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- Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Okay, so here's the scoop on Maui: (I'll post pics later)
Hotel - Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa - Great hotel! Beautiful grounds, pool, restaurant and plenty of space. You never feel like the hotel is crowded. Rooms were good sized and came w/ great hotel amenities. The lotions and shampoos are terrific. I always take home some of those goodies because when I use them, the smell takes me back and I'm in Maui again in my own bathroom. Then of course, I open my eyes and I'm so not. But it's worth the quick mind trip.
The pool is huge and has plenty of fun for the kids, with their own safe and shallow place to play. My favorite thing about the hotel are the rental lounge cabanas. We picked one that was close to the kiddie pool and yet looked over the ocean. They brought us food and drinks. When the sun was too much, we raised our cover shade and took naps. We spent at least 3 days renting one of these babies and it was well worth it. Breakfast each morning came with our room rate and it was a huge buffet with plenty of fresh fruit, normal breakfast fare and typical Japanese/Hawaiian fare as well. We had 3 dinners at the hotel in all three restaurants. We recommend them, as each had their own style and menu. Very tasty food.
Activities- We rented a jeep during our stay and ventured all over the island. That is how you really get to see what Maui is all about. I must say that around the airport and along the beach front areas, I was disappointed that it was so commercial, but if you spend sometime and get away from all that, you get a real treat. Maui is very diverse and beautiful. We spent one day at Napili beach enjoying body surfing, turtles and great sand. Also enjoyed breakfast there at the Gazebo. Be prepared to wait an hour, but it's so worth it. Where else can you get Fried Rice for breakfast. Omelette's as big as your head. Great view and so fun!
If you keep driving West then North then East you will eventually be around the West side of the Island. You will see gorgeous cliff lines, farm land and blow holes. Amazing views and a quaint little village called, well I forget the name, but keep driving on this narrow road around the cliffs and you will come to it. Chickens cross the road. Small taro fields and ladies selling fresh pineapple and delicious homemade banana bread and to die for coconut candy. Absolutely my best memory of Maui!
Blow Holes are so intriguing! You must go on a blow hole adventure of your own. It's easy, just get a map and start driving. You don't need a guide. The power and extreme force of that water is "WOW'!
We did also do a little shopping around the Kaanapali area at Whaler's Village There is a cute outdoor mall among all the nice hotels. Also a huge outdoor mall about 10 miles away with everything you could ever think of, called The Shops at Wailea. It's like your typical mall in any metro, but just being there outside smelling the scents of Maui and enjoying the weather, makes this shopping experience even fun for the men in the family.
The best part about a vacation in Maui or Hawaii in general, is the relaxed nature of the people and atmosphere. If you are in need of a laid back, total relaxation, then Maui is your place. The people are wonderful and the scenery is gorgeous. Just do it. Go to Maui!