Half-price Honeymoons in Hulaland
Using resorts that insiders cherish, you can enjoy that famous nuptial interlude in a better Hawaiian setting, yet for far less than others pay--for as little, in fact, as under $100 a day
One of Waikiki's best kept secrets is this two-story hotel, just a short three-minute walk from Waikiki Beach. The six-building property centers around a pool and tropical garden blooming with scarlet red and sunrise-yellow hibiscus. The slightly oversized rooms are all air-conditioned and feature shoji doors, wooden jalousie windows, a balcony, and kitchenettes with two-burner stove, toaster, and fridge plus an iron, safe, TV, and phone. The poolside bar and grill serves cocktails and lunch on weekdays.
Aston Coconut Plaza, 450 Lewers St., Waikiki, tel. 800/92-ASTON or 808/923-8828, fax 808/923-3473, aston-hotels.com. 80 rooms. Rates: $75-$110, including a free continental breakfast for two.
Facing the Ala Wai canal and lush, green mountains, this small hotel offers honeymooners airy, island-style rooms, free breakfast, and lots of privacy at an affordable price. Recently renovated, the rooms have a tropical plantation atmosphere, with terra-cotta tile, rattan furniture, private balconies, TV, phones, ceramic-tile bathtubs, and daily maid service. The majority of the rooms have kitchenettes with small refrigerators, microwave, countertop two-burner stove, coffeemaker, and cooking utensils. Most of the rooms have views of the Ala Wai Canal and the mountains, but if you prefer quiet, ask for a cityview room. There's also a tiny outdoor pool with a sundeck, and our only caveat is that the beach is four long blocks (about a 10-15 minute walk) away.
Hotel Coral Reef, 1516 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, Kauai, tel. 800/843-4659 or 808/822-7705, hshawaii.com/vacplanner/kvp/clients/coral/index.html. Small 24-room hotel. Rates: $59-$65 per double, including continental breakfast for two.
Care to spend your honeymoon on Kauai in a romantic location with swaying palm trees and a white sand beach, yet in a reasonably priced property whose costs permit you to enjoy a full week's stay? This is the place. One of Hawaii's best travel bargains, this economical hotel, nestled in Kapaa, along the Coconut Coast, sits on one of the island's best swimming and snorkeling beaches and is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and activities. Both buildings have comfortable rooms for your honeymoon, especially in the oceanfront building ($79 for a two-room suite and $89 for oceanfront) with sliding glass doors that step out on to the grassy lawn that leads to the beach.
Resorts charging less than $125 a night per couple
Royal Kuhio, 2240 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki, contact Paradise Mgmt., 50 S. Beretania St., Suite C207, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel. 808/538-7145, fax 808/533-7149. A high-rise condominium of 389 units. Rates: $125, occasionally $150 double for one-bedroom units.
For honeymooners wanting more space (a separate bedroom), cooking options (a full-sized kitchen) and other apartment amenities (private balcony, TV, phone), this is one of the best budget deals in Waikiki. All the units in this high-rise condo are privately owned, and Paradise Management seems to have selected the best units for rental at the best prices. The complex has a pool, exercise room, sauna, self-service laundromat, sundeck, billiards, basketball court, shuffleboard, even a putting green. It's a short, ten-minute, two-block walk to Waikiki Beach, and within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and activities. Also, it's one of the few places in Waikiki where parking is free.
Kona Magic Sands, 77-6452 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Big Island, reservations c/o Hawaii Resort Management, P.O. Box 39, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745, tel. 800/622-5348 or 808/329-3333, fax 808/326-4137, konahawaii.com. Condominium with 37 units. Rates: $95 low season, $125 high season.
If your dream honeymoon is to stay directly on the oceanfront and be lulled to sleep by the rolling surf, yet your budget calls for more frugal accommodations, this is the place for you. These older studio units may not be luxurious or large, but they are unusually cozy, consisting of one long, narrow room with a small kitchen at one end and a breathtaking view of the ocean at the other, with a living room/bedroom combo in between. Other pluses include: oceanfront pool, an excellent seafood restaurant (Jameson's by the Sea) on the ground floor of the complex, and two beach parks on either side of the property.
Kaleialoha, 3785 Lower Honoapnlani Rd., Honokowai, Maui, tel. 800/222-8688 or 808/669-8197, fax 808/669-2502, mauicondosoceanfront.com. Small condominium with 26 one-bedroom units. Rates: $105-$115, a ten percent reduction given for stays of seven days or more from Apr 30 to Dec 15.