Top Five Island Honeymoon Destinations

Going on an island honeymoon is the dream of just about every newlywed couple. An island offers gorgeous beaches, exotic foods, and privacy. Many couples just assume that Hawaii is the best place to go and that is where they book their trip. While Hawaii just might be the best spot on Earth, there are multiple islands that make up the Hawaiian Islands, as well as many other amazing destinations you can look into. Here are our Top Five Island Honeymoon destinations!

#1 – Bora Bora, Society Islands

Bora Bora is in the Society Islands of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and in the center of the island is the remnants of an extinct volcano with two peaks. A major tourist destination, the island has a permanent population of just under 9,000 inhabitants. There are many resorts that have sprung up over the last ten years, with Hotel Bora Bora being the first resort to feature over-water bungalows. You can get to Bora Bora on flights with Air Tahiti.

#2 –  Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea and is northwest of Barbados. It has a population over 174,000 and the official language spoken is English. What makes Saint Lucia so amazing are the pristine beaches, cobalt blue oceans, and the amazing lush green landscape inside the interior of the island, which includes a few golf courses. The island nation is home to some of the best resorts in the world, with plenty of water-sports activities and island tours to whet your appetite for adventure.

#3 – Bali, Indonesia

Bali is an island and the smallest of the provinces that make up Indonesia. It is described as a paradise with a spiritual nature, along with earning the reputation as having the best surf in the entire world. The population of Bali is 3.8 million and most of the residents practice Balinese Hinduism. The island is well known for its well developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. There are many amazing resorts to enjoy the surf, sand, and culture of this haven.

#4 – Manafaru, Maldives

Manafaru is one of the islands that makes up the Republic of Maldives. This small island is more like a giant resort, featuring 83 villas, half of which are perched over water. If Manfaru isn’t in your plans, look into other islands in Maldives. There are 300,000 inhabitants on the 185 islands, with the biggest sector of the economy being tourism. The islands feature many resorts, totaling over 92 as of 2007, many of which feature over-the-water bungalows for people to stay in.

#5 – Kaua’i, Hawaii

Kaua’i is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is 562 square miles in size. Thanks to its volcanic origins, this might be one of the most lush and breathtaking islands in the world. One of the must-see places on Earth sits on this island in the form of Waimea Canyon. At 3,000 feet deep, Waimea Canyon is often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and is sure to take your breath away. There are many small towns on the island, many of which cater to resorts that tourists stay in. If you love breathtaking canyon views, contrasted by gorgeous scenic ocean views, then Kaua’i is the place for you.

Top Five Island Honeymoon Destinations

A picture of me at iconic Kaua’i location Waimea Canyon in Hawaii

Weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Today we decided to slip off mainland USA and travel to the quintessential destination wedding location our side of the Pacific: the Hawaiian Islands.  A true tropical paradise, Hawaii is a tantalizing place to say, “I do.” Situated amongst the beautiful beaches and celestial waters of Maui, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua provides the perfect romantic setting for your dream destination wedding.  The resort offers five truly breathtaking ceremony venues plus three additional reception venues.  There really is something for every couple at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Just one of the many perks of having your wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is the existence of a Wedding Concierge specifically designed to make your special day memorable and as stress-free as possible.  The wedding concierge is available for every event of your wedding to take care of the details you may not have the time or ability to see to yourself.  “Many of our brides tell us that they are more relaxed than they expected with the wedding concierge doing all of the rushing around for them.”  said Mark A. Malone, CMM, CMP, Director of Meetings and Special Events.  Any special requests or additions you’d like to make to your special day, the wedding concierge is there by your side.  The hotel also offers an array of wedding packages suitable for all types of ceremonies.  More information on specific wedding packages can be found on the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua website.

The ceremony venues at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua are all truly spectacular. With one indoor and four outdoor locations,  there is something to satisfy every bride.  If you desire an indoor ceremony, the Ritz offers the Honolua Chapel.  Once the local church for the community, this plantation style church is perfect for a small ceremony of up to 60 people.  Moving to the outdoor venues, The Gazebo is a sweet, romantic option where the bride, groom and up to 100 guests can celebrate surrounded by palm trees swaying in the gentle island breeze.



Slightly larger parties might consider the Napili Lawn where your guests, up to 200, can enjoy views of the cliffs while you can exchange your vows against the Honolua Bay backdrop.

If you imagine a large, fantastic wedding with up to 500 guests, the Beach house Lawn is ideal for you with its scenic ocean views great for hosting a  traditional Hawaiian Luau.

The final venue, Lava Point is perfect for the most intimate of couples.  Situated on a cliff top overlooking the crashing waves on the rocks below, Lava Point is designed for intimate and romantic ceremonies of 2 to 4 people.  Say “I do” as the sun is setting over the ocean and share the most intimate of moments with the one you love.

A once in a lifetime celebration on an island paradise is what couples can expect at the Ritz Kapalua.  Embrace the warm Hawaiian culture and add the flare of the island your wedding.  No matter the venue you chose, your wedding will be an event to remember at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.





About the Ritz Carlton Kapalua….

The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua showcases a stunning, fully-renovated destination resort offering 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, boasting warm-hued wood floors, rich travertine bathrooms, flat-screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian-inspired artwork.  The Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua beckons with treatment rooms framed by private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, steam, sauna and whirlpool therapies, outdoor couple’s hale (cabanas) and a fitness center and movement studio with spectacular ocean views.  Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program offers all interest levels an array of outdoor activities from land to sea, led by trained naturalists.  The breathtaking island resort also features six dining experiences, enhanced indoor/outdoor meeting space, an inviting children’s pool and luxury cabanas.  The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is nestled on 54 acres and enveloped by the 23,000 acre Kapalua Resort, renowned for two championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants and an historic pineapple plantation.

