Hawaii, the Big Island
Why: The island of Hawaii is called the Big Island to avoid confusion. It is (you may have guessed) the largest in the chain and offers incredibly diverse topography. In fact, 11 of the world's 13 climatic zones can be found on the island (there's even snow on top of the highest mountains!). The landscape varies dramatically as you travel around the perimeter. The Kona coast to the west has a lunar-like landscape, while the north and east coasts are wet and super-lush.
Guest Activities: Check out the lava oozing from the Kilauea volcano on a hiking tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park -- or, for a better view, take a helicopter tour. Additionally, explore the rain forest region of the island, go horseback riding, strap on snorkel gear and get to know the reefs, or just laze on the beach sipping tropical drinks.
Best Spots for Weddings:
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel (PrinceResortsHawaii.com) Serious golfers and beach lovers alike will appreciate the Hapuna's location -- surrounded by an Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole golf course and asserting a prominent presence over one of the nicest beaches on the Big Island. Choose from poolside venues, perfect for cocktail hours, to rugged grassy lava bluffs overlooking the Pacific.
Kona Village Resort (KonaVillage.com) This no-TV, no-telephone property prides itself on giving guests an authentic yet luxurious, old-Hawaiian experience. Couples stay in individual hales, or thatched roof cottages, interconnected by walkways.