For the duo looking for the ultimate Hawaiian getaway, it starts on Oahu and then over to the volcanic island of Hawaii, Hualalai. At each locale: an idyllic Four Seasons Resort.
Love is always in the air in Hawaii. Perhaps it’s the tuberose, plumeria, and gardenias. Or it’s the spirit of romance among the six major islands, which have long lured couples for weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, and romantic adventures. There is a Four Seasons Resort that will fit whichever romantic escape you choose. Enjoy Wailea Beach from Four Seasons Resort Maui or overlook the marine sanctuary of Hulopo'e Bay from the tropical oasis of Four Seasons Resort Lana'i. To make the most of your couples getaway, Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai are great choices as these resorts have doubled-down on romance this fall.
Your trip starts in Oahu. About half an hour from downtown Honolulu, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a 370-room resort, accessible from the city by car, yacht, or helicopter. (All can be arranged by the resort concierge.) The property, with ocean-front suites in one, two, and three-bedroom configurations, is adjacent to a nature preserve named Lanikuhonua: “Where heaven meets earth.” The land was once a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, which is no surprise given that it overlooks four ocean coves, where rock formations trap spring water. The property also boasts the state’s only private deep-draft marina and two miles of seaside paths. The preserve can be rented for weddings.
Through December 25 at Ko Olina, there are eight packages thoughtfully designed for couples at the resort, including elopement (a Four Seasons wedding planner will provide leis, an officiant, marriage license and certificate, Hawaii State Beach Wedding Permit and an hour of professional photography), a ceremonial tasting of Kō Manulele—the juice of sugarcane—while on a private tour of Kō Hana Rum distillery—and a helicopter tour for movie fans. (This one includes a landing on Kualoa Ranch, made famous in Jurassic Park.) Two of the most popular options are dinner for two and spa-ing for two. Dinner is four courses on the beach with your toes in the sand and the spa option includes outdoor massages with a private stargazing experience. (This is a perfect opportunity to utilize the $100 American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts special amenity credit.*)
Ko Olina means “place of joy” in Hawaiian. Whether it’s napping in an oceanfront cabana, sunning, or reading a book by the adults-only infinity pool, joy (and love) will very likely be found in this place.
A short plane ride away stands the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. A compound of two-story, sleek-and-teak Polynesian bungalows are decorated with indigenous rattan, bamboo, and volcanic rock. The resort was built on an ancient fishing village. During construction, several ancient cave pools were discovered, which have been restored to their natural state. Hualalai is unique because of its volcanic surroundings, which have been incorporated into the design, and allows diverse wildlife to thrive. Turtles, fish, birds are all part of the on-property entertainment. It’s these sweet, quiet, and natural details which keep guests in a near constant state of “Ah!” and “Aw…”
Like many Hawaiian resorts, there’s plenty of couple-friendly sport: tennis, golf, snorkeling, hiking, and boating—including a guided expedition for humpback whales. It’s also the place for long walks through a myriad of gardens or even tending to one. Guests can sign up to forage the vegetable gardens and ponds with executive chef Thomas Bellec. Recently the resort launched a “pond-to-table” cuisine program, with on-property farmed oysters and shrimp served at the ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge.
Couples are allowed the utmost privacy at Hualalai, with the addition of the Couple’s Nests at the adults-only Palm Grove saline pool. The nests are uber-cabanas, really, designed to bring the Four Seasons room experience outdoors. Tucked behind lush Hawaiian garden landscaping, the cabanas overlook the ocean and pool. Each private luxury nest includes a day bed, fully stocked minibar, two lounge chairs, and a dedicated pool server.
As a Platinum Card Member, you receive a property amenity credit at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. A day at Palm Grove brings an opportunity to use the $100 Fine Hotels + Resorts property amenity credit with an extensive couple’s spa menu (hot and iced lava shell foot massage) or use your credit toward handcrafted Hawaiian drinks, including the must-try Sugarcane Express and the Hawaiian take on the margarita, the Mauna Kea ‘Rita with pineapple juice.
Whether on Oahu or Hawaii, you don’t have to be in love to enjoy yourself. But it does make the trip (and sugarcane) sweeter. Whether your couple’s vacation plan is spa relaxing or volcanic adventure, memory making or memories revisited, high cuisine or poolside burgers, these Four Seasons Resorts have you covered. Get your trip started now, and receive your Fine Hotels + Resorts benefits, when you book with American Express Travel.
*Special amenity varies by property. See Fine Hotels + Resorts terms and conditions for details.