Dreaming of a destination wedding? Hawaii has long been a wedding destination of choice for its breathtakingly beautiful coastline but it is also the perfect pick for ethical couples with so many eco-friendly hotels. Here are our top 5 picks.
Hawaii Island Retreat
Nestled in a private 50-acre sanctuary on the pristine Kohala coastline and surrounded by ancient bush walking trails, this retreat is truly in harmony with nature. Enjoy organic farm-to-table produce and meat, locally made natural bathroom products, solar power and water and waste recycling, just to name a few! With its lush green landscape and dazzling coastline, it is perfect for a garden or beach wedding and with readymade wedding packages to suit any budget, we simply can’t fault it.
Maui Eco Retreat
If you want all of the luxury of modern living in a secluded, fully self-sufficient, off the grid, sustainable hotel, then Maui Eco Retreat is the perfect wedding venue for you. All of the power used is solar generated, all of the water is pumped from a well on the land and meals are produced from organically farmed produce. Say your vows on one of the beautiful beaches, in the gardens or in one of the sacred temples in the valley of Pueo. The hotel has an on-site independent minister for Christian and non-denominational ceremonies for added convenience.
Turtle Bay Resort
For couples who like an environmentally responsible hotel with all of the activities and creature comforts of a large hotel, look no further than the Turtle Bay Resort. Located beachfront in Kahuku, O’ahu this beautiful resort has been acknowledged for its long list of green initiatives and is particularly focussed on recycling and energy/water conservation. The wedding planning team host over 350 weddings each year so your dream day is in excellent hands and with a guaranteed private beachfront ceremony, what’s not to love? The worst thing is deciding which of their stunning reception spaces to use – ballroom or ocean-front pavilion?
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
Luxury and opulence meet sustainability at Mauna Lani Bay which is rated one of the top luxury eco-friendly beach destinations in the world. With a solar farm generating over one million kilowatt hours per year of green energy and the turtle program protecting Green Sea Turtles, both environmentalists and animal lovers will enjoy this hotel’s green initiatives. The beachfront location makes for a spectacular ceremony and there’s even a golf course for the guys.
Kauai Beach Resort
Situated on the eastern shore of Kauai with 25 acres of oceanfront land and easy access to the fertile mountains of the north shore and the divine Waimea Canyon, there are almost too many breathtaking ceremony locations to choose from. The hotel’s green initiatives include a recycling redemption program which benefits local non-profit organisations, 2400 solar panels covering the entire car park and natural chlorine production for its swimming pools. Sunset ceremony, yes please!