12 Jul HAWAII
HAWAII – Maui and Kauai
Hawaii has been on my bucket list for a long time and what better time than our honeymoon to go! In September 2017, we embarked on a 10-day Hawaiian Adventure. Although, I would love to re-live the whole trip and walk you through our day to day ;-), Ill spare you every single detail and share with you the highlights of our trip!
Hawaii was everything I thought it would be and more. It really is as breathtaking and gorgeous as everyone told us, but you really have to see it first hand to believe it, and understand the true beauty! The food, sandy beaches, warm climate, beautiful mountains, wonderful hiking trails, and the overall good energy of the island is nothing short of fabulous.
The Four Seasons Resort Maui
We flew into Maui and spent 5 nights at The Four Seasons Resort Maui. The resort was spectacular!
We stayed in an ocean-view room; which was larger than our NYC apartment (no joke) and had the most amazing views of the ocean! The bathroom even had its own music playing! We could order drinks and watch a beautiful sunset from our balcony every night. It was perfection.
The amenities at the resort were fabulous. The adult serenity pool was pure luxury (think infinity pool with a swim up bar and views into the pacific ocean). The other pool is just as great, but being that we were on our honeymoon, we hung by the adult pool most of the trip.
We played tennis, went to yoga, went on an outrigger canoe ride and rented paddle boards all at the resort. If you didn’t want to leave the resort, you really did not have to. The resort has so many activities to offer!
Being a health coach I always look to stay at resorts that put a focus on wellness and the Four Seasons did just that. They have a movement called “wellness your way” where they offer healthy food opinions. Eating vegan/vegetarian is very easy and delicious! They also had a smoothie/juice bar and I ordered a fresh juice every morning.
The service at the Four Seasons is like no other. Whatever you need, they staff was available and able to assist you with. It made it hard to leave the resort to go adventure around the island. But of course we were in Hawaii so we had a few adventures planned!
Things to do:
- Hakeleulua Sunrise: We drove ourselves, but ther are plenty of tours you can do. The views were breathtaking and worth the 2:30AM wake up call. TIP: if you are traveling from the states, do this the first morning before you are fully adjusted to the time difference.
- Snorkel excursion to Molokini and Turtle Bay: Our first real snorkeling excursion. We sailed with AlI-Nui which was fabulous. Breakfast, Snacks, Drinks and all snorkel gear included.
- Surfing: Clark is a surfer at heart. He rented a surf board at a surf shop in Kihei (a cute town abour 10 min from the Four Seasons) and was able to catch some waves for a few hours that morning.
- The Spa at The Four Seasons: The highlight for me was the fact that they use all @doTERRA oils! SCORE! We indulged in a couples massage on the beach in a tiki hut, which was SO relaxing. We did this towards the end of our stay to re-energize before heading to Kauai!
- Road to Hana – We did not get around to doing this, BUT it is on our list for our next trip back!
Places to Eat
- Mama’s Fish House – A classic, must go! The scenery is gorgeous and the food is delicious. Make a reservation weeks in advance
- The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea – Our personal favorite dinner the whole trip! The food was divne and the views were exquisite
- Spago at Four Seasons – We had a reservation on our last night in Maui and ended up cancelling and ordering room service. (haha) We were feeling rather relaxed and not in the mood to shower up for dinner. BUT, Spago is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and had amazing reviews.
- Ferraro’s at Four Seasons – Delicious Italian with gluten free pasta options 🙂
- Sansei Seafood – Local, casual spot in Kihei with amazing (cheap) sushi
- All the food at the Four Seasons was really good. We had breakfast at DUO every morning and basically lunch at the pool everyday. Plenty of gf/v/veg options and everything was very good.
The weather was 90 and sunny everyday. It never felt too hot because of the breeze from the ocean. We had a great stay in Maui and would love to come back again (soon)!
Off to KAUAI
Kauai is much more green and lush than Maui. The islands’ have two totally different feels, but we did love them both! Kauai has more of laid-back feel. We basically lived in our bathing suits except for a few times we showered and went to dinner.
St. Regis Princeville Resort
We spent 5 nights at the St. Regis Princeville Resort. The views from the hotel were stunning. We also had an ocean view room here as well and the sunsets every night were breathtaking.
We ate breakfast every morning on the Makana terrace and looked out to Hanalei bay and the Makana mountains.
It was very surreal waking up to this everyday.
The resort was beautiful. As soon as we arrived we dropped our bags and went right to the ocean for a dip.
We were a little more adventurous in Kauai so we did not take full advantage of everything the resort had to offer, but we got to explore the island to the max!
Things to do:
- Hike the Napali Coast – a MUST do! This is an 11-mile hike. However, you do not have to do the full hike, we only did 5 miles.The views are BREAKTAKING. It is challenging so be prepared. TIPS: wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. It was 90, humid and sunny when we did it, but SO worth it!
- Queens Bath – a natural beauty! It’s a short hike to get to, but once you are there, if the tide is not too high and you feel it is safe, you can take a dip in the tide pool. CAUTION: There have been several drowning’s from swimming in unsafe conditions.
- Napali Coast boat tour – Ah! This may be the highlight of our time in Kauai. We did a tour with @captain andys which I would highly recommend. It was a 4 hour dinner cruise. The food was spectacular and the views of the Napali Coast were beautiful.
- Paddle Boarding – We rented paddle boards in Hanalei at a local shop and went paddle boarding out in the bay. Great exercise 😉 (The St. Regis also rents them at the resort!)
- Kayak/Hike to the Secret Falls – There are many guided tours to do this adventure. We did it unguided. We rented kayaks at a local place called Kamokila Hawaiian Village. They gave us a map, a dry bag (which was nice!) and sent us on our way. It is a short Kayak trip to the trial and then about a 2 mile hike to the falls. Tip: You will want to wear watershoes!
- Massage at Auntie Angeline’s Mu’olaula – A real Hawaiian massage experience!
- Spa treatments at the St. Regis Resort – The Spa is unbelievable! I could have stayed there there all day pampering myself with treatments and relaxation, but instead I just got a pedicure, took a steam and the most amazing shower (you have to experience it to know what I mean). If I had more time, I would love to get more services and get the full experience!
- Golfing – The St. Regis has their own golf course with amazing views along the ocean. Clark went golfing one afternoon with a friend who was in town also on his honeymoon. They said the course was awesome and it was worth every penny for the breathtaking views!
Next time we go, we want to go on a helicopter tour, horseback riding and there are so many more hiking trails to explore!
Places to eat:
We loved finding amazing food truck all around the island, but here were some of our favorite spots:
- Wishing well – the BEST Acia bowls
- Kalalea Juice Hale – MY FAVORITE on the island. Fresh, organic delicious açaí bowls, juices, smoothies and more!
- Postcards Café – The cutest cafe with fresh caught fish and local produce
- Dolphin Sushi – A fun casual spot for dinner in Hanalei
- The Kauai Grill – Restaurant in the St. Regis
- Verde Restaurant – This is a yummy Mexican restaurant located in a strip mall that we stopped at on our way to the airport to dinner.
- Papaya’s Natural Foods – This is a natural foods market. We stopped here for snacks to have for the week. This whole foods on a VERY small level, but they had everything we needed!
In Kauai, we stayed in the north part of the island, so we did not get to explore the southern part of the island as much, but I know there are a lot of good eats down there too!
Overall, the trip was amazing and we cannot wait to go back! Have you guys ever been to Hawaii? Let me know your favorite spots below in the comments! <3