Our last Hawaiian island to visit was Maui. Getting to Maui was bittersweet because we knew our honeymoon would be ending soon and neither of us wanted to go back to the cold and work, but you have to pay for the trip somehow. Right?
After landing and picking up our car rental, we headed over to our hotel to check into The Andaz. This is the view from our hotel balcony.
We quickly got ready for our complimentary dinner at KO in the Fairmont. One of our generous family friends gifted us with a meal here because she works for a hotel affiliated with this one. The meal and service were out of this world. Amazing poke, drinks, waitress, manager, and food.
I got more wear out of my Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress. (Similar Here).
Dessert platter. Mmmm.
There was a hurricane warning while we were staying at The Andaz on days two and three in Maui, so we had bogus weather for a little bit. We took that as an opportunity to watch our wedding day slideshow for the first time and catch up on The Mindy Project.
The second day in Maui we got breakfast at beach n bagels which apparently goes by a new name now. We went to a drugstore for beer/wine/snacks, then 808 deli for lunch, then back to the hotel to hangout in the hot tub while it was raining out. We had dinner at Monkeypod which was so good. We had been eating fish basically every single day and decided to get steak this night. You MUST order pie for dessert if you go here. It’s out of this world. Our waiter said sometimes he’ll take a slice of pie and blend it up into a smoothie at home.
The third day in Maui we got breakfast at a French Bistro, then drove to the upcountry area near Thompson Road to walk along the roads and check out the views. We grabbed a snack and coffee at Grandmom’s Cafe then drove to Lahaina to check it out. It was very crowded, so we continued on to Dukes for happy hour and had dinner at a pizza place near our hotel that was completely dead. I don’t remember the name of it, but it wasn’t anything worth recommending anyways.
The fourth day in Maui we woke up at 3:15AM to watch the sunrise at Haleakala. It sure is one twisty and turning ride up there. I thought I was going to puke when we were driving up, but luckily was able to keep that feeling brushed aside. It is FREEZING up there, so make sure to wear tons of layers. Our hotel concierge provided us with blankets which were definitely needed since we didn’t have winter coats with us.
After the sunrise, we went back to our hotel to hang at the very nice beach and have lunch at the hotel bar.
Dinner that night was The Feast at Lele sunset luau which was a blast. Kraig got called on stage to present one of the people with a leaf or something. I had a feeling he was going to get selected out of the audience and of course he was! We enjoyed the different dishes and beer pairing they did at the luau. We had a Mai Thai when we first got there, but figured a pairing would be easier than having to look for a waiter during the show. We walked around Lahaina for a bit after the luau because it was a lot less crowded than it had been the day before.
The fifth day in Maui, we packed up our bags at our hotel to start our trek to Hana. We grabbed lunch at Mama’s Fish House.
We saw a lot of surfers nearby here on our way to Hana. On the way home from Hana, it was a lot of wind surfers instead.
More pictures from the road to Hana.
There was a lot of construction along the way and we actually were stopped in one place for almost an hour, but when you’re in paradise that’s just a small set back. We made it to Hotel Travaasa before sunset for check in. We enjoyed some bubbly outside our cottage before dinner at the hotel restaurant with live entertainment by one man.
The sixth day in Maui was heaven. We had thai and reflexology treatments at the hotel spa, relaxed at the spa for a few hours, had dinner at the hotel and listened to live music by two guys. I love the spa at the Hotel Travaasa and highly recommend it to spa enthusiasts. The massage therapists here are the best I’ve had in my whole life.
I wore my Gypsy 05 Blue Tie Die Dress (old dress available Here). You can ignore the stains from dinner. I always spill stuff on myself.
The seventh day in Maui we had breakfast at the hotel, then went to the national park. The 7 pools were closed because of the hurricane earlier that week. We could still hike, but weren’t allowed to go into the water to swim. We had about a 1.5 hour hike to the big waterfall.
Afterwards we went to Hamoa Beach where we had lunch delivered to us from our hotel. The water was clear and the waves were a lot of fun. Everyone there was having a blast jumping in the water and commenting on how clear it was. I even heard one woman compare the clarity to Bermuda.
After the beach, we enjoyed our deck and hot tub outside our hotel room. Calling it a room is an understatement. It’s a beautiful cottage and we were told that Sylvester Stalone stayed in the same cottage as us. We had dinner in the cocktail/bar area this night and shared several appetizers and drinks. Live music was three guys on this night.
Our eighth and final day in Maui, we checked out super early because we wanted to avoid the construction on the road to Hana. We had some banana bread for breakfast as we drove back towards the airport. Lunch was from a grocery store and then we hopped on a plane for a flight to my favorite spot. Seattle! It was hard to leave our cottage with this view, but knowing that we’d be going to one of my favorite cities next made it a lot easier.