Thursday, February 3, 2011

Maui is wowee!

"...Hawaii is the most sought-after postal route of them all ... where the air is so dewy sweet you don't even have to lick the stamps...."

----postal worker "Newman" on Seinfeld

Ah, finally, I'm here to share our Hawaiian journey ... hard to believe that we've been back for over a month! But with the holidays, lots of veterinary appointments, and work/stuff of life, I guess it took me this long to sort through our photos and start typing. And since I have lots to "show & tell", I'll be posting it island-by-island. Today ... our first stop ... Maui !!

Oh, and viewer discretion advised: I apologize in advance to those of you in the midst of the winter blahs! The following images of tropical paradise may offend some viewers. {wink}

We left Florida after scurrying to get everything done, like holiday gift shopping and Sal wrapping-up his fall semester. Such a dedicated professor ... he spent part of our 11+ hours in the air grading final exams! He found that more appealing than watching the in-flight chick-flick they were showing ... Eat, Pray, Love ... LOL ... I was thrilled tho!

We arrived on Maui tired, but excited! This was our third visit ... and this time we did something different -- NO exploring! I know, so unlike me and Sal, right? But we've been around the island twice before, so this time we planted ourselves at the gorgeous Four Seasons Wailea Resort and celebrated our 20th anniversary with lots of down-time and pampering! The service there is impeccable, we felt like CELEBRITIES for 6 days! One thing that I really liked about this resort is how it was posh without being "snooty". It was laid-back, casual. I don't carry a purse by designer so-and-so.....and my bathing suit is from Sears! And so what?

We were greeted in the lobby with leis, a cool drink, and happy anniversary wishes. And then got to our room and found a rose, an anniversary card, and chilled bubbly cider awaiting us in the fridge!
My fave breakfast in Hawaii -- sweet juicy pineapple, OMG so good !!!

But, our first day on Maui was, frankly, disappointing weather-wise ... lots of rain and clouds all day, ugh! The Wailea part of Maui hardly gets any rain, but I guess it waited for us to arrive? So what was a girl to do? An indoor activity ... hmmm.... the spa, of course! Lemons-to-lemonade, I say! And the Four Seasons had a SPA-some facility, no surprise!

I savored a Thai herbal massage in an oceanside "hale" (a traditional Hawaiian thatched-roof hut) ... and I must say that hearing the rain sprinkling was a nice complement to the sound of the ocean surf! ... BLISS .... I was apparently in a very relaxed stupor as I left the spa because when I met up with Sal, he pointed out that I had my shirt on inside-out!! LOL

With the rain did come some disappointment tho... we had planned a day-trip from Maui to the nearby island of Lanai (we had never been there). It was to be a beautiful sunrise ferry ride and day of island exploration in a jeep! But, it was not to be ... the rain had made Lanai's volcanic clay a total muddy mess! (it's a relatively undeveloped island, pristine ... accessible mainly via dirt roads, which became impassable, even in a jeep). Oh well, next time!

But the rain let up, and we enjoyed the rest of our stay under blue skies and the Maui sun. I even left my pool chair for a water aerobics class (that's me on the right, pretending that I'm limber):

Other than that activity, I think I may have definitely proven a law of Physics while in Maui: "a body at rest tends to stay at rest", LOL.

Every evening, there was live entertainment in the open-air lobby lounge. It was one of the things I love most about Hawaii ... hula! A solo dancer, so graceful ... and we got hooked on the nuts-and-olives snacks they served there! Such a relaxing way to unwind after a day ...unwinding!

I loved walking around the resort, admiring all the tropical eye-candy! The floral arrangements, the lush landscaping, the sparkling pools, the ocean view in every direction.

The Four Seasons pays LOTS of attention to detail, and offers so many nice luxuries ... we felt SPOILED! Even the toiletries ... all kinds of big bottles of L'Occitane products (ladies -- you get it, right? French goodies? ... they have that je ne sais quoi! ... Sal didn't understand my enthusiasm ... something about them being just some soap and lotion, whatever ... LOL).

Oh, and there was nightly turn-down service....and Hawaiian music piped into our opulent marble bathroom..... OK, not sure if I can continue ... I'm tempting myself to book another trip....uh oh!

Stepping out to enjoy the resort meant more pampering! We spent a lot of time at the "Serenity Pool". Not a misnomer folks!It's a tranquil pool that's meant for quiet relaxation ... no screaming kids, no music, no cell phone conversations allowed ... nothing but peace and this ocean view! HEAVEN!

I always love to see Sal relaxing!

I couldn't get enough of the pool's "bubblers" ... not a hot tub, just a shallow "shelf" within the pool with jets shooting up ... unique! ... and a nice way to read my daily copy of The Maui News! I love perusing a local paper ... a travel journalist whose writing I love, Daisann McLane, once wrote that "...newspapers are the heartbeat of a place...". Agreed!

We indulged in some delish snacks poolside ... more olives! I sure miss those daily mango-pineapple smoothies too....
(yes, everything in Hawaii is served with a beautiful orchid!)

Poolside pampering ... may I offer you a chilled towel Mr. and Mrs. Lepore?
But wait, there's more! ... they came around the Serentity Pool with ice water, chilled pineapple, popsicles, and cleaned our sunglasses!

We celebrated our anniversary with a ROMANTIC oceanside, sunset Italian dinner at Ferraro's Ristorante...after dark, it was fabulous to eat by candlelight under the stars!

(yep, that's matching "aloha wear" that we're wearing!)

My handsome husband ... love you Sal !!!

OK, so we didn't lay around by the pool the entire time ... we got up early one morning to go out for an outrigger canoe lesson, learning to launch and how to paddle in synch....went out in the beautiful ocean for about an hour, peering into the clear water at coral and fish. We could see all the way to the bottom (about 20 feet)!
When we got back to the beach, the crew had a cooler full of -- what else? -- chilled pineapple for us!

I'll be back soon with pics of our visit to 2 other islands...."mahalo" for stopping by!



Momofboys said...

wow if this is just the first part of your trip i can't wait to see the rest!!! looked like you both had an amazing time just relaxing and that serenity pool just wish i could have been the one in it! looking forward to the rest =)

Shannon said...

Awesome trip already even with the rain....I'm surprised that you came back but I'm sure the furbabies were the only reason.

Waiting to hear about the mouth was watering remember the taste of that fresh pineapple.....