ALOHA! WHERE TO EAT, PLAY, SHOP & STAY IN HAWAII
Maui is definitely one of our favourite places hands down for a relaxing, but activity filled getaway. Just 9 and a half hour flight from Sydney it is an accessible overseas holiday (Australian’s have an inbuilt tolerance for long distance flights right?). Maui has amazing resorts and restaurants but is also filled with activities for those of us who love a bit of adventure to fully unwind. We recommend hiring a car while you are on the island (Convertible Mustangs are a cult favourite) so you can explore, however if you just want to set up shop by the pool and not move for a week, that’s cool too. You do you.
The Andaz is by far the best place to kick off your shoes for a week in Maui and is located in Wailea on the south side of the island. It is only a few years old and ultra sleek and modern. It has 7 pools (Yes, you read that right…. 7), a private beach, countless activities to offer on a daily basis such as yoga, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and group fitness classes, as well as housing possibly one of the best restaurants on Maui, Morimoto. What’s not to like? Set yourself up in an ocean view room so you can watch the stunning Maui sunsets from the comfort of your own private balcony.
The Westin is located right on picturesque Ka’anapali beach surrounded by a plethora of restaurants and shops which means that if you want to explore without straying too far from your hotel, you can. With a beautiful beach at your fingertips and a gigantic pool a stones throw from your room, paradise is at your fingertips. Ka’anapali is a little bit further north of the resort hub of Wailea, however there are plenty of exciting hikes, tide pools and rock jumps around the area that are only 5-10 minute drive from the hotel.
Where to start. Maui has some of the best restaurants and dining experiences in the world so make sure you book ahead to avoid missing out!
Mama’s Fish House His our number one must do while you are visiting Maui. RUN, DO NOT WALK PEOPLE, this place books out FAST. The restaurant is situated right on the beach and its décor is quintessentially Hawaiian. The restaurant is situated in the cute town of Paia, which is on the opposite side of the island from most of the resorts. It should take you about 40 minutes by car to get there from most of the big hotels but it is 100% worth the drive. Book an Uber so you can enjoy the amazing cocktail and wine selection! Do not leave without trying Mama’s Stuffed Mahimahi & Lobster and the Ono, Ahi & Mahimahi in Penang Curry and Coconut Milk – Easily one of the best meals you will have in your life. Guaranteed.
Flatbread Paia. Go here for lunch while you are shopping the cute boutiques around Paia Town. The Mopsy Pork Flatbread changed our life. There are no words. And I never thought I would say that about pizza. Make it one of your first stops.
Morimoto is an incredible Japanese restaurant located inside the Andaz Hotel. Reserve a table poolside at sunset and enjoy a Basil Smash cocktail while chowing down on some fresh sashimi. The restaurant is owned by the ‘Iron Chef’ Masaharu Morimoto and is world famous.
Monkey Pod at Wailea is renown for having the best Mai Tai’s on the island. Couple this with a Lobster Pizza and some Truffle fries and you have yourself the perfect post day in the sun meal. If you happen to book before 7pm, you will find half price cocktails, entrée’s and pizza on offer.
Sansei (Kihei) is a casual and cheap Japanese restaurant chain. There is always a line, so make sure you book or get there in the early evening. Order the Dynamite Shrimp, the Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Roll and the local roll – this is not your average sushi joint. The sashimi is super fresh and the service is fast and friendly.