(Closed) Hawaii Honeymooners! Favorite Island & Hotel?

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2022 - Maui

I live in Hawaii so I answered these questiosn for Hawaii:

– Beautiful beach- South, North, or West shores typically

– Low to no wind/humidity- Itʻs humid no matter what and summer is super windy. If Iʻm trying to get away from wind I go far south sometimes the west, depends on the island and wind patterns.

– All inclusive hotel with plenty of things to do onsite- no all inclusives here but pick a hotel in a resort area for shopping and dining within walking distances

– Tropical, not a city-feel- all islands except Oʻahu basically.

 

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve been to Maui and Oahu. Maui is nice for relaxation. There are a lot of fancy resorts on Maui though we stayed in vacation rental to cut costs for our non-honeymoon trip. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve been to Kauai, Oahu, the Big Island and Maui. Of those, I think Maui is what you are looking for. Kaui would be second favorite, but its smaller and requires a lot of driving and the beaches aren’t quite as scenic (amazing hikes, mountains and waterfalls definitely make up for it, though). We stayed in a vacation rental as well. We stayed in the Kanapali area and there are tons of gorgeous beaches and lots of restaurants and shopping around. There are definitely a lot of resorts in that area as well, but all-inclusive will be harder to find in Hawaii. In my opinion, you will miss out on some amazing restaurants by doing all-inclusive. We had amazing food close to us but had lots more variety in types of food by not doing all-inclusive. I’d suggest you reconsider that option.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maui has some great hotels all over but we’ve only stayed on the west side of the island. I’ve stayed at the Grand Wailea and it was stunning but that area gets very hot and humid during the summer/fall. For slightly cooler temps, head north a bit to the Royal Lahaina or one of the Westins in Ka’anapali. There are a lot of condos and VRBO/AriBnB options out there (we stayed at a condo once and loved it). One of our favorite dinner spots is Leilani’s on the Beach in Whaler’s Village. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I just got back from my Maui honeymoon. We were there for 8 nights and never got bored. Wailea sounds like a good area for you — it’s very resort based (not city based), and it’s south Maui so it’s less windy and typically has the best weather. Our 4 days there were gorgeous — mid 80s, low wind (compared to west Maui). 

However, I don’t think all inclusive resorts are a thing in Hawaii, or at least Maui. And it’s expensive. We tried to offset some of our expensives by buying things like cereal for breakfast, sandwich stuff for lunches, snacks, etc. at the grocery store. That helped. But if you want to go out for a drink and appetizer somewhere, plan to spend at least $40-50; and I’d budget around $100-150 for a dinner. 

As for what DOES NOT sound like what you’re looking for — West Maui. We spent our other half in Kaanapali and Lahaina, which is busy and populated and windy (it’s known to be windy there like, all the time). We liked it, but we wanted two different vibes to experience. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Maui is my favorite Hawaiian island (Kaanapali area – we always stay in a VRBO bc I like having a kitchen but my brother swears by the Sheraton), but I want to also suggest Aruba. We went for a week (for a vacation) and it was absolutely fantastic. It’s not much farther and comparable in price (and no hurricanes!). It is windy, but that’s what makes the humidity bearable in anyplace tropical. 

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