Spending Valentine’s Day in the Aloha State is a privilege for all who are lucky enough to be there. For those on the island of Oahu, here are some ideas of how to make the most of this glorious day by celebrating your loved one in a way she’ll never forget.
Start the day with a bouquet or lei: No other place in the world seems as fragrant or flower-filled as Hawaii. With the abundance of natural flora growing in the volcanic Hawaiian soil, there are a plethora of adornments to choose from. Think beyond the typical dozen red-roses and go for something a little more creative. You could have a bouquet of roses delivered to her, offer a crown of white orchids, buy a Hawaiian flower hair piece or pin a corsage on her to wear to dinner. Better yet, present your spouse or loved one with a unique Hawaiian lei. After all, what is a trip to Hawaii if you skip the giving of a traditional lei?
Have a Valentine’s Day brunch: When you are in a populous city such as Honolulu, many of the restaurants will book up quickly for dinner reservations on Valentine’s Day. Instead of battling the crowds and long waiting lists, many hotels and restaurants offer gourmet Valentine’s Day Brunch menus or buffets. The Willows serves a famous kalua pig brunch in a beautiful garden setting and is a holiday must-do for those on vacation in Honolulu.
Romantic dinner cruise on the Star of Honolulu: Spend the waning moments of Valentine’s Day on the blissful Sunset Dinner Cruise. Here you can savor multiple courses of the finest foods and listen to Hawaiian entertainment with live music while the sun sets. The watch the Hawaiian sky set ablaze with a dazzling show of fireworks in Waikiki as you sail beneath the display. The Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise is one of the most well-reviewed sea excursions and could be a fantastic way to bring your Hawaiian vacation to a romantic close.
Couples massages and spa treatments: Take your Hawaiian vacation to the next level by adding some authentic Polynesian spa treatments to the itinerary. Get a seaweed and salt body scrub, relax under hot lava rocks, enjoy a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage or indulge in a poolside aromatic oil rub. This is a great way to enjoy quality time with each other without the pressure of high-intensity output. Chances are both of you need some relaxation.
Romantic picnic on the beach: We aren’t talking soda chips and sandwiches; this is your chance to take advantage of the idyllic setting and send your honey swooning with gourmet goodies in a basket. Scout out a private cove or a little corner of the beach. Bring a table cloth and light candles as well as pack some wine, wine glasses and a cheeseboard with artesian cheeses. Don’t forget to end the meal with some delicious chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.
Stay at a luxury hotel: If you have been economizing for most of your trip by staying at an inexpensive hotel or by renting a condo, change the setting for a day. Surprise your sweetheart with a night at a lavish hotel nearby. Order dinner up to your room; book and in-room couple’s massage or go for a beach walk together then wind down in the sauna before bed. Many hotels also offer amenity packages which include rose petals on the bed, champagne, chocolates or even breakfast delivered to your door. Check out our list of luxury vacation deals for more ideas on how you can spoil your sweetie.
Go to a quaint bed and breakfast hotel: If going to a flashy resort or luxury hotel isn’t your thing, opt for a bed and breakfast and snuggle up for a cozy night away. Many B&Bs also offer private pools and ocean views while costing a fraction of the price and providing a charming getaway for two.
Get active together: Reconnect with your significant other by going on an adventure outdoors. Spend the day cycling in the sunshine, hiking to hidden waterfalls or going on an exciting helicopter ride. Look through our list of activities and put three or four options in a hat to see what your wife or girlfriend will choose. Whether you decide to do sunset yoga class on the beach or horseback riding through the hills, there is nothing like getting naturally high with your loved one.
Try a couple’s water sport: Take the romance to the water and spend a day in the waves. Rent a two-person kayak and glide over the water in search of a secluded beach where you can share picnic. Speed up the adrenaline by riding a jet ski together or go on a snorkeling adventure to admire the stunning marine life. Wherever you find yourself on your trip to Hawaii, give the gift of good memories this tropical Valentine’s Day!