(Closed) Any Hawaii goers out there?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Hello!  The fiance and I plan on going to Hawaii for our honeymoon though we’ve been to Oahu numerous times. 

If you will want to do some shopping, Oahu would be the best place to do so.  Some hotels I recommend is the Resortquest Beach Hotel, Hilton Hawaiian Village, and The Sheraton.  =)

 

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

OAHU – hyatt regency on kalakaua; kahala resport; turtle bay resort (not in the waikiki area); marriott ko’olina (also not in waikiki area)

the hyatt, princess kauilani, marriott and beachcomber are on one end of kalakaua street, which is beachfront, not oceanfront – but it’s not that big of a deal b/c beach is literally right across the street

the "pink lady", sheraton and moana surfrider are oceanfront hotels

 if your friend is able to "gift" you his employee rate – is it only for Westin or anything in the Starwood resorts?? if it’s for all starwood hotels, i’d suggest the W hotel – it’s further down and nestled in between some condos farther away from traffic and hustle and bustle…   there is no hotel pool – but who needs a pool when you have the beach??

last time i was in oahu, they had a "stay at one, play at all" program, whereas if you stayed at (for instance) the princess kauilani, you could walk across the street to a "sister" hotel and charge your food and beverage and use their pools…

i.m. humble o. hilton hawaiian village is too crowded and too touristy, but waikiki area is as a whole…

MAUI – Westin resort in Ka’anaapali area; Hyatt in same area

BIG ISLAND – Marriott Waikoloa

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We are going to Maui for our honeymoon.  I have been to Hawaii 4 times before, but I LOVE IT and can’t wait for my fiance to see it!  I love Maui… I have also been to Kauai and while I enjoyed it very much chosing Maui again was easy!

We are staying at the Valley Isle condos by Kapalua.  I enjoy this option because you can cook if you want. 

There is a great series of books for each island.  I own Maui Revealed.  There is so much information packed into the book and it’s easy to navigate.

I hope this helps!  Happy Hawaii going!  🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee

agree with maui.  best island.  there is a westin there.  if not, there are a bunch of hotels on "hotel row" in wailea:  four seaons, fairmont, grand wailea, marriott, etc….. 

kapalua is also nice but i have heard the beaches are not as nice as compared to wailea

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’ve been to Hawaii quite a few times.  It all really depends on what you’re looking for in a honeymoon/vacation and what island you go to.  We always like the more quiet but close to some city action, so we’re Maui fans.  We’ve stayed all over Maui, but our favorite is the Mahana in Kaanapali.  They are condos (many of them have all the luxuries such as travertine flooring and granite counters), they are the closest properties to the ocean on all of Maui, and are minutes from Lahaina.  The best place to book these condos is the website below where you rent directly from the owner, which equals very reasonable rates for you and you know exactly which room (they have pictures on the site) you’re getting. 

http://textsearch.vrbo.com/search?q=mahana&site=ListingPages&client=ListingPages&proxystylesheet=ListingPages&output=xml_no_dtd&num=100&getfields=VRBODesc.ShortDesc.Location&filter=0

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Which island(s) are you going to? We spent time on Oahu, Maui and Hawai’i for our honeymoon and stayed at Westin properties (W Diamondhead, Sheraton Maui, Royal Hawaiian) almost exclusively (stayed at the Inn at Volcano on Hawai’i). I really love their properties because you know you’re going to get a really comfy bed. I would stay away from Westin’s that also double as timeshares (I can’t remember the one in Maui but it was chock full of families- an anti-honeymoon feel).

Have a really great time! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

As others have already said, it depends what you want.

Oahu is the most heavily populated island, and the most urban.  (Honolulu is a pretty large city; I think it’s still in the top 50 – it’s approx. the size of Oakland, Miami, Minneapolis…) There are still parts of Oahu that are very "country" (the North Shore, Windward side, etc.) so you can "get away" if you want to.  The Moana Surfrider was formerly a Sheraton, but converted just a few months ago to a Westin, so that would be an awesome deal for you; they’ve done some renovation work, I think, and I *think* that you can still do the "I’m staying at a Sheraton/Starwood/Westin property so charge that $12 fruity drink to my room there" thing.  The "sister" properties are the Royal Hawaiian ("pink hotel"; beautiful, but it’s undergoing renovations later this year, and will be totally closed), Sheraton Waikiki (huge, and pretty much your typical Sheraton) and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (which is the "budget" of the bunch).  The W Hotel someone else mentioned is out of Waikiki, and is also quite nice.  Kinda small rooms, tho’, but oh those beds!

The Westin on Maui is quite nice…my friends stayed there when they came down, and they really liked it.  Maui’s more relaxed than Oahu, and it’s a nice compromise between having things to do and getting away from it all.  If you go, go Upcountry for a day (or try to stay at a B&B there) – it’s beautiful!

Lanai is my fave recommendation for a honeymoon, but you have to be willing to sit and stare at each other (or the beach) for hours w/ nothing else to do.  It’s super teeny, and there are only 3 hotels (2 are Four Seasons, one is an independent, and kinda small). You can go around the whole town in about 5-7 minutes. No joke. But it’s gorgeous, total luxe (at the hotels), and sooooo relaxing.

I haven’t stayed in a Big Island hotel in forever, but it’s a great place to visit.  Kona is the town w/ the big fancy hotels. You won’t find much in Hilo as far as hotels, but it’s technically considered the bigger town. It’s a cute, country kind of feel.  Not sure, but there’s pro’lly a Westin in Kona. 

Kauai is also very nice and relaxing. They have a huge fancy Hyatt, but I don’t know about Westin.  Again, this is a more "country" island, and it’s good if you like doing outdoorsy things (hiking, kayaking, etc.). 

Post # 10
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Newbee

We’re staying on Kauai for our entire honeymoon per recommendation of one of my Hawaiian friends.  She said that’s the best place to see the real hawaii.

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