This Stunning Hawaiian Island Is A Great Destination For A Remote Couples Vacation

Whether you're planning a honeymoon or just looking for some quality time with your partner, a romantic getaway can be just the thing to bring you closer. And perhaps nowhere is as romantic as an island that offers privacy, perfect weather, and pristine beaches. So where is this island, you might ask? Look no further than Hawaii's Lanai.

Situated between the crowds of O'ahu's Honolulu and Maui's famous coasts sits Lanai, a small island of just ​​140 square miles. Its remote, off-the-beaten-path atmosphere is ideal for couples who crave undisturbed alone time. Here, you won't be caught in tourist traps, nor will you find many high-rise hotels and other urban developments (no traffic lights to be found here!). It's just you, your significant other, and all the tropical nature you could hope for — the perfect backdrop for romantic walks on the beach and candlelit dinners.

With that said, don't assume Lanai is without culture and character. Besides its stunning beaches and big, open skies, the island offers local art, delicious food, and the charming "aloha" way of life that Hawaii is known for.

Activities for couples in Lanai

In Lanai, there's no shortage of bonding experiences to share with your loved one. One of the best spots for couples is Pu'u Pehe, also known as "Sweetheart Rock." Legend has it that a warrior lost his wife, a princess, and buried her at the rock before taking his own life. While the story may be fiction, the site's beauty is all real. Visit the marvelous landmark, located on the south side of the island, with your special someone.

A vacation in Lanai wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach. Hulopoe Beach, near Pu'u Pehe and a Four Seasons resort, is one popular choice among tourists. If you find yourself on the north side of Lanai, then you can soak up the sun at Shipwreck Beach (yes, there is an actual wrecked ship there). Be sure to rent a four-wheel-drive car to get there, as the roads are rocky and hard to find.

If your idea of a fun date night is doing something sporty, you won't be disappointed in Lanai. There are golf courses, plenty of spots for watersports, and Lanai Adventure Park, an attraction that will get your hearts racing — both for each other and for its exhilarating zip-lining course. If you enjoy taking long walks together, then hit the Munro Trail, a hiking spot that offers views of all six Hawaiian islands on clear days (check in advance for trail closures). When you're ready to refuel, grab food from Richard's Market and head to Dole Park for a romantic picnic.

Best romantic accommodations

Lanai's nature is so breathtaking, you'll want to spend most of your time outdoors, basking in the warm weather and taking in the views of the beautiful coastlines. However, when it's time to rest and recharge, you and your partner deserve a cozy accommodation that keeps the romantic vibes going. Our top pick for couples is Sensei Lanai in Lanai City, a luxury hotel that only allows adults. The resort focuses on wellness and offers spa treatments, fitness classes, and other activities to share with your significant other.

Another popular hotel on the island is the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. This five-star accommodation is away from the island's city center, meaning you'll be surrounded by nature in all directions. The property also boasts pools, gardens, and an on-site spa.

If you prefer to be near the action, book a room at the Hotel Lanai instead. Each room, inspired by Lanai's plantation roots, is decorated in an authentic Hawaiian style — you won't find party-store leis, but you will find plenty of wicker and bamboo finishes — and just minutes from the Dole Park area.