Wow, the trip here to Hawaii from Toronto was the longest journey I have ever been on! We flew from Toronto to Phoenix...couldn't sleep a wink at the airport hotel (plus, had one too many glasses of wine in my holiday euphoria and woke up with a moderate to severe wine hangover). We lost an hour due to the time change, so the day seemed extra long. We landed in Phoenix about half an hour early, only to see that our flight was delayed four hours, getting us in to maui at midnight instead of 5:22 pm. I was sad. Then, a few minutes later, the screen changed and the flight was only delayed by about 90 minutes.
The flight was LONG. US airways- no seat back tv's like our AIr Canada flight to Phoenix. The entire flight, we looked down at beautiful, continuous cloud cover. We landed in Maui to a very grey, dark early evening. The mountains were shrouded in mist- it was actually kind of beautiful, but of course, I was worried about the rain that seems to hover over our vacation. We picked up our car- we were so, so tired at this point that we just kind of stood like zombies waiting for the rental car shuttle. Our intermediate is a Mazda crossover- with a big hatch back. A little big but nice and roomy for the four of us.
We had an uneventful drive to the hotel in the dark- so curious about what the island must look like! It was kind of like arriving blindfolded. The Fairmont Kea Lani is incredibly beautiful. We booked mountain view but the room is at the front of the tower, facing the ocean. It has very obstructed views (trees, Polo Beach Club), but we can see and hear waves. The room is definitely an upgrade- the living room is HUGE and the balcony wraps around the front and sides, with access from three sliding doors. The room and the hotel are beyond beautiful- I had researched it to death, but was still surprised at how soaring, open air and just stunning the lobby was. The smell- that was something I didn't anticipate. Tropical and floral, but REAL! Not an air freshener!
We were hungry, but has been awake for almost 24 hours, so we zombie walked to the Luana Lounge and had a light dinner. We are travelling with two 13 year olds, and they were just kind of hungry, so they ordered from the Keiki menu- no issues at all. Drinks and food were great.
Came back to the room, fell into the king sized bed (have i mentioned the size of the bathroom!? The king bed could easily fit in there!) and put on the news- rain forecast for the next few days. This made me very sad. I wanted to see Maui in the sunshine for the first time. Fell asleep fretting about this a little, but I did see stars, so I thought this was a good omen.
Woke up at 4:30, too excited to sleep any longer. It was very dark. Daughter and I went to the lobby in search of coffee (which was complimentary in the lobby, complete with Hot Chocolate and tea) and wandered the lobby and pool area. I felt a little emotional about how beautiful it all was, even in the dark. The sky started lightening and we went back up to the room to watch the night turn into day. To my DELIGHT, the clouds are parting and it seems like we are going to see some sun today. YES!
Sitting on the huge lanai right now looking at a partly cloudy sky, with birds singing and waves crashing. Ahhh.