Our Trip to Maui: Part I
Aloha! We got back from Maui yesterday evening after 14 hours of flying (we left Friday night at 11pm Hawaiian time) – it wasn’t the most efficient flight schedule – going from Maui to LA to Minneapolis to Chicago – but we made it there and back with no delays or hiccups! I have now been to Wailea three times (first with my family in January 2008, again on our honeymoon in 2012, and just now) – it is safe to say that I am absolutely in love with it. The palm trees, the view, the sunsets, the turtles, the whales, the food…it’s paradise!
When we left Maui after our honeymoon, we promised each other we’d be back, we had such a good time (some tears may or may not have been involved) and so to be able to come back just a little over a year later was completely amazing. I’ll be honest (don’t hate me!) – we won this trip through a contest, otherwise who knows when we would have been able to go back. I am not sure if we will ever win anything again after our good fortune, but that’s ok :)
I will split this trip into a few posts, and I will also do a post of things we did on our honeymoon, if any of you are looking for recommendations. There is still a lot of stuff to do in Maui that we haven’t done, so if you are looking for a place where you can relax on the beach, but also be active when you want, this is definitely the place!
We arrived late on Friday night, checked in, and went straight to bed after a long day of travels. We stayed at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. While you don’t get pampered there quite as much as you do at the neighboring Four Seasons (where we stayed on our honeymoon – HIGHLY recommend), it is an amazing resort. Saturday morning we awoke before sunrise (we actually kept this up the whole week…one of the great things about going west to Hawaii is that you don’t need to adjust to the time difference. just wake up early, spend all day outside, and go to bed by 9. it’s perfect since the whole island seems to do the same). Our package came with daily buffet breakfast, which we enjoyed on a big lanai with ocean views where we drank POG (passion fruit, orange, guava) juice, and ate fresh Maui Gold pineapples, local papaya, eggs, bacon, etc. Yum! We’d then grab a spot by the pool and read, take walks and either do excursions or activities. Dan got snorkel gear for the week and went out each day. The reefs right off shore are amazing!
The first night we drove a few minutes to Kihei, a little beachside town where many locals live. We ate at Three’s, which had a cute patio and decent food but nothing to write home about, then had shave ice (I wonder why they don’t call it shaved ice?) from Local Boys. It was very good!
Sunday night we walked a few hotels down to the newly opened Andaz Wailea for cocktails and an app (kimchee fries) al fresco and enjoyed the view until it started raining lightly. It only rains an average of 10 inches a year in Waliea (desert), so it’s rare to come across any clouds or rain. We headed back to the Marriott and had another small plate at the restaurant there (Migrant) before turning in at the extremely late hour of about 8:30.
Monday involved a whale-watching excursion and dinner at Mama’s, which deserves it’s own post – so there is much, much more to come! For now, we are buried in laundry and unpacking. We are also going to a friend’s to watch the Super Bowl. Hope you had a great weekend!
P.S. In case you are interested, cover photo swimsuit is from Mikoh Swimwear