I’ve never been but a friend of mine his wife and his kids went a couple of weeks ago and loved it! He said Hawaii is the only place that has next 0 cases it is one of the safest places to travel. You even have to take a Covid test before you get on the plane to travel to Hawaii, that is definitely my next destination. I’m newly engaged so a honeymoon is a bit away but maybe we’ll make it our engagement trip
I have been there but I stayed with family friends. It Depends on what you want. If you want to be pampered then I would do resort. If you want to experience Hawaii like a local then I recommend an airbnb.
We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon! We spent two weeks on Oahu and five days on the Big Island. We spent the entire time on the Big Island at a massive resort (Hilton Waikaloa) and didn't love the island or most parts of the resort itself besides the lagoon, awesome swimming pool and amazing food at the luau. The Kona Tap Room bar/restaurant was decent too. Our main issues were regarding customer service.
Oahu, however, we absolutely ADORED and wished we'd spent the entire stay there. Our accommodations were super diverse. We spent six nights at a mega resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village, which was amazing. Great food, activities, right on the beach, beautiful room in the Alii tower.
After that we spent four nights at an AirBnB on the North Shore, which was so much fun. The condo wasn't especially fancy, but it was in walking distance to Turtle Bay Resort with its amenities and was a great homebase for exploring that part of the island. It was also great at that point in the trip to have access to laundry and a full kitchen, though we didn't cook a lot.
We closed up our trip with a few nights at a smaller resort, the Moana Surfrider. I've traveled a lot and this is one of my favorite places I've ever stayed. It was absolutely gorgeous and in a great location on the Waikiki strip.
So my recommendation would be to split up your trip between a resort and private rental. There are benefits to both!
We went to Hawaii once before we married there. We’ve stayed at regular hotels and resorts and loveeeee the resort. That’s what we did for our wedding too, stayed at a resort. If you plan on being a tourist you should stay at a regular hotel a few days, once all of that is done with go splurge a day or two at a resort. It’s totally worth it!
It definitely depends on what you want out of your vacation. I love Hawaii and have been several times. For me, it's important to spend money wisely, saving up for special experiences like boat trips and tours. So it makes sense to book a condo/AirBnb with a full kitchen so that I can cook/prep simple meals and not eat out for every meal.
But if you plan to eat out for every meal anyway, and you prefer fancier accommodations, then you might like a resort better.
We were supposed to go to Hawaii for our delayed 3 year honeymoon. CANCELLED due to covid. We were going to the big island in hilo (to see the volcanoes national park) and Maui. We were supposed to stay at the Westin Resort in Maui, not the villas.
You need to be careful with Air BnBs in Hawaii. Because short-term rentals in a lot of residential areas are actually illegal. I think minimum for short term is less than 30 days.
Don't forget to prepare some outfits to wear together and take photos. Maybe Hawaiian-styled and tropical-themed shirts will be among the most ideal choices. My friends have purchased some products from Hyperfavor and they say that it's great in both quality and durability.
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I didn't ask whether or not I should go... I asked where I should stay. Plus I didn't say when I'm going, all I said was I was getting married in April. But thank you so much for your opinions that I didn't ask about!
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This was not condemning you at all. It was just an observation since someone ELSE said there’s “next to no covid cases,” and that simply isn’t true. That part was bothering me.
So my mistake, I replied to the wrong person. I hope you have fun on your trip whenever you want to go!! I’m so sorry you took this as an attack, it wasn’t meant to be. My sincerest apologies. I would ask you what you want to do. Just lounge around at the beautiful resorts? Go hiking? Snorkeling? Road trip? Sunning on the beach? How much driving are you willing to do? Where are you flying from? See the volcanos? These are questions that you should ask yourself before making a decision. Maui is great for honeymooners so I’ve heard! I’m looking forward to my new trip to the Big Island. Kauai is much more rural and more naturey. Big Island has a lot of everything but it is BIG. There are a few different areas to stay on BI. I have not done too much research on Oahu or Kauai, but I’m sure both are gorgeous. I really bet you can’t go wrong. There’s tons of blogs on each island if you look at Pinterest.