April 21, 2017

Maui Recap #2: Wailea

 

This part of the trip always goes by way too fast for us, but it is always such a blast! After spending a few days in Lahaina, we drove 40 minutes south to our home for the next five nights at the Grand Wailea ResortHere, we would be joining hundreds of Scott’s coworkers on the work incentive portion of the trip. The location of this trip rotates every year from Orlando, Palm Dessert, Scottsdale and Wailea…obviously Wailea being the cream of the crop!

With the exception of a four-hour awards ceremony on one of the days, the rest of the week is entirely up to us and what we decide we would like to participate in. A typical morning would start off with a run or walk along the beach and a legit five star breakfast buffet before kicking off the days events.

Here’s a quick rundown of the days spent at Grand Wailea:

Wednesday:

  • Check in to our room, have the rest of the day to settle in and hang by the pool. In the evening there was a welcome reception with cocktails and a (very impressive) buffet style meal. Guests could come and go during this time since a lot of people were just flying into Hawaii that day and had some serious jet lag.

Thursday:

  • Awards ceremony in the morning until about noon and the rest of the day is free! Since the Spa is one of the best in the country, I decided to get a massage (complimentary…I know) and spent the majority of the day relaxing by the beach. Wednesday night we joined a fun group for dinner at Manoli’s Pizza Company situated on a golf course right up the hill from our resort.

Friday: 

  • Scott decided to try surfing in the morning, while I took a complimentary hotel bike about five miles away to a lap pool and got a swim in. Friday night is always one of my favorite nights because Scott’s company puts on a theme night with a live band and fireworks. This year was an island theme (surprise, surprise!).

Saturday:

  • Scott, Kirsten, Jay and I took advantage of the hotel bikes and road into the town of Kihei for the afternoon to walk around a grab lunch. Loved this town!

  • The evening was spent with Scott’s district at Nick’s Fish Market…one of the best meals I had during my stay!

Sunday:

  • While Scott golfed, I took advantage of the spa yet again and experienced a second facial of my entire life. Whoa, those things are magic! That evening was our final fancy dinner with the entire group from the company, which is guaranteed to be delicious and fun.

I’m always so impressed and proud of Scott for making these trips, because I know they aren’t easy. He works his butt off to get us to these type of things, and his company definitely shows appreciation for it.

And just like that, we were off to Kauai for the third and last leg of our trip!

 

 

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April 19, 2017

Maui Recap #1: Lahaina

 

I think I’ve been putting off this post for so long because I don’t want to accept the fact that I am actually back home in my office vs. on a beach in Hawaii. **sigh**

But all good things must come to an end, and I am here today to recap one of the best trips I’ve ever taken to one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

So, how our trip went down: Scott earned a work incentive trip for five nights in Maui with several other employees from his company. Since both of our flights, meal, hospitality, etc. was paid for, we decided to extend our trip by flying out a few days early and staying a few days on the back end.

Our 13 day adventure started bright and early on a Sunday, flying from Madison ->Dallas -> Maui. 10 hours later and we were in tropical paradise! We had the night to ourselves before the next two nights would be spent with Scott’s cousin (who also works for the same company as Scott) and wife. Since the work incentive portion of the trip was on the south side of the island, we opted to stay on the west side, Lahaina. We were pretty tired with the five hour time difference, but managed to grab a bite to eat and watch our first sunset of the trip at Fleetwood’s on Front St. before lights out at 7:30pm.

We kicked off Monday morning with a run along the beach and a swim workout in a local (free!) lap pool. We loved swimming outdoors and taking in the beautiful views!

Jay and Kirsten arrived around noon, perfect timing for lunch and drinks at Koa’s Seaside Grill! We took the short walk from our VRBO to Front Street (the main drag in Lahaina) to Koa’s which offers the best views of neighboring islands, Molokai and Lanai.

We spent the rest of the day in and out of shops on Front Street and hanging out by our pool before heading to dinner at Lahaina Fish Co. LFC has been serving Maui’s visitors and locals for over 25 years with a goal of obtaining and serving fresh, natural and organic products whenever possible. SO GOOD.

Tuesday morning Scott and I decided to check out a CrossFit box about a mile away- Lahaina CrossFit. The owners (originally from Illinois) were both super friendly and the box itself was in great shape. We loved it there!

After the gym, we grabbed some coffee at Cafe Cafe Maui (our absolute favorite!) and showered up before hopping in a car with Jay and Kirsten to explore some of the west and north side of the island.

Originally we had plans to spend the day driving the Road to Hana, but changed our minds once we heard it was literally an 8-10 hour day of driving. Although I would have loved to experience it, I was also okay with driving a quick 30 minutes north for these views and calling it a day.

Jay and Kirsten love craft beer just as much as we do, and when we found out there was a brewery within a half mile of our VRBO, we just HAD to check it out.

Kohola Brewery was a little hidden gem with a great variety of beers. The large, clean and open air warehouse is set up with a bar, lots of seating and board games. At the time, they had ten beers on tap including their award winning pilsner, a couple of IPAs, a brown ale, red ale, pale ale, saison, Belgian Tripel and a guest cider.

We stayed for a few hours, playing Scattegories and listening to live music until we worked up an appetite. We decided on Lahaina Pizza Company for our last meal in Lahaina and it did not disappoint. The upstairs restaurant, located directly across the seawall offers stunning ocean views and some fab pizza!

We always enjoy our time with Jay and Kirsten and feel so fortunate to be able to travel with them to so many beautiful places. If you are thinking about planning a trip to Maui, I definitely recommend staying in Lahaina. I particularly loved all of the walkable cafes, shops and restaurants and the local feel.

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