That first moment when you stretch luxuriously amid piles of down pillows, then open your eyes to see blue ocean stretching away beyond your bedposts. That gentle knock on the door that brings a breakfast tray of fresh papaya, steaming coffee and a scattering of white orchid blossoms, delicate as your dreams. That wonderful person next to you who murmurs sleepily, “So, honey, what do you want to do today?”
The ultimate honeymoon experience is made up of enchanted moments that can be manifested in many ways at Maui County’s world-class resorts. Among those special places that encapsulate charm and romance, a handful of resorts stand out.
Come steep yourself in newlywedded bliss at the Sheraton Maui Resort, Fairmont Kea Lani, Hotel Hana-Maui, Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i, or the Lodge & Beach Village at Moloka‘i Ranch.
Sheraton Maui Resorts
Lavender and milk bath, anyone? Add ultra-plush bath linens, personalized yukata robes, chocolate-dipped strawberries and scented massage oils, and you are on your way to Honeymoon in a Box—a new way to “up” the romance at the Sheraton Maui’s Ali‘i Suite.
Located at the pinnacle of Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) in Ka‘anapali, the suite reflects “a sanctuary intended for royalty,” says Danielle Amas, the Sheraton’s public relations manager. The 1,600-square-foot honeymoon palace has its own elegant living room, full kitchen and dining room adorned with a pendant chandelier. Honeymooners will appreciate the hand-carved koa bed, lounging furniture and huge master bathroom withJapanese standing shower and whirlpool soaking tub.
Best of all, you can walk barefoot onto your flagstone lanai and watch the sunset from your private lawn at the farthest tip of Black Rock. And while you’re toasting the view with champagne (in personalized champagne flutes, no less), you can be sure you won’t be disturbed—“Just Married” doorhangers will take care of that.
Fairmont Kea Lani
A tropical Wailea evening, sparkling with stars, provides the perfect backdrop for honeymooners with gourmet preferences at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Don’t feel like leaving the room? No surprise when you’re staying in one of the Fairmont Kea Lani’s oceanfront, two-story, three-bedroom villas, with enclosed courtyard, private plunge pool, and marble soaking tubs.
Dine in casual elegance on your own lanai with a private butler serving four gourmet courses paired with wine or champagne. Or, if you feel like venturing out, the Hoku Lani package promises tiki torches, private servers and a sumptuous four-course menu on an oceanfront terrace.
The resort’s Honi Honi Romance Package includes unforgettable pampering, such as a tandem massage at Spa Kea Lani, sunset cruise for two, and flower-petal turndown. And don’t forget the gourmet touches: breakfast in bed, a picnic basket for the road to Hana, and dining by candlelight at a romantic poolside cabana.
Public Relations Director Wendy Harvey calls the resort’s atmosphere “sophisticated yet relaxed,” with an emphasis on features like the adults-only swimming pool for the private couple.
*Property is now Travaasa Hana
If peace and privacy are among your priorities for honeymoon perfection, you’ll find both at Hotel Hana-Maui.
The plantation-style Sea Ranch Cottages are tucked into a sloping lawn facing Hana’s dramatic coastline. Each cottage has authentic details like ti plants at the entrance, woven lauhala mats on the floor, and kapa patterns in the décor to give your honeymoon a truly Hawaiian ambiance.
Couples can take part in complimentary Hawaiian cultural activities like lei-making, ‘ukulele and hula lessons, as well as complimentary yoga every morning, and a full menu of tropical spa treatments at Honua Spa.
No phones, no televisions, no distractions—nothing to do but lounge with your sweetheart in a private spa tub on your lanai. Follow a late-afternoon hike with an in-room couple’s massage and four-course meal, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne; or even better, an ultra-romantic candlelit dinner at Hamoa Beach, complete with personal chef, tiki torches and musical serenade.
The unspoiled beauty and seclusion of Hana provide a perfect backdrop for the honeymoon of your dreams.
Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i
Set like a jewel above Hulopo‘e Bay, the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay was made for honeymooners in search of luxury.
Rich silk and velvet fabrics and carved mahogany furnishings lend a feeling of opulence to the three-bedroom Ali‘i Suite. In the Hulopo‘e Suite, the décor has a tropical ambiance, with an intricately carved bamboo-and-pineapple-motif headboard and a warm color scheme. Both suites feature elegantly furnished lanai for the best sunrise and sunset views.
Add a Romance Package for honeymooners, and you and your new spouse will enjoy a daily breakfast buffet at Hulopo‘e Court, champagne, aromatherapy oils, floral petal spray, keepsake bathrobes and a music CD.
For a change of scenery from beach to uplands, take the 20-minute drive to Four Seasons’ other Lana‘i resort, the Lodge at Koele, where you’ll receive full guest privileges. At this 1,800-foot elevation, the Lodge’s huge stone fireplaces draw you to their welcoming warmth in cooler months. Stroll hand-in-hand through the formal gardens of this classic country manor, and linger amid a rainbow of blooms in the orchid gazebo.
The Lodge & Beach Village at Moloka‘i Ranch (The Lodge has closed since this article was printed.)
Walk into the huge, wood-beamed lobby at the Lodge at Moloka‘i Ranch, and you’ll feel like you should be shakin’ the dust off your boots. This is a place with some stories to tell—far from the polished spas of Ka‘anapali and Wailea.
“Paradise looks different from here,” says General Manager Taryn Waros.
The luxurious corner room features a huge four-poster bed and “elegantly rugged” furnishings that reflect the property’s ranching history. A long soak in the suite’s enormous claw-foot tub will be the perfect ending to a day that might include archery, horseback riding, or mountain biking down to the Beach Village—the other choice for adventure-seeking honeymooners.
The most luxurious way possible to rough it, the Beach Village at Moloka‘i Ranch is made up of canvas “tentalows” (luxury tents) that front secluded Kaupoa Beach. Each cozy tentalow features solar-powered lights, ceiling fan, private bathroom and l¯anai, and queen-size bed made up with a rustic plaid blanket.
After the sun goes down, the stars above Moloka‘i are diamonds strewn across the heavens for your honeymoon pleasure.
Sweet dreams. . . .