Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Home Away from Home - Our Place in Maui

We attended an incredibly fun wedding over the weekend and sure as anything, conversation with new friends at weddings always leads to talking about wedding experiences. Then, if you are sitting with me, it goes quickly to honeymoon travel!

Fair warning for readers, but at times this blog will be a sales pitch for Maui. I am not affiliated with the island nor do I profit from this other than hoping I can convince someone to go. It is absolute paradise, and the balance of activity and relaxation is perfect. There is so much to do, yet it is still the ideal place to do nothing but relish in the natural surroundings and a good book.
aston mahana

My wife and I stayed at the Aston Mahana for our honeymoon and will unquestionably go back. Astonishing views of the ocean and surrounding islands. If you can get a higher floor, try to do so. We were on the 8th floor and putting your feet up on the lanai while listening to the waves is pure bliss. This was our view every morning as we enjoyed fresh kona coffee. 
Maui Ocean View
An easy ten minute walk south on the sand gets you to excellent swimming and snorkeling options. A bit farther and walkable (but easier to drive and park) is Black Rock and Kaanapali Beach, both reasons why this part of Maui is so popular. I won't even get into snorkeling details or show a picture of our daily sunset. That is being saved for future brainwashing sessions on why you must go!

Comfortable bed, thorough daily cleaning (we dragged in sand from the beach everyday!), ocean waves constantly crashing against the shore, and a fun island vibe to the room all made this the perfect place to stay. It is so close to the ocean that you can't even see the beach without looking down. Combine that with a full kitchen to enjoy private dining on the lanai (and frankly, dodge a few expensive Maui meals), and I have never felt more at home while on vacation.

Priced well below other options we researched, this does not have the fancy amenities of other resorts and is slightly north of the "main drag," but I am guessing the value is second to none with these views. 
Rainbow in Maui
View from the non ocean side


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