Romantic Places in Hawaii
Take a ferry from Maui to the peaceful and quiet plantation island of Lanai.
Lodge at Koele
T: +1 808 565 7300. 102 rooms, with golf course, US$ 400-
A country inn feeling, rather than tropical, with endless verandas, wicker settees and croquet. Grounds have waterfalls and panoramic views of nearby Molokai and Maui.
Using moon and star light, trek up the mountain to the Haleakala Crater for a romantic sunrise.
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
T: +1 808 667-6669. 6 rooms. US$ 345-
Located in a nice residential area with easy access to Maui attractions. This luxurious b&b has Balinese – Hawaiian furnishings, wonderful ocean views and gracious hosts; the beach is just a two minute drive down the road.
93 Hana Highway
T: +1 808 579-6000. 5 room b&b. US$ 170-
Escape the overdeveloped and sprawling resorts on Maui’s south shorre and come to the charming small surfing town of Paia on the north shore. The beach-style boutique Paia Inn is just a short trail walk from the beach and steps from Paia’s small shops and restaurant.
Its active volcano, Kilauea, spews lava seaward, turning the sky red at night.
131 Jaiulani St.
Hilo, Big Island, HI
T: +1 (808) 934-8002. 5 rooms, b&b. US$ 179-
Five generations in the same family, this 1899 Victorian house was turned into a b&b by the original owner’s great-grandaughter in 1994. Featuring wicker rockers on a wraparound porch and original period antiques, this turreted romantic hotel is located just a few blocks from downtown Hilo. Turn of the last century guests included Hawaiian royalty.
Palms Cliff House
Honomu, Big Island
T: +1 (808) 963-6076. 8 rooms. US$ 175-
Sit on a veranda (lanai) and enjoy views of Mount Mauna Kea and, 100 feet below you, the rocky Pohakumanu Bay. This new, luxuriously appointed Victorian plantation-style inn is located 15 minutes north of Hilo, on the wild side of the Big Island. Nearby is trailhead access to Akaka Falls—Hawaii’s longest waterfall—a two mile hike away.
Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii
T: +1 (808) 985-8696. 4 cottages. US$ 125-
Retreat from the world into a lush rainforest and handsome cottages surrounded by giant tree ferns and ohia trees. Volcano Retreat is located 3800 feet above the sea on the slopes of Kilauea, the most active volcano on earth.
Sharp peaks, sheer cliffs, valley gorges, shimmering delicate waterfalls, and sugar plantations, Kauai is Hawaii at its most lush, green and tropical. Its north shore receives more rain per year than anywhere else in America.
Poipu Beach, South Shore, Kauai
Popular golden sand beach located on the sunny side of Kauai.
Secret Beach, North Shore, Kauai
The rainy side of Kauai is gloriously lush with greenery and waterfalls. Secret Beach, a one mile secluded strech of sand, is found by driving down a dirt road followed by hiking a steep and slippery footpath. The legendary Na Pali cliffs, rising 4,000 feet above the sea, are here too.
Secret Beach Hideaway
Kilauea, Kauai, HI
T: (800) 820-2862. 3 cottages. US$ 395-
Luxurious self-contained cottages set on 11 acres of tropical gardens. You can access Secret Beach by hiking down from the hill-top cottages through the gardens.
Escape the tourist crowds, the cruise ships, the mai tai nightlife, and the 21st century in this splendidly isolated island; arrive by turboprop from Maui. National Geographic named this island one of the best in the world citing its “rugged coast and minimal beachfront preventing big-resort development and protecting Hawaiian cultural ways”. Molokai was the only Hawaiian island to make the top 10 list.
The Beach Village at Molokai Ranch
T: 1 888 627 8082 (toll-free from N. America). 40 bungalows. US$ 270-
Bunk out next to a white sand beach in a solar-powered framed canvas tent. Note: The Molokai Ranch announced they have closed all tourist operations at Molokai, including this hotel, following local opposition to constuction of luxury beachfront homes on their ranch.