Oh my goodness, could this be my favorite post of all time!? YES. It’s a Monday (painful), and I’m hoping to take you away on a little vacation today…
I’ve been promising y’all to do a compilation of some of our favorite parts of our recent trip (especially for those of you lucky ducks that are heading to Hawaii soon, I am happy for you and also hate you… just kidding, but am extremely jealous, yes), and here it is.
Because it’s practically in my DNA to be the paparazzi, I was taking snaps left and right to capture the moments that I knew I would want to look back on. Below are some of our Maui favorites:
- Hotel: We stayed at the intimate Hotel Wailea. If any of you are thinking of Maui for your honeymoon or a romantic getaway – I can’t recommend this hotel enough. There are only 72 suites and when we were there, it was all adult guests. The staff is extremely attentive and helpful and the smaller resort allows a really peaceful experience.
- Complimentary amenities include yoga several days a week (I even convinced Christian to come with!), happy hour at the pool every day at 5pm, a mixology class on Sunday at the bar and a group kayak outing mid-week in the Pacific Ocean.
- We had an ocean view suite that allowed us to watch the sunrise while drinking coffee in fluffy robes on the cozy balcony every morning (if only every day could start like this) and watch the sunset at night when we were in the room. Incredible view! A few of those sunsets you can see below.
- The short walk to get Maui’s local organic coffee was another favorite part of my morning. Of course I bought some – but at home it’s just not the same!
- Favorite meals: Mai Tai’s and dinner at sunset at Mama’s Fish House, the ahi tuna nachos at the Hotel Wailea pool (pictured below, I’m still drooling) and the fish and chips and fish tacos at Paia Fish Market. Other spots we loved were the pies at Leoda’s Pie Shop (key lime yes please), the cocktail menu at Humahumanukunukuapua’a and crab ramen with Asian truffle broth at Sansei.
- Rental Car: A must. I would recommend a convertible for a memorable time!
- Adventures: Road to Hana, the drive to Haleakala for the sunrise over the volcano (I shared these photos in the Road to Hana post), surfing and shopping in Lahaina (that’s where the potato chips on a stick and the frozen lemonade are from!) and stand-up paddleboarding in the calm (and delightfully warm) Pacific Ocean.
These were my absolute favorite parts of the trip. There was more that we did – but I just wanted to include the seriously brag-worthy notes! Of course there were things I would have liked to have done – snorkel, sail, take a helicopter tour, eat macadamia nut pancakes at The Gazebo, and this cinnamon roll place that I heard was life-changing – but until next time.
And of course some iPhone snaps:
I can’t thank you guys enough for all of your amazing recommendations and tips. I seriously read every single one and was making notes on my phone thanks to all of your feedback! Anything you think I missed? I’ll take any reason to go back!
Thank you for reading and for always being a part of these adventures with me. Sending out virtual hugs to “all yous!” *Real Housewives of NJ shoutout.* XO –