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Trip report – Our first trip to Maui! – Maui

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Day 7 Suddenly we’ve made it to our last full day! Thanks to everyone who is still reading along, it’s been a lot of fun to relive the trip! 🙂 We woke up in the morning and packed up the condo, cleaning as much sand as we could. We were down at the front desk checking out by about 8:00am, the only charges we had were for daily parking which was about $20 for the week – super reasonable. We had an amazing stay in the unit, and were a bit sad to be leaving – although we had more fun ahead. We hopped in the car and drove to Wailea , stopping at the Kihei Snorkel Store location on the way to drop off our snorkel gear and beach umbrella. Drop-off was very quick and simple, we got our confirmation receipt and continued on our way to the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. We arrived at the Marriott around 9am, fully expecting our room not to be ready. We knew we were quite early, but since we wanted to enjoy a full day in South Maui, were happy with just leaving our bags with the front desk. We checked in and they let us know they were booked 100% and expected to have a room for us by about 1pm. As we checked in, we were greeted with a fresh flower lei for me and a shell lei for DH. As part of the daily resort fee there are a few amenities provided, including a welcome Mai Tai from Kapa, the pool bar. The lovely woman checking us in explained all our coupons and vouchers, gave us a map of the resort and welcomed us to use the lockers and showers in the arrival/departure lounge for guests who either don’t have their room yet or have checked out. The lounge was such a nice feature, they had bathrooms, showers, sinks, towels, toiletries, etc. as well as a common area with a printer for boarding passes, TV, water, fruit, etc. We quickly got changed into our bathing suits, locked up our valuables and headed to the explore the resort. We started with a walk to Ulua beach, which was beautiful and not too crowded. There were tons of people out snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking. DH wanted to take a look at the Marriott pools, so after a short walk we returned back to the resort. Even though we are two adults, we had to check out the Nalu adventure pool first, which looked awesome! Wristbands are required, and it wasn’t too busy when we were there. We had to try each slide a few times, they were pretty fun and there were no lines for the large slides. We both agreed that we would love to come back in the future when we have kids to hang out by this pool! We settled in at the adults only infinity pool, which was the definition of serenity! The view from the infinity pool is beautiful and we probably spent 45 minutes in the pool just relaxing.The staff serving pool drinks and food were super friendly and welcoming. Even though we weren’t ordering any food, we could tell they were really taking care of everyone well. There were stations with ice lemon water everywhere, so we just stayed hydrated with that until we got hungry enough for lunch. DH had wanted to try Eskimo Candy for poke, so when we were hungry enough we threw on some clothes and drove into Kihei for lunch. DH got the wasabi poke bowl and I got the peg leg platter with a a piece of fish, 3 scallops, calimari and a fried oyster along with fries and coleslaw. Lunch was absolutely delicious, one of our favourite meals of the trip. When we got back to the Marriott, our room was ready and we got an ocean view room! The room was very clean and modern, great balcony and view. We were in Hale 7, we thought it was a great location. After we settled into the room, we did another beach walk, this time in the direction of Wailea beach. We wandered through each resort trying to figure out where we felt like going for dinner. We had fun walking through the Four Seasons, because we actually got married at a Four Seasons a year and a half ago! All of the resorts along the beach walk were stunning, but as we walked DH actually said he preferred our Lahaina Shores condo to the resort area, he really enjoyed the proximity to the dining options on Front Street, the amenities of the condo and having our own kitchen. And he loved the mountain view! I did enjoy being spoiled by the resort on our last day, but I did agree that overall I think we are probably condo travelers and will keep that in mind for future trips! We spent another couple of hours by the infinity pool (and redeemed our Mai Tai vouchers!) before we showered and got ready for dinner. We were trying to decide between all the options we had looked at, before realizing we both actually wanted to keep it casual and try the happy hour at Monkeypod! As part of the resort fee, Marriott includes complimentary car service to a number of restaurants in the area and we really appreciated the ride to the restaurant! We got there at 5pm and the wait was 45 minutes, so we ordered at the bar so we wouldn’t miss happy hour. We got great service at the bar and ordered the mushroom pizza, lobster deviled eggs, chicken wings and pot stickers. DH tried another Maui Brewing Co. beer. Everything was delicious! They had a surf competition on the TVs over the bar, and it was a really nice laid back dinner. We walked back down through the Shops at Wailea rather than taking the car service back, and stopped in the Island Gourmet Market for a few souvenirs before continuing on to the Marriott and catching our last sunset on Maui. It was beautiful but a little bittersweet as we saw the sun set on the island for the last time! After the sun set, we wandered down to the hot tub at the main pool for a little bit, then headed back to the room early because we knew we had a very long couple of days ahead of us including travel time! I’m so glad we got to experience one day on the south end of the island. It was also really nice to be able to experience both a condo and resort on the same trip. There are definitely things to appreciate about both! Coming up will be our last day! 2 destinations mentioned in this post 1 Wailea Maui, Hawaii, United States 2 Kihei Maui, Hawaii, United States See all 2

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