Romantic getaways to island paradises are the first choice for many people. Considering the incredible beauty they can have, it’s easy to understand why. The key to making to most of these vacations is learning about the secrets to island romance. I will share these secrets with you along with some travel tips from the perspective of a former island resident– me.
I once asked a seasoned executive with a large travel company, who had been around the world many times, what the best resort locations were for value, beauty, and romance. Without hesitation, he said, “Bermuda, Fiji, and Hawaii! And select locations in the Caribbean.” Since his job centered on large corporate clients, his choices were most likely based on hotel quality, accessibility, and safety. Many other people who I’ve asked the same question gave me the same locations.
Tropical islands have always had a reputation for being the perfect romantic getaway and I think I know why. I lived on two (2) different islands in Hawaii at different points in my life and have visited there more times than I can count. It didn’t take me long to discover the secrets to island romance.
I was 19-20 years old the first time I lived in Hawaii. I rented an apartment in the heart of Waikiki (Lewers & Kuhio) and drove a brand-new white Cadillac taxi. In Hawaii, many of the taxis are luxury vehicles and they look like a regular car except for the taxi dome on the roof. There are no usual colors, no company names painted on them, and no advertisements. The taxi dome is attached to the roof with magnets, and once it’s removed it looks like a private vehicle. I’ve never seen a better place to work as a taxi driver. This exciting job exposed me to all aspects of the city and culture. Many years later, I lived in Kihei on the island of Maui and worked as an area manager for a national company.
Here are the secrets to island romance.
Island Spirit – The majority of the people on the island are there for vacation/holiday or a honeymoon. This produces an atmosphere that is relaxed, happy, and festive.
Romantic Expectations – Many of the people who come to resort islands have strong expectations for romance. Usually, they have imagined the romance that they desire for months or even years before they arrive. This was one of many questions that I would ask customers who were riding in my taxi.
Warm Balmy Weather – This kind of weather allows people to wear very little clothing, skimpy outfits, and bathing suits every day. It also invites people to get wet in pools, showers, and in the ocean. Do I need to explain further?
Fragrant Tropical Flowers – There is an abundance of highly fragrant flowers everywhere! With such a concentration of flowers, there is a wonderful aroma in the air. This is especially true late at night and early in the morning. These exotic fragrances inspire romance!
Clean Fresh Air – Its isolated location, frequent strong winds and rain, and limited industrial activities provide islands with some of the best air on earth! The quality of this air refreshes and invigorates your body. You can imagine what it does for your libido.
Incomparable Sunsets – The clean air, abundant clouds, and oceanfront landscapes unite together to create magnificent sunsets almost every day! No wonder it’s a Hawaiian tradition to celebrate the end of each day with a ceremony. Few things are more romantic than sharing a sunset, or a sunrise.
Visual Sensations – By having rich soil, ideal climate, clean air, and clear water, the colors of the sky, ocean, and vegetation are extremely vivid! This extraordinary beauty has an energizing effect.
Island Music – Island music is typically festive, lively, and romantic. Hawaiian music is a little different from what you’d find in places like the Caribbean. It uses different instruments, its style is a more laid back, and it has more storytelling and romantic ballads. Getting into the traditional local music is a great way to appreciate the spirit and rhythm of whatever island you visit.
Ocean Wave Sounds – There is something magical about the rhythmic sounds of waves hitting the shore. Even when you’re not looking at them, their sounds remind you of their presence and their tempo has a relaxing effect on your mind.
Put all these things together and you have the perfect formula for a romantic getaway to island paradises!
Because of its vast infrastructure and location on main travel routes, Hawaii offers the best value for the money that I have found. In addition, there are hotel and travel packages to fit every budget.
When it comes to romantic getaways to island paradises, all you really need to pack is your swimsuit, sunglasses, and toothbrush and you’re ready to go!