B and I recently came back from a week in Maui and it was paradise! We stayed at the Hyatt Maui Regency and Spa right on Kaanapali Beach. The location was amazing. Right along the beach, there was a pathway where we could walk along the beach passing other resorts, restaurants, and shops. We typically love a bit of adventure (and I love to beach bum). Maui was the perfect balance of both.
We spent the first couple of days just enjoying the beautiful grounds of the Hyatt. On our first night we went to the sushi restaurant in our hotel. It was hands down the best sushi we had on the island. I say that having tried a few more restaurants afterwards, but loved Japengo so much that we had it a few night actually. The restaurant has outdoor seating and on a few nights had live music. It was a great vibe and excellent food. Within the hotel's lobby and gardens there were gorgeous animals including penguins, parrots, flamingos, swans (both black and white). It was always a treat to walk around and see the beautiful animals. There were two large pools and one even had waterfalls that led to a cave with a cute little bar - so fun!
During our stay we also did the drive down the infamous Road to Hana. We stopped many times to catch the beautiful scenery and hidden waterfalls. On the route there were a few trucks/markets with local goodies like dried pineapples, coconut candy, fresh coconuts and pineapples. The entire drive (one way) was about an hour and half with all our stops, so we made sure we started our day early. At times it was a bit rainy on parts of the drive, but that did not take anything away from the gorgeous and breathing taking views regardless.
We also did a coastal hike up near Kapalua. It was so beautiful to walk along the coast and see the views. We came up across a couple sitting up by the rocks and noticed that one of them was about to dive from the rocks. It was chilling to watch him jump. Luckily he was a local and knew exactly what he was doing. I toyed with the idea for a moment, but given we still had 5 days left I did not want to risk any injuries (this will be a bit ironic later on). After our hike we stopped by a local FishMarket. They had fresh fish and they would prepare after you placed your order. I had the ahi poke and it was incredible. B had panko crusted calamari which he loved as well. I love finding local gems on vacation and this spot I highly recommend.
On our second to last day in Maui, we took a sunset cruise on a catamaran that took off right from the shores of Kaanapali. It was 2 hour boat ride with lots of adult beverages and appetizers. We saw dolphins and although it was a bit windy and cloudy the sunset still did not disappoint. On the last half hour of our trip, I started to feel a bit nauseous like I was getting sea sick. I have been on boats many times so I was a bit surprised that I was feeling sea sick. I took my coat off handed it to B and told him I would grab some air outside. While B was putting my coat down for me, he turned around to find me slouched on the steps of the deck. I had fainted. Next thing I know, I am on the ground with B and others asking if I was okay and all with concerned looks. I had no idea what happened but said I was still feeling sick and could not sit up. They called the ambulance to come get me off the boat. I could not sit up let alone walk at all! Turns out my blood pressure was WAY low - like 70 over 30 (my normal blood pressure is 120 over 70). They monitored me for a while and since my blood pressure was still low after an IV, it was decided going to the hospital is best. What seemed like sea sickness quickly escalated to an emergency surgery due to internal bleeding. It was a crazy turn of events but I am very lucky that the EMT that evening read a little more into my low blood pressure and highly suggested I go get checked.
We had to extend our trip for a day to allow for recovery post op. While I am still recovering from the insane turn of events and my surgery, I am thankful that the majority of our trip was relaxing and that I am alive. Although an emergency surgery is never wanted, it all worked out well given the circumstances.
Sharing a round up of a few of my favorite vacation looks with you all .