We are planning our honeymoon to Hawaii (first timers) for September of 2015, and I'm trying to decide how to spend our trip. We plan to spend ~12 nights total and I think I'd like to split it between Kauai (likely at St. Regis) and either Big Island or Maui...likely at the Four Seasons.
We are in our late 20s and want a good mix of relaxation at the pool/beach and adventure on hikes, biking, kayaking, snorkeling, and maybe 1 scuba dive. We enjoy cocktails and live music by the pool or beach or during dinner, but are not looking for clubs or any real intense night life. When not on an adventure we just want to spend the day reading and relaxing by the pool/beach. In terms of food, we do enjoy fine dining, but if there are local and more cheap places we can grab an occasional lunch or dinner at to save money, we would enjoy that too.
I am set on Kauai b/c of the views at St. Regis and the incredibly lush scenery...I'm imagining wonderful hikes with waterfalls and kayaking along the north coast.
Four Seasons Maui appears to be a little cheaper than FS Hualalai, which would be nice given how expensive this is already getting, but I'm a bit worried the atmosphere will be too "partyish". We definitely aren't averse to a good time, but also want to be able to find a quiet place to relax. FS Hualalai looks more secluded, relaxing, and romantic but would Hualalai be too similar to Kauai (eg. secluded, quiet, not lively)?
Finally, if we end up not being able to afford the St. Regis and a Four Seasons hotel on the other island we choose, any suggestions on which one we should cut? I imagine that answer depends on how incredible each of those 3 hotels are AND how good the cheaper alternatives would be. From my research, I love the St. Regis b/c I think we want to be on the North Coast of Kauai and the views at Regis look absolutely perfect.
Thank you in advance!