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Monday, July 18, 2016

LLB Travels: Greetings from Hawaii [Part II]

If you missed it, the other week I posted the highlights of my trip to Honolulu, you can check it out here if you missed it!  Today I'm focusing on the week of this trip that I spent in Maui, which was, of course, incredible

Going to Maui had definitely been on my bucket list and I am so happy I was able to go!  For a week no less!  Traveling from island to island is really quite easy, the flight from Honolulu to Maui was about 30 minutes, perfect for a nap.

We stayed in a gorgeous condo at the Wailea Beach Villas, you can check out the quick Snap videos below.  The kitchen was amazing, and I'm now convinced everyone needs two refrigerators, because...why not??  The Wailea Beach Villas had an incredible adult only infiniti pool complete with sunscreen, towels, and ice water.  The beach area was just as great, an attendant set you up with lounge chairs and umbrellas.  It was really great and the service was fantastic.







 The first night Heather & I cooked a surf & turf dinner for everyone, it was super yum...as you can see! 

A must see in Maui is the Mount Haleakala sunrise, words can't describe how awesome it was, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.  A birthday present to Heather & I from her family was the sunrise & bike tour down Mount Haleakala- the 1:45am wake up time was totally worth it!  We used Bike it Maui and I was so impressed with the entire tour from start to finish.  Our guides were so friendly, gave us great information on Mount Haleakala, and had a lot of extra warm coats, windbreakers, gloves, scarves, etc since the top of Mount Haleakala was so cold and so windy...it was insane, but well worth it.  The bike ride down ended with a great breakfast at a local golf course.



Celebrating July 4th with some Lappert's ice cream


The Wailea Beach Villas are right next to the Grand Wailea Resort, where we spent time going to their incredible spa, Spa Grande, which has been rated in the Top 10 Spas in the United States by Travel & Leisure and Conde Naste Traveler.  The focal point of this spa is the Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit, which you start an our before your appointment.  It features Roman baths, sauna, steam room, and waterfalls which are amazing for your back and shoulders.  You couldn't take any photos anywhere in the spa, so unfortunately I don't have any to share, but trust me when I say, it was beautiful! 

We also went to a Luau at the Grand Wailea which was also super fun, and had dinner at the incredible HumuHumu restaurant. 

Sharing an awesome extra large margarita at HumuHumu


Maui was so gorgeous and I loved every minute of it!  If you plan on going to Hawaii I highly suggest stopping in Maui, it was so relaxing and the entire vibe of the island was just so mellow and chill- it was perfect for a teacher recovering from the school year!

XO.
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