Best Romance Hotels in Waikiki

Best Romance Hotels in Waikiki

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Romance in Waikiki? YES! We’ve got the best list of  adults-only pools or spas with couples’ treatments — for those looking to savor some special aloha with their sweetheart.

TIP: Check-in is typically 4pm. Ask for early check-in. Most hotels will oblige.

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The Royal Hawaiian

Now a Luxury Collection Resort (and part of Marriott’s Bonvoy points program), this beachfront, Moorish-inspired pink palace has lost none of its lustre since opening in 1927 in a once-royal coconut grove. Instead, it has only gained a reputation for excellent mai tais, fine dining and a modern tower that’s a luxury hotel-within-a-hotel.


  • Unwind after a day on the beach or shopping in the adjacent Royal Hawaiian Center at the hotel’s lively open-air Mai Tai Bar, or settle in for a superb dinner at its oceanfront Azure restaurant. For even more relaxation, book a couples’ massage in the garden oasis of Abhasa Spa.

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    Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

    The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

    Urbanites, posh travelers and homebodies alike will delight in these exquisitely appointed, residential-style high-rise lodgings with luxury hotel services and a convenient location to shopping, dining and nightlife. The views from The Ritz-Carlton’s two towers of the parklike Fort DeRussy, Waikiki’s glistening waters and Friday-evening fireworks are also exceptional.


    • Everything is on an elevated scale here, literally and figuratively. One of the two eighth-floor, ocean-view pools is an 1,100-square-foot, adults-only infinity pool with two hot tubs, firepit, and private cabanas. The intimate spa offers a couples’ room; try the Pilialoha treatment, which includes lomilomi (massage), a wild lehua honey scrub, warm stones, floral essences and more. Book far in advance to savor the exquisite cuisine of Sushi Sho restaurant or pick up charcuterie and Champagne at Dean & DeLuca, both onsite.

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      Photo: Courtesy of Halekulani Hotel

      The subtle palette of its elegantly understated rooms, breathtaking views of Diamond Head and curling waves, and an illustrious spa lead to “serenity now” at this iconic bastion of oceanfront luxury. Shielded from Waikiki’s hustle and bustle, Halekulani shines as a center for gourmets and arts aficionados. 


      • The Devotion package at Spa Halekulani, which specializes in healing rituals from throughout Polynesia, provides a couples suite, Champagne by candlelight, steam shower and air bubble massage bath, scalp and body massages, and drinks and nibbles afterwards, The nightly performance by an artful hula dancer with a Hawaiian music trio at the hotel’s oceanfront House Without a Key is also unforgettable.

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      Photo: Courtesy of The Modern Honolulu

      The Modern Honolulu

      Those whose hearts get pumping when the beat starts pumping, The Modern Honolulu offers a vibrant nightclub downstairs — not to mention plenty of others just blocks away. Book an ocean-view king room with terrace, platform bed and dazzling vistas of the marina and ocean, filtered if you choose by a sliding teak window screen.


      • Don’t miss out on the adults-only Sunset Pool. The vibe is much like the rest of the hotel — sleek and chill, overflowing on cool factor. Lounge and snap away; these photos are certain to ensure FOMO. The Grove Restaurant and Bar provides a romantic bower of hibiscus, ferns, palms and bougainvillea under market lights with marina views.

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