After the whirlwind excitement of throwing a wedding, there’s no better way to relax than with a Hawaiian honeymoon. On the peaceful, culturally rich island of Lanai (easily accessible by ferry or plane from neighbouring Maui or Oahu), newlyweds are met with a tropical spectrum of things to do, spanning romance, adventure and relaxation. And during a stay at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, our Ambassador will be happy to do the planning – and pampering – for you. Here are seven romantic activities to try during your Lanai honeymoon.
1. Hike to Puupehe
Photography Rob & Julia Campbell
Also known as Sweetheart Rock, this 80-foot (24-metre) rock formation is one of Lanai’s iconic natural landmarks, located 150 feet offshore between Hulopoe and Manele Bay. Its name stems from the story of a princess and a warrior whose epic love came to a dramatic end at the rock. Wake up early and hike a short path from the Resort to watch the sunrise together at Puupehe, or bring a picnic to enjoy as you watch the sunset.
2. Snorkel in Hulopoe Bay
Located at the foot of the Resort, Hulopoe Bay is a protected marine preserve, so you’ll be able to spot plenty of colourful fish swimming in the coral reef and possibly a sea turtle or spinner dolphin. After snorkelling in the perfectly clear turquoise water, walk hand in hand along the tide pools carved out of volcanic rock, admiring the small fish and scurrying black crabs.
3. Sip mimosas by the pool
The Resort’s pool and Spa areas keep romance in mind. Enjoy the waterfalls and lava rock grottos during a romantic dip together. Sip mimosas while lounging in the secluded garden chaises and daybeds. For some privacy, reserve an exclusive daybed or lounge chairs at the Sanctuary. Available daily, choose from packages that include welcome cocktails, sun care kits, fresh fruit, Champagne or spa treatments. (It's recommended to make reservations in advance.)
4. Go off-roading
Get your hearts racing and drive a 4x4 around the island’s 400 miles (645 kilometres) of rugged terrain. (The Resort will help you arrange a vehicle rental.) Take a Four Seasons–prepared picnic and stop for lunch at Kaiolohia, also known as Shipwreck Beach, where you can see the remains of ships along the coral reef. The beach is too rocky for swimming, but the 8-mile stretch has scenic views of Maui and Molokai and is a great place to hunt for seashells.
5. Tee off at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course
Play only the back nine or challenge each other to all 18 holes, which feature three cliff-side holes that use the Pacific Ocean as a water hazard. After golf head to VIEWS and relax with a cocktail, scanning the ocean panorama for dolphins and whales as you unwind.
6. Dine Under the Stars
At a secluded table overlooking Hulopoe Bay, indulge in a five-course meal with wine pairings, all personalised for the two of you based on your consultation with the chef the day before. Linger over dessert and coffee while the stars are set to music – either your customized playlist or a live local musician.
7. Ride horses in the mountains
The landscape of Lanai combines bright greenery with dramatic red earth, and is great to see on horseback. Ride together along wooded trails and valleys, spotting wild turkeys, axis deer and sheep along the way.