10 Best Hotels on Oahu to Experience a Romantic Escapade

Oahu radiates romance. Take your partner by the hand and simply look at your surroundings: The white sand beaches, the lush green forests, the rainbow-hued sunsets, not to mention Hawaii’s rich, cultural heritage. The island has a variety hotels that exude classic Hawaii romance, from beach side pools, Hawaii regional cuisine at its high-end restaurants to luxurious touches in every room.

Take Halekulani. As one of the island’s only five start hotel, the resort’s staff is known for their individualized service.  

Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, provides a picturesque escape with ocean views from every room. Plus, there’s plenty to do on the hotel grounds, from hiking trails and horseback riding to surfing lessons and golfing.  

For a fresh take on Waikiki romance, book a room at the chic, hip Modern Honolulu. The adults only pool plays music underwater, and has a bar with fresh made cocktails, just steps away.  

A romantic Hawaiian getaway at one of these posh hotels will only deepen your eternal love, whether this is your first trip as a couple, or you’ve been together 30 years. This 10 Best list has all the details for a romantic Oahu vacation.


Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

This deluxe hotel says it all in the name: it's on Waikiki Beach. And not only is Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach steps from the beach, the resort is centrally located, so it's a convenient walk to restaurants, shopping centers, even the Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo. In the middle of the resort, there's a large pool and hot tub. Navigators from the Polynesian Voyaging Society named the resort's five suites after significant celestial beings, and a Polynesian canoe hale, or house, is prominently featured in the hotel entrance. For one of the best places to hear great Hawaiian music by award-winning musicians every night from 6 to 9 p.m., check out Kani Ka Pila Grille. In Hawaiian, kani ka pila means "to make music."

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This hotel is both right by the beach and centrally located in Waikiki.

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The upscale Sheraton Waikiki is located in the heart of Waikiki, so you and your partner won't run out of things do on your romantic getaway. One of the best parts about staying at the resort is its oceanside infinity edge pool. It's the perfect spot to bliss out, hand in hand. If you're feeling kiddish, there's also a 70-foot long water slide in the hotel's Helumoa Pool. Be sure to check out Rumfire, known for its quality rum cocktails and fresh made appetizers. After hours, it's a hopping club scene. Each suite in the Sheraton Waikiki has high-speed Internet access, satellite TV and a full-sized bathroom, in addition to standard hotel services.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Sheraton Waikiki has an infinity pool, the perfect romantic spot to relax.

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Waikiki Parc is a modern boutique hotel that offers couples privacy, top-notch service and close access to everything happening right now in Waikiki. The hotel is located across the street from Waikiki Beach, providing you and your partner a quick dip in the ocean, or you can both unwind together at the hotel's roof top pool. When you stay at Waikiki Parc, enjoy complimentary access to the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and the Spalding House at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Before you hit the town, stop by the hotel's chic lobby from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Friday. Enjoy Waikiki Parc wines and hors d'oeuvres.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This boutique hotel is close to the Waikiki action, but offers romantic privacy.

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Luxury and personalized service go hand in hand when you and your significant other book a romantic getaway at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki. The 38-story hotel offers panoramic views of not only the ocean, but also Diamond Head, the Waikiki and Honolulu skylines and Fort DeRussy Park. Take it all in from one of its 462 spacious studios, or, if you're feeling extra fancy, one, two or three bedroom suites. Relax at the hotel's sixth floor infinity pool, which also features a wide lanai deck on which to sunbath. Be sure to visit the hotel's open-air restaurant lounge, Waiolu Ocean View Lounge, which has fantastic views of the city, and the Friday night fireworks. The lounge is known for its handcrafted mai tais.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This hotel offers around the clock service and has luxurious, romantic rooms.

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Outdoorsy couples will love staying at Turtle Bay Resort. The sprawling resort is positioned on a peninsula located on Oahu's scenic North Shore. Turtle Bay has 410 hotel rooms and 42 beach cottages and villas, and each room has an ocean view. The best part about staying at Turtle Bay is that there is plenty do at the resort itself. There are championship golf courses, designed by Fazio and Palmer, for a friendly competitive couples game, romantic horseback riding and surfing lessons. You can explore Oahu's North Shore together by hiking or bike riding on one of the resort's many trails. After all that activity, unwind together at Turtle Bay's Nalu Kinetic Spa, or at one of its two swimming pools.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Explore Oahu's great outdoors together with a stay at Turtle Bay.

