13. Most hotels are not located right on a beach like on other Hawaiian Islands. There is often one within a short walk or drive, but only a scant few (such as the Waikoloa Beach Marriott located at Anaehoomalu Bay pictured above) allow you to walk off the pool deck onto pristine white sand.
14. Most couples we’ve interviewed regret staying at larger, family-friendly resorts. Your alternatives are to generally stay at a smaller hotel, a rented home/condo or higher-end hotels like the Four Seasons Hualalai that are either out of the price range of many families or have dedicated adults-only facilities. Hotels with bungalows like the Mauna Lani Bay can be a good idea too. As always, read traveler reviews to get an idea of what to expect and try to avoid honeymooning during spring break.
15. Along those same lines, there’s nothing like a romantic moment in the pool being interrupted by a nine-year-old’s cannonball. Therefore, consider staying at a hotel with an adults-only pool. Admittedly there aren’t many, but the Palm Grove Pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai is without question the best. Besides being free from the kiddies, there are complimentary spa treatments and a swim-up bar that serves adult shaved ice concoctions. You pay a lot at the Four Seasons, but you do get a lot.
16. Not everyone can afford a place like the Four Seasons. Oh, who are we kidding? Very few people can afford a place like the Four Seasons, so if you’re looking to avoid breaking the bank on a Big Island resort, your best bets are likely to be in the Kona area. Since these resorts are rather hit or miss, though, visit wizardpub.com to read unbiased reviews of each.
17. A good value-conscience alternative, however, is staying in a condo. It can also be more private. If you want to stay in a condo, VRBO.com is a valuable resource for both research and booking. WizardPub.com also has reviews on certain condo complexes.
18. If you want to be truly left alone and pampered, the Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia is a hotel and spa experience like no other. You could even stay in a yurt. Not that we would, but isn’t it nice to know you can?
19. A recent renovation to Volcano House within the national park makes it a worthwhile place to stay once again, but since you’re on your honeymoon, why not stay at the Honeymoon Chalet in Volcano Village? Tucked away in the jungle, this charming one-bedroom cabin features a full kitchen, living room, wood-burning stove and a secluded outdoor hot tub surrounded by tropical tree ferns. Visit their website at KilaueaCottages.com for more information.