April 28, 2017

Kauai Recap #1

 

I really didn’t think any place could be better than Maui, but then we went to Kauai. The Kauai landscape was like nothing I’ve ever seen before and so incredibly lush and beautiful. And the food? Freaking amazing.

We rented a VRBO on the north side of the island in Princeville for four nights and couldn’t be happier with our decision. Through some research we found out that there is quite the difference in climate from the south and north side of the island with the south being more dry and north being the wettest. We wanted to take a chance and stay on the north shore simply because we heard the landscape was better there and it was closer to some of the hikes we wanted to do.

We arrived at our VRBO and were instantly greeted by chickens…everywhere.Back in 1992 Hurricane ‘Iniki freed many of them from local farms and they now roam the island. Just hilarious!

Our first full day in Kauai started off with a short walk to Queen’s Bath which is a natural attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

Located on the North Shore, Queens Bath is a unique tide pool surrounded by black igneous rock and filled with small sea creatures. For the adrenaline junkies, you can even jump from the rock cliff into the Queens Bath when the water is calm.

By the time we got back from our hike, it was just about lunchtime so we made the 10 minute drive to SushiGirl, highly recommended by a few locals. It was the tiniest, cutest little stand near the end of the road on the north shore and was seriously the freshest sushi I have ever had in my life. YUM.

We took our sushi to Hanalei Bay–a perfect semi-circular sandy beach with some amazing views– and spent our afternoon relaxing.

This was one of our favorite beaches and was a quick five-minute drive from our VRBO. We even attempted an open water swim here which failed miserably…but hey, we tried!

 

Wiped from the day, we decided on an early dinner at Tahiti Nui (featured in the movie, Descendants) and some live music before calling it a night. Very successful first day in Kauai!

 

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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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