Just got back from a week stay in Maui. I've been 2 other times and stayed in West Maui,
Sheraton and Westin Ocean Kaanapali
Villas . This time i got an amazing deal on the Fairmont so we stayed in Wailea.
Day 1 flew in on Sat with Continental and the flight was direct no problems. We got in late so we just got room service.
Day 2- did a bit of shopping at longs, for drink stuff and Foodland for snacks. Looked around kihei a bit then back to the hotel for pool/beach time. The fairmont was beautiful and wonderful on an amazing beach but the prices for everything were very steep. I am going to review my dining experiences separately.
We had some amazing dinners. Beaches we went to to were polo beach, makena beach and we headed to Kapulua one day . The best weather and beach time was Kapulua it was great for the little one and it was calm and clear. Makena was nice but it was rather cloudy the day we went. we did see the Kamaole Beaches but never spent the day there. I loved the beach also our Hotel was on a very nice small beach.
We also were on a paved walking path so we were able to walk behind all of the Wailea hotels which was very neat as one night we walked and we could see some of the Luaus going on..
Recommendations of TA- I tried coconuts fish cafe in kihei for lunch. I couldn't wait and we went back a 2nd time as it was soo good. I had the ono burger, Dh had the fish and chips and the next time we went we had the fish tacos. OMG everything was incredible including the fries :)!! definitely recommend this place. We were going to try Eskimo Candy but were afraid to risk being disappointed so just went back to Coconuts. The bill was a bit over 30 for the 3 of us Lil guy had kids fish and chips both times.
We also did lunch at the Gazebo. DH had pulled pork sammy that was very good and i had to try the pancakes super ym and it was not as busy at lunch time and yes amazing views.
We also did lunch at the Fairmont, super expensive and the food was soo soo. but they did have the amazing gelato in the cafe that i coudn't pass up.
For dinners we did Nicks fishmarket at Fairmont. service was good and food was good but not my favorite.
we did mamas it's always a repeat for us. but realize this is a pricey dinner even for the child's menu. the food was great but I had better this time around. they were out of opah which is my favorite fish so i opted for the ono which was very good.
Kimo's another favorite of mine I love opah and they have the best opah and prices not too bad.. it was very good
for our Anniversary dinner we went to Sarento's ! OMG this place was amazing. we had the best service I've ever had anywhere and we dine at some pretty nice places in LA and Vegas. this was just over the top. The food was incredible as well. Hubby had lambchops said were amazing and i had a seafood dish was soo good. the salads and breads were amazing too.
We also tried spago at the recommendation of someone staying at our hotel. Kids meals were only 9 dollars (cheaper than mama's 20 bucks a kid meal) the food was incredible here too.. i'd say it was one of my favorite meals it was very different and delicious even the bread was some of the best bread i 've had and service also top notch. worth every penny.
We also try Cafe O'Lei. I will say at first looking at the inside I was a bit skeptical but I knew TA would not let us down. The best prices and the most food and it was pretty good from the drinks to the dessert. I had the blackened mahi mahi very good and the bloodymary shrimp cocktail very good. The only thing I didn't like was child's chicken "fingers" and fries. was a bit greasy. but it was cheap and very good food..
what else, well not enough time to do all we wanted. Dh did some diving and saw a lot of fish, turtles etc..
I love the Wailea area now just as much as the west side that if we go back it'd be 2 weeks one week on each side. I love Kapulua bay the best and we love shopping in the town of Lahaina. but Wailea is beautiful and quiet and Love the town of kihei for some great local food and a different vibe.