Ugh! I am home!!!!
I have the first part of my trip (July 10-14) on the Lana'i forum. Thursday morning we packed up and took the ferry back to Maui. That was depressing enough to leave that wonderful place. But soon we were happy again and stayed at Maui Kana'apali Villas in a studio owned by a friend of mine. I have stayed here before and loved the location. It certainly isn't as fancy as The 4 Seasons I just left, that's for sure, but the location can't be beat. I especially like the walking path to get me to one of my favorite dining places, Dukes and the fact they have a restaurant and bar on site. No need to drive after too many mai tais (or lilikoi martinis in this case). Just follow the path behind The Westin and there you are if you want to go to Dukes.
The weather was perfect, windy, but no rain until we woke up this morning. Friday we visited friends staying at The Fairmont Kea Lani. Beautiful property. Lunch was at Tommy Bahama. Going to this shopping center was a ploy of mine, because I needed to hit up Sandal Tree and a few other shops (shhh don't tell the hubby that's why I insisted on eating there but I like this place for lunch)
We were pretty much lazy bones for 3 days and I have no regrets! Just lots of pool and beach time and walks to The Sheraton and Dukes at night. Last night was dinner at Merrimans. Wow! DH said it beat Lana'i Grill which that night he said was the best meal he ever ate! Oh you men!!! So fickle. We did have excellent service, the views can't be beat, and I am going to talk one of my 3 kids into having a destination wedding there if it kills me!
Now a few words of warning....
1. Make sure you document EVERY scratch on your car. We rented through Alamo out of the Kanaapali location because they will shuttle you from the ferry. They had no cars so after stealing one from another rental agency and waiting over 45 minutes, we were tired (and depressed from leaving Lanai) and didn't notice a giant dent and marks on the back bumper. I saw it when we took our luggage out, but I figured it was so massive, they knew it was there. Guess what? When we took the car back to the airport lot, they had a fit. "This wasn't marked down and you will have to pay"...blah blah blah!!! I got on the phone with Stephanie in Kanaapali and she assured me she had seen it and would straighten it out.... We shall see, folks! So advice is walk the car and note everything!!!! Alamo in Kauai you don't have to do that anymore. You will see and hear me screaming from CA if I get charged one red cent!
#2. If you are flying and your baby is crying for 4 hours, is there any way you can get up from you seat, walk around and see what the matter is with your 1 year old? My god! I felt for the passengers in 1st class who had to listen to that poor baby girl for the ENTIRE trip. I was close by and it was bad enough for me. Not a fun way to end a fabulous vacation.
You all know my heart belongs to Kauai but Maui is such a close 2nd. Mahalo to SW for her help, DrV on Lana'i and the island for its aloha. I will be back in November!!!!Edited: 18 July 2011, 07:04