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Aloha honeymooners! Whether you want to sip Mai Tais as the sun goes down, float down rivers, shop, swim or surf, Hawaii has a honeymoon style for just about everyone. Here’s how to Honeymoon Hawaii’s Islands:

Oahu
Oahu is the perfect spot if you’re looking to kick start the honeymoon ASAP. One long haul flight from Australia into Honolulu and you’ll be on the beach in no time. Soak up all that is Waikiki Beach from the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. The historic hotel sits right on the sand – spend your day on the beach and your evening in a rocking chair under the branches of its beautiful Banyan tree.

Stop by Duke’s for a Hula Pie before hitting Waikiki’s famous shops just across the road; Sephora and Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, there’s even a Tesla store. Steer clear of the crowds by heading to the North Shore – grab a Jeep Wrangler and stop at smoothie shacks and food trucks along the way to pristine beaches. For a bit of adventure, a morning spent ziplining or horse riding through the rainforest at Kualoa Ranch is good fun.

Maui
Inter-island hopping is easy, with quick 40 minute flights between the mainland and Maui, and departures almost every half hour on Hawaiian Airlines. The resort-lined beaches of Wailea are perfect for easy snorkelling. When the sun sets, make your way through the Marriott’s manicured grounds to the dramatic fire-fuelled Te Au Moana Luau.

After a few days at the beach, hop in a convertible, put the top down and drive the island’s famous Road to Hana. Winding along switch backs, past thundering waterfalls, this three-hour drive passes through spectacular scenery – best enjoyed when you can tip your head back and look up in wonder. The laidback resort Travaasa Hana sprawls across the headlands just past Hana and is perfect for a private getaway.

Kauai
Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is a beacon for nature lovers. The Napali Coast’s towering sea cliffs are dramatic from the sea or air – try a helicopter ride for a birds eye view or stick to the ocean and spot dolphins and whales along the bumping ride with Captain Andy’s zodiac tours. In the north, Hanalei Bay draws surfers from near and far. Hire a board and give the smaller waves a go for a couple of hours before heading back into town for burritos and a few beers.

Head into the heart of the island with Kauai Backcountry Adventures – their mountain tubing tours take you down old irrigation channels diverted off the island’s many waterfalls. Originally used to water the sugarcane plantations, they run straight through the forest, and are a very special way to see the greenery in all its glory.

Hawaii Island
Long known as the Big Island, because, well, it’s really big, Hawaii Island feels like another world – roads cut straight through black lava fields, the rocks towering high on either side of you all the way to the sea. Hilo is the best point for those looking to explore Volcano National Park, but for better weather, stay in Kona or Waikoloa and take a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour over the smoking volcano fields.

Spend your day by the pools at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa before heading down to Kona to swim with the manta rays after dark – with Anelakai Adventures you’ll head off in an Outrigger Canoe with just a handful of others and soon be out in the water as these majestic creatures whirl and twirl underneath you.

Ms Zebra Says: Having been to Hawaii a few times, these are some great ideas that I’ve never done or experienced! Thanks Lisa for the wonderful ideas and great ideas to explore more of what Hawaii has to offer.

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.

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Dramatic sunsets are the name of the game on Turtle Island. Located half an hour sea plane from Nadi in Fiji, this hidden gem is dappled in pink and purple every evening. On our fourth wedding anniversary, just as the sun sinks behind the hills of one of the neighbouring Yasawa Islands across the bay, we renew our wedding vows. The wind is in our hair, the waves lap at our ankles and the staff choir serenades us from the sand. It’s impossibly romantic – add in a bottle of Moët & Chandon, a white sun dress, a crisp linen shirt, and it’s an anniversary we’ll always remember.

After some bubbles, we’re off to cocktails with the rest of the guests. Not our guests – the island’s. Only fourteen luxury bures (beach chic open plan suites is a better description than bure), with no more than around twenty or so guests at any one time, means there’s a 3:1 staff to guest ratio. We’re all made to feel like family – in fact, we’re told this is our ‘Turtle Island family’. We have communal breakfasts and dinners at a long table on the sand, we sit under the stars and trade stories about life back home.

