Dreaming of a Hawaiian Honeymoon?

083006_JustMauiedF.jpgTurquoise bays, waterfalls, tropical rain forests, glorious sunsets — it’s easy to see why the Hawaiian Islands are such a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries. Many lovestruck couples swoon over Maui and Oahu in particular, two islands where a host of romantic clichés still work their magic. Some of the islands’ best romance-ready offerings aren’t quite as obvious. Here are our recommendations for experiences unique to these Hawaii gems.

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  • Aloha Cottages. Makawao, Maui
  • Outdoor Jacuzzis, custom-made beds, solitude, sensational views, and dining by moonlight on the patio are all here, and for less than the average resort.

  • Turtle Bay Resort. North Shore, Oahu
  • Ocean views from every room, 880 ocean-front acres on the North Shore, five miles of beaches, and 12 miles of ocean-front trails are waiting for you here, at a price well below most of the islands’ resorts.

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  • Halekulani. Waikiki, Oahu
  • Can a world-famous clothing designer also design the perfect honeymoon suite? Drop your bags in this hotel’s Vera Wang Suite and find out. (photo, right)

  • Hotel Hana-Maui. Hana, Maui
  • A ranch setting with unobstructed views of the Pacific and a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center will definitely get you in the mood, and the absence of TVs, phones, and clocks means you’ll never come out of it.

  • The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Waikiki, Oahu
  • The pink palace just screams Blue Hawaii.

    “Only in Hawaii” Adventures

  • Sunset on Oahu’s North Shore in winter.
  • Way more than just the average sunset — it’s the usual scorching red sun and beautiful beach, but add to that the biggest waves you’ve ever seen, and local surfers catching the last few rides before dark.

  • Skinny-dipping at Little Beach in Maui’s Makena Beach State Park.
  • The best outdoor place to be naked. Period.

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  • Leisurely drives on Maui’s Road to Hana.
  • One of the U.S.’s most scenic routes.

  • Surprise your spouse by saying “I do” all over again.
  • Many hotels offer vow-renewal ceremonies, making it a snap to be spontaneous about re-emphasizing your emotional commitment to a partner.

  • Catering from Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room, Oahu.
  • Delicious bits of ‘ahi and onaga and Waimea tomatoes from one of the stars of Pacific Rim fusion make any reception extra special, and uniquely Hawaiian.

  • Sunrise from Haleakala Crater, Maui.
  • The summit is one of the most beautiful places on Earth to greet a new day.

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