(Closed) Romantic Oahu?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well I don’t know how helpful this will be, but no one has responded yet so thought I would offer at least something! I’ve been to all the islands a number of times as my dad used to live there and loves taking us back. Like you said Oahu isn’t the most “romantic” island, but it is obviously still beautiful there are definitely ways you could make it more intimate. If you’re going for the more seculded island feel, I would definitely stay out of Honolulu, it’s basically bustling city with LOTS of tourists. To be honest, the only hotel I can think of that would actually get you that “romantic” feel is Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. It’s the only hotel up there and was built when permits for the property allowed it to be built directly on the shore, making for beautiful views. If you’ve seen the move “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” this is the hotel they filmed at! It does have some so-so reviews mostly because there haven’t been many updates to the hotel since it was built, but my husband and I we’re just in Oahu in August and drove around the grouds here and it looked beautiful! And if you do feel like you’re too alone out there you could always rent a car and drive to Honolulu for a day/dinner. I’m not sure on the pricing but this would be my suggestion!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@rowdygirl99:  Have you checked vrbo.com?  Darling Husband and I were going to go to Oahu before we changed our minds.  I was finding a ton of adorable/romantic places on vrbo.com!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@rowdygirl99:  I agree with the other posters. Oahu isn’t romantic. It’s beautiful, but Honolulu is more like Miami beach…skyscrapers right up to the beach. 

I’ve traveled to Hawaii A LOT and I suggest going to Maui or Kauai.  Maui is better if you like relaxing resort vacations…and Kauai is better if you want to see what Hawaii used to be. Kauai is also great if you like outdoorsy stuff (hiking to private beaches and beautiful canyons, swimming underneath waterfalls, kayaking a totally undeveloped coastline, etc.). They’re FAR more romantic than Oahu.

Check out tripadvisor to find a good hotel. IF you go to Kauai, check out Poipu beach hotels (the Sheraton Poipu offers great deals fairly often). If Maui, check out hotels on Kaanapali Beach (best one is the Sheraton Maui, IMO) or Wailea. Though, Wailea is typically more than $300/night (if you can get a deal, the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort is AMAZING). They also have great vacation rental properties in Maui. Check out VRBO.com for those. Might save you some money in the long run. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree with @CelticBeachBride:, both Maui and Kaui are VERY romantic. I’ve stayed at very nice resorts on both islands for under $300 a night, if you decide on one of these instead of Oahu let me know and I can give you some suggestions 🙂 Even if you’ve already booked a flight to Oahu, you can take a small puddle jumper between islands, they’re pretty inexpensive IMO. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You’re right, Oahu isn’t the most romantic of the Hawaiian islands, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t have an amazing, romantic honeymoon. Fiance and I stayed at the Royal Hawaiian last summer  and it was a very grown-up, quiet hotel and I am sure that they would take really great care of you. I’m not sure how much each night cost, though since this trip was a gift from my parents. They sent us a bottle of bubbles upon learning that we are celebrating our engagement. There weren’t many children at our hotel. I recall seeing very few of them. I do like Oahu, though because both Fiance and I are night owls and we appreciate being able to walk around the strip late at night and being able to do shopping or have a bite to eat. My cousin is stationed out there so we got to see him and see the North Shore, too and it is a toally different vibe out there like PP’s are saying. Oh and we did a dinner cruise and it was very romantic! 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have been to Oahu and it is fun,but very touristy. We are going to Maui next month. Have you considered island hopping? That would be a fun way for you to experience both touristy and romantic.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re going to Oahu for the first leg of our honeymoon. We’re staying at the Moana Surf Rider… not the most romantic hotel ever, but IMO it’s slightly better than the other “big box” type hotels they have in Waikiki. There are no hot tubs though, at least not in the regular rooms. And from what I’ve heard the rooms are on the smaller side (though we won’t be the smallest), but it is very historic and the architecture/decor is visually appealing to me–the front of it reminds me of Gone with the Wind–so I think it’s sort of romantic. 

 

I’ve heard Halekulani and the Kahala are the more romantic hotels in the city, but I’m not sure what your budget is–they’re quite pricey.

 

We’re going to Maui & Kauai afterward and, if you have the time, the flights really aren’t expensive. I think we got each inter-island flight for about $40.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

@rowdygirl99:  I agree with everyone else. Skip Waikiki it is the total opposite of romantic unless romantic to you is crowded beaches, long waits for restaurants and hotel after hotel after shop after shop.

An inter-Island flight is cheap and quick. Honestly I would jump over to Maui if I were you. But if you insist on staying on Oahu I would look at the JW Marriot in Ko olina (not the beach club but the Ilima) or look at the North Shore (Turtle beach resort or a private rental).There a re a lot of beautiful private rentals. Check out VRBO and trip advisor.

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