Last week I alluded to a beach adventure that Bobby and I were planning as an early anniversary trip. Our long weekend in Maui was amazing, and although we are now back home we brought away some fun – and thrilling – memories. Plus we checked a couple of items off the bucket list.
We flew out from Phoenix on Friday morning and were surprised by an amazing coincidence when two of our good friends turned out to be on the same flight! We had no idea they were headed to Maui and, as it turned out, staying on the exact same part of the island. More on that later.
Bobby and I decided to have a celebratory drink in the air – beer for him, white wine for me.
Once we arrived, we picked up our rental car and drove to the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
The views from the entrance beckoned us right away!
The rooms were updated in the early 2000s and were very nice but affordable (especially after the busy season). We requested an ocean view that looked similar to the one pictured on their website:
Our actual room had a slightly different view from the balcony, but it was still incredible!
We got settled in the room before heading out for our first Maui activity: the Te Au Moana luau!
It’s not official until there is a lei, right? This luau came highly recommended on TripAdvisor and just so happened to be at the hotel, which was super convenient. We picked up a pair of cocktails – Mai Tai for him, piña colada for me – and headed to the beach to hang out until dinner started.
Of course, beach silliness photos (a la Barcelona) ensued.
Bobby also tried out a game where you attempt to roll a puck between two stakes. It was a pretty difficult task but in this picture, you almost believe that it was going in…
The sound of the conch shell announced that it was time for the imu (underground oven) unearthing of the pig. The luau had officially begun!
We piled our plates high with all of the delicious food that was offered. Various salads, purple potatoes, beef, pork and teriyaki chicken. Everything was so tasty, and it was buffet style so there were unlimited servings (and drinks). Definitely a great deal for dinner plus the performance.
As we ate, we witnessed one of Maui’s beautiful sunsets.
It was followed up by a spectacular show with beautiful dancers and great entertainment, including live music and a man who did crazy things with fire. I captured some of his moves on video below.
Once the show ended, we headed back to the room for an early bedtime. We had a big day ahead of us on Saturday that included a road trip to see the sunrise from nearly 10,000 feet up.
Can’t wait to share more! Let me know what you’re up to this week.