1. Planning first steps
Is there anything that sounds more idyllic than a relaxing, luxurious honeymoon in Hawaii? After the stress of a wedding day, a vacation to Hawaii is the perfect way for newlyweds to unwind in paradise before returning back to the real world. Hawaii isn’t just a top spot for its beaches, sunshine and beautiful landscape, but as part of the United States it eliminates the hassle or need for newlyweds to trouble themselves with customs or renewing their passports.
It’s completely possible for newlyweds to plan a honeymoon — scheduling, ticket booking, itinerary-building and all — beforehand during wedding planning as another set of tasks. But really, how many brides and grooms want to put yet another set of tasks on their endless to-do list? Many engaged couples don’t realize that having your honeymoon planned and booked for you is a lot more accessible and affordable than it might seem, and it eliminates the stress of planning a trip on top of a wedding.
If you want an amazing trip to Hawaii but aren’t sure how to start planning, Apple Vacations is a perfect place to start putting together your dream Hawaiian honeymoon, because they have…
- Experience! They’ve put together thousands of amazing Hawaiian vacations for travelers and newlyweds alike
- Connections to the best hotels in every island — that means more deals for you and your new spouse
- Convenience: they’ll book you the best flight (we’re talking non-stop, at a reasonable hour) for the best price
- An on-site representative to help answer questions, deal with unexpected issues and basically make your stay 100% trouble-free
Sidenote: if you’re planning a destination wedding in Hawaii (which is logistics GALORE), Apple Vacations can help with that too. From hooking you up to planners and taking care of the legal nitty-gritty tasks, Apple Vacations is a bride’s best friend.
2. When to go
Okay, now that you’ve decided you want to honeymoon in Hawaii, the next step is picking the best time to visit. The most popular times to travel to Hawaii are between mid-December to mid-April, where prices will typically be higher. Traveling during the low season (April to mid-June and September to December) will not only offer more affordable deals for honeymooners, but it’ll also cut down on the number of other tourists you’ll need to share the islands with!
In terms of weather, well — it’s pretty much always perfect in Hawaii, so you really can’t go wrong!
3. Where to stay
How long your trip will be plays a big part in where to stay, and how many islands you’ll be able to visit. For a week-long honeymoon, couples should plan to pick an island to stay on for the duration of their trip, just so they can relax and enjoy the luxuries that Hawaii has to offer. For a longer trip (10 days to 2 weeks), couples can make it to two islands in order to experience the beauty, culture and activities that the Hawaiian islands have to offer. But how to pick which island(s) will be perfect for your honeymoon?
We’ve picked our favorite island options and hotel recommendations from Apple Vacations to help you decide. No matter which island you think is right for your trip, we love these hotels because they offer honeymooners so much more than the obligatory bottle of champagne! Oh, and the luxurious accommodations and breathtaking scenery aren’t so bad either…
Maui is the number one honeymoon spot in the world for couples, so it goes without saying that you’re sure to have a relaxing and romantic stay on this Hawaiian gem. Boasting miles of pristine beaches and verdant jungles, you can also find amazing five-star hotels and restaurants to make your honeymoon feel like true paradise.
But there’s more to do than lounge at resorts: historic villages and rich cultural experiences make this special island the perfect mix of relaxation, outdoor activities and fun for honeymooners.
Stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa for a truly memorable experience — not only will you receive sparkling wine or mai tais upon arrival, newlyweds also have the option to attend a complimentary Culinary Class and reception to learn about Hawaiian cuisine and meet other honeymooners.
Kauai is called the “Garden Island”, and this magnificent destination lives up to the name! Green mountains, sheer cliffs, sandy beaches and coral reefs are just a few examples of the extreme natural beauty of the island. If you’re a couple looking to take full advantage of the outdoor activities in Hawaii but prefer a little more seclusion, then Kauai is the perfect island.
Even if you’re planning on being active for most of your honeymoon, no tropical vacation is complete without a full day (or two!) lounging by the pool. Stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa for stunning accommodations, complimentary use of a honeymoon poolside cabana for a day, and a bottle of sparkling wine up your arrival.
For newlyweds looking to experience a little bit of everything Hawaii has to offer — amazing culture, beaches, nightlife and outdoor pursuits — Oahu is your answer! Find top-notch nightlife and restaurants along Waikiki, take snorkeling or surfing lessons or relax on the beach; it’s all possible on Oahu, which makes it such a popular place for newlyweds and tourists alike.
If you truly want to spoil yourself on your trip (and um, isn’t that what a honeymoon is for?!), we recommend a stay at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Along with sparkling wine upon arrival, newlyweds get a 20% discount on a couples massage at the Na Ho’ola Spa — and who doesn’t want a massage to start the honeymoon off right?
4. What to pack
Now that you’ve booked your trip and are excited for the full Hawaiian honeymoon experience, the last step is to make sure you’re fully prepared to enjoy your honeymoon to the fullest, and that means packing right. Make sure not to forget:
- Sunscreen — lots of it!
- At least 2 swimsuits
- Swimsuit cover-ups
- Flip flops
- Tennis shoes
- A hat — wide brim straw hats encouraged!
- Maxi dresses for nights out
- An assortment of t-shirts, shorts and skirts for daytime activities
Are you planning your own honeymoon to Hawaii, brides and grooms? If so, tell us where you’ll be visiting and what you’re the most excited for in the comments. Your honeymoon is a big deal, and we want to hear all about it!