“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…”
So YES I am a newlywed…we got married last July! Nostalgia got the better of me during the Christmas holidays and I started looking back over some honeymoon snaps. I thought, why not share some pictures and review some of the highlights of our trip!
Just to give you an overview, we started our honeymoon in Los Cabos, Mexico for a week in the sun. Next it was the bright lights of Las Vegas for four nights. We then flew to Hawaii for a week of adventure. Finally it was three nights in New York for some retail therapy! It was definitely a holiday of a lifetime…9 flights in 23 days! It was a LOT of travelling but very enjoyable and we saw and did so much!
For todays post I would like to share my experience of attending a Luau in Hawaii!
I had never been to Hawaii before so was beyond excited to get there. I will be honest though, my initial reaction to the island was…is this it??? We were staying on the island of Oahu and our hotel was at the heart of Waikiki beach. I’m not sure what exactly I had expected but it was definitely more! Waikiki is very commercialised and it really is just like any other busy American city in the States with a few palm tress thrown in for good measure! That may sound a little cynical but I really was very underwhelmed.
After speaking at length with the concierge in our hotel we decided to embrace the island and do some touristy things. The general advice we were given was to get away from the tourist trap that is Waikiki beach and explore the real Oahu. This is exactly what we did and once we ventured beyond Waikiki we got to experience this very beautiful island. As no trip to Hawaii would be complete without a luau, this was the most obvious choice to begin with!
The Paradise Cove Luau came highly recommended to us so we booked a package and off we went. So what exactly is it? A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast accompanied by entertainment, food and drinks. It is an important part of the Hawaiian culture and a custom that plays a significant part in family life there still to this day.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the day. On arrival, we were welcomed with a Mai Tai cocktail and gifted with a flower lei. The setting was very idyllic and really did feel like a taste of paradise!
As well as exploring the beautiful grounds there were pre dinner activities to do with lots of choice from basket weaving, spear throwing and having spray tattoos. I even tried my hand at lei making! FYI a lei is basically a wreath of flowers presented upon arriving or leaving in Hawaiian culture, as a symbol of affection.
I made one using fresh flowers and long stems of grass that I had to braid and twist to hold in place. It was actually harder than it looks but I got there in the end and I was happy with the end result!
I couldn’t resist picking up these magnets in the gift shop! They have pride of place on my fridge door!
It really was wonderful to watch the sun slip away with such a stunning backdrop. Dinner was buffet style with typical Hawaiian cuisine. There was a huge variety to choose from and lots of gorgeous desserts too!
The performance after dinner was very entertaining and the dancers were definitely easy on the eye! Various styles of dance were performed, including Hula, Polynesian, Tahitian and even an impressive fire dance.
What really made the experience all the more enjoyable was the hospitality and warmth shown by everyone working at the luau. I would definitely recommend anyone considering booking a luau in Honolulu to go with Paradise Cove, it was one of the highlights of our time there!
What I Wore
American Retro Dress (Bought @Shopbop – Old Stock) // Diane Von Furstenberg Sandals (Bought @RevolveClothing – Old Stock)
More Honeymoon Posts coming up!