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Secluded honeymoon

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Secluded honeymoon

I am interested in honeymooning in Hawaii, but am looking for something more secluded. We would like to stay in a nice place with a great beach and great food, but without all of the people and kids. We do not have a set time of year for the trip and neither of us have been to Hawaii. Any ideas?

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1. Re: Secluded honeymoon

What's your nightly accommodations budget?

Are there any particular activities you want to do?

Is being on the beach important to you?

Is access to diverse dining important to you?

Which sounds better: a luxury resort or a little private vacation rental where you cook your own meals and make your own beds? Or possibly a bed and breakfast in the middle of the nowhere?

Four Seasons Manele Bay on the island of Lanai would be an example of a secluded luxury beach resort in Hawaii. http://www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/ Someplace like this, however, your dining options are rather limited.

The North Country Bed and Breakfast on Kauai is very secluded-looking, though not on the beach: http://www.northcountryfarms.com/

Remember that the more secluded you are, the fewer activities and attractions might be available. (For example, if you want to see Pearl Harbor, you have to go to Oahu, which is the busiest/most populated island.) Most people just aim for their own perfect mix of seclusion and convenience/attractions/other offerings.

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2. Re: Secluded honeymoon

To get great food you will have to be around more people. Kids are always coming to Hawaii, summer and spring are the times you will find the largest amount.

If you have big bucks you certainly can find a place on almost any island that will have a bit of the things on your list but you won't find everything.

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3. Re: Secluded honeymoon

Hi, for less busy times of year, I would look into May (avoid Memorial Day) or September (after Labor Day) or possibly early October. Avoid Christmas and summer time when kids will be out of school and so there will be more families.

If you haven't already, I suggest looking at the top question to the right of the Hawaii forum on the summary of the islands. Also read through descriptions and look at pictures of the islands on www.gohawaii.com.

Kauai, the Island of Hawaii (aka Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai are the less built up/ less populated islands.

How many nights will you have for your honeymoon? Along with your answers to Beachme's questions, this will help us give you more feedback. The more details you can provide about what you want to do and see and the more preliminary research you can do will help us to give you more opinions/ feedback.

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4. Re: Secluded honeymoon

http://travaasa.com/hana/

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Dale Hale

http://www.secretbeachhouse.com/index.html

Kilauea Lakeside:

http://kauaihoneymoon.com/

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6. Re: Secluded honeymoon

LOL! We've been helping pman with his honeymoon ... and now we are moving on to gman. Welcome, gman!

You need to define "secluded" for us. There is "secluded" and there is "bouncing off the walls." You do understand that "secluded" and "great food" are tough to group together. Great food in Hawaii ... Maui and Oahu come to mind. So this may take a little strategy ... i.e., stay somewhere more secluded with an easy drive to food choices.

People and kids are seasonal. (Kids are people, but I realize that is debatable on a honeymoon!) You will want to avoid the HIGH tourist seasons ... like the week before and after Christmas, the week of Thanksgiving, the week before and after Easter, and Memorial Day through Labor Day. Slowest seasons: After Easter to Memorial Day and after Labor Day to Thanksgiving, plus early December. There are always some families, of course - and we can steer you away from the kid-magnet resorts.

So here are some steps:

1) Pin down your dates. Count your nights, not your days.

2) Choose an Island (or two?). You can fly between Islands if you have the time, and you should dedicate at least 5 nights per Island. If you want to stay in one place - great! Also, and sorry if this is TMI, but the season of the year sometimes affects which location you choose.

3) Your accomodations ... develop a nightly accomodations budget and post on the Forums for the Island/s you want. Then we can help you specifically with where to stay. And give this some thought ... aside from the beach and seclusion (which you need to define) ... what else do you want?

Understand:

1) There is only one all-inclusive on Hawaii. It is secluded, and if you choose Maui, you may want to spend a night or two there. It's the food ... that would be an issue. Few, few options. All-inclusives are not necessary in Hawaii.

2) You will need a car on any of the major Islands with the exception of the City of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu.

SO - the best first step for you is to learn about Hawaii. We can throw out random items ad nauseam - but you need to a good overview. You're in for some wonderful surprises. Hawaii isn't a plop-in-the-resort all day type of destination. There is alot to see and do and enjoy. Pick up a copy of "Hawaii for Dummies," a highly-recommended travel guide that covers all the Islands. And a good map is essential. Take a look at www.gohawaii.com. It's grossly commercial, but does have good information for first-timers. Learn about Hawaii first ... then make your decisions.

Have fun and stay in touch.

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7. Re: Secluded honeymoon

You first need to learn about the islands and choose one. You can start with the Top Questions on this page and read the Summary of Each Island. When you travel will have more to do with crowds/kids than where you go, for the most part. Avoid school holidays. May on Kauai's north shore is lovely.

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8. Re: Secluded honeymoon

Wow, 3chihuahuas. You certainly nailed "secluded" with that Secret Beach House. Stunning!

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9. Re: Secluded honeymoon

Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island. If you choose your dates right, you can avoid any influx of kids. Great food, one of the quietest and most special, historically and culturally significant spots in all Hawaii, at the best hotel in the State. Mixing it up with a romantic night or two in the rainforest on an active volcano at the rustic luxe Volcano Village Lodge in Volcano would be an awesome honeymoon.

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10. Re: Secluded honeymoon

7 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms?

One for every night of the week