Honeymoons are coming back in a big way, after many couples were forced to postpone or downsize their dream destination weddings and elaborate romantic escapes. In fact, the needle has moved so far in the other direction that so-called “mega-moons” are becoming the next big travel trend, as couples are prioritizing luxury accommodations and once-in-a-lifetime travel destinations over traditional registries.
And those looking for romance and adventure will find the ultimate honeymoon experience at Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Resort + Residences, which offers romance for every couple.
The Mauna Kea Resort is located on the picturesque Kohala Coast, one of the most diverse areas on the Island of Hawaii, known for its spectacular beaches, breathtaking valleys, and rich history and culture. Those fortunate enough to spend their honeymoon at this idyllic spot can choose from three distinct accommodations—each with its own charms.
First, there is the iconic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the first resort built on the island, which delivers a truly boutique, romantic experience for honeymooners. Then, just south down the coastline is the newly renovated Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, a contemporary stay that stretches along its namesake white-sand beach, which is also known for being one of the most swimmable beaches in America.
Finally, for those who are lucky enough to take an extended honeymoon, Mauna Kea Residences offers a complete VIP experience with a collection of luxury accommodations that range from oceanfront studio condos to sweeping, clifftop villas, townhomes, and private five-bedroom estates.
In addition to the world-class dining and amenities found throughout the Mauna Kea Resort + Residences, there are also a few curated experiences tailored to make your honeymoon an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
For example, the private Sunset Aha’aina package offers couples a four-course sunset dinner for two with wine pairings at one of the resort’s five outdoor dining venues. Take the evening to the next level with optional add-ons, including a personalized bottle of Prosecco, custom cocktails, professional photography, and live music by a solo guitarist.
Honeymooners seeking adventure can take advantage of the Bird’s Eye Island View experience, which partners with the local Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to provide guests with a fully customizable helicopter excursion that takes off directly from the resort’s grounds. Perfect for small groups and couples, guests can enjoy an outdoor picnic near towering waterfalls, go spelunking in the local cave system, or take a bird’s-eye view of the island’s legendary volcanoes and lava flows from above.
Those looking to slow things down will appreciate the resort’s Couples’ Wellness Journeys, provided by the Mauna Kea Spa and the Hapuna Spa by Mandara. These immersive, curated experiences offer international-inspired treatments perfect for restoring personal balance and transporting the mind, body, and spirit to destinations around the globe.
Packages include an Asian Journey that provides a Balinese massage, signature facial, and coffee and coconut body polish; an Indian Journey that consists of a Biotec skin surface facial and exotic lime and ginger salt glow; a Mediterranean Journey complete with citrus body gloss, sound wave therapy, customized massage; and a New World Journey that provides a Frangipani Monoi salt glow, acupressure, shellac mani-pedi, and more.