So I was heading home from visiting my mom for Mother’s Day yesterday evening and began daydreaming of the trip we took together to Hawaii last August. It was AMAZING! More specifically, I kept recalling a hotel that we stayed at when we were on Maui.
The hotel/condo was called Outrigger Aina Nalu in Lahaina, Maui.
Here’s why I loved this hotel…
The first inhale of Hawaiian air….sigh. With the rental car, the directions (so difficult to get lost here, thank goodness), and smiles all around, the 2.5 week adventure began. As soon as I hit to open highway, my excitement waned just a very tiny bit. It was pitch black. All I could see in front of me was yellow lines and pavement 2 feet in front of my rental car. Occasionally, cars would drive by on the other side, and I would glimpse a high cliff to my right, but that’s about it.
Well, let me tell you…the next morning when I set out on that same highway to see what I missed…my jaw dropped. There was a sheer cliff that was to my left the entire time. The view was spectacular! The Pacific Ocean, deep blue and turquoise. The island of Lanai quite close across the way. Not sure when my jaw went back to normal, maybe 3 weeks later.
So this hotel was the first “home base” for the trip. Welcoming my mother and I with wide open arms.
2. The bathroom!
I have never seen a shower like this. With lava rock in abundance on these islands, why not build a shower with one massive extrusive igneous rock?! It was the shower with the most character I have ever seen. Also had very convenient nooks and crannies carved out conveniently for my toiletries. Thanks!
Also, shout out to the rest of the bathroom, very clean and pretty..ahem WASHING MACHINES!
3. The location
Hawaii….Maui….Lahaina. More to say?
Lahaina is an old whaling village in Maui, with a very lively main street called Front Street. I had to pause there to inhale the memory of the views from this place. It’s located on the southwest part of the island of Maui with quick access to the airport and a gorgeous view over to Lanai, another Hawaiian island.
This hotel was about a 2 minute gorgeous walk to Front Street. It was easy to become distracted on the way to Front Street with all the cute shops along the way. It’s still my dream to one day move to Lahaina and open up shop in that town. Ohh…the yoga we would do!
4. The staff
Friendly, relaxed, there for you. The concierge who booked our helicopter tour over West Maui and Molokai (must do) talked to us for probably about an hour. She missed her mother as well, and wanted to make sure we had the best experience we could ever have. That’s where we discovered some amazing restaurants and gift shops that could not be missed, as well as a few insider tips.
The reception staff was also great as well. They didn’t mind us hanging out in the lobby, uploading pictures on facebook, and sending emails off using their internet. Also, when it came down to directions (although you don’t need many there), they were oh so happy to help.
Two of them! One was a regular pool that you find at a hotel, filled with children and their lounging parents. The second pool was a salt water pool. I was so impressed, this would be my first time in a salt water pool. It did not disappoint, especially when you are there in August. My attempt at floating semi/succeeded. The colour of it was amazing. Cloudy/turqouise/blue/green amazingness. Yum. Plus no weird cholorine/bromine smell left on my skin after a dip.
6. The kitchen
Ok – stove, microwave, FULL stash of cutlery, glasses (including wine – very important!), plates, bowls, can opener…what else!? Oh yes, that’s right…a DISHWASHER! Please, can I just live there as about half of the people there did?
7. Free internet!
Although you had to pay in your room, you could either go to the pool or the lobby to access all the internet your little heart desires.
Mmmmm, memories of sitting in a cabana with a morning coffee, reading the local paper and sending off a few emails.
9. The BBQ’s
So along with the amazing kitchen complete with dishwasher, you have access to THREE BBQ’s. Unfortunately my mother and I are not big Q’ers so we watched instead and took whiffs of the charred chicken being prepared. The grocery store is about a 5 minute walk PS.
Laying at the pool in the morning, or late afternoon after a long day of wandering around the island, it was always so humbling and relaxing to gaze at the volcanic mountain peaks. Certain days, you could predict rain in the mountains, other days it was bright and clear and sunny. Always just so amazing to stare at for hours and think of how they were created.
Oh yes…the price? I believe it was $110/night. Amazing!