Top five-star accommodation in inspiring destinations: Editor’s picks for Hawaii
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Top five-star accommodation in inspiring destinations: Editor’s picks for Hawaii

HAWAII is a state of contrasts. The bustling island of O’ahu attracts thousands of tourists each day, most of whom flock to Waikiki, whose main stretch is a vision of towering skyscrapers and five-star hotels.

On the other hand, the islands of Maui and Lanai are more tranquil and less commercial, catering to the luxury tourist looking for a personalized experience at exclusive beachfront resorts.

In Maui, tourists have the unique opportunity to catch a sunrise atop a 10,000-foot volcano, swim beneath waterfalls and hike through craters. The island, the second largest in Hawaii, is home to some of the state’s most impressive landscapes.

Meanwhile, Lanai, only 14 kilometers from Maui, is secluded and largely uninhabited, guaranteeing a private holiday experience for couples seeking privacy.

Whether for a honeymoon or wedding anniversary, or just a romantic and relaxing break, these Lanai and Maui resorts are sure to impress your partner.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Top five-star accommodation in inspiring destinations: Editor’s picks for Hawaii

The Kapihaa Suite featuring a warm color scheme and rich furniture

Tucked away on Hulope Bay on the southern coast of Lanai is the island’s crown jewel – Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Perched atop a red-lava bluff overlooking the unspoiled marine reserve, the resort is a private playground for guests looking to truly immerse themselves in an authentic Hawaiian experience.

For couples, the Ocean Front and Ocean View rooms are a real treat, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the Pacific Ocean. Expect majestic Hawaiian history-inspired aesthetics in all rooms, with details like rich mahogany wood, bespoke art and hand-woven rugs.

The free-form lagoon-style pool features a cascading waterfall and two whirlpools, but for a more private bask in the sun, head to the adult-only retreat where guests can cop views of lava rock grottos echoing Lanai’s dramatic cliffs. Pool staff will take care of guests’ needs including Evian spritzes, chilled towels, frosty popsicles, sunglass-cleaning, a selection of magazines, complimentary sunscreen, and flavored ice water.

Come night time Nobu Lanai offers a must-try seven-course omakase meal – a perfect opportunity to sample superb fresh seafood and premium Hawaiian produce. The Nobu brand – which fuses traditional Japanese fare with new-age techniques – is widely acknowledged as one of the best Japanese restaurant chains in the world.

To truly enchant your partner, charter a private catamaran to sail along the private Lanai coastline while you sip on cocktails and bob into the sunset. Couples can even arrange a romantic candlelit dinner on deck to mark the peak of an immeasurably romantic holiday. Read the full review…

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Top five-star accommodation in inspiring destinations: Editor’s picks for Hawaii

Be surrounded by lush tropical offerings and a pristine shoreline

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is the perfect platform from which guests can immerse themselves in the best of Maui’s naturally endowed landscapes and lush tropical surroundings. Whether it’s hiking through a Hawaiian rainforest or simply sitting on the golden sands, there’s plenty to for couples to do.

Within the resort are also two golf courses, The Bay Course and the Plantation Course. Beginners can practise their swing under the eyes of Kapalua Golf Academy instructors who also offer corporate clinics and customized off-site training.

The hotel also introduces guests to the natural wonders of Maui through its unique Ambassadors of the Environment program. Participants have the chance to snorkel, explore tide pools, whale-watch and discover “cities under the sea”, all of which are great for the adventurous couple.

After a full day of exploring the island of Maui, tuck into a romantic ocean-view meal at The Banyan Tree where seasonal organic produce is cultivated from the best of Hawaii’s local farms and coastlines. Otherwise, head to Kai Sushi for a premium Japanese meal alongside fine sake and wines.

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The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Top five-star accommodation in inspiring destinations: Editor’s picks for Hawaii

The property overlooks the peaceful Ka’anapali Beach

Starwood’s set of private villas in the isolated Ka’anapali area of Maui island is a stunning property overlooking the peaceful Ka’anapali Beach, tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls and six swimming pools.

The apartment-style rooms ensure couples get a feel of home deep in the tropics, with facilities like kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, jetted bathtubs, a convection microwave, dishwashers, dryers, and the icing on the cake, Starwood’s signature Heavenly Bath and Bed.

Surprise your partner with a luxurious treatment at Spa Helani, The Westin’s in-house spa and wellness center. The Polynesian Ritual, inspired by age-old traditions, is a sensory ritual that begins with a Tahitian vanilla scrub, followed by a Bora Bora massage, and finished with golden Monoi oil.

Couples can opt for the Ka’anapali Couples Ritual, a soothing dual massage session finished with a relaxing bath for two. Meanwhile, the Couples Instructional Massage will teach couples basic massage techniques to give their loved ones a massage at home. The package includes an instructional massage book to take home.

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