O‘ahu’s beautiful natural treasures, luxurious accommodations, and varied cuisine make it the perfect destination for a romantic, activity-filled honeymoon. Take an early morning beach walk and soak in a warm sunrise, fill your day with activities to create long-lasting memories, and settle in with a romantic sunset and dinner. It’s easy to do no matter what shore you’re on.
The best part of a honeymoon is sharing new experiences and creating cherished memories. Celebrate outdoors by taking a horseback trail ride in the hills above the North Shore.
For a chance to experience the most raw and beautiful natural preserve on the island, head out to Ka‘ena Point State Park. If sunsets are your passion, get out on the water in Waikiki and take a sunset catamaran cruise.
Leave your shoes at the beach park and stroll beautiful Kailua Beach. Start at Kalama Beach Park in the middle of the beach, away from the crowds at the main beach park, and walk north to the end of the point. Enjoy the fine white sand and the crystal clear water splashing on your feet. This is a great locale for a sunrise stroll.
Surround yourself with colorful blossoms and bask in the fragrance at the Koko Crater Botanical Garden. At the entrance to the garden is a plumeria grove, a flower synonymous with Hawai‘i. The grove begins to bloom in March, is in full bloom May-June, and then slowly sheds its flowers through fall. Stroll through the garden and explore the color, shapes, and smell of the beautiful flowers.
Share the experience of pampering and deep relaxation with a deluxe spa package for two at the Kahala Spa, the pinnacle of luxury. The 3.5-hour Romance treatment includes a foot massage, body scrub, 90-minute full-body massage, facial, and floral immersion.
Spa Luana, located at Turtle Bay Resort on the beautiful North Shore, offers romantic couples massage treatments in an outdoor oceanside cabana, using local fruit and plant ingredients.
There’s only one establishment on the North Shore where you can relax at the water’s edge and sip on a mai tai while watching the sun escape below the horizon, and that’s at the Hang Ten Bar & Grill at Turtle Bay.
For a romantic sunset beverage in Waikiki, escape the bustle and get close and comfortable at the Hau Tree Lanai. Set right on Kaimana Beach, it offers amazing ocean views.
Waikiki’s Nobu exudes romance. Modern in design, decor, and cuisine, the softly lit restaurant has an atmosphere of elegance. Its “New Style” Japanese cuisine of sushi and small, flavorful dishes is meant to be shared and savored.
Located in Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian is Azure, an exquisite fine-dining seafood restaurant. Let sommeliers assist you in pairing the perfect wine with your meal, which you’ll enjoy in beachfront dining cabanas.
At Turtle Bay Resort’s beach cottages, you can fall asleep to the sound of waves rolling up the beach and rise to the view of sea turtles swimming in the surf, just footsteps from your lanai. It’s the perfect setting for romance: The beach cottages are private, quiet, and stylish, and the view is breathtaking.
The Halekulani is a hallmark of elegance and tranquility in bustling Waikiki. A beachfront property that somehow escapes the rush of traffic and busy footsteps, the hotel boasts fine-dining restaurants, SpaHalekulani, and light, airy, and stylish suites that exude comfort.
Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon O’ahu.