Hawaii, with its collection of enchanting islands, was opened to visitors on October 15th. Many of his best hotels are preparing to welcome honeymooners with a signature Aloha spirit and reopen with classic Hawaiian flair. While the two-week quarantine rules continue to apply, tourists can opt out of them by taking a COVID-19 test prior to arrival and a second test if necessary during their trip.
Note: United Airlines, one of the islands’ leading airlines, worked with San Francisco International Airport to perform a pre-flight quick test the same day. Customers can take the test at the airport (results in 15 minutes) or in a convenient drive-through facility at United’s San Francisco Maintenance Center (pre-reservation required and results can take 24 to 48 hours). United has been approved as a trusted testing and travel partner by the Hawaii Department of Health and was the first U.S. airline to announce plans to provide COVID testing to customers.
After the reality is dealt with, we dream a little dream of hula, tropical cocktails, flower ice, surfboards and cobalt seas.
When you go, these hideaways await with a ukulele serenade and outrigger canoe ride of Hawaiian love and friendliness.
Unique, mystical, huge and varied, The Big Island looks like another planet from the sky. It is not what you expect at first sight. A world of black lava, home to five volcanoes, was (and remains) sacred to the Hawaiian people. When your plane lands you will notice the green oases, resorts that line the coast amidst the lava fields. Fairmont Orchid is one of the most important hideaways by its ocean, which then and now is legendary as a vortex of healing energy. The luxurious hotel strives to immerse its guests in the Hawaiian culture. It offers a variety of new adventures to the attentive traveler. From snorkeling among sea turtles to hiking on a volcano, including picnicking next to a waterfall or relaxing with couples’ massages in a private oceanfront cabana, options are endless. Book the oceanfront suite for your view. A current special offer offers the second night free of charge.
Couples who love gastronomy trust Relais & Chateaux for culinary and wine-oriented holidays. The only member of Hawaii, the Hotel Wailea, which consists of only 72 (elegantly oversized) villas, is located in prime real estate on the south coast of Maui. Adults-only Hotel Wailea can get your life together going. Dine al fresco in a private tree house as the sun sinks like a fiery ball into the sea. While you celebrate the sunset, a private chef will serve you an epicurean seven-course dinner with wine pairings. Surfers take part in a “surf safari” organized by your competent concierge. You’ll visit a range of top attractions, take a surfing lesson, then partake of a gourmet lunch before returning to the hotel in a replica Porsche from 1957 with map in hand.
ESPACIO, the jewel of Waikiki
They always wanted to smooch in the shadow of Diamond Head, Oahu’s most famous landmark. They accuse a true love for Elvis films and a slight crush on Jack Lord and the entire cast of Vintage “Hawaii 5-O”. Now is your chance as one of Oahu’s newest hotel concepts is Waikiki’s most exclusive oceanfront experience. Espacio has nine levels and only nine suites, each occupying the entire floor. The suites have balconies with sea views, whirlpools, spa-like bathrooms with private dry saunas and BVlGARI products and pamper you with a bespoke kitchen with snacks and drinks. Butlers are on hand to bring back memories – think of private gourmet dinners on secret beaches or by the stunning rooftop pool. Note: Couples who reserve and pay in advance save 15%. If you book a minimum of five nights, you will receive two free spa treatments and a bottle of Caymus Cabernet wine with your stay.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Located on 40 acres of lush beach on Ka’anapali Beach, this full-service resort offers lovers an ideal spot to explore the island’s diverse gifts: volcanoes, waterfalls, waves, and black, red, and white sand beaches. Indulge in the Presidential Suite, a cavernous 2,307-square-foot dream that features seven lanais (the Hawaiian word for terrace), each with breathtaking views. Newlyweds booking this suite can request bespoke activities such as hula classes, spa treatments with baths, mixology classes, personalized bathtub rituals, and more.
Kauai, long heralded as a garden island, shines in emerald green with an abundance of forests and green mountain ranges, a carpet landscape full of plants that covers 97 percent of the island. Don’t miss the breathtaking Na Pali cliffs, which are 4,000 feet high, or Waimea Canyon, which has the largest canyon in the Pacific. When it’s time to relax, enjoy Kukui’ula, Kauai’s only private club community. Located on the south coast, it offers a range of accommodation from cottages to villas. Golfers can tee off on the 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, and sun worshipers will not want to miss the inviting pools and the (artificial) beach.
Four Seasons Resort LanaI,
Travelers mesmerized by Hawaii bygone should plan their honeymoon for Lanai, once a former pineapple plantation known as Pineapple Island. So uninhabited and small that there is only one town, no traffic lights and only a handful of residents, it is reminiscent of the sleepy tropical paradise you thought was gone forever. Secluded (read: ideal during the pandemic), it offers pristine beaches and unobstructed hiking trails, plus just a few hotels. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is inspired by Hawaiian history and is located on the ocean. The Zen style blends in with the landscape. Choose the oceanfront studio suite to immerse yourself in the resort’s friendly aloha goodness. What should I do? Expect a sunset cruise that includes bubbling horseback riding on the trails, scuba diving (it’s an oasis of wrecks and marine life), and a private helicopter ride over the dazzling blues.
The Plantation Inn
Just two blocks from the beach in the former whaling town of Lahaina, this intimate, bed and breakfast-style boutique lodge takes advantage of Maui’s lush, fragrant gardens to offer honeymooners a quieter vacation. Close to the shops of the historic district and all the temptations of the sea, the inn is the sister property of the Kā’anapali Beach Hotel and its shared amenities. The Plantation Inn is adults-only and features plantation architecture and only 18 rooms. It offers suites with verandas and views of a luxurious tiled pool. Enjoy Gerard’s, its renowned French restaurant, as well as free cultural activities in the the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, such as hula, ukulele and web lessons.