Two Big Island Resorts Rated Among Best for Honeymooners
by Dave Smith
Two Big Island resorts have been chosen by the venerable travel destination company Frommer’s as among the top 10 honeymoon destinations in Hawaii.
The company, which has been around since the young US Army corporal Arthur Frommer wrote his 1957 book “Europe on $5 a Day,” said Hawaii is always a popular destination for newlyweds.
“The beaches, the water, the Aloha Spirit… It’s hard to go wrong with a honeymoon in Hawaii,” the Frommer’s website says.
“Romance is everywhere you turn,” it said. “These 10 hotels and resorts are some of most decadent and dreamy on the Hawaiian Islands. Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the privacy of your beachfront cabana, explore the undersea world with your partner, or relax at one of the many award-winning spas.”
One of the Big Island picks, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay, provides cultural activities as well as wildlife-oriented opportunities for honeymooners with its manta ray-viewing point just offshore the Kona resort.
Frommer’s says the recently renovated Kona resort also has a special offer for pre- or post-honeymooners – getting married or renewing vows underwater with a certified dive master and officiate.
The Fairmont Orchid, the other Big Island entry, boasts its own lagoon with green sea turtles, Frommer’s website said.
The hotel’s “honeymoon highlights” include the outdoor “waterfall massage” in a private hale or hut overlooking waterfalls and a koi pond.
The Fairmont Orchid is located just north of the Mauna Lani Resort in South Kohala.
The other Hawaii honeymoon hotspots include the Hotel Renew in Waikiki; Kahala Resort in Honolulu; three Kauai resorts: the Grand Hyatt, Koa Kea and Courtyard Kauai Coconunt Beach; and three on the Valley Isle: the Grand Wailea, Ka`anapali Maui and Four Seasons Maui at Wailea.
Frommer’s says the minimum rates at the resorts range from $159 to $485 a night. The Big Island resorts lean toward the lower end of the scale with the Sheraton Keauhou at $159 and the Fairmont Orchid at $239.