From Oahu, we hopped on a short flight to Maui, rented another Wrangler from Avis, and set out for our hotel in Wailea, passing through Kihei for fruit stands and poke along the way!
Where: Maui, Hawai’i
When: April 2017
Stayed: Hotel Wailea
We stayed at the pristine oasis that is Hotel Wailea, the only Relais & Chateaux in Hawai’i. Nestled above bustling Wailea beach, it is an adults only haven away from the crowds. As with all R&C properties, the food was outrageously delicious, and we could not wait for our breakfast spread each morning. Truly the best! There is a bunch of complimentary yoga, and Em and I hung upside down for a while at an aerial class. The rest of our time was spent lounging about at the beautiful pool, sipping frozen drinks and floating around.
Hotel Wailea has a beach valet service, which we took full advantage of! Any time you want to visit Wailea Beach (about a 4 minute drive away), the hotel will take you there in a private car, and set you up with umbrellas, towels, chairs, waters.. you can charge to your room from the Grand Wailea, or you can grab food and drinks from the Four Seasons like we did. When you feel like heading back, the beach valets will call the hotel, and a car will grab you in 5 minutes. So simple and convenient!
Our next morning there, we woke up at 3am and drove to Haleakala National Park, to watch the sunrise from 10,023 feet up. Windy and cold and above the clouds, we brought our bathrobes for warmth, and slowly watched the sky turn from inky black to shades of pink to bright blue.
Another spot we loved on Maui was Paia! Whether you stop for fruit filled Paia Bowls, an iced coffee from Paia Bay Coffee or a romantic meal at Mama’s Fish House, this is a laid back charmer of a town not to be missed. We also went to spot the sea turtles at Ho’okipa beach, and they were so sweet to see!
And of course, there was the day we drove the Road to Hana! Top down, 5 mph, and bracing ourselves at every hairpin turn – it was so much fun and such an adventure. Next time, we would definitely download an app to let us know which waterfalls, etc. are at each mile marker, as we did not realize there would be zero signs. But even without a map, you’ll find yourself surrounded by beauty easily enough!
If you’re driving Hana Highway, be sure to stop for these roadside treats below. Roasted coconut candy, the most delicious coconut shrimp ever created, and a loaf of the most incredible banana-coconut-pineapple bread. Yum!
Until next time, Maui!