Aloha, again. If you missed the first half of this recap, this will get you up to speed. The second half of our Maui vacation was spent on the Wailea side of the island. Wailea has a more upscale island vibe and is a great choice for couples or anyone looking for a little more peace and quiet. We had a spectacular experience at the Fairmont Kea Lani. It is a gorgeous beachfront property that never felt overcrowded with several pool options. The swim up bar was perfect to post up and watch Cub’s playoff games at, and any hotel that encourages the option to drink your beverage out of a pineapple is a win in my book. All of the rooms are suite-style and the nightly tradition of a Hawaiian running around the grounds blowing into a conch shell and lighting tiki torches to signal sundown is not to be missed.
The grounds covered in palm trees, the glowing sunsets, the live Hawaiian music, the fresh floral leis, swoon! I became that girl tossing as many of the complimentary bath products into my suitcase as I could to take home because they were that great. The first night in Wailea we went to Monkeypod for their fresh island fish sandwich that Dan and I both agree is the best fish sandwich we’ve ever had…in our lives…delicious down to the sweet Hawaiian homemade bun it is served on. So great that we stopped again before heading out to the airport. Their mai-tai’s do not disappoint, either.
On our second day in Wailea, while Dan golfed I visited Spa Grande. Spa Grande encourages guests to arrive well before their appointments to enjoy and experience the sauna, eucalyptus steam room, therapeutic specialty baths, plunge pools, and a full body loofah exfoliation by an attendant. Treat. Yo. Self.
Later that afternoon, we ventured to Eskimo Candy, a lunch spot you can miss if you blink that a few friends had recommended for killer poke bowls, DELISH. That night we walked over to Maui’s Irish pub Mulligans – if there is an Irish pub around any place we visit my 81% Irish husband WILL sniff it out.
As I said in Part 1, bringing our own snorkel gear and renting a jeep allowed us to beach hop at our leisure. On our last day in Maui, we headed over to secluded Palauea Beach and discovered a sea turtle sanctuary! We had spotted honu before, but it’s hard to put into words what a unique experience it was, just the two of us floating in the Pacific surrounded by a bunch of Hawaiian sea turtles. They are remarkable creatures and can live for 80 years!
We spent our last night at an exceptional restaurant Hawaii offers in the Four Seasons called Ferraro’s. I would have returned just for the melt-in-your-mouth lobster pasta with vodka sauce, but the oceanfront ambiance of this place is like no other. Tip: Ferraro’s offers half priced bottles of wine after 8PM. We stumbled upon this during our first trip and took advantage this time around, too.
A few more tips before you go:
- Happy Hours. Happy Hours are a big deal in Maui and taking advantage if you can helps buffer the pricey cost of Hawaii. We especially loved the one at Nick’s Fishmarket in the Fairmont. Hula Grill also had a fun one with live music. We had also heard good things about this one.
- Car Rental. An open air jeep is a must! We’ve booked through this company several times; never any issues and always a good deal.
Maui is truly paradise. We left feeling rejuvenated, well-rested and definitely not hungry. Until next time, Maui, Mahalo!