Hawaii is a magnet for couple holidays, from romantic escapes, weddings and honeymoons to anniversaries and vow renewals. Romance is on the agenda for these lovey-dovey vacationers and adults-only experiences are in high demand. With ohana (family) being an important aspect of Hawaiian culture it’s rare to find kid-free zones in Hawaii, but for those wanting to ditch the minors, it can be done.
Hotel Wailea on Maui is Hawaii’s sole adults-only resort. This Relais & Châteaux property has been created exclusively for pairs with private one-bedroom suites and large ocean-facing balconies. The Restaurant has been awarded for its intimate appeal, and The Treehouse is Maui’s best kept “secret dinner” for two. Kiteboarding lessons, beach safaris and aerial silk yoga are just some of the hand-crafted activities available to couples.
The Hawaiian Islands boast a handful of boutique properties advertised as adults-preferred accommodation. On Maui, The Plantation Inn is walking distance to the historic town of Lahaina, and its onsite French restaurant makes it ideal for wining and dining a loved one. Hooilo House B&B, nestled in the west Maui mountains, is an oasis for lovers seeking serenity. Situated on Kauai’s sunny south coast, Plantation B&B Inn is the ultimate tropical setting for duo’s. And on the east side of Hawaii, the Big Island, is Island Goode’s, an adult bed and breakfast with a reputation for providing exceptional hospitality.
No kids allowed pools
The majority of Hawaii’s hotels and resorts are open to people all ages but the more luxurious the lodging, the more likely it is to have multiple pools with at least one of them dedicated to adults-only. Guarantee additional kid-free space by reserving a poolside cabana. Four Seasons Resorts are famous for their adults-only pools and lavish cabana packages. All four of their Hawaii properties have “no kids allowed” pool areas decked out with everything from daybeds and hammocks to whirlpools and underwater music systems, and even a few swim-up bars!
Late night entertainment
After the sun sets in Hawaii and visiting families have tucked their children into bed, couples without kids (or those with a babysitter) have the perfect opportunity to hit the town. Oahu has the lion’s share of Hawaii’s late-night entertainment options. Favoured hotspots include Blue Note Hawaii, the state’s premier venue for jazz, reggae, blues and Hawaiian music performances and Hawaii Theatre, home to high calibre stage shows, plays and performing arts. Hawaii’s largest concert venues, the indoor Neal S. Blaisdell Center and outdoor Waikiki Shell, have a year-round schedule of incredible events worthy of a date-night. Not to mention, Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu are always buzzing with lively bars and sophisticated nightclubs.
The best way to guarantee a kid-free tour in the Hawaiian Islands is to arrange a private charter with a local guide. Travellers can also choose experiences frequented by adults like a mai tai sunset sail or behind-the-scenes brewery tour. Alternatively, many island excursions will require participants to be at least twelve years old. For example, the Mauna Kea Summit Adventure is a stargazing tour atop Hawaii’s tallest mountain, and children are not allowed to the summit due to its high altitude. Minimum ages are also restricted on dare-devil activities like Hawaii Island’s Kilauea Lava Hike, Maui’s Bike n’ Zip Haleakala Tour and Kauai’s Backcountry Waterfall Zipline Adventure.
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