The big topic of choice, of course, is weddings. This spot is made for honeymooners. All inclusive, four poster beds, in-room hot tubs, ten private beaches, day beds, sunrise horse riding, champagne whenever, wherever you like – you cannot get anymore ‘honeymoon’ than this.

When we join the group to share our news, everybody celebrates. More champagne. Lobster. Red wine. The next night, when another couple celebrates their 25 year anniversary, we all celebrate. And on the third night, when a couple arrive from England to get married, we celebrate. Because, why not!

There’s certainly no shortage of places for their elopement to take place, with ten different private beaches to choose from.

Shell Beach is perfect for a rockstar speedboat arrival and snorkelling, Long Beach is for sunrise horse rides, Cliff Point has its own plunge pool and garden and of course there’s Devil’s Beach, famous for appearing in the movie Blue Lagoon. Every day couples can spend the afternoon at a different beach, dropped off with a packed gourmet picnic; one esky full of food, another with whatever you feel like drinking; be it a carafe of G&Ts, a bottle of rosé or more Moët.

It’s strictly one couple per beach, and once you’re there, no one gets in or out without you radioing them in. Turquoise water, white sand, swaying palm trees with a hammock swung between them – every single beach is picture perfect.

Beyond the beaches, we spend an afternoon in one of the beachside spa’s couple treatment rooms, we get up early to go fishing (our catch goes straight on a coal BBQ for guests to snack on before lunch), we do open air yoga, we dine alone on a floating candlelit dinner table, where courses arrive via speedboat, we join the staff for nightly Kava and singing, and most importantly we relax.

We turn off our phones (there’s no wifi except at the gift store), we pull out our books, we nap in hammocks, we snorkel off the jetty. If you’re after a honeymoon without a worry in the world, this is it.

Ms Zebra: My eyes are welling with jealousy and happiness all at once! What a romantic, relaxing and loving place to visit. Put this one on the list!

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.

Where did you go on your honeymoon, how long were you away for and when did you go?
We were away for 6 weeks leaving early February. We had 5 weeks in Europe and the UK and 1 week in the Maldives.

How did you decide on the locations?
Bronson and I have travelled to 7 different countries in the 8 years we have been together. We knew we wanted to go somewhere we both hadn’t been before. The Maldives was always the dream honeymoon location so we made sure we found a way to tick this off also. Bronson loves winter and the snow, as do I, but at heart I am a beach and heat lover so I wanted to make sure we did the Maldives also.

We knew Europe & the UK would be a very full itinerary and we would have no time to rest, so that’s why we spent the last week soaking up the sun. We had spent 2 years planning each destination so it was such a surreal experience being able to live the plans and everything that was once just on paper. We learnt about history, had romantic dinners and tried new food. Seeing all of the amazing places and landmarks together was definitely special and something we look forward to sharing with our kids.

Here are our reviews of the hotels and activities we did along the way!

London, UK:

We stayed at The Grand Plaza serviced apartments. I wouldn’t recommend this hotel for the price. The “Hop On Hop Off” bus is really good if you have time to sit on the whole day, listen and enjoy rather than getting on and off continuously. My favourite experience was seeing the crown jewels at the tower of London. We also had lunch at a place called Duck and Waffle which has an incredible view.

Paris, France:

We stayed at Hotel Eiffel Trocadero. It was a very small room but it was nice and perfect location with an amazing view. We loved riding around Paris on electric scooters together and our special Valentines dinner at Chez Francis with an Eiffel Tower view.
We visited Notre Dame cathedral – I wouldn’t recommend the guided tour in winter, there was no special entry for ticket holders.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

We stayed at Ibis Centre, which was the perfect location and the room was neat and tidy. They have heaps of snacks and a bar and restaurant downstairs!
We visited Anne Frank’s house, which was a great experience and did a cruise down the canal.

