Published: 27 November 2013 by: Rhonda Bannister

Image: Hawaii Tourism Bureau

If you’re a couple who love to hit the little white ball around a manicured green before giving yourself over to the magical ministrations of a talented masseuse you’ll find the islands of Maui and Hawaii (the ‘Big’ island) a golfer’s paradise with more than their fair share of Hawaii’s top courses including the par 72, Jack Nicklaus-designed club at hokulia; the Mauna Kea course designed by Robert Trent Jones which is the gold standard of all hawaiian golf courses – both on the Big Island – and the gold course at Wailea golf club on maui to name just a few of the more outstanding ones.

Polynesian Steam Therapy, Lomi Lomi Massage, Coconut Wrap, Back Walk Massage or Hawaiian Botanicals Facial – all this (including divine couples treatments) is offered at the Spa Centres of the many luxury resorts that line the beaches and hills of these two magnificent islands.

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Why you’ll love it:
Both islands are scenically gorgeous. maui’s great to visit all year round, but the most spectacular time to go is during whale season, which is generally from november to march.the Big island has such a diverse landscape with sands ranging in colour from black to green to white and a volcano that is still spewing lava into the ocean so you’ll see things you never have before.

Best suits the couple who:
love luxury – from the outstanding resorts to the golf clubs and spas it’s luxury all the way.

Most romantic thing to do:
on the Big Island, get up very early, wrap up warm and drive to the top of kilauea, the world’s most active volcano in time for sunrise to see the flashing lights of the lava against a lilac sky as it makes its way down the mountain to sizzle into the ocean - it’s romantic because it’s probably the only time you will witness something like this together. Maui is famous for its sunsets so enjoy a sunset cruise.

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