Now that we’ve (sadly) been back from Hawaii for a couple of days, gotten caught up on work, and settled back into our lives in SF, I finally got my act together and uploaded pictures! Let the Hawaii posts begin!
Our Hawaii trip was split into two parts – 4 days on Maui and 8 days on the Big Island.
Boyfriend and I flew to Maui to spend a few days before meeting up with my family for our annual trip to the Big Island. It was so nice to have an extra few days to relax and explore a part of Maui that neither of us had been to before.
My dad had extra Marriott Rewards points from work travel that he let us use (thank you Dad!) and after a little internet research, we found out that Marriott owns Ritz Carlton and points are interchangeable at the properties. (Going in the off-season post-Labor Day really helped as well!)
As soon as we found out that little gem of information, it was a done deal… and off we went to the Ritz Carlton Kapalua!
Kapalua is in West Maui, about 10 minutes from Kaanapali Beach, and about 45 minutes from Wailea. It’s a gorgeous community, fairly quiet, and perfect for relaxing.
Upon arrival at the hotel, we checked out the hotel grounds and our room. . . neither of which disappointed!
“A wedding?? In Hawaii? REAL ORIGINAL!” (Bonus points if you can name that movie!)
Our room was on the golf course, and it was gorgeous, spacious, and perfect.
After being in the room for 10ish minutes, there was a knock on the door.
We opened it to find a little “Welcome” gift – complimentary Mai Tai’s! (When in
Rome Hawaii right?)
Fact we realized after downing our drinks – the Mai Tai mix already had alcohol pre-mixed in… so why not add a mini bottle of rum to each one?
Once we downed our drinks, we were beyond ready to check out the beach.
The Ritz utilizes D.T Fleming Beach Park (also has public access) and it was an awesome beach. The waves were huge, the water was warm, the beach never got too crowded, and it was absolutely gorgeous.
We ate dinner and had drinks the first night at The Alaloa Lounge and listened to live music and the crashing waves.
The lounge was gorgeous and the back wall was made up of lava rock which gave it a very Hawaiian feel. It has an indoor/outdoor feel with tables out on the lanai as well as inside. The views of the ocean in the daylight are pretty stunning too.
Boyfriend and I split the Hamakua Mushrooms & Roasted Artichoke Dip with Herbed Flat Bread while he had a Grilled Chicken Caesar and I had the California Roll brought over from the Sushi Restaurant in the hotel.
As far as resort meals go, this wasn’t too outrageously priced, and had a great ambiance for our first night – live music, (fairly) crowded and lively lounge, great food and drinks, and the warm island air.
Overall I can’t say enough good things about the Ritz Carlton Kapalua- it’s gorgeous, the amenities are wonderful, the pool areas are beautiful, the gym is huge, the service is fantastic, they offer free wi-fi and self-parking (my biggest pet peeve is when resorts nickel and dime you), and there’s a general store next door to the property that had a sandwich bar, pizzas, breakfast, and all kinds of groceries and treats to keep you budget in check.
I would go back in a heartbeat. (Once I get a huge bonus at work and/or win the lottery or some other large sum of cash.) 😉