Wanderlust Wednesday: Oahu, Hawaii

Infuse the beginning of your new life together with the magic of a Hawaiian honeymoon: sandy beaches, the sea’s freshest bounty, lush jungle adventures and a healthy dose of shopping.

    Where it is:  Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian islands. 

    Honeymooner type:  A tropical destination with an urban edge, Oahu is perfect for those who crave a honeymoon with variety.

    Why we love it:  This place quite literally has it all: sandy beaches, lush jungle, fine restaurants, dreamy resorts and spectacular shopping options.

    What to do: There are many reasons to explore Oahu, such as 1500km of sandy beaches, lush jungles, towering volcanic mountain peaks, and tracks for hikers of every fitness level. Wander on beaches, or on jungle tracks to hidden waterfalls – the trail to Manoa Falls, a 150ft cascading spectacle, leads past areas where Jurassic Park and Lost were filmed. Back in Waikiki, craft markets, food stalls and street art sit comfortably beside luxe shops, fine dining and contemporary galleries. The vibe is friendly, fun and laid-back. At Pearl Harbour, you can tour the Arizona Memorial, built above the sunken battleship to commemorate a landmark moment in US history. After sundown, the beaches of Hawaii are the perfect backdrop for cocktails and live music, or learning the hip-swaying hula.

    Where to stay: Nestled in the heart of Waikiki and built in 1901, the Westin Moana Surfrider is the oldest luxury accommodation Honolulu. Its charming blend of Roman and colonial architecture, offset with traditional Hawaiian art, offers an elegant alternative to the towering hotels that zig zag further along the promenade. The hotel boasts an al-fresco dining area, pool, spa, beachfront restaurant and bar. Then, head to the beach – soak up the sun on a hotel beach chair or glide the waves courtesy of the hotel’s free surfing lessons. 

    Most Romantic Spot: Every Friday at 7.45pm, the Waikiki sky lights up with dozens of fireworks. Pack a picnic and find a spot at the western end of Waikiki Beach or at Magic Island for a perfect view.

    When to go: Hawaii’s high season falls between December and April.

    Don’t forget: Plenty of loose-fitting clothing that enables you to transform from bikini-clad to restaurant-ready in an instant: think sun dresses, maxi skirts and floaty shirts.

    For more info:  gohawaii.com 

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