For most couples, there’s arguably no more quintessential honeymoon than Hawaii. From jaw-dropping landscapes and crystal-clear waters to world-class resorts and an eclectic burst of culture, Hawaii offers an endless array of attractions for newlyweds. Whether you envision your honeymoon as a chance to kick back and relax or are hoping to stay active with lots of hikes and water sports, you should seriously consider a Hawaii honeymoon package.
Another great reason to pick Hawaii? With no passport requirements for U.S. citizens, Hawaii isn’t as hard to travel to as, say, Fiji. Yet, it’s exotic enough to feel like you’re far outside of the country.
“Depending on where you are coming from, it is typically easy to get there and there are many different types of accommodations,” says Annie Davis, founder of Palm Beach Travel. “Hawaii is a place where people feel safe, close to home and they crave being outside after the past few years.”
How to Tell if a Hawaii Honeymoon Package is Right For You
“In my experience, when couples are looking for honeymoon packages, they have an all-inclusive vacation in mind,” explains Nancy Barkley, global destination wedding and event planner and speaker and founder of Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways. She notes that a package will typically include round trip airfare, transfers to and from the resort, and a stay at all-inclusive property with meals, drinks, activities, etc. “Another option is a preset package to a destination. This is where the package price includes predetermined resorts and offerings and cannot be deviated from,” she says.
A honeymoon without a package, on the other hand, is a “customized or personalized honeymoon where a couple works with a travel professional to tailor their itinerary and personalize a one-of-a-kind trip for them based on their travel styles and wishes,” says Barkley. “Personally, I book a higher percentage of customized itineraries for honeymooners to Hawaii,” she adds. “With that said, I have booked packages and work with a wonderful, reliable tour operator that offers amazing luxury honeymoon packages to Hawaii.”
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Whether you look for a honeymoon package with built-in savings or choose to do a customized itinerary, working with a travel agent in a place like Hawaii can be incredibly helpful.
“Many times couples haven’t been to Hawaii and don’t know which island is a fit for them,” says Libbi Roed, a Hawaii-based travel agent. On top of that, most couples don’t know which resort to stay at. And for couples that want to see multiple islands, they don’t know how to island hop. “I receive lots of emails saying ‘Help, we want to come to Hawaii but we have no idea how to plan this.'” That’s where a travel agent can come in and make the process super easy.
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The Best Hawaii Honeymoon Packages
Choosing the best package can be a bit overwhelming since the options are pretty much endless. To help guide you in your decision making, we tapped travel experts who have experience booking Hawaii honeymoon packages to share their top recommendations and words of advice.
Note: For the Hawaii honeymoon packages, below, keep in mind that the prices do not include a flight. However, a travel agent will easily be able to help you book one. Also the prices—which are subject to change— include a car, which is optional yet also very expensive currently. Says Barkley: “Hawaii car rental prices were already escalating even before inventory, chip, Covid, and other issues.” On top of that, “nearly 95% of the car rental market is controlled by just three companies,” she adds.
Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui
Maui is probably the most popular Hawaiian island, especially for honeymoons. It’s a great starting point for all things romance, according to Barkley. She recommends the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria Resort. The resort is set on 40 acres of tropical gardens bordering Wailea Beach, and surrounded by the essence of Hawaiian island life.
“A must do in Hawaii is the road to Hana. It’s one of the most spectacular—and slowest—drives in the world. It starts in Kahului and snakes along 54 miles of east Maui coastline, past lush vegetation and countless waterfalls,” she says.
Price: From $6,223 per person for five nights. This includes an ocean view guest room, full-size rental car, Haleakala Sunrise Zip Excursion, Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and more.
The Mauani Lani Auberge Resorts Collection
On the lesser-traveled Island of Hawai’i is the Mauani Lani, which is surrounded by 32 expansive oceanfront acres and made up of royal fishponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens, alluring beaches and a spacious four-acre South lawn, notes Barkley.
“Mauna Lani, Auberge Resort Collection is an inspiring spiritual haven that captures a distinct sense of place deeply rooted in rich cultural traditions, yet seamlessly blends a modern tomorrow,” says Barkley. “Transformational experiences, enriching cultural immersion, unrivaled amenities, and curated moments await guests,” she says. Not to mention the array of exciting activities that help make this one of the best honeymoon islands.
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Price: For $4,103 per person, couples can enjoy five nights with an ocean view guest room, full-size rental car, a big island expedition helicopter excursion, Atlantic submarine excursion and more.
The Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue
Located a stone’s throw away from the biggest city on the island of Kauai, is this magnificent honeymoon resort that comes at a strikingly affordable price.
“Royal Sonesta Kauai is a beautiful tropical paradise where you can enjoy championship golf, gracious hospitality, and Hawaii’s largest pool,” says Barkley. “Catch the stunning sunset views from one of the gorgeous beaches. Hike through the trails of Waimea. Go deep sea diving & snorkeling. Kayak on the Wailua river. Enjoy a hot-stone couples massage overlooking Bali Hai mountain, and take a romantic sunset cruise with your beloved.”
Price: Starting at just $2,576 per person for five nights with ocean views. This also includes a full-size rental car, Napali Raft Snorkel Excursion, Kipu Falls Zipline Safari and more.
Keep Your Timeline in Mind if You Want to Island Hop
The best way to tackle booking a honeymoon package in Hawaii is to choose one island as your home base. If you want to opt for a more in-depth package, you can consider island hopping. However, Roed recommends a honeymoon of no less than two weeks for this kind of excursion. Some of her favorite honeymoon resorts on each island are below:
- The Westin in the Hokupa’a Tower
- Four Seasons Maui (also known as The White Lotus, for all you fans)
- The Andaz
- The Wailea Beach Resort
- Grand Wailea
- Sheraton Kauai
- Grand Hyatt Kauai
- Ko’a Kea
- Westin a Hapuna Resort
- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
- Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
- Four Seasons Hualalai
Hawaii Honeymoon Packages FAQ
This is entirely up to you and what you plan on doing in Hawaii. If you know you both want to just lounge around the resort and stick to nearby activities, most hotels can help arrange transportation as you need it. However, if you are staying in Maui and want to do the road to Hana, a rental car is a must. So, think about what your ideal honeymoon looks like before you decide to rent.
When looking at any honeymoon package, you should price out what the difference would be if you opted to do it a la carte or as part of a package. Packages can sometimes include things you don’t want or need (like a car or certain activities) so create a honeymoon budget with line items for your room, meals, activities you want to do, flights, etc. Once you do that, you should be able to clearly see which option is cheaper.