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10 Romantic Getaways in Hawaii for a Tropical Retreat with Your Boo

by Liz Dengler
Updated January 28, 2022

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Hawaii is, unapologetically, one of the most romantic destinations in the U.S., if not the world.

With stunning sandy beaches, tropical forests, and sunsets that will leave you breathless, Hawaii is a must-do vacation for those looking for a romantic getaway. Though the lovers themselves largely determine a romantic getaway, it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of grandiose luxury to enhance the experience.

From the Big Island to Kauai, our top 10 romantic getaways in Hawaii provide all the comforts you desire after a day exploring Hawaii’s cultures, sights, and adventures.

1. Hotel Wailea

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Why you should stay: A quiet and intimate stay at an adults-only resort.

  • Location: Wailea, Maui
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $899/night

Tucked back from the beach, up on the hill, the remote Wailea Resort is a stunning place to spend your vacation. With 180-degree views to the west, you will get to experience outstandingly stunning sunsets with your significant other. Keep an eye out for the legendary “green flash” as the sun dips below the horizon.

With the on-site restaurant and room service, you have easy access to food. If you’re looking to explore local Wailea, take one of the house vehicles to cruise to town, or if you want to range farther, go for a spin in the property’s 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster.

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2. Volcano Eco Retreat

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Why you should stay: A sustainable but equally relaxing and romantic experience.

  • Location: Mountain View, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $279/night

If you want a romantic vacation but pride yourself on sustainable morals, the Volcano Eco Retreat will set your mind at ease. Though completely designed to minimize the impact on the Hawaiian environment, the resort does not slack when it comes to luxury.

The retreat has several private bungalows with private lanais where you can enjoy a breakfast of locally-sourced foods in peace. After a day of exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, swimming at the beach, or hiking to remote waterfalls, unwind in the outdoor hot tub or the zen garden.

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Related Read: The 9 Best Glamping Destinations in Hawaii

3. Kauai Cliff House

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Why you should stay: A view to behold with the best seat in the house of the surf.

  • Location: Princeville, Kauai
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $325/night

The Kauai Cliff House requires a 7-night stay, but how could you want to stay for any less time at a place like this? Perched on an ocean cliff, you’ll have expansive views of the ocean, coast, surf line, and Kilauea Lighthouse. With views like this, it might be hard to pull yourself away, but it’s worth it.

Wander the sandy beaches, explore the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, or take a turn through the local botanical gardens to enjoy gorgeous tropical plants and flowers and the calls of birds. At the end of the day, relax on the deck with a glass of wine and watch the sunset over the great blue of the Pacific Ocean. At night, the fresh ocean breeze will keep you cool.

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4. Holualoa Inn

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Why you should stay: Relaxing and carefree mornings with stunning views of the Kona coast.

  • Location: Holualoa, Big Island
  • Sleeps: Up to 3
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $415/night

If you are coffee lovers, the Holualoa Inn — set in the middle of the Kona coffee belt on an estate with 5,300 coffee trees — is for you. Each morning wake up to beautiful views and take a spin through the estate gardens before setting in for a breakfast of fresh estate-grown fruit and coffee.

If you’re looking to get away from the resort, there are plenty of activities to do. Go dual zip-lining with your significant other, join a sunset cruise around the harbor, or even take to the skies in a helicopter tour of the island. No matter what you decide, the resort makes booking easy so that you can spend less time planning and more time having fun with your partner.

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Related Read: 14 Life-Changing Hikes on Hawaii’s Big Island

5. Hualalai Four Seasons Resort

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Why you should stay: A wondrous wedding to honeymoon magic.

  • Location: Hualalai, Big Island
  • Sleeps: Up to 3
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $2,415/night

With white sandy beaches, black lava rock, and lush tropical forests all around, the Hualalai Four Seasons makes for an incredibly dramatic backdrop for a dream wedding. On-site wedding managers will work with you to create the perfect ceremony before transitioning you to the premium honeymoon experience.

If you’re not getting married but looking to reconnect with your loved one, consider a stay complete with spa treatments and couples massages. Afterward, enjoy each others’ company as you stroll around the gardens, staying relaxed by the lull of the waterfall.

