I hope you all had a great Monday! Following my dream travel destinations post from last week I wanted to write about another dream travel spot I went to recently. On September 30th 2016 I got on a plane to Maui, Hawaii (which you might know I visited recently considered how much I post on Instagram).
(Just off the plane)
I went with my best friend and let me tell you it was an amazing experience.
Before I tell you where I stayed know that I stayed where I did because I hadn’t been on a trip in a long while and had worked hard all year and really wanted to treat myself. We stayed at The Grand Wailea (https://www.grandwailea.com ) and it was AMAZING.
(I mean, this was the lobby <3)
( As you walk out the back side of the hotel)
Our room said we had a deluxe garden view, that meant majority was the beautiful courtyard (can’t complain about that) but we ALSO saw a large chunk of ocean. When you opened the patio door you could hear the ocean and the breeze in the trees, it was magical.
(We called these the cloud beds, ignore the unmade beds, we had just taken a nap)
(HUGE balcony, we could hear the ocean from here)
I also loved the bathroom! Big mirror, tub and shower, but I figured you don’t need to see that.
The first few days we wandered around the resort, got a sunburn on the beach and spent time getting familiar with the 9 pools (9!!!).
(The beach at the hotel was amazing!)
(So many beach side loungers, with a view)
(Underwater pictures are a struggle……. OH WELL)
(View from one of the many balconies around the hotel)
We didn’t really eat on the resort. There was a place called Manolis Pizza Company (http://www.manolispizzacompany.com ) and we ate there almost every night. They had two happy hours and we were told that it was the cheapest on the island. The food was INCREDIBLE and such good prices. One night we had two filling appetizers and two drinks for about $10.00 USD, can you beat that? If we weren’t eating there, there was a Island Gourmet Market in the Shops of Wailea nearby that had a little quick order food station and groceries, we bought food there a lot and ate it in our room at the end of the night watching TV. We also had Maui Tacos, a definite must when in Maui.
We had a rental car booked, we had to cancel it for the first few days we had it booked because there was a tropical storm warning on the island and the hotel advised to stay near the grounds. We got lucky and saw none of the storm, we maybe had an hour of rain. So the first day we re-rented a car it was on a whim at about 11:00 am. They have a rental car place on the grounds, so we rented a car and took off with no plan. It was maybe the best decision ever. We drove for almost 13 hours and saw a whole half the island.
We then rented a Jeep, we did one 11-hour day and one almost 14-hour day. Driving with the top down and music blaring was the best way to go. We saw every corner of that island so here are some of the best views (in no particular order)
(The jeep and a view)
(Iao Valley state park, Beautiful and green)
(One of the many waterfalls on the road to Hana)
(A black sand beach)
(Ohe’o, seven sacred pools, they were closed due to high water conditions so we couldn’t swim there)
I spent a total of 9 days in Maui. I wish we could have stayed longer because it was one of the most beautiful places I have every visited. It was hard to list all of the places we saw as a lot were just us pulling off on the side of the road and getting out of the car.
I spent tons of time on the beach (love), in the water (my favourite) and really exploring as much as we could. We saw every corner of the island and that was probably my favourite part, just getting in the car and driving. No plan, no researched paths. We just went.
I loved Maui, it may not have been the most cost effective trip ever. But I urge anyone who is considering going to Maui (or any of the Hawaiian islands) to go. You won’t be disappointed!!
Let me know if you have gone to Maui! I will definitely going back one day.
Talk to you soon!