The beaches and relaxed island culture help make Hawaii one of the most romantic travel destinations in Hawaii. Most lovebirds flock to Honolulu, Oahu, or Waikiki, but if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more intimate getaway, look to Kailua-Kona. This historic Hawaiian city might be relatively unknown on the mainland, but it doesn’t skimp on the romance.
Beachfront Hotels to Suit All Budgets
Few couples can resist the allure of a beachfront hotel. There’s nothing like falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the sand and waking with the knowledge that the ocean is an easy walk from your room. The Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the beach. Experience authentic island cuisine at the on-site restaurant, Honu’s on the Beach, or unwind with a couple’s massage at The Spa at Kona Beach. Visit Hipmunk.com to secure the best rates for well-located Kailua-Kona hotels.
Kona Seaside Hotel is a little more modest but its location is every bit as enviable. There’s no on-site spa here, but the ocean view deluxe rooms, outdoor swimming pool, and Tante’s Oceanfront Restaurant will make couples on a budget feel like they’re in paradise.
Take Time to Watch the Sun Set
When we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to miss the simple pleasures like watching the sun set. It doesn’t have quite the same allure with a view obscured by big city high-rises and smog! Kailua-Kona is the perfect place to rediscover the joy of a beautiful sunset with someone you love.
Kailua Pier is a favorite spot for cozy couples to watch the sun set. Or perhaps you’d prefer to watch the colors dance across the sky while you enjoy your evening meal. The team from Rosa’s Cantina & Sunset Grill believe sunsets look so good from their balcony that they even put sunset in its name. Rays on the Bay, in the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, also claims its oceanfront location is perfect for watching the sun set.
If you’re not feeling hungry, feel free to skip the meals and sip a Mai Tai instead. According to Fodor’s Travel, Rays on the Bay, Huggo’s on the Rocks, and Kona Inn are the best places in Kailua-Kona to enjoy cocktails at sunset.
Why Not Tie the Knot?
With love in the air, getting hitched or renewing your vows is clearly the most romantic way to cap off your stay in Kailua-Kona. Companies like Kona Weddings and Romantic Beach Weddings take care of all aspects of your nuptials, leaving you to enjoy your big day.
Alternatively, you could make use of the wedding coordinators in many of Kailua-Kona’s best hotels. Royal Kona Resort, The Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu all have comprehensive wedding facilities.
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Lauren Katulka is a happily married Australian freelance writer contributing to a range of websites including Hipmunk.com, SoundsofOz.com, and many more. When she’s not playing around with words she loves roller skating, spending time in the kitchen, watching indie films and cuddling her Devon Rex cat, Gizmo.