For many travelers, Maui is synonymous with romance. It’s a testament to the miles of beaches, the gorgeous scenery, and the myriad activities built for romance around the island destination, including sunset whale watching cruises, authentic luaus, and watching the sunrise over the clouds at Haleakalā National Park. Among our top picks for romance, the Travaasa Hāna at the end of the highway to Hāna feels like a remote tropical oasis. Among the popular dining and beach options of Ka’anapali, the Westin Nanea takes the top prize for its contemporary suites and easy access to soft sand and the aqua ocean. Here are 20 reasons Maui is the best Hawaiian island for any vacation.
Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Maui, Lanai is the largest private island destination in the world. With just 3,300 permanent residents, it never feels crowded, and you can always find a secluded beach for the two of you. It’s also the location of the amazingly romantic Four Seasons Lanai resort, filled with waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, flower-filled walkways, and plenty of secret spots for two. The beach in front of the resort is home to frolicking dolphins and some of the best snorkeling in the world, and the resort’s restaurants all have outdoor dining under the stars. These are all the reasons Lanai is the most romantic spot in the United States.
Located in Florida’s tropical keys, halfway between Miami and Key West, Islamorada boasts access to America’s only living coral barrier reef which is home to more than 500 species of fish. Ideal for couples, The Moorings Village here offers the ultimate in romantic seclusion at its private villas surrounded by lush gardens and views of one of the largest private white sand beaches in the Florida Keys. Couples can treat themselves to a private chef to whip up dinner in their villa kitchen, or take advantage of the property’s Sunset Cruise Package to watch the sun setting while sipping champagne from a private boat with a personal captain. When you’re ready to leave your villa, The Moorings provides complimentary paddle boards, kayaks, and bikes for the two of you to explore.