Maui Trip Recap
This my first official blog post...YAY! Please bear with me on the photo quality and editing, I promise it will get better. These first three photos were taken from the Fairmont Kea Lani website (after I realized how blurry my photos were).
I'm daydreaming about my week in paradise, as it is currently snowing while I write this post. My amazing aunt and uncle were gracious enough to bring four crazy college kids on their relaxing vacation in Maui. This was a first for me because the most tropical I've ever gotten is looking at palm trees in Disney World. Let me just say I will definitely be returning to Hawaii again. In today's post I'm going to be sharing where we stayed, what we ate, & so much more! Enjoy!!
WHERE WE STAYED
We had a wonderful week relaxing at the Fairmont Kea Lani. The resort was absolutely beautiful and the location was amazing. The Fairmont had a good-sized gym, which was a must for me because I was on Week 2 of BBG. We stayed in the ocean view suite. The rooms were nicely decorated and the beds felt like sleeping on a cloud--seriously so comfy! The room had an incredible view of the ocean and two of the resort pools. The resort had three main pools, two of which were very kid friendly. Since we were all over eighteen we spent the majority of our time at the Adult Pool. The Fairmont staff was very attentive and made sure someone was always taking care of our needs. If you are looking for incredible views and an overall wonderful resort experience, I highly recommend the Fairmont Kea Lani.
WHERE WE ATE
Ama Bar & Grill -- This restaurant is located at the Fairmont Kea Lani. After freshening up from twelve hours of travel, this place was our first stop and it did not disappoint. The Ama Surf & Turf was incredible and the Mahi Mahi was delicious as well. This restaurant also had a poolside menu that we ordered lunch from whenever we were down by the pool.
Caffé Ciao Bakery + Market -- This little café was also located at the Fairmont Kea Lani. They had delicious acaí bowls and smoothies made with fresh ingredients. I stopped in here every morning to grab breakfast after working out at the gym next door.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar -- First off, I had no idea that Tommy Bahama had restaurants. Their seafood selection was incredible! The ahi tuna tacos and coconut shrimp appetizers were delish. I ordered the thai shrimp & scallops for my entrée. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the coconut curry reduction sauce was incredible. If you are looking for a yummy cocktail I highly recommend the lemon drop martinis! Reservations recommended.
Monkeypod -- I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!! The atmosphere is great and the Monkeypod Mai Tai topped with honey foam is to die for. For appetizers be sure to try the lobster deviled eggs and pumpkin patch ravioli! They have two locations in Maui and a location on Oahu. Reservations recommended.
WHAT WE DID
Horseback Riding -- My uncle loves horseback riding so we made reservations to go an a trail ride at Mendes Ranch. The ranch was about an hour away from Wailea, so plan for a little travel time. Not only were the horses so beautiful, but the ride had some pretty spectacular ocean views. I had so much fun and it was such a unique way to explore Hawaii! If you're anything like my friend, Emma, this may not be the activity for you though--I can still hear her screaming at her horse because she was terrified the entire time.
Shopping -- The Shops at Wailea are a great place to go if you are looking for cute boutiques and higher end stores...Gucci, Louis, and Tiffany's galore! I may have splurged a little at Lululemon, but those Gucci loafers definitely were not in my price range.
Hawaiian Luau -- The luau at the Marriott Maui was the quintessential Hawaiian Luau experience. Hula dancing, a pig roast, and so much more. They served traditional Hawaiian foods and told stories of their Polynesian ancestors that traveled through the ocean tides to settle Maui.
Road to Hana -- This is an all day excursion, but definitely well worth all of the travel time in the car. Another blog post is coming soon about our entire Road to Hana experience!
That pretty much sums up our trip! I feel so blessed to have an awesome Aunt and Uncle that give me great memories like these. Thanks again, Aunt Wendy and Uncle Neils! And thank you to everyone who is here reading this post I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for a post all about our Road to Hana excursion.