I found a few remaining photos from our trip last month, so have one last belated post to share! After journeying around the island of Maui starting at our apartment in Paia to the Road to Hana and back, we spent the last part of our trip in Wailea, where these photos were taken. Several of our friends recommended the Four Seasons Maui, and it doesn’t disappoint if you’re looking to kick back and soak in some R&R!
My everyday outfit at the resort was some sort of flowing swim coverup, with my hair secured back using a scarf (see the end of this post for how to fold it) or stuffed under a hat. It was quick and functional for transitioning from the pool or beach to restaurants. I really wanted an off-shoulder bikini, so kept this striped one even though it doesn’t have padded bust cups – one of my peeves with swimwear. My Bristols 6 nippies came to the rescue again, and stayed on well under my swimsuit even in the water. I got my bikini at Revolve where sizes are running low, but I found what looks like a very similar (or the same?) one, still available in sizes xxs and up.
Pineapple cocktails from the swim-up pool bar
I got a few requests to share affordable cover-ups similar to my long white one, so I ordered this one from Amazon to try. You get what you pay for, so at $15 this is not a high quality piece. It does serve the purpose of a coverup at a bargain, and the “one size” will adjust to fit a range of sizes. It’s calf-length on the model but a maxi on someone my height, with a drop-shoulder cut and a drawstring closure that ties in the front above my natural waist.
We spent the majority of our time at the adults-only Serenity pool, which apparently has a new system in place that doesn’t allow the “seat saving” I dread at hotels. You actually have to utilize your seat, otherwise it goes to someone else (except during lunch time, when you can hold it for a few hours). We’re early birds when traveling, so came down each morning and usually had the area almost entirely to ourselves!
The architecture/design at the Four Seasons Maui is nothing unique, but the service there was impeccable from start to finish, and the rooms (renovated last year) were spotless and comfortable. Everyone knew our names and were just genuinely friendly and helpful. I didn’t take any pictures of the bathrooms, but they are roomy with plenty of counter space, a soaking tub, and a separate shower.
We loved starting our day with room service on our lanai (balcony) – the corned beef hash breakfast was so yummy, we got it twice! And Japanese breakfast sets are just fun to eat, with a little bit of this and that. I will say that if you plan on eating all your meals at the resort, be prepared to spend a good amount additionally each day (prices were comparable to other resort restaurants in the area).
There’s a walking path by the beach which connects all the resorts, and is perfect for morning jogs or evening strolls. The Whale’s Tale is a stand that serves breakfast through dinner, about a 5 minute walk away. The food wasn’t memorable, but it was a cozy little spot to enjoy some drinks and live music at sunset! This just whetted Nick’s appetite for more local beer, so of course we had to head to Maui Brewing Co afterwards (about a 10 minute drive from the Four Seasons).
We also drove to grab dinner one day at a little Vietnamese mom & pop stand, aptly titled Vietnamese Food To Go, lol. The service takes a long time like most places on the island, but the food tasted fresh and simple and hit the spot (for $20 total!).
PS – For those who asked about my hair here, it’s super easy to do with a lightweight skinny or square scarf! I loved it for keeping my loose hair pieces out of the water. Start with my foolproof bun tutorial and simply use your scarf as a headband. If you’re starting with a square shaped scarf, just keep folding it inwards and ironing it down, as shown below: