Top 7 Hawaiian Wedding Resorts
Hawaii is one of the most popular US wedding destinations. More than 25,000 weddings take place in Hawaii every year, and there are tons of resorts to choose from that all have experienced staff to help plan your special event. If you are dreaming of a tropical wedding in Hawaii, here are my top 7 picks for resorts that can help you plan the wedding and honeymoon from start to finish.
1. Grand Wailea Resort in Maui
One of the top Hawaiian Resort Destinations is the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui. Brand new renovations to this property should be finished in December 2008, so if you are planning a wedding for 2009, you will get the very best that they have to offer.
The hotel boasts 780 spacious rooms, a relaxing Spa, and 40 private acres. For weddings, you can choose between their beautiful Seaside Chapel, a special Lei Beach Celebration, an outdoor gazebo, a waterfall location, and three other sites.
For fun, the resort has five amazing golf courses, several pools, cruises, and award winning on-site restaurants. Event planners at the resort will help you plan your wedding event from start to finish regardless of the size of your party. Wedding packages start at $4500.
2. Hilton Hawaiian Village
The Ocean Crystal Chapel at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki is simply breathtaking with its view of beautiful gardens and cascading waterfalls. The resort also offers beach weddings and, for those looking for a more private and intimate affair, they also will perform in-room ceremonies.
With over 2,500 rooms, this resort has a lot to choose from and can accommodate larger groups. With that many rooms, it is also a little bit easier to find availability here. While you are there, enjoy the many beautiful pools and shopping, as well as the relaxing Spa and Salon.
Since this resort is part of the Hilton network of hotels, you can often find some good package deals and can use previously earned Hilton rewards points to help pay for your vacation.
3. Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Escape to a beautiful paradise on a small secluded island. This beautiful resort has 236 luxurious rooms with private balconies and concierge service. Enjoy a gorgeous beach wedding, from simple and secluded to opulent and formal. Also check out their gazebo and garden wedding locations.
For fun, there is a fantastic golf course and so much to do in the water from diving to snorkling to kayaking. You can even schedule a whale-watching trip! If you are looking for a more private location with less shopping and more water sports, this is a top choice.
4. Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa
This Kauai resort is located on the Sunny side of the island and has gorgeous views of the mountains and the beach. There are also acres of saltwater lagoons that will take your breath away.
The beds here are especially comfortable with the signature Hyatt pillow-top mattresses.You can also spend some much-needed time for relaxation in their full service Spa, or let out your stress on the private golf course.
The most popular wedding site is the Grand Lawn Gazebo pictured above. With a beautiful Pacific Ocean view and large lawn, this is one of the most picturesque wedding locations in Hawaii. Other options at the resort are the Resolution Gardens among the saltwater lagoons and the Ilima Terrace which features a beautiful Koi pond.
5. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
Located on the coastline of Oahu, Hawaii, this luxury hotel has over 600 guest rooms, each with a private lanai. Wedding packages start at $4,000 and you can choose from a beautiful Lagoon Lawn Ceremony or a smaller Gazebo ceremony, or you can tailor your wedding to fit your own personal desires.
Enjoy the nice golf course and on-site dining, as well as the spa, where you can relax in the true spirit of aloha.
If you are planning a larger wedding reception, the Pavilion at the Ihilani can host groups up to 2,000 people or it can separate the rooms to make a more intimate setting. The gardens that surround the pavilion are lush and exotic, making the view simply breathtaking.
6. Kona Village Resort
This resort on the Big Island is perfect for the couple looking for a true escape from their everyday lives. If you want to get lost in each other's eyes in a tropical paradise, this resort with no TV's, radios, or telephones set on 82 private acres is the perfect getaway.
Go for a romantic walk on the white or black sand beaches, go snorkling, diving, or even deep sea fishing. There is an endless list of outdoor activities for the nature lover.
For your wedding, pick between a lagoon setting, the Tiki Beach complete with tiki statue, the Kahua Lawn that has a breathtaking view of a waterfall and the Hualalai Mountain. If you have always dreamed of getting married on a black sand beach in Hawaii, this resort has a perfect beach location as well.
Accommodations are in one of the 125 Polynesian style thatched bunaglows, with plenty of peace and quiet. The area has a 9:30 PM noise curfew that is strictly enforced! Relax on a private hammock or go out and enjoy the live entertainment or even the weekly luau. The options are endless!
7. Keauhou Beach Resort
This lush resort on the Big Island in Hawaii is a great choice if you are looking for a breathtaking setting without the big cost of some of the larger resorts. The Keauhou Beach Resort is located on a beautiful stretch of the Kona coast, and you can choose from an outdoor oceanfront or garden wedding or an indoor ballroom.
Wedding packages at this resort start at a very affordable $600! You won't have to give up the great amenities either, since the resort has its own full-service salon and spa as well as onsite catering and an open-air restaurant.
If you are interested in sight-seeing and learning about the culture and history of the Big Island, you can easily tour the sacred ancient-stone temples and a replica of King David Kalakaua's summer cottage. There is so much to do both at the resort and in the surrounding areas, and at these prices, you can have the wedding of your dreams without spending a fortune.