Berlin, Germany:

We stayed at The Leonardo Royal Hotel and LOVED our room here. The walking tour in Berlin is amazing! A highlight was the pork knuckle and the German singing at Hofbräuhaus beer hall, the atmosphere was amazing.

Prague, Czech Republic:

We booked a great all-day Prague tour which included lunch a boat cruise. We saw so many attractions in the short period of time we had. We also met a lovely old Irish couple who were over 70, we spent the tour also learning about their history and travels.

Vienna, Austria

We went on a walking tour in Vienna and the tour guide suggested we try a Kransky hot dog stand, which was the best we’ve ever had and totally worth the 30-minute wait (wurstelstand am hone markt).

Venice, Italy:

We stayed at Ca Dei Conti (super enormous room, very cute and felt very traditional). We booked the 3 island tour whilst we were in Venice and this was nice to see something different. We organised a private transfer and it was a beautiful wooden boat with cream leather interior on a lovely sunny warm day. Travelling through the canals and waters to our hotel was very special.

Rome, Italy:

We stayed at the Mecure Rome Colosseum Centre. The room was very small but it was neat and tidy with a colosseum view. We also went to The Vatican and did The David tour which dragged on a bit for us. My favourite memory of Rome was after a long day of sightseeing, we found a small bar right next to The Colosseum. We sat down and enjoyed beer and wine at a table which was by the window, the sun was shining on us and a local Italian busker sang at the front of the store. it was very romantic and relaxing.

Our favourite pasta was in Rome at Osteria da Fortunata, you need to book well in advance, luckily a friend recommended this. Bronson was obsessed with the dessert Cannoli in Italy and the gelato was amazing. I have to admit we had dessert every single night!

Dublin, Ireland:

Bronson and I would go back in a heartbeat – we fell in love and wish we had more time in here. Bronson and I love food and this is one reason we get excited to go away. Bronson and I both enjoyed the food in Ireland the most, it reminded us of home and the good home-cooked meals that Nanna might make.

Our favourite dish was the Irish stew at Quays restaurant. Galway & Cliffs of Moher day trip, driving the windy roads through the green countryside was stunning (whilst listening to Ed Sheeran). We also had the best and funniest bus driver out there. He entertained us throughout the whole day!

We would recommend Cassidy’s Hotel (lots of space, good location, old hotel but it was nice and homely). Visiting the Giants Causeway, we had a very good tour of the 
Cliffs of Moher and our favourite of all, we had the best guide and such a good time! Also, head to the Guinness storehouse, it’s totally worth it!

Edinburgh, Scotland:

The free walking tour was really good! It took us to all the main attractions on The Royal Mile. Bronson and I bought a small plot of land in Glencoe before we left Australia so we could have the title lady and lord just for fun! So we organised a private day trip to the nature reserve and highlands with discreet Scotland private tours. We got to stand on our plots of land and my favourite part was seeing the highland cows! They are so cute.

Chamonix, France:

Snowboarding in the Alps was amazing – the scenery and mountains are so beautiful, however you have to travel 20 mins by bus to get to the slopes.

The Maldives: 

We stayed at Oblu Select Sangeli which is SUPER AMAZING. We had prepared for disappointment because we thought “oh it’s just photoshopped” in pictures, but when arriving, we were mind blown. The honeymoon suite was huge, we had our own pool and sunset view! We had our own personal butler, along with pushbikes, spa vouchers, all-inclusive food and also all-inclusive alcoholic drinks!!!

The food was delicious, the variety was huge. After spending 5 weeks in the cold we were really ready to defrost and relax after such a busy schedule. We also got to see so much marine life, fish and baby sharks swimming around our villa at night.

Any regrets?

Not researching laundromats prior, to find ones close to our hotels throughout our trip!

Tips or advice for couples planning their honeymoon?

If you are planning a very busy itinerary, make sure you find time to relax.