Hawaii holds a special place in our hearts. You can’t get much better than a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, warm water, and great food and drinks!? This year we definitely had a more relaxing time in Maui, unlike last time which was full of activities! But that is what makes Maui so great… you can relax OR be adventurous OR both!
In this post I am going to go over my most recent trip in detail, then I will finish it off by adding in the adventures we had when we were last here in 2015!
We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon in June, and went straight to Bamboo Fresh in southern Lahaina. I found it on Yelp and even though the menu looked great, I wasn’t too impressed. The salad was warm, wilted, and had hardly any chicken. Safe to say I took a little extra HCl to make sure I had enough stomach acid to kill any little buggers.
After refueling, we went to check in to our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. This was our first time staying at a resort instead of a condo and to be honest, we were a little nervous about not having a full kitchen in our room. It ended up being totally fine because we booked our vacation through Costco and the breakfast buffet was included! We also had a fridge to store our snacks and drinks so we were set. The room was perfect and had an ocean view as well. I loved the gym onsite and the pool with a swim-up bar!
We were so lucky to have our best friends and their two babies join us on this trip. We met up with them at the Cliff Dive Bar at the Sheraton for the famous old fashion mai-tais before heading out to dinner! We then Uber-ed to the Seahouse Restaurant at Napili Beach. The beach is a fun to visit during the day but we went after dark so we couldn’t see the pretty views.
Day 2 (our first full day) was the ultimate relaxing day. We reserved our beach chairs in the morning with our towels (people honestly reserve chairs at 6 am and if you don’t, you won’t get one)! Then we took advantage of the free yoga on the lawn offered by our hotel. It was awesome! Yoga is relaxing in itself, but hearing the ocean waves during your practice is the best way to do it! We ate breakfast at the buffet and then headed to the pool. We had fun checking out from work and reading our fiction books while getting a tan. For lunch, we ordered pool-side fish tacos that were amazing! Dinner was at Fleetwood’s in Lahaina. If you haven’t sat on their rooftop for dinner during sunset, you are missing out!!
Day 3 was another fun yet relaxing day. We did a quick workout at the hotel gym and then over-ate at the buffet (again). At least there are healthy options to choose from! My fav was the fresh papaya and pineapple. After that, we headed to our friends’ condo for another pool day, this time with the kiddos! We ate lunch at Duke’s and had many poolside drinks 😉 For dinner, we headed to Mama’s Fish House. You have to make reservations in advance for this one and make sure to wear appropriate attire! It is a little pricey but SO worth it!
On day 4 (Saturday) the boys headed out to an early round of golf at the Royal Ka’anapali Course. They had a great time and it had beautiful ocean views. I did the free pilates class offered on the lawn of our hotel (what great perks)! After that, I ate the buffet and then met my friends at the pool. Lunch was lighter because of the heavy buffet and we went to our favorite health bar, Choice Health Bar, for smoothies. My number one tip is to order online before you get there! It can take a while to get your food if not 🙂 All of their food, smoothies, acai bowls, bars, etc. are amazing but your bill can add up quickly ($$). They have multiple locations which is awesome and they even have house-made paleonola! The best activity of the day was the sunset cruise. We like to do these on every beach vacation we go on. They are so fun, great food, unlimited drinks, and a beautiful sunset. If you do not get seasick on catamarans, the cruises are a must-do! This time we went on the Trilogy Cruise. After the cruise, we shopped around Whaler’s Village and the ate a late dinner at Monkey Pod. Their One in a Melon cocktail is my fav!
Day 5 was a lazy Sunday 🙂 We started off the day with a couples massage and ate breakfast at the buffet. Then we reserved a pool cabana and hung out with our friends all day long in the sun! The cabana was right on the beach so we had access to the pool and the ocean for swimming. There was a shade on the cabana as well if you wanted to get out of the sun. It was inexpensive at $100 rental for the day. The cabanas come with food and drink service so that made it quite easy on us. I ordered a salad and we also had calamari and poke as appetizers. All of the food and drinks were amazing! When we were done in the sun, we got ready and went out to eat at Pacifico. I was super excited to try this restaurant because it is farm to table. Maybe next time I will get a chance to visit their farm on the island, but at least we got to experience this dinner. We started off with housemade fennel bread and rosemary salted butter (to die for). Then I had the beet salad and Taylor had the farm salad. For dinner, I had the olive oil poached fish and Taylor had the coconut crusted mahi-mahi. Since we were celebrating, dessert was on the house and was so delicious! We had the chocolate decadence and it was worth the sugar!
Day 6 (Monday) was our last full day in town. Tay and I decided to go explore the island a little bit! We went on a morning run on the beach and stopped at Choice Health Bar in Whaler’s Village (new location) for breakfast. We were obviously completely over the hotel buffet! Then we went to the Maui Tropical Plantation to explore and get some coffee at the Millhouse Roastery. The coffee was amazing and the scenery was beautiful. We walked around the plantation ourselves but did not do a tour. There was a cute little farm stand at the plantation so we picked up some goodies like macadamia nuts, dried coconut, and dragon fruit.
From there we headed to Secret Beach. On the way, we stopped at a coconut stand and a small farmer’s market. We ended in Kehei at the Paia Fish Market because we had heard so much about the famous fish tacos! After lunch, we spent the rest of the day relaxing before heading out to our last dinner at Mala Ocean Tavern. It was a cute little restaurant right on the water. We started with the Ahi Bruschetta which was delish! Then I had the Fresh Fish a la Plancha.
Day 7 (Tuesday) was our final morning in Maui. Of course, we had to have our favorite breakfast, Choice Health Bar. We went for another hard beach run and enjoyed our last morning looking at the waves with our toes in the sand before packing up and heading home! When I say hard beach run, it wasn’t very far because any beach run is hard! At the airport, we had a lot of time before boarding our flight so we ate at Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill and I had the fiesta salad with kalua pork. It was great!
This trip turned out to be the ultimate relaxation vacation. Last time we were in Maui in 2015 we did ALL of the activities. Below is a quick recap from our last trip:
- We stayed in Lahaina area at the Papkea condo
- Friday- We went to Leilani’s in Whaler’s village (pretty yummy)
- Saturday- Kayak and snorkel tour to Turtle Town
- Sunday- Beach Day and Sunset Cruise– FAV THING
- Monday- Beach day and Lahaina Grill
- Tuesday-Hike to Twin Falls- jumped off waterfalls J
- Wednesday- Pool day and Luau- Sheraton
- Thursday- Rented mopeds and took them to the blowhole (808 mopeds)
Please let me know if this post is helpful! I would love to know what ya’ll want to see from me! If you have specific questions about any of the places we went to or the food we ate. Aloha!