Today I am going to focus on our trip to Maui! Amazing Restaurants, hotels, beaches, everything!! (Side note, I used to live on Maui when I was in my 20's. Comment or message me with any questions about the island & I will do my best to get you great information from people that are still there!!!)
The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea
Everything about our stay at The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea was fantastic! Our room was incredibly comfortable & had plenty of space for a toddler to entertain herself! Speaking of toddler-everytime we walked into our room she would say "Its nice in here!" It was so cute!!! I think she was a HUGE fan of the entire experience & looks forward to visiting again!!
We did the breakfast buffet every morning. This was a fantastic way to start our day! Fresh papaya, omelette bar, bread pudding, fried rice!! They put on a nice spread! Everything was fresh & warm and gave us a great start to each fun filled day! Let me tell you ,there is nothing like starting the day with a fresh glass of Guava juice! No joke! We did make one mistake in this department though. But it was totally our fault. When we checked in we were told that we could get a To-Go breakfast in lieu of the buffet in case we were going on an excursion. We decided to take a day off from the buffet to go straight to the beach with our breakfast in a bag. And it was great! A huge amount of food came in each one! Fantastic!! Came in a reusable insulated bag! WOoHOo!! Until I had to walk back to the room to get something and saw what was happening in the buffet restaurant. Beautiful live music, hula dancer, roast pork and carving station. Then it occurred to me that it was Sunday. Sunday Brunch. HUGE FOREHEAD SLAP!!! SO, by all means, I recommend the togo bags. M-Sat. Not on Sunday. Definitely not on Sunday! lol
We ate at all of the restaurants on the property, other than room service. Our favorite (but it also makes the top of the list of favorite all time restaurants!!) was HUMUHUMU! I don't think you can beat the ambiance here-from the open air to the gorgeous wood & location floating on a pond!!!! Then you add that the food was fantastic from seafood to steaks & shrimp. To top it off, the live music was always so beautiful & the service was top notch! We ended up eating in the bar all but one time because we didn't make a reservation so-make a reservation, but if you don't, the bar is a fantastic place to be as well! Dress code is a little nicer than casual but its always so nice to put on a pretty dress after a day in the sun!! Then, on the one night we did make a reservation, it was our last night on the island, and we got upgraded to the famous Table 70!!!!! Whaaaaattttt???!!!! You guys, it was amazing!! The view-FANTASTIC. The privacy-WOW!! We felt like we were "floating out on the lagoon" just like they describe! We were so surprised and realize how lucky we were to get it!! Thank you again Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea!!! (check out the photo on the right to see what I mean)
"Float above the lagoon for sunset views, and seasonal Polynesian and Hawaiian cuisine from award winning chef, Mike Lofaro" Check it out HERE
Oh, and they give the kids a little stuffed animal! Ashlyn got a Humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish (aka trigger fish)! Then she got a whale & a honu (turtle) from the other 2 restaurants on the property! This really topped of our overall experience! She loves having them now and says "Hawaii" when she plays with them!
The other 2 restaurants are more casual. Bistro Molokini & The Volcano Bar & Grill. We had a late dinner at Bistro Molokini and it was perfect after a long day in the sun. Casual, relaxed atmosphere! I literally went with wet hair after my shower! lol!
The Volcano Bar & Grill was really great! It is located poolside & offers table seating or lounger service by the pool! I love this! We loved (well, the kids REALLY LOVED) that we didn't have to get cleaned up from the pool to have lunch. We could enjoy it right there in our suits and get right back to swimming! And the food was impressive! Really nice!
Now lets talk activities! The pool was so much fun! We went with our good friends & their 2 kids as well. So we had 4 adults, 1-7 year old, 1-5 year old & 1-2 year old and we all had a BLAST!!!! Nothing was too "grown up" for the kids (except the swim up bar-that one was for us grown ups!!) or too boring for the adults. We all loved going down the slides (there was one exception here-2 of the slides have a height requirement that none of the kids fit, but there were so many other slides, the kids didn't even notice!). The winding river was so relaxing and Ashlyn thought it was so awesome!! Oh yeah, the rope swing. Have I mentioned the rope swing? Im not sure who enjoyed that more, the 7year old, 5 year old or 2-35 year old dads!! hahaha! And we got some fantastic pictures from this little area! hahaha
I am going to go ahead and HIGHLY recommend you consider The Grand Wailea if you are heading to Hawaii-kids or not! Fantastic place!!
Restaurants On Maui
We actually ate most of our meals at the hotel on this trip but we did venture out a few times to grab a bite. Here are our favorite places in no particular order :)
"Island style food made with Aloha"
Yes it is! We look forward to stopping at this place as soon as we get to Maui! The food is so good!!!! Every time! There are 2 locations, 1 is very close to the airport in Kahului and is a sit down casual place. The other is in Kihei and is a very casual (order at the counter) place. We like both locations! We usually can't wait until we get to Kihei so we stop at the Kahului location after we land. Then. at some point during the vacation we run and grab take out and bring it back to the hotel to enjoy!!
I have never eaten lunch or dinner here but I do stop and grab a pie when we drive over to Lahaina side. Because, OMG THE PIES!!!!!! So I can only assume that the food here is also awesome!!!
The Mill House-Maui Tropical Plantation
On elf our favorite restaurants on the planet!!! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, complete with ponds that are home to fish & ducks, gift shop, coffee shop & zip line options!! We spent a good amount of time, both before lunch & after, feeding the ducks & exploring the grounds (mostly goofing off but also exploring! lol).
INNOVATIVE FARM-DRIVEN DININGUsing only the highest quality ingredients, carefully selected within our plantation's grounds, and in close collaboration with select farmers and providers. Prepared with integrity, expertise and fearless creativity. Click to go check out more on the website
We have eaten here several times now. It has become a must visit when we are on the island! Even spent our 10 year wedding anniversary here!! The food is THAT GOOD!!! Absolutely incredible!! New menu every day & fresh ingredients from the on-site garden are included in most dishes!!
I you eat at one restaurant during your visit, make it this one!!! Seriously!!!
Monkey Pod Kitchen
You guys, this place is so fun!! Super casual atmosphere with table service that has always been fantastic!! We visited the Wailea location this time but have also been to the Ko Olina location on Oahu. Both were awesome!
And if you take a look at that photo above you will see yellow foamy deliciousness on top of that Mai Tai!!! That, my friends, is honey lilikoi foam. And it is GOOD. REAL GOOD!!
The food here is also very yummy! And lots of local options-like the burger from Maui Cattle Company. You know I'm a sucker for local food!!!
I could seriously go on and on about so many more wonderful restaurants, hotels, beaches etc... But this post is Sooooooooooo long already. So please comment or message me if you have any upcoming trips and need some advice! Id love to help! :)
Aloha & A Hui Ho!