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6. Koloa Landing

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Why you should stay: A beautiful and local feeling stay at Poipu.

  • Location: Poipu, Kauai
  • Sleep: Up to 8
  • Minimum Stay: 1/night
  • Rates from: $391 in the offseason

It may seem like an odd choice to visit Hawaii and stay at a resort voted “Best Pool in America,” but when you show up, you’ll understand why.

With an infinity edge with a gorgeous view, swim-through waterfalls, a grotto, waterslides, poolside cabanas, BBQs, and fireplaces, and multiple hot tubs to enjoy if you happen to get a chill, you will have a hard time pulling yourself away from this luxurious outdoor space.

As a couple staying at Koloa Landing, use the full-service concierge desk to book experiences, enjoy the easy beach access, or stroll through the shops as Kukui’ula Village. If you’re looking for a little more adventure on your romantic retreat, you can take up surfing at Poipu Beach or try out scuba diving at Koloa Landing Dive.

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Related Read: The 15 Most Incredible Hikes on Kauai, Hawaii

7. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

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Why you should stay: A romantic stay while enjoying the outdoors in your private Lanai.

  • Location: Lahaina, Maui
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 6 nights
  • Rates from: $227/night

Whether you’re taking in the views of the stunning Maui mountains or the grand Pacific Ocean, take in the sights at Lahaina Shores Beach Resort with your loved one from your private lanai (a covered, open-air veranda). Just outside your door, enjoy a beachfront pool, or wander down into the sea to explore one of the best local beaches for snorkeling and sunbathing.

The friendly concierge staff works to book you some of the most exquisite adventures, from helicopter tours to luaus to dinner cruises. Of course, if you’ve come with your family but want to find a bit of romantic time with your partner, they make it easy to set up a babysitting service.

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8. Kūono Cabin

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Why you should stay: A stay on the edge of an active volcano.

  • Location: Volcano, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $425

Right in Volcano is the gorgeous Kūono Cabin. Designed as a modern studio, the bedroom and living space of this cabin are combined. The massive floor-to-ceiling windows wash the cabin with light during the day and let you stay dry while enjoying views during those midday rain showers. T

ucked back into the jungle, the voices of tropical birds and gentle breezes will help you relax. The outdoor space is revitalizing; the private lanai has cozy chairs, a hot tub, and just beyond the overhang, a gas fireplace that sets the ambiance.

You have easy access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park during your stay but otherwise are tucked back into a wonderfully romantic and remote location.

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Related Read: 9 Cabin & Cottage Rentals in Hawaii For a Perfect Island Escape

9. Halekulani Beach Resort

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Why you should stay: A relaxing revitalizing stay on the beach in the heart of Waikiki.

  • Location: Waikiki, Oahu
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $700/night

Hospitality, cuisine, and world-class service make the Halekulani Beach Resort a perfect spot to reconnect. It’s hard not to feel the romantic vibes with beachfront access, beautiful pools, and a dreamy courtyard.

The onsite restaurants focus on nourishment and stunning flavors to keep you feeling vibrant during your stay. The spa lends toward relaxation and revitalization of your physical self after a day of exploring everything Oahu has to offer.

Not that you have to go far to find amazing things to do. There are stunning beaches and surf brakes just out your door and plenty of heritage centers and museums in Honolulu to captivate and nourish the cultural side of your stay. Take a sunset sail around the harbor to cap off a stress-free day with views of Diamond Head aglow in the setting sun.

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10. Kona Treehouse

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Why you should stay: A stunning luxury treehouse experience on the Big Island.

  • Location: Kona, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $499/night

Set high in a Kukui Nut tree (tree trunks are quite literally growing through the house), this house offers some of the most amazing and scenic views on the Big Island. The indoor/outdoor space is perfect for couples or honeymooners looking for a quiet but adventuresome experience.

The wrap-around lanai ensures you have great views any time of day, including views of the ocean. Set on a farm with chickens, there are 200 different varieties of fruit trees so that you can enjoy fresh fruit and farm eggs.

You have access to a private hot tub on the ground floor as well as complimentary snorkeling gear, boogie boards, beach umbrellas, and beach towels to round out your stay with a bit of adventure.

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