spoiling the coral. Especially at the once coral-filled Black Rock at the end of Kaanapali Beach. It’s just not the snorkel haven it once was. But you will see fish swim straight up to your mask and nibble bread from your hands. On Maui go to Laperouse Bay; on the Big Island nothing beats Mauna Kea and Hapuna beaches’ crystal clear, lava-encrusted waters. Waikiki’s best snorkeling spot, San Souci Beach, across from Kapiolani Park, also known as “dig me” beach for the bikini-clad eye candy is also favored for the clear water and great view of nearby Diamond Head.
Shop ‘til you drop at Ala Moana, Oahu’s prettiest and most illustrious mall. You have a choice of 200 shops and pricey boutiques along with plenty of places to fuel up with everything from sushi to hot dogs. Pound the pavement along Maui’s famous Front Street. For funky stuff and souvenirs, this century-old street teems with adorable boutiques, jewelry shops, art galleries and souvenir shops. For upscale goods browse (that may be all you can do at those prices) The Shops at Wailea (Fendi, Gucci et al).
Best Mai Tai
Enjoy Hawaii’s national cocktail under a once towering Kiawe tree, since felled, at the Halekulani Hotel’s enchanting House Without a Key seaside terrace fanned by balmy breezes and entertained by gentle hula dancers swaying to the rhythms of live musicians. The murderous Mai Tai is so potent you’re guaranteed to see that green flash as the sun hits the sea. Just one of these potent potables is guaranteed to motivate your mojos. To try it at home mix 1/3 Orgeat syrup; 1/3 orange Curacao; ½ rock candy syrup; ¾ Amber rum, ¾ dark rum; 1 ¼ lemon juice, ½ oz of lemon heart and ½ oz of Bacardi 151 (float).
The Willows Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani (pictured above). The Spa at Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island is pure bliss where you can enjoy side by side Lomilomi massages in an open air thatched roof hut. The hotel’s Maui sister also sports a top spa. Ditto for the Grand Wailea Maui, Sheraton Maui and Hana Maui.
Hands down the most aesthetically attractive pool in Hawaii is at the Halekulani on Waikiki. The oval-shaped mosaic masterpiece boasts a colorful Hawaiian orchid, and more than a million tiny tiles, painted on the bottom. The ocean side pool is so inviting that couples often spend countless hours just sitting on the side of the pool, arms tightly wrapped around each other or holding each other in the water.
Best Culinary Treat
Shave Ice rules as the statewide delicacy. And get this, one of the best can be found at W&F Washerette in Kahului, Maui (125 S. Wakea Avenue). Order the pineapple, cherry or rainbow spiced with a scoop of Azuki beans and/or ice cream on the bottom of the cone. Yummy. Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore is another local favorite serving scrumptious flavors such as mango, papaya and lemonade.
Best Rooms with a View
Ocean front and Diamond Head rooms at the Halekulani Hotel.
Special suites at the Sheraton Maui. Any room at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Diamond Head or Ocean view rooms at the Halekulani, Waikiki.
Every ocean front room or suite at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, especially those on the private Club Floor–where on a clear day you can catch glimpses of the uninhabited island of Kahoolawe, the lush West Maui mountain range curved gracefully out into the sea and even Molokini, Molokai and Lanai.
Hula shows spring up everywhere. The performances are free at sunset at the Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki and many other spots. While the late, great Don Ho is no longer around, there are lots of other artists who perform on the islands.
Snowboarding (yes you read this correctly) over pu’us (volcanic cones) on magical Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Two mile runs with 2500’ to 4500’ of vertical, coupled with a 360-degree panoramic view of Mauna Kea’s moonscape, the Pacific Ocean and Maui’s Haleakala. Polish off your snowboarding excursion with a dip in the warm surf at one of the many beaches below. Kite skiing on Maui. Helicopter rides on all islands. And, or course scenic hikes on all islands.
Most Hawaii-Romantic Means of Transportation
Snuggle up in comfy seat in First Class on Hawaiian Airlines where you feel the Ho’onanea (welcoming, pleasure) the minute you step on the plane. Get comfy in a lie-flat seat and feast on Hawaiian menus, created by top Island chefs. First class privileges include no fees for two checked bags and admission into the Premier Lounge.
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