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If you’re planning a trip with your partner, you can’t rule out Hawaii. While you may be rolling your eyes at the cliche of a romantic vacation to the classic Pacific islands, a trip to Hawaii is anything but cliche, and well deserving of its famed reputation. From pristine beaches to buzzing cities to rainforest adventures and more, Hawaii is the perfect mix of lazy beach days with outdoor adventure. Plus, with dozens of gay resorts and gay-friendly spots throughout the state, you can spend your nights in a luxurious hotel that you know will be open-minded and accepting. Check out the best gay resorts in Hawaii to start planning your trip.
1. Volcano Men’s Retreat, Mountain View
The exclusive gay men’s B&B is here to make your Hawaii vacation with your bae that bit more special. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, near Pahoa Town, Volcano Men’s Retreat offers a unique, authentic experience in a safe, open-minded space. The buildings feature Polynesian and classic Hawaiian decor all throughout the resort, with bamboo wood exteriors on all buildings and a cozy, island vibe within. Enjoy the resort’s luxury spa, full entertainment system, common lounge space, and of course, beach access and peace, quiet, and privacy during your whole stay.
2. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue
One of Kauai’s top resorts is also one of the best gay-friendly spots for a paradise vacation. The hotel is run by Aston Hotels, a line of luxury accommodations, letting you rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort features four swimming pools, waterfalls, and unlimited access to the famous golden sand beaches of Kauai. Enjoy the fire pit at night, stroll through the perfectly green properties, enjoy some fun in the sun on the pool slides, and relax in one of the luxurious suite-style or private rooms available during your stay.
3. The Royal Hawaiian, Oahu
Looking for a full royal experience? Check out the Royal Hawaiian, on the shores of Waikiki Beach. The resort is just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge, giving you and your boo endless days in the golden Hawaii sun. The Royal Hawaiian’s rooms are cozy yet classy, offering vibrant modern rooms in the Mailani Tower, elegant and comfortable rooms in the Historic Wing, and spacious, bright suites in the Prestige Suites. With pools, jacuzzis, massage services, spas, poolside bars, and world-class seafood restaurants, what more could you ask for? The hotel is also within walking distance to the best dining, shopping, swimming, and beach activities Honolulu has to offer in Waikiki.
4. Isle of You, Pahoa
A remote, private, clothing-optional, open-minded getaway is at your fingertips. The resort experience sits on 70 acres of perfectly green land in Pahoa Town, just a short drive away from the clear, warm seas of the Big Island. The resort is gay-owned and operated, and it’s a safe haven for you and your partner. Choose from the yurt or the cabin for your stay, both with a full bathroom and room for up to two guests. The yurt style room is simple, with just what you need, while the cabin comes with a separate bedroom, living room, and kitchenette space. The resort offers everything from waterfall hikes to snorkeling trips, hot baths, beach sports and the chance to sample local cuisine.
5. Halekulani, Honolulu
A quiet, elegant oasis is waiting for you on Hawaii’s popular Oahu Island. The luxury experience provides visitors with a stunning view of the ocean from private balconies, easy access to the golden sand beaches, and close proximity to the best of LGBT Honolulu. Enjoy an afternoon tea, pamper yourself with the spa and massage treatments, and go for a dip in the pool or the ocean! The rooms at the Halekulani come with all the comforts to make you feel right at home. Choose between Premier Suites, executive luxury suites, diamond head suites, ocean suites, pool view suites, junior suites, and standard rooms.
6. Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Lanai
An almost private island experience? Yes, please! The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i sits right along the water on this small, tranquil island. The hotel is so remote, it can be reached on foot or by 4×4, giving you the ultimate privacy and seclusion during your days in paradise. The rooms at the Four Seasons are modern and tastefully designed, with a beachy vibe inside and out. Book a standard room with a king sized bed, a studio suite with room for you and your boo, one bedroom suites, penthouse suites, or the ultimate luxuries in one of the carefully designed, spacious specialty suites. The hotel offers world-class dining without going far, relaxing spa and massage treatments, two swimming pools, and of course, prime access to the famous Hawaiian beaches.
7. Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Village
One of Hawaii’s best spots is Waikoloa Village. Book a room in Makai at the Lagoon Tower, Palace Tower, Ocean Tower, or in one of the suites. Rooms at the Hilton Waikoloa come with cozy king-sized beds, views of the oceans, and all the amenities to make you feel like royalty. Enjoy all the perks and entertainment the Hilton Waikoloa has to offer, including swimming pools, spa treatment, shows, and more. Plus, the hotel is located right along the shores near Hapuna Beach State Park, on the Island of Hawaii.