What’s your advice for booking a honeymoon in Hawaii?
The Honeymoonist: Hawaii is an extremely popular family destination, so the larger resorts can have lots of kids, especially during spring break and summer vacation. If that’s not your idea of romance, look to a smaller resort, or one that has amenities like an adult-only pool or spa facilities.
It’s a long flight, is there an airline you recommend, or a stop you would suggest to break up the trip?
The Travel Siblings: For those New Yorker couples who can’t wait to get there, the non-stop flight running year round on Hawaiian Airlines to Honolulu is ideal. Of course those who don’t want to fly for 11 hours can break up the trip with a fun stop through San Francisco.
Is there one island over the others that’s better for a honeymoon?
The Honeymoonist: The thing I love about Hawaii is that every island is so different! Kauai gets all the buzz as most romantic, thanks to its lush landscape and smaller population. But you can find romance anywhere, from sexy restaurants in downtown Honolulu to the black-lava sands of the Big Island. If you want to get away from it all, head to Lanai (which only has three hotels, two of which are Four Seasons) or Maui’s eastern tip.
Where are the top spas?
Jet Fete by Bridal Bar: I love the spa at the Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay on Lana’i where they will custom blend for you a perfume specific to your scent and spiritual needs, using ingredients from the islands! The famed spa at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers up all the pampering you could imagine in addition to health and wellness services like acupuncture, sound and energy healing, and even yoga therapy to reset after a wild wedding weekend. Spa Montage at Montage Kapalua Bay offers a Maui Romance Package perfect for honeymooners, which includes an outdoor coconut milk bath for two and custom couple’s massages side by side. The St. Regis Princeville on Kaua’i, another hot spot for lovers, has the Halele’a Spa, where you’ll find a Hanalei Bay Couples Ritual, complete with facials, salt body wraps, and seaweed baths perfect for rejuvenating after the wedding.
Is there an island that’s better for hiking?
Jet Fete by Bridal Bar: Hawaii has some of the best hikes in the country, especially if you want to end it with a dip in a waterfall! Check out Waimoku Falls on Maui during your hike on the Pipiwai Trail. For a long trek but worth the distance, check out the Awa‘awapuhi Trail on Kaua’i. To see a volcanic crater, check out Koko Head Crater Trail on O’ahu, but be warned, it’s a bit steep!
Is there a specific item you would suggest couples pack?
The Honeymoonist: Definitely bring a wrap or sweater; Hawaii is warm but it’s in the middle of the Pacific, so there are usually trade winds. Also, bring space in your luggage. You’ll want to stock up on things like chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and Kona coffee, which you’ll find all over the islands. I never come home without a ton of treats for friends.
The Travel Siblings: Typically something that you wouldn’t be able to purchase locally. For adventure seeking couples hiking shoes or sneakers that you wouldn’t mind throwing away if they get muddy. Unless you plan to hike many, many miles and intricate trails, a good hiking sandal will work well.
Is there an island that is better for foodies?
Jet Fete by Bridal Bar: Hawaii didn’t used to be known for their food, but not anymore – celebrity chefs are flocking to the islands! All the islands have great fare, but I suggest O’ahu where in Honolulu you can visit to Nobu for some amazing sushi or Alan Wong’s farm to table spot where President Obama has been spotted before. You might also love the small plates served up at Chef Mavro. If you happen to find yourself on Maui, check out Wolfgang Puck’s Spago to serve you, and an old favorite of mine, though you will be seen by other tourists, is the famous Mama’s Fish House.
Is there a local or cultural experience you think couples should partake in?
The Honeymoonist: Hawaii’s food scene is on fire, led by pioneers like Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi. You can try gourmet versions of Pacific Rim cuisine at top restaurants or go casual with a local plate lunch: usually rice, macaroni salad, and a main like kalua pork or tuna poke. If it’s your first time in Hawaii, you really should do a luau — they teach you about Hawaiian culture and history in a really easy, enjoyable way, complete with mai tais!
What is the most romantic activity in Hawaii?
The Travel Siblings: A sunset tour and stargazing trip to Mauna Kea, one of the Big Island’s dormant volcanoes, is surely one of Hawaii’s most romantic and memorable activities. Mauna Kea is one of the world’s premier astronomy locations, and with nearly 325 nights of clear weather, you can bet on an unforgettable evening of stargazing. Some of the tours last 7.5-8.5 hours and include knowledgeable guides and impressive astronomy equipment, plus Arctic style parkas with hoods, dinner, and gourmet hot beverages. Sunset at the summit is one of the most dramatic spectacles in Hawaii, not to be missed.