Is two nights in paradise really enough? Well no… but beggars can’t be choosers right? And 2 days is 1 day longer than the normal ONE DAY I get when I go with work. Even though I’m so fortunate to get to visit Maui, Hawaii on layovers, I never really have enough time to explore and enjoy myself! Soooo with the benefit of the cheap flights, the time off, and a gracious friend to stay with, I decided to treat myself to a little 2 day vacay!
Day 1- After landing late the night before (the 6 hour flight plus the time change :/) I was fairly exhausted. People who know me, know that the sloth is my spirit animal, and I tend to live a rather leisurely lifestyle (lazy) but I’m trying to get better! Maui had been SOOOOOO windy the last few times I’ve been there so after a failed beach attempt (sandblasted) I settled for the pool!
After the strenuousness of laying by the pool (??), my friend suggested mango martinis at Nick’s Fishmarket bar at the Fairmont Kea Lani. We sat at the bar for happy hour and let me tell you… these martinis are AMAZING! They use real mangoes so it’s not just all sugary yuckiness. The prices were super reasonable (considering it’s the Fairmont!), so much so that we even decided to eat there! We grabbed a couple of small items off the happy hour menu and they were super delicious!
The restaurant is open concept and beautiful and while we waited for our food, we ran down to the beach to catch the most unbelievable, glorious sunset! Honestly, all the sunsets in Hawaii are stunning, but I felt so lucky to experience this one at just the perfect moment.
Day 2- Anyone who has been to Maui knows the road to Hana is a must do when you are there! One of the most breathtaking drives in the world, there are delights at every corner!
Waterfalls, black sand beaches and private pools in caves, how could I not have had the best day?? (even despite the tummy issues!) Is it sad though that my favourite part of the day was making best friends with a random stray cat??? (anyone who knows me won’t really be shocked by that!)
After the long scenic drive, we stopped at the Monkey Pod for some food and no word of a lie THE BEST MAI TAIS I’ve ever had. I don’t even like Mai Tais and these were unreal. Seriously… GO!