Resort activities ramp up the romance

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The new Pilialoha couples spa treatment at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach includes a turmeric stamp that is shared at the wrist by the participants.
The new Pilialoha couples spa treatment at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach includes a turmeric stamp that is shared at the wrist by the participants.
Tovin Lapan
Tovin Lapan

Whoever coined "Virginia Is for Lovers" most likely never visited Hawaii. From sensual spa treatments to starlit dinners beside secluded natural wonders, a visit to the Islands can stoke the flames of romance from arrival to departure.

Following a trend of beefed-up activity menus that resorts are deploying to distinguish themselves, the latest romantic offerings from Hawaii properties focus on shared experiences with special twists.

For Valentine's Day, or any romantic occasion, here are a few new packages and experiences that will bring any couple closer together through shared activities. 

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach kicked off 2020 with the release of its latest couples package. "Unforgettable, Soulful Hawaii" includes a car rental for a day with a suggested self-guided tour from Oahu's southern coast to the North Shore, with stops at Makapuu Lighthouse, Byodo-In Temple and Gunstock Ranch, where the smitten duo can plant a native Hawaiian tree. The package includes dinner at Morimoto Asia (save room for the flaming chocolate sphere), a private poolside cabana for a day, and daily breakfast and happy hour at the Alohilani's exclusive Longboard Club. The package starts at $3,040 per couple with a four-night minimum stay in a premier oceanfront room.  

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach's newest spa treatment for couples is the result of a collaboration with Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals co-founder Melia Goodenow. The Pilialoha session is crafted to foster connection and reduce tension. The 80-minute session starts with turmeric root grown on Hawaii Island and wild lehua honey scrub, followed by lomi lomi massage. Warm stones and kava lotion is applied to help relax the muscles. Finally, a mark is stamped on each person's heart and wrist using a fresh cut turmeric root, and both wrists are brought together, stamp to stamp, in a connection ritual at the conclusion of the treatment. Spa services are available to resort guests as well as day spa visitors. The Pilialoha treatment is $235 per person. 

On the Island of Hawaii, KapohoKine Adventures has designed a special itinerary for couples ready for a leap. The "Romance in Paradise" package kicks off with a trek through Honolii woods up to a side-by-side zipline that includes views of ravines and waterfalls. Next, the couple is shepherded by van to a candle-lit pavilion for dinner overlooking an 80-foot double waterfall. The package is only available Feb. 14 for $139 per person and includes roundtrip transportation from Hilo, ziplining, dinner and photo memento.

For the couple whose romantic sojourn would never be complete without a Champagne toast, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai debuted a redesigned suite in October inspired by Dom Perignon coupled with a series of Champagne-related experiences. The renovated suite couples Hawaiian design elements with features of the iconic Champagne brand, including a Dom Perignon Champagne Cellar, photography art exhibit, and Riedel Champagne glasses. Booking the suite includes roundtrip airport transfer, $500 daily food and beverage resort credit, and Dom Perignon Couples Nest experience with a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 and appetizers. Guests can also choose to add on one or more of a series of other specially designed experiences including a sommelier-led wine tasting; Champagne and oyster tour and tasting; and a helicopter tour with landing a Luana Beach with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres. The Waiolu Suite inspired by Dom Perignon starts at $4,445 per night and is available at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai until Oct. 31.

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