Friday, May 11, 2012

Part 1: Maui Vacation (pic heavy)

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Sunglasses: Chanel

Hubby and I were really looking forward to our vacation to Maui since we missed out going anywhere last year. We usually like to take at least one major vacation each year. This year we are planning on making up for it and going on two! We stayed at a resort in Wailea . The hotel was extremely crowded and the resort was not what I had hoped for. The service was lacking and you would think for this caliber of a hotel, you would get decent service. I was thoroughly disappointed. For the price I paid, it was not worth it. We would have been better off at the Four Seasons which is where we spent most of our time.
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(view from b-fast every morning and just a small part of the hotel resort)

When I go on vacation, I like to get away from everything. I don't like crowds or busy touristy areas. I like to relax and do nothing. It was really hard to do that where we stayed. I was hoping to get the "Hawaiian" feel with the language and people but I hardly heard Aloha or Mahalo. I love hearing and seeing different cultures but all I heard was English! I know we are still in the United States but still...I was expecting a tiny slice of the beautiful and exotic Hawaiian culture.
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(Hubby's typical b-fast plate)
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(My daily b-fast: Waffles with whip cream, berries topped with macademia nuts)
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It was the first time I traveled with only carry on luggage! I actually managed to do it for 10 days. I had to carefully plan each outfit and shoes to maximize my tiny suitcase (more on that later).
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(shot from road to Hana)
It was also the first time I traveled with a DSLR, tripod and remote. I had a bad experience the last time someone else took a picture with my cheap point and shoot in Mexico, the lady was drunk and dropped my camera face down on the marble floors. Bless her heart for offering to take a picture but that was a major bummer that my camera broke at the beginning of my trip. So every since then, hubby and I have tried the "set the camera on the table and attempt to use the self-timer" technique which doesn't seem to work very well. This time, I wanted to make sure we were able to get pictures of us together without worrying.
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(road to Hana)
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(private and hidden cove near Makena Beach)
There was so much to do and see and to be honest, hubby and I didn't want to do any of it. We mainly wanted to be noodles on the beach but it was difficult to relax because of the crowds. No matter where we went, it was just insane. We did manage to find a private little cove that is a popular wedding spot. I got to witness several weddings which was a treat.
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(Fish tacos at Coconuts Fish Cafe in Kihei- highly recommend)
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(Fish and chips at the same place) 
We loved this place so much, we went back a couple of times. Everything is made fresh and the french fries were the best I have ever eaten.
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The sunsets were really pretty and one of my favorite parts of the trip. Since this is so pic heavy, I will have to break it up into a few posts. Hope you enjoyed them! Have a great weekend :)

Have you been to Maui recently and do you find it too busy?