Post # 1
My fiance and I have just started researching hawaii in order to book our honeymoon. We want to stay on oahu for 4-5 days and then maui for 4-5 days. After looking through some of the top rated hotels near waikiki, we are incredibly underwhelmed by the pictures. we were hoping to stay somewhere that doesn’t look SO much like a hotel that we could stay at here. we’d like something more fun/hawaiian/modern/clean. and we’d like to find some place that has suites or bigger rooms. also, it seems like everything costs much more $ than it should for the quality.
does anyone have recommendations? there’s just so many places and they all seem the same. we’d like to be near or on the beach, but we’d like it to be nicer than a normal hotel. we’re starting just looking at oahu, but we will need to find something similar on maui.
Post # 3
In Maui we stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani–totally awesome. They are suites with a living room, bedroom, and huge bathroom with soaking tubs. They were doing some renovations to one of the on-site restaurants so we got our room more than 50% off. The renovations didn’t bother us at all, and the deal was amazing. Not sure if they’re still doing work, but if you can take advantage of the offer, totally worth it.
Post # 4
Hey there. Hawaii is very expensive, we just honeymooned there mid-October and it cost a pretty penny. We found a deal for the Marriot Ocean Club in Maui for 5 nights (came to just over a couple hundred a night), then the Marriott Beach Club Kauai for 4 nights. Both hotels were awesome. I’d favor the Maui one more for the upscale modern rooms and great beachside access. If you are on a Budget, definately look at the Kaanapali area. is still upscale but not as pricey as Wailea or Kapalua which hotels are $500 a night. Also to go between islands, I advise against Island Air. It was just awful and ancient dirty planes, take Hawaiian even if a little more. It PM me if you need any more info. I love Hawaii!
Post # 5
@ellykay: For Maui you should look at Travaasa Hana. It is old Hawaii, many of the rooms are cottages. It is very romantic.
If you are going to stay in Oahu maybe look at Turtle Bay Resort, it is away from everything. I like the Moana Surfrider too.
Post # 6
Have you checked VRBO? We just booked our Kauai honeymoon. We found a private home rental right on the cliffs with dramatic ocean views with our own pool…and it was the same price range of most of the hotels we were looking at. About $200/nt.
Post # 7
Have you heard about the Royal Hawaiian in Wakiki Beach? Its the pink hotel (and i mean everything is pink) and has a hawaiian-y feel. We stayed there for our honeymoon in June and loved it. Plus it’s within walking distance to a bunch of shops/restaurants and the beach on the property is awesome.
On another note, a poster above said Island Air was bad, but we flew that and didn’t have any problems. We also flew on an airline called Pacific Wings and it was just a tiny prop plane. It was pretty cool to fly on, but there was quite a bit of turbulence/bumpiness. If you are scared of flying or get airsick, I wouldn’t recommend a really tiny plane.
In Maui we stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina. It was a HUGE resort and the pool was awesome/fun (tunnels, a bar inside a cave, waterslides, etc)! If you go to Kauai, I recommend the Grand Hyatt Kauai–it was so peaceful and had the most beautiful and elaborate pool area I’ve ever seen!
Post # 8
In Maui we’re staying at Honua Kai Resort for 10 nights!!
It’s made up of condos and hotel rooms- but they’re all only a fwe years old and have gorgeous furnishings.
We booked one of the condos through the people at Kaanapali Beach Rentals- we’re only paying aorund $220/night for a HUGE ocean view studio with a kitchen.
I’m so excited!
Post # 9
I would take a look at VRBO as well. I had a friend that found an ocean front at the Ilikai and just absolutely loved it.
Post # 10
We stayed at the Royal Hawaiian too and loved every second of it. It feels secluded, but is right on Waikiki. The rooms are beautiful (we stayed in one of the old rooms, and it was gorgeous) and the staff is amazing. We also went up to Turtle Bay for a bit and would go back in a heartbeat.