As wonderful and exciting as the day we got married was, by the end of the reception, John and I couldn't wait to get on that plane to take us on our honeymoon.
We were off to Maui, Hawaii for 8 wonderful days. We chose Hawaii because we had heard how absolutely amazing and beautiful it is, and how there is no other place like it. Plus, when would we have an opportunity to go to Hawaii again? We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located right on Kaanapali Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We selected the Hyatt because it has a fantastic pool, is steps away from the beach, had golf courses for John to golf and a spa for me. We enjoyed oceanside massages, laying by the pool, drinks from the awesome Grotto Bar (the swim up bar at the pool), John golfed, we went to a luau, and enjoyed the exotic animals on the property. It was amazing.
Our favorite experience on the honeymoon was the Road to Hana. The Road to Hana is a 55 mile stretch of road through mountains and hillsides that takes a good four hours to drive through. We had the Maui Revealed book (a must have) which told us where to stop and check out beautiful sights such as waterfalls, Black Sand Beach, blowholes, and other amazing sights of the gorgeous ocean, sky, and beautiful Maui island. There was nothing like it. We had rented a Jeep Wrangler (another must have) and had the top down. We stopped at a burger stand on the Road to Hana and had some awesome burgers for lunch. I would do it again every time we went there.
Another great experience was visiting downtown Lahiana and Front Street. Awesome restaurants and shops. We were able to go to Kimo's, a delicious Hawaiian steakhouse that was fantastic. We also visited Bubba Gump Shrimp, and a few other restaurants. We were able to see Banyan Tree Park, and also got most of our gifts for friends and family here.
Our entire honeymoon was about $5,800. This included all the airfare, hotel, car. Hawaii is expensive, but it is worth every penny. There is no more romantic beautiful place to spend the first few days of your life as a married couple. There is nothing like Hawaii, there is something beautiful about going to sleep with the lanai doors open, hearing the ocean lap over and over on the beach. An amazing place for a honeymoon.