Hello, Hawaiian Paradise!
If ever you’re going to go all out and book the most stunning accommodation of your oceanfront-view, soaker-tub dreams, your honeymoon is most definitely that time. You want romance, you want hot tubs and champagne, you want stunning scenery and opportunities to really relax with your newly hitched significant other. Maui, one of the top destinations for blissful vacations, weddings and honeymoons, has a suite of high-end hotels that excel on this front in every way, and here is our list of the top 5 honeymoon hotels in Maui that will tick all your boxes.
The hotel’s grand villas are massive, with big spa bathrooms, full kitchens for intimate meals and sweeping patios with palapas for privately enjoying the bay view, so that’s a good start. This is the type of place where everything you can think of has been taken care of. The pools are all secluded by foliage to make the large boutique resort feel like it’s just you two. Their on-site spa, Spa Montage, is the perfect place for couple’s massages. These private wooden treatment huts open up to the zen garden so you can relax to the sounds and warm breezes of tropical Maui. The spa even has its own infinity pool and smoothie bar—which brings us to the food. The high-end hotel restaurant Cane and Canoe serves to-die-for modern Hawaiian cuisine mixed with American favourites with produce fresh from local island farms: Ahi tuna eggs benedict, gluten-free anything you want and the hotel’s speciality, spiced malasadas (Maui’s answer to the doughnut) with gold housemade pineapple jam.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
You know the scene in the Little Mermaid where they’re in the boat and the crab is singing about kissing and there’s a sunset? You can recreate this moment at dinner at the Andaz Maui restaurant, because it’s surrounded by a pool, steps from the ocean and its pink-purple sunsets. Their outdoor front lawn and lounging options span 15 acres in the southern part of Maui, so there are also three ocean-facing cascading infinity pools, an adults-only lagoon, a no-kids-thanks tranquility pool, plush seating sofas around fire tables and on-site beachfront Polynesian luaus. Of course there’s a spa: try the Grounding Connect treatment for couples that happens in a private ocean-view room. Warm stones and miracle-working hands will turn you two into your best selves, and this is capped off with foot scrubs and massages. After you’ve had enough pampering, you can take your honey to the calm waters of Mokapu Beach for some snorkelling, book a private hiking tour into the island’s lush rainforest or take a helicopter tour up the coastline.
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Name a better opportunity to say that you’re “staying at the Ritz.” This grand-scale, five-diamond property in Kapalua is the area’s No. 1 hotel for good reason. You might notice the Ritz is situated a bit farther back off the ocean with a large lawn, but this is actually a sacred Hawaiian ceremonial site, that’s been protected by the hotel as part of its 54 acres. There are six restaurants featuring the best freshly caught Pacific Ocean seafood including cafes, poolside restaurant, burger shack and premium (recently revamped) Ulana restaurant. The Ritz-Carlton Spa specializes in ancient Hawaiian body treatments, and the newly updated hotel suites and interiors are some of the most stunning and modern on the island. The Ritz hosts its own festival (Kapalua Wine and Food Festival) and PGA-Tour golf tournament, but all you and your newly wed are going to care about it is how romantic the stepped pools and palm-shaded grottos are as you look out over the ocean cliffs.
For a little taste of boutique sea cottage, look no further than Travaasa. This Hawai’i Magazine Best of Maui winner sits on rolling grass fields above Hana Bay on the eastern tip of Hawaii, Travaasa is a truly breathtaking escape. The historic town of Hana itself is a little more low-key than the rest of the island, and the resort was built in the same spirit. Private cottages are scattered along the grass between the palms, so you never feel like you’re on top of one-another. This feeling is amplified at night when the fire pits are lit next to the swimming pool, so it’s just open lawn with a few cozy spots for gathering around the fire with your loved one or your new friends. Travaasa is also known for its authentic Maui experiences, which offer great opportunities for couple bonding fun, like outdoor yoga on the lawn, lei making, ‘ukulele class or guided meditation. This boutique resort has the privacy of a remote cottage, but all the spa, dining, activities and amenities of Maui’s luxe hotel set, and at $775 a night for all-inclusive, it’s one of the most well-priced on our list.
Aloha Cottage Maui
Is a private, remote getaway at the top of your list? How about a property that only has two gorgeous cottages on a private UpCountry estate? Book in at the award-winning off-the-charts romantic Aloha Cottage Maui and you get the patio hot tub to yourself, you get the private deck views to yourself, and with 120 yards between you and the other Aloha Cottage couple, it’s going to feel like you get five acres of garden and jungle to yourself. Each cottage was custom-built with ornately carved wood details to look like royal Balinese and Thailand suites, respectively (and, even though this is Maui, each cottage comes in at under $300 a night). The Aloha Cottage features a full kitchen and dining area, a marble spa bathroom with shower heads for two, in-suite laundry, a barbecue, flat-screen TV, a California king-sized bed—really everything you need so you never have to leave.