To celebrate our 30-year anniversary, we decided to go to Maui. Getting off the plane in Maui was very unique. It was a very small airport, and when we walked out of the small terminal, we found ourselves in the open air, with a fairly long walk to the baggage area. There were vendors with fruit carts and souvenirs all around. After retrieving our bags from the carousel, we boarded a tram that took us to the rental car office.
Driving on the road from the airport to the resort was pretty nondescript. It almost looked like any other small town, except for the massive mountain that surrounds the city and the burned sugar cane fields. The scene changed dramatically as we got closer to the resort, the Grand Wailea.
It looked nice as we drove in, with a big waterfall as you pulled into the valet parking. We were greeted with smiles and leis. Once we stepped into the resort, I was overwhelmed with how beautiful it all was; so amazing in every direction!
Walking to our room, we saw waterfalls, ponds and bridges. We were not disappointed with our room either. It was huge and bright and tropical. They even had champagne chilling for our anniversary with a personal note. The bathroom was roomy but the best part was our balcony, aka lanai… the view was spectacular! We were in the Chapel tower and the picture explains why.
After settling in, we hopped in the car to grab something quick to eat. We found a small public beach just minutes from the resort. We just sat and took in the beautiful sunset.
The next morning we got up early, which wasn’t too hard with the 7 hour time change. We headed out to Molokini Crater for a snorkeling trip. What a great time we had! We swam in the front and backside of the crater, seeing different types of colorful fish. We even swam with some turtles!
After a well-deserved nap, we headed to Lahaina for dinner. Such a cute town with so many shops and restaurants filling the street. The sunset from our table was just breathtaking.
Next day was Beach/Pool Day. The resort provided complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas on the beach. The pool was full of slides, waterfalls, Tarzan Rope Swing, hidden jacuzzi, pool bar and even a lazy river. It was definitely a full but relaxing day.
After another well-deserved nap, we headed out to the Luau at the resort. We had a blast! The food was amazing and so was the entertainment. We were even chosen to hula onstage!!
Stay tuned for the second part of our vacation!