Annnnddd we're back! Super hard to settle into real life again after two weeks of relaxing vacation. But, I wanted to share our Maui guide and tell y'all about some of our new go-to spots.
Where to Stay:
We stayed in Ka'anapali Beach at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. It was pretty great, but they are doing some MAJOR construction, which impacted our stay quite a bit. This construction is slated to be done in May (ish) 2020, so....we will probably have to go back?! :)
Other great locations in Ka'anapali Beach to stay at are The Sheraton, The Hyatt (I mean..HELLO Grotto Bar!) & The Westin Villas. We loved Ka'anapli Beach because there is SO much around it! We found ourselves taking long walks down the beach ;) to all of the great restaurants + there is also a mall right next to The Westin. We had a rental car & made our way into Lahaina a couple of the days. But, if you don't have a car, this place is the perfect location with plenty around to walk to.
What to Do:
First, we always start with coffee! There is a "Starbucks" at the Westin. But if you're a bougie coffee drinker like me and you like to drink the local best coffee, then you'll need to make your way to Lahaina to grab the best Cold Brew from Belle Surf Cafe. I mean..look how cute it is?! Plus they have some awesome food options too!
Next up, the beach! You don't have to go too far because it is right outside of your hotel room. The best part is The Westin offers lounge chair rentals + an umbrella. They create the perfect home-base for you, so you can galavant up and down the beach all day!
The pools at the Westin are pretty great, especially since they have an adults-only pool. Definitely key on Drew & I's vacation. Side note: we don't hate kids, but since we always go on vacation in July, peak kid/family vacation time, we like to have some quiet time by ourselves to relax!
The other great pool option is the Grotto pool/bar over at They Hyatt. You technically need to be staying at that pool to get lounge chairs/ towels, but I think you can bring your own towel and take a dip in the pool (side note: this is not confirmed, don't blame me if you get in trouble). I am definitely not a rule follower like Drew ;)
Besides the pool + beach, we absolutely loved getting a couples massage. We recommend saving the $$ it costs to get a massage at the hotel spa and going to Mina's Massage in Lahaina. Seriously, one of the best massages I've ever had!
If you're looking for some beach activities, we recommend buying snorkeling gear from one of the local shops. Don't waste your money on the excursions and head on over to Napili Bay. The water is crystal clear and very calm! You can swim out to the reef and see all the fun sea creatures! We even saw a few sea turtles hanging out by the cliff. Note: arrive early to miss all of the crowds + families.
Our #1 must-do, FAVORITE activity was the booze cruise :) ha! def not surprising! We had THE BEST experience with the Teralani catamaran. Eric, Molly & Andrew were our crew and they were amazing! The boat takes off from Whalers Village, right next to The Westin at 5:00pm. You cruise around for 2 hours and they offer heavy hors d'ouveres and PLENTY to drink. Usually, with an all you can drink bar the bartenders pour very watery drinks, but definitely not on this amazing boat. We had drinks and were talking with some of the other cruisers and the staff came over to replace our drinks before we could even state that we were finished. Such great service and an all-around fun crew to be around. As the sun was setting they went around and offered to take sunset pictures of you and your s/o or families. 5 Stars from us and definitely a night we will never forget. May have to go back to Maui just for this experience :)
What to eat:
"Hawaii is expensive!" We heard this a million times before we left, so we flew in and went straight to Costco. Woo! First of all, love me some Costco & second, it was the perfect little savior for our trip. We got some vodka, tequila, sparkling water, and stuff for a charcuterie board + a jumbo bag of Gluten-Free chips...so clutch! This saved us from buying snacks around the resort & even for most lunches we could utilize our salami + cheese to hold us over.
But of course, we had to experience a lot of the really great food around The Westin. Our go-to place, along with everyone I think, is Monkeypod. This place had THE BEST fish tacos and their Mai Tai was unreal. It has an orange-y, pineapple-y, yummy foam - yes this is the official description. If you're in Maui or even Oahu you have to go get a Mai Tai + they have great Happy Hour deals!
Another favorite and totally different spot is Paia Fish Market. This is located in Lahaina but SO worth the little drive! It is so reasonable and definitely served the best fish tacos we had all trip. I basically ate fish tacos all week long because... why not?! Plus, you can't get fish tacos in Pullman :):)
The last restaurant that we would definitely recommend was Japengo at The Hyatt. We went here for our "fancy" date night. We both LOVE sushi, so we got a few rolls, but they definitely have a fun and eclectic menu! It is also a beautiful restaurant location - tiki torches and fun lighting. I would highly recommend making a dinner reservation in time to watch the sunset.
Those were our favs. I would love to know y'alls go to Maui spots!
Thanks for reading! -B