Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gay-Friendly Honeymoons {Hawaii}

Maui offers a variety of sights and experiences. The quaint old towns of Lahaina and Wailuku are fun for exploring, shopping, and dining. The views from atop 10,000-foot Mt. Haleakala (especially popular at sunrise and sunset) are well worth the winding drive past fields of protea and other exotic flowers. The long, winding road to the village of Hana is lined with waterfalls and lush tropical foliage. During the winter months, the waters surrounding Maui are ideal for whale-watching. 

Overlooking the gentle waters of Wailea Beach, luxurious Four Seasons Resort Maui, with its ever-attentive hotel staff and the largest luxury resort guest rooms and suites on the island, epitomises a classical Hawaiian palace resort. A stroll through fragrant plumeria trees and art-laden public areas reveals a study in relaxed elegance. Four Seasons Resort Maui hugs the sun-soaked Wailea Beach of Hawaii’s second largest island. In the distance, lush valleys carved into mountains reveal the inspiration for Maui’s nickname: Valley Isle.

Kauai, the most tropical of all the islands, is quiet and tranquil. The island's scenic beauty, which includes waterfalls, sea cliffs, arid canyons and scores of beautiful white sand beaches, has served as the backdrop for many cinematic films. Waimea Canyon, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific," is a must-see. Helicopter tours are popular, as the spectacular sea cliffs of the Na Pali coast and the crater of Mt. Waialeale (one of the wettest spots on earth), are not accessible by road. If you're looking for natural beauty and adventure, Kauai's the place to find it. 

An extraordinary experience awaits you at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.  You’ll discover the true spirit of grand Hawaiian hospitality at every turn in this luxury beach resort. Relax in elegantly designed guestrooms offering stunning ocean, garden or pool views from a private lanai. Delight in the pampering services of our world-class spa, or challenge yourself on our championship golf course. Choose from extensive dining options, including poolside casual and an outstanding authentic Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau. 

Larger than all of the other islands combined, Hawaii is known locally as the Big Island. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, has been in a state of activity since 1983, and its fiery creation of hot, new land is often spectacular. The rich fertile soil left by Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, produces orchids, coffee and macadamia nuts. There are black sand and white sand beaches, gorgeous waterfalls and hidden valleys. From the Ka'u desert to the Ola'a rain forest to the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the Big Island is a splendor of ecological diversity. The majority of hotels and resorts are on the drier and hotter west side, where Kailua-Kona is the main town. The east side, where Hilo is the population center, is very lush and tropical.  

Housed in intimate two-storey bungalows, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu's 243 guest rooms and suites exude a nostalgic sense of Hawaii’s Golden Age. A peerless collection of native Hawaiian art complements expansive, open-air living spaces and Island-inspired décor. Set on Hawaii Island’s exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, this showpiece oceanfront resort captures the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition.