Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Maui 2008

Our Maui trip was definitely too short!! We landed on Thursday at noon and then headed to get our rental car. From there we headed off to our hotel, the Wailea Beach Marriott. It was a nice hotel. Paul & Yolanda were only a few rooms down from us, so it was convenient to hang out or leave together at the same time.

Our first stop after checking into the hotel was Cheeseburger in Paradise (or whatever they’re called now). Yum yum!! After we digested our food a little, it was off to the pool of course! The “adult” pool was beautiful…and quiet. It was an infinity pool that looked off at the ocean. There were little cabanas that you could rent that looked like little floating islands in the pool. It wasn’t as warm as we expected, but I guess you can’t complain too much when you’re in Maui.

We probably ate WAY too much on this trip. We had decadent dinners every night. The first night we went to a restaurant that something had recommended to me called Capische at the Diamond Resort. We probably should have gone at sunset, but our reservations were for 8:30pm. You sit out on a lanai overlooking the golf course and ocean.

On Friday we did the Road to Hana. Paul was able to borrow a cd that would play while you were driving and tell you what you were seeing. We stopped in Pa'ia for breakfast at Charlie’s. I got ONE pancake since it was the size of the entire plate! Needless to say, I didn’t finish it all. It was a really good breakfast though. We left the restaurant to start up the road at about 8:00am. Along the way we took hikes, saw roosters, had beautiful views, and went down one lane winding roads! It took about 4 hours to get to Hana….and then were was nothing there! I guess that’s why it’s the road to Hana. Since we were hungry by then, we stopped in a guy’s front yard that had a sign saying “Hawaiian BBQ”. We had some teriyaki chicken and steak. It was delicious Hawaiian home style food. On the way back it only took about 2 hours to get back since we didn’t make any stops.

Friday night we went to Ruth Chris Steak house. You’re pretty much always guaranteed a good steak there!

On Saturday we headed to Lahaina since Yolanda had never been there before. We walked up and down the main road a few times until we settled on eating at the Lahaina Fish Co. It had some really yummy coconut shrimp. Cuong had the seafood sampler, Yolanda had calamari and chips and Paul went for the Ahi tacos. It was all really good.

Saturday night we weren’t really sure where to go for dinner. Another restaurant that was recommended was about 40 minutes away, and we just didn’t feel like driving for that long just to get to dinner. Instead, we made reservations for the restaurant at the hotel next door, the Grand Wailea. It was breath taking!! The hotel grounds were beautiful and the restaurant itself was amazing. It looked like it was sitting on stilts over a lagoon with fish and lobster. The dinner was expensive, but very good. We all got the filet mingon and lobster.

Sunday morning we left the hotel and headed to the airport. They were asking for volunteers to not go on the flight and wait until Monday morning’s flight. We volunteered since they were giving a good package, and we just didn’t want to leave yet! Unfortunately they ended up not needing us! Darn!
All in all, it was a good trip and a nice little get away. I wish it were warmer while we were there, but it was good enough! Next time we need to stay longer though!


Joe Tamanini said...

Hi Lauren,

I stumbled on your blog while researching the Wailea Marriott. My wife and I are going in a few weeks! Can't wait!

Anyway, what's the deal with the adult pool? Is it large enough to perhaps swim laps in the morning? That is the report that I got from a few people on travel blogs, but wasn't sure.


Lauren said...

Hi Joe,
Yes, the adult pool is large enough to swim laps in the morning. It is much quieter than the normal pool. A nice place to relax or read a book. I remember seeing a sign regarding the hours for the pool though. You might want to check with the front desk.
There are 2 other pools on the hotel grounds that are also large enough to swim laps in. If you get out there early enough, I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem.