The natural beauty and “aloha spirit” of Hawaii make it an ideal getaway for couples. However, it’s important to remember that the tropical paradise found at most hotels on Oahu can also include kids kicking sand in your face at Waikiki Beach. Finding a real romantic hotel in Oahu can be a bit of a challenge, so Oyster reporters scoured the shores to find the very best.
A 10- to 15-minute drive from Waikiki, on the nearly isolated beach of a posh Honolulu suburb, the intimate Kahala Hotel has been the island'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".
Five miles of gorgeous, undeveloped North Shore beaches provide ample real estate for relaxing strolls along the shore, while on-site amenities like helicopter rides and sunset horseback riding 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.
The flamingo-pink, 1927 iconic Royal Hawaiian is a popular, bustling hotel, but couples looking to focus on romance will find no shortage of ways to privately pamper themselves. Couples can dine in an enclosed cabana on the beach at Azure Restaurant, or book a private beachfront (or poolside) cabana during the day. In the afternoons, the hotel provides complimentary limo rides for travel within a one-mile radius of the hotel.
With minimalist architecture, beautiful grounds with hanging flowers, and a beachfront location, the Halekulani offers a soothing, whitewashed oasis smack in the center of bustling Waikiki. The hotel's flagship restaurant, La Mer, is one of the island's most romantic (and most expensive), but you can also arrange for this fine French cuisine to be served to you by candlelight, on your own private balcony. But the best part about this hotel: ocean views, right from your deep-soaking tub.
For bare-bones, off-the-beaten-path romance, these 11 bungalows situated right on, or just off, a big, beautiful North Shore beach deliver. Sure, rooms are modest, amenities are nil, and service is next to nothing, but the location is wonderfully quiet and every bungalow has a full kitchen and its own yard and grill -- perfect for watching the sun set while cooking a dinner for two.