The HAWAIIAN Way. The emotion that has become synonymous with the hawaiian islands is “aloha” or love…love for the land, love for family, and especially love for each other. It is in this spirit that we invite you to marry or renew your vows at one of our wedding locations on the beautiful grounds of The Ritz-carlton®, Kapalua.


Tony & Tina at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua







Tony & Tina Photography by Sasha Gulish

Top Five Things To Do On Your Hawaiian Honeymoon

Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Hawaii

Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Hawaii

Every year there are tens of thousands of newlywed couples that travel to the Hawaiian islands on their honeymoon. With some of the most breathtaking views and landscapes a person can find anywhere in the world, the destination remains a favorite with couples. For many visiting the islands, it’ll be their first time there and they’ll need to know some good tips for things to do. Having visiting Hawaii about seven times in my life, I’ve been fortunate to visit all the islands (that you are allowed to visit!) and have this handy list of things you should consider doing … when not busy with other activities!

1. Avoid Maui

I love Maui and this might be a little hard to admit, but it’s not an island to visit if you’re a newlywed. Maui is known as the activity island but it’s also known as the family island. Plenty of moms and dads bring the kids on a trip to Hawaii and end up in Maui. For a newlywed couple this means dealing with screaming kids, children peeing in the pool and worst of all – hearing parents scream at/for their kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids and I love families but the prospect of spending a week overhearing moms shouting at their kids and dads shouting at everyone isn’t exactly romantic. Wait for Maui when you have the family!

2. Two Island Experience

If you can, try to split the trip between two islands. If you like isolationism and total romance, definitely include Kauai in that mix. Even if you decide to spend the entire time (a week, for example) in Honolulu, there’s still plenty of opportunity to take a cheap flight over to either the Big Island or Kauai and take a full day tour and take the last flight home. My wife and I did this exact adventure the last time we went to Hawaii. We spent a week in Honolulu but we took a Hawaiian Air flight (costing us about $80 each round trip) first thing in the morning to Kauai. From there we took a full island tour on a luxurious tour bus and it was totally worth it.

3. Waimea Canyon in Kauai

Known as the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii” the exotic and breathtaking view at Waimea Canyon State Park is a must see. It’s one of my favorite spots on Earth and will be a place you will fondly remember for the rest of your life. It makes the entire trek to Kauai worth it. The view is amazing and there’s often some fresh fruit vendors that are a MUST try – especially the pineapple and mangos. Missing out on Waimea Canyon will make your soul cry – so don’t miss it!

4. Hanauma Bay in Oahu

While many are put off by the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, it doesn’t mean there’s not some great places on the island of Oahu. Checking out the north shore is like being on a different island altogether, in fact! One must-experience location is Hanauma Bay which is known as one of the best snorkeling spots in the world. One reason for that is that it’s perfect for beginners and kids! It’s also isolated off from the ocean thanks to a natural barrier so there’s no risk of dangerous sea life creeping in. The fish (and turtles!) you will see will BLOW YOUR MIND. Be sure to take an underwater camera because these pictures will be the highlight of your trip.

5. Attend a Luau Party

Going to Hawaii for the first time, or while you are on a honeymoon, and not attending a Luau should be a crime. A Luau is a big party with cultural dancing and plenty of food. Every island has various Luaus to attend and the one done by the Hilton resort on Oahu was especially magical. There’ll be fire, there’ll be pretty ladies dancing and there will be warriors, plus the amazing feast for everyone in attendance.

Redwoods Wedding from Jorge Roberto Ramirez Photography

A walk through the deep Redwoods of Santa Cruz, California sets the perfect scene for an outdoor wedding.  A bride who grew up surrounded by forest mountains, and her groom who enjoys morning surfs, fall in love and celebrate their wedding surrounded by nature.  A ceremony under the trees, Persian food and desserts, Hawaiian music, and a gorgeous venue, create a beautiful wedding full of love and laughter.  Jorge Roberto Ramirez Photography captures all the beauty of this nature loving wedding.

What our bride told us…

Kiro and I had a “bi-cultural budget” wedding. We were both college students. Kiro grew up in Hawaii and I am Iranian, so we wanted to blend our cultures in our wedding. We did that in a few great ways. All the men wore Hawaiian leis during the ceremony, which looked so beautiful. We had  bags of macadamia nuts for guests. We had a few of my young relatives learn a Hawaiian dance and perform it during the reception. I think this was a huge hit. We played a lot of Hawaiian/reggae music throughout the night. The cake had a Hawaiian influence with orchids and bamboo design. We also had a cardboard cutout of a guy surfing and holding a brunette. Guests had a lot of fun taking pictures with the cutout.For the Iranian influence, we had Persian food and most of the desserts were Persian. There were Persian readings during the ceremony.  My grandfather, who was executed in Iran for being a Baha’i, was included in the ceremony by playing a recording of him chanting.  Also, lots of Persian music throughout the night.We got married at Bosch Baha’i School, which was actually where we first met 5 years earlier. The venue had a special significance to our relationship. It was an outdoor venue, so after the ceremony, Kiro picked me up and carried me down the dirt path. It was a fun way to go down the aisle as a married couple.
We made a fun CD for the guests of our favorite songs as a couple, which were also featured throughout the wedding (e.g. during the ceremony, first dance, bouquet toss, etc..)

We really had a lot of help from friends and family to pull off the wedding for 180 guests under $6,000. My aunt and a friend’s mom did the flowers. My friend took pictures. My mom cooked all the food. My family made deserts. My friend got me a great deal on a DJ.

My favorite part of the night had to be the slide show my cousin created, which told our story through pictures, songs, and funny moments.

Overall, our wedding was a memorable night, and we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without all the love and support of our friends and family.