Hawaii

Honeymoon – day fifteen

Our flight home is from Honolulu and that flight leaves super early in the morning. So today marks the official end of our honeymoon as tonight is about being near to the airport to get there in time. We leave have breakfast at the hotel. It is our first time ever having breakfast at the hotel. Dinner last night was our first meal ever at the hotel. honeymoon full of firsts even when returning to the same hotel. Our flight from Maui was in line with check out time so we didn’t have to rush. We fly to Honolulu and prepare for tomorrow. This time we are at the Halekulani’s sister hotel the Waikiki Park Hotel (now Halepuna). We have been a bit worried because the Halekulani was so nice. We just don’t know if we can be in Waikiki and not at the Halekulani. As soon as we check-in and get to our room, all of those fears are put to rest. One of the most amazing things on arriving in the room was…

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Honeymoon – day fourteen

Maui, what can I say. We have arrived back at Hotel Wailea. We have relaxed. It is an amazing spot for a honeymoon. Quiet, calm, no more driving. Day fourteen is a sleepy day. We have come to paradise to sleep off the road trip. Not intentionally but what else is there to do now but relax. We had an amazing drive and now we have a pool, some time, a few great welcome and honeymoon gifts. I think we earned the right to slow down and enjoy a whole lot of nothing. Maui has always felt like the place that honeymoon dreams are made of. It feels like a honeymoon dream come true. We have done more interesting things and stayed at hotels that are probably a whole lot nicer but Maui just has a vibe to it. The collective beating heart can be felt in the air, a relaxed, friendly and happy atmosphere. Wailea breakfast We have breakfast/brunch in the shopping centre and laze by the pool. I nap more than Triston and…

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Maui

Honeymoon – day thirteen

MAUI!! Hotel Wailea. Finally! We are back. So excited. Our first trip to Maui, back in 2009, we stayed at Hotel Wailea and loved it so for our honeymoon we knew we had to go back. When we first stayed we thought the hotel was more than lovely. There this intangible peace and tranquility about the place. Oh, and those rooms, we adored the rooms. Large, well planned, providing everything you needed. The rooms had a full kitchen including an oven, stove top, and a full-size fridge (with freezer). Our favourite part was the bathroom. I don’t know what it is about that bathroom exactly but we have compared every bathroom since to their bathroom. Held to the Hotel Wailea standard. Naming all of the things the hotel, apartment or house could have done better. We call it PHW – Post Hotel Wailea. I don’t know if their bathroom won awards back then but it should have. We were aware of a massive renovation and that the hotel had joined the Relais & Chateaux group. The condo rooms remained…

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Hawaii

Honeymoon – day three

By now I would have planned for us to have a fantastic honeymoon dinner but Triston still wasn’t feeling well we were trying to find simple foods. Knowing Shore Fyre was no longer the go-to for us. I googled: “steak rice salad Oahu” and sure enough, 2 minutes from our hotel was a place called The Steak Shack. This sounded enough like blazing steak to coax Triston away from the safety of the hotel and bathroom. It was a shack-esque outlet right on the beach. Steak or chicken, rice and salad. We will have 2 steaks, please. Triston couldn’t get through it all but it was what we were after. It had been a big day of not a whole lot so I think we were off to sleep about 8pm. In the morning, Triston still was not feeling like much food. About lunchtime we went for a walk. I got sunburnt and Triston got sick of walking. Our plan. see the Kaka’ako graffiti art. The reality, we got an uber back to our hotel…

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Hawaii

Honeymoon – day two

The day we landed in Hawaii to start our honeymoon was a very very long day. I had a lunch and site inspection booked for The Modern Hotel. Triston was invited to the lunch and I thought he might actually enjoy snooping around the hotel. We haven’t been to this one before. I get a lot of flak for being a snoop but he is almost as bad as me. Maybe worse! Rather than snoop himself, he hopes I will so I can tell him all of my findings without going to any effort himself. I protest being called a snoop. For the most part, I am actually interested in others lives and wish them the best. I compete with no one, we can all have amazing lives and I love to hear everyone’s stories. Triston is still too ill to come so I went alone while he rested. He enjoyed being left in peace. I was gone for two hours. Sadly I was starting to feel the effects of the long day before we…

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