Honeymoon in Hawaii
There’s something about Kauai, the oldest and most scenic of Hawaii’s islands, which feels instantly familiar. It may well be because this lush, unspoiled paradise has been used as the backdrop for a host of Hollywood hits including Jurassic Park and Avatar. And there are three very good reasons for its silver-screen status; the volcanic scenery, cascading waterfalls and rugged coastline which all have a certain blockbuster beauty about them.
When it comes to your honeymoon love story, whether you prefer a relaxing romance on the beach (Kauai has more than 50) or you’re after a more active adventure, there’ll be ample opportunity for both in Hawaii’s garden isle.
Sunny side up…
For year-round good weather, a honeymoon in Poipu, on the sunny south shore, is your best bet. Of all the hotels in the area The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is by far the most luxurious. With rooms spread across 52 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens, numerous restaurants and koi-filled lagoons, the sheer size of the Grand Hyatt Kauai may seem a bit daunting, but the hotel manages to maintain an intimate vibe and, surprisingly, it never feels too busy.
Rooms are distinctly Hawaiian in décor, we’re talking rattan furniture, wicker and lots of mahogany wood which evokes images of a 1930s plantation house. Venture outdoors and you can relax by one of the many pools in the complex, where you’ll even find a saltwater lagoon and water slide. If you’re feeling energetic, hire a two-person kayak and head down the hotel’s lazy river or challenge your new husband to a round of golf at the neighbouring championship course. Alternatively, rent a beachfront cabana, order a picnic and spend a day chilling out.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai also has an idyllic proximity to the sea; you’re just a few minutes walk from Shipwreck Beach (where Justin Bieber was recently snapped jumping from the bluff). Opt for an ocean view room and you and your love can wake to see the sun rising over the lapping waves from the comfort of your own personal veranda. Each room has its own Hawaiian Kona coffee to help ease you into any early morning starts.
Handily, The Grand Hyatt Kauai is also home to the Anara Spa, the largest of its kind on Kauai. Set amongst plush gardens and waterfalls, it offers a range of treatments using traditional Hawaiian healing techniques, specially created for unwinding with your beau. The spa boasts a private open-air hale, where you can lie side-by-side and indulge in a couples massage. Also, make use of your own lava rock showers where you can apply tropical salts and ocean clay before taking a dip in the hidden plunge pool for two.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the lavishness of the resort, head to the golden sandy crescents of nearby Poipu Beach, a popular place for snorkeling. Go first thing for a chance to encounter sea turtles and monk seals, an endangered species and one of the world’s rarest marine mammals. Hiking is another preferred pastime in Kauai, and Kokee State Park has some serious trails which lead down into the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the vast Waimea Canyon.
Eroded basalt rocks give the soil its unique red hue, which literally makes it burst with colour. Far less strenuous, the Mahaulepu Heritage trail is a gentle coastal walk which runs along the cliffs from right outside the hotel.
With just 10% of Kauai accessible by land, the best way to see its dramatic landscape is by helicopter. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (bluehawaiian.com) offers 50-minute flights around the island which allow you to witness its majestic mountains, spectacular Nã Pali coastline and the Bali Hai Cliffs on the north shore from above.
The tour soars over the Hanapepe Valley and Manawaiopuna Falls, nicknamed Jurassic Park Falls. Enveloped by a blanket of cloud and surrounded by cascades of water, you’ll then fly into the heart of the towering volcanic crater Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest locations on earth.
Seafood and sunset…
Kauai definitely isn’t a party island so when it comes to evening entertainment it’s mainly about the food. For a truly memorable experience, eat early so you can watch the sun set while you dine. One of the most romantic spots is the Beach House, an awardwinning restaurant in Poipu, which serves locally sourced cuisine.
Hawaii is renowned for its seafood so don’t miss out on the seared fresh ahi poke or the macademia nut butter sautéed catch of the day. However you decide to wile away your honeymoon in Kauai there is one thing which is beyond certain, its blissful setting is like something out of a movie.