Last week I shared photos from our family trip to Maui. We arrived on a Saturday and left on Saturday. In the middle - late Tuesday morning to Thursday morning, Paul and I got away to Wailea to celebrate our five year anniversary. We were very lucky to be traveling with both sets of Grandparents, so Ellerie had a lot of folks to love on her while we were gone.
We decided early last year to go all out for this trip and so to find our hotel I google searched "fanciest Maui hotel." I have no idea if the Andaz Resort where we stayed really is the fanciest but their website made it look the best so we booked (well actually... we forgot to book. Yes. We were the freak-shows that arrived, put on the complimentary leis and drank the complimentary lavender lemonade during check-in only to realize despite the fact that I had spent hours pouring over the website I HAD NEVER ACTUALLY BOOKED OUR STAY).
Thankfully they had room because once I'd seen that entry way in real life, I was committed to at least setting up camp in lobby.
The first day we were there I got a massage (it was my mother's day gift) and the spa was amazing. If I hadn't been pregnant I could have really taken advantage of the sauna and whirlpool, steam room but as it was, I sat in a comfy robe in a room that smelled great and read my book for an hour (which felt like all the worldly luxuries combined).
The rooms themselves were beautiful. I didn't get great photos but the bathroom set up was so beautiful and smartly designed. It made me want to re-do our bathrooms at home (which we WILL NOT be doing).
Paul and I are the most low-key vacationers. We always have been and since having Ellerie have gotten even worse (better?). We really just like to sit. Eat good food. Drink good coffee. Go for walks. And most importantly, do the NY Times crossword. Talk about a luxury. Getting to take an hour playing with word clues while sipping coffee? This is my dream life. Also Eggs Benedict forever and ever.
We walked a lot - about 45 minutes both mornings after breakfast - and there was a great (crowded!) trail that went for miles down the beach. We just hung out by the pool on Wednesday (which was the only full day we spent there).
Other than one trip off-site to check out Monkeypod which we had heard great things about (and it was delicious! Get their non-alcoholic made in house Ginger Beer!) we stayed at the Andaz for dinner.
We ate at both restaurants on-site for our dinners. Of the two, Morimoto Maui was the winner. I didn't take photos of the food because I was too busy eating it, but we found that it worked great to just split everything so we could taste the most stuff.
It was such a special, important, relaxing and revitalizing two days. We were grateful for the chance to spend it together. I would highly recommend the Andaz, especially as a honeymoon trip. There were tons of pregnant ladies there (I think it's a popular babymoon destination too!) but if you're being really strict about the no-shellfish, no raw fish rules, it might not be ideal. Anniversary trip though, good idea. Paul and I have already planned to return for our 10 year. And this time I will for sure make the reservations.
Clothing sources I have links for ... my swimsuit (similar), hat, sunglasses. The dress in the top photo is from Nordstrom last spring. That super colorful dress is Anthro last fall. My white dress in the last photo is from Madewell clearance last summer.