Most Romantic Hotels in Hawaii

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A team of Oyster reporters spent a month exploring 92 top resort hotels on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. We slept in the beds, lounged on the beaches, ate in the restaurants, and even danced some hula, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here's a list of our favorite romantic hotels. All these places are luxurious in some way, but couples in search of pampering might also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Hawaii.

  1. Travaasa Hana, Maui

    Situated along craggy coastal cliffs on the rainforest-like east coast of Maui, hours from other big resorts, the Hotel Hana-Maui offers guests ample chances to be alone. After hikes to nearby waterfalls or hunts for hidden beaches, couples can take a dip in the infinity pool or the Honua Spa's outdoor lava-rock pool, dine at the excellent restaurant, and then retreat to spacious modern cottage suites (some with private hot tubs), where guests will find no phones, TVs, radios, or alarm clocks to spoil the mood.

  2. Four Seasons Maui

    If your idea of romance is never having to lift a finger, head to the Four Seasons Maui, where two staff members per guest ensures plenty of pampering. From cold towels and Evian spritzes at the pool, to free unpacking services and a free driver, the service is doting at every turn. Lovers share the sophisticated resort with families, but hillside massage huts overlooking the ocean and an adult-only pool with a swim-up bar and cabanas help keep the groups apart.

  3. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

    To combine the pampering treatment of the Four Seasons Maui with the remoteness of the Hotel Hana-Maui, head to the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in West Maui. The hotel's 54 acres of perfectly manicured grounds in scenic Kapalua are a peaceful alternative to the island's resort-heavy Kaanapali and Wailea. The spa is one of Maui's best, and guests can enjoy sunset views at the hotel's beachfront restaurants. The modern rooms, fresh off a 2008 overhaul, are among Maui's most luxurious.

  4. The Kahala Hotel and Resort

    A 10- to 15-minute drive from Waikiki Beach, on the nearly isolated beach of a posh Honolulu suburb, the intimate Kahala Hotel has been Oahu's premier romantic choice since it opened in 1964. Even Liz Taylor and Richard Burton honeymooned here, hiding from the paparazzi in a private cabana. And if you're not sold on the side-by-side massages, just take a look at "Kissing Point".

  5. Turtle Bay Resort

    Five miles of gorgeous, undeveloped beaches on Oahu's North Shore provide ample real estate for relaxing strolls along the shore, while on-site amenities like helicopter trips and sunset horseback rides offer more lively romantic moments. Every guest room comes with a great ocean view, and the resort restaurant, Ola, is one of the only places on the island to fine dine right on the beach.

  6. Whalers Cove

    Whalers Cove is home to arguably the most romantic views on Kauai. The 39 spacious suites at this quiet condo hotel all have huge balconies overlooking the rocky southern coast, perfect for sipping wine as the sun goes down. The decor of the individually owned units varies, but they're all luxury level. The trade-off is that guests must venture off-site for a restaurant, spa, or sandy beach. But for many, the breathtaking scenery is worth it.

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