Peek Perfect Day: The Big Island

This week’s post comes from our friends at Peek, who offer a carefully curated  selection of high-quality activities, which are easily bookable online via computer, tablet or mobile phone. We’ve been a fan of their Peek Perfect Days and  asked them to create a special one for Wanderers honeymooning on the Big Island. 

For couples looking to celebrate their “I Do’s” on Hawaii’s Big Island, planning each day’s activities is essential in order to take advantage of the seemingly limitless opportunities for fun, adventure and romance. Here’s our Peek Perfect Day from morning to evening of some of the top activities to do in the Big Island. With plenty of options for the courageous risk-takers to the romantic laid-back couples, all honeymooners are sure to find something to make their special celebration a time they’ll always remember.

Morning

  • If your mornings usually consist of a caffeine fix, take a visit to the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation for a free coffee tasting and tour of the biggest organic coffee farm in the nation. Become “Roast Master for a Day,” to roast your own batch of Kona Coffee.
  • At Akaka Falls State Park, which has free admission and takes around 30 minutes to circulate, couples can go on an easy, low-intensity hike while enjoying the spectacular views of Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls.

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  • Experience the awe-inspiring Kona Coast on a kayak tour. Skim crystalline turquoise waters and come face-to-face with local wildlife, like dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays.

Afternoon

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  • Indulge your inner daredevils with a zip through Hawaii’s diverse natural landscape with this Kohala zip line canopy tour through the lush canopies.

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  • Whether the volcano tour is by foot, boat, or helicopter, the awe-inducing volcanoes at the island’s Volcanoes National Park should be part of every couple’s honeymoon experience.

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  • Looking for a unique way to capture your honeymoon? A professional photography session will allow you to relax about the photos you’ll have for years to come.

Evening

SunsetSailCap off the end to a perfect Hawaiian day with a romantic dinner for two, on a gorgeous sunset sail as you admire your stunning surroundings.

  • As the sun sets its last rays, head back to shore, preferably to the soft sandy beaches of the popular Spencer Beach Park and Hapuna Beach, for some serious stargazing. Away from big city lights, constellations illuminate Hawaii’s sky like no other.
  • Or if you’re feeling adventurous, swim under the moonlight on a night snorkel with Manta Rays. Top the evening off with a couple of Mai Tais!

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Accommodations 

Revel in the sweetness of newlywed life by lying in the lap of luxury at Hawaii’s most extravagant hotels: The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, both of which are lavish and highly-rated across the board. If the thought of staying at expensive accommodations after spending a substantial amount of money on a wedding appears terrifying, opt for the affordable route by choosing the Manago Hotel or My Island Bed & Breakfast Inn, which are budget-friendly and high quality.

(All images via Peek)

Properties We Love: Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort

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Today Wanderable is launching the first installment of our “Properties We Love” series, highlighting some of the best honeymoon resorts around the globe–properties that have built romance into every detail of their guests’ stay and that are staged in unforgettable settings. To kick things off, we present the beloved Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort, nestled on the sun-drenched south shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Ko’a Kea Resort and Spa has all the amenities of a large resort with an oceanfront pool, four star restaurant and dedicated concierge team, but with only 121 rooms, it also offers the intimacy and privacy that comes with a boutique hotel. On your honeymoon at Ko’a Kea you won’t find your beachfront stay marred by grandiose destination weddings or corporate luaus, just solitude, white sand and sea breezes for miles.

The resort’s recently renovated rooms feature Egyptian cotton linens, espresso machines, Italian marbled bathrooms, postcard perfect views, and, best of all, private lanais so you can soak the sunlight and moonlight in together al fresco during your stay. The rooms are so plush you won’t want to leave, but simultaneously won’t want to miss the oceanside pool, gleaming stretches of Poipu beach, or countless water activities that you can finds steps from your door.

When it comes time for pampering, the intimate Spa at Ko’a Kea features five treatment rooms with a focus on local, natural products such as seaweed, Awapuhi root, and red clay. The spa has several romantic treatments perfect for couples, including an oceanside massage for two, in suite baths, or their signature Honeymoon Ritual, which includes side-by-side massages, scrubs and scalp treatments.

For memorable dining on their honeymoon, couples need look no further than the resort’s critically acclaimed Red Salt Restaurant, which offers a romantic oceanfront setting and fresh Hawaiian cuisine. Sushi lovers can enjoy sushi and sake for two at the Red Salt Lounge, and there are plenty of mai tais to be had at the poolside bar.

Ko’a Kea has earned numerous accolades since its opening in 2011, including receiving the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Romance (#2 in the U.S. and #12 in the world), the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award as one of the Top 25 Hotels in Hawaii and the 2012 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award (#2 in Hawaii & #87 in the world).

With its plush rooms, intimate setting and dedicated staff that will go out of their way to make every moment of your once in a lifetime trip everything you have dreamed of, we are delighted to present Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort!

Have you ever been to Ko’a Kea or Kauai before? We would love to hear about your stay in the comments section below!