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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach

The Moana Surfrider exudes classic Hawaii romance. It is after all, Hawaii's oldest hotel, opened in 1901, and affectionally known as the First lady of Waikiki. With its grand white columns in the porte cochere and the rocking chairs on its deck, the hotel is still one of the island's most romantic places. During your stay, relax under the Moana's iconic banyan tree while you sip Surfrider Tais--a spin on the classic Mai Tai--at the oceanside Beach Bar. This small outdoor bar offers a great view of Waikiki Beach, and if you come in the evenings, there's live music. Next door is the hotel's Beachhouse restaurant, serving modern classic cuisine. The hotel rooms at the Moana Surfrider are both spacious and have lanai that overlook the hotel's beachside pool and nearby ocean.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This classic hotel is a historical landmark hotel, and offers a relaxing, romantic environment.

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The Modern Honolulu
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The Modern Honolulu is the perfect romantic getaway for hip couples in the know. The posh, smartly decorated hotel is nestled in between bustling Waikiki and the placid Ala Wai Boat Harbor. Even better, the Modern doesn't charge a resort fee, and offers complimentary in-room and on-site WiFi. When you and your better half check in, you'll each be offered cilantro lemonade and a cool peppermint towel, a refreshing start to your romantic Hawaii getaway. The Modern is known for its two pools, the perfect place to unwind. Its upstairs Sunset Pool is surrounded by lush trees. The downstairs, teak inlaid Sunrise Pool has underwater speakers, encircled by lounge chairs and daybeds. Each pool has an adjacent outdoor bar. Have a romantic dinner at the hotel's Morimoto Waikiki, the namesake restaurant of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The stylish sushi restaurant has posh outdoor seating front the harbor. Afterward, grab a handcrafted cocktail from the hotel lobby bar, The Study, tucked behind a floor to ceiling bookcase, or go clubbing at the next door Addiction nightclub. It's one of Oahu's most popular nightclubs, featuring VIP bottle service and resident DJs.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Modern Honolulu has two pools, offering the perfect spots to relax with your significant other.

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The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
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The Royal Hawaiian, also commonly called the Pink Palace of the Pacific for its coral hue, is perfected situated. The hotel, Hawaii's second oldest, is centered squarely in Waikiki, offering couples plenty of activities within walking distance. And yet, when you're on the hotel grounds, surrounded by manicured lawns with swaying palms above, you'll both feel as if you're in your own private oasis. For a lavish getaway, book a stay in the recently upgraded and beachfront, 17-story Mailani Tower. Hotel staff will contact you before you even get to the Royal Hawaiian, and upon your arrival, you'll be greeted with a fresh flower lei. Here, you and your partner can enjoy complimentary breakfast, plus appetizers and beverages, including a signature daily cocktail each evening in the chic Mailani lounge. The indoor-outdoor lounge offers great views of the both the beach and the nearby hotel pool.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Royal Hawaiian offers modern luxury with a romantic, old Hawaii feel.

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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For a secluded romantic escapade, book a stay a Kahala Hotel & Resort. The luxury hotel is tucked at the end of Oahu's posh east Honolulu neighborhood and is known for its first-rate service and privacy. Plus, the beach fronting the hotel is pristine, and less crowded, giving the two you plenty of room and space to relax. Each of Kahala Hotel's standard rooms are spacious--a roomy 550 square feet--and offers unobstructed mountain and ocean views. The hotel has five restaurants, such as the oceanside Hoku's, the open-air Plumeria Beach House and Arancino, serving modern Italian cuisine. While The Kahala Hotel might be outside the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, it's only a 15-minute drive away from the action. Be sure to make use of the hotel's complimentary shuttle running every 30 minutes going to and from Waikiki, Ala Moana Center and Kahala Mall.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Staying at the Kahala Hotel & Resort offers privacy and first rate service.

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You and your significant other are in for a pampered, personalized stay at the Halekulani Hotel. It all begins at check in, where you're both offered a tour of the hotel. A little mood setting awaits you in your room, with a bowl of fresh fruit and a box of the hotel's own freshly made chocolates. But the best part of staying at Halekulani is its For You, Everything program, which offers guests complimentary tickets to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Pops, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke's Shangri La estate, Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, Lijestrand House, Hawaii Theatre and the Hawaii International Film Festival. It's one of the best ways for you and your partner to explore Oahu. Halekulani's lounge and restaurants offer top-notch service and fine dining, and the hotel's ocean-side pool is a great place to relax together. It has an inlaid mosaic of a Cattleya orchid, made from more than one million pieces of South African glass tile. Each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., meander down to the Hau Terrace for the Manager's Reception where you can meet Halekulani's general manager, while also sampling the hotel's private label wines and noshing complimentary light appetizers.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This is one of Oahu's only five-star hotels and offers personalized service.

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