I can easily say that we looked forward to our honeymoon just as much as our wedding day. We picked Maui so we could relax and indulge in one of our favorite pastimes, eating and drinking of course! Today, I’m sharing a few of our favorite food & drink moments from our Honeymoon in Maui.
Because my husband and I were wed in November, our options were somewhat limited when it came to ideal weather that time of year. We were also cognizant of Zika, and those two factors combined with our number one desire to relax and get some sun, led us to choose Maui! We also decided we would stay put on one island so we truly had time to unwind and just enjoy after all of the wedding festivities.
Naturally, our trip mainly revolved around food. We made reservations for nearly every evening of our trip, had an unlimited breakfast buffet at our hotel, and often opted for lunch by the pool (and a cocktail or two). Let’s just say whatever weight I lost right before our wedding, I absolutely gained back after a few days of blissful indulgence! And it was totally worth it. We had a lovely time and came home happy, rested and full with some awesome memories of island life. Today, I’m sharing a few of our favorite Hawaiian food & drink moments.
When Ben & I first matched on Bumble, his profile read “Breakfast not Brunch.” (More on that story here!) If you aren’t familiar with Bumble, once two people ‘match’, the girl needs to reach out to the guy first. Legitimately, our first conversation was sparked around my question, “WHY breakfast not brunch?” Turns out Ben is an early riser, so waiting until 12Noon to eat eggs is a bit preposterous to him. I have become accustomed to his early weekend schedule and have been a big advocate of breakfast my entire life, and love a good buffet. So the buffet at the Andaz, where we spent the majority of our stay, was a treat.
I absolutely love buffets, as it gives me a chance to indulge in not just the savory (always my preference!) but in a little of the sweet as well. They had freshly made, still hot pastries every morning, but I opted for the mini-waffles and pancakes instead. On days we went with the buffet we generally skipped lunch and saved ourselves until dinner. For the other days we skipped the buffet, we saved calories (and money!) by stocking up on some staples at the grocery store on our way in. We had all of the essentials – granola bars, fruit, water, and yes, ingredients for mimosas and bloody mary’s ready in our room at all times!
For those days when we were simply relaxing poolside, lunch served right to our chairs was a treat. I believe it was the second day that I chose to go for the Lobster Grilled Cheese, and it lived up to any expectations I might have set upon it when I ordered it! You can read more about this amazing delicious sandwich and snag a recipe to make at home in my post here.The other thing we ordered several times that unfortunately I don’t have a good picture of was the Ahi Poke. Perhaps a little too heavy on the rice, but still delicious. Looking at their menu makes me want to go back ASAP!
I don’t have enough amazing things to say about this resort. We. LOVED it. The rooms were gorgeous, our balcony view was beautiful, the service was top notch. We came here by ferry for a visit to the island for the day and made a lunch reservation at the Views restaurant, which is at the top of the mountain/on the golf course with views of Sweetheart Rock.
I sprung for a massage the day of our stay and again, had lunch poolside following. The poke ceviché with local spicy ahi tuna and furikake chips was so phenomenal as well, the quintessential Maui meal. I enjoyed it with a cold glass of white wine followed by a nap. Because, honeymoon.
The breakfast buffet at the Four Seasons was BEYOND. There were gorgeous views everywhere we turned, and the selection was phenomenal. They had everything from pancakes (a honeymoon staple for me) to a kombucha keg and fresh sashimi. I wish we would have had one more morning for many reasons, one of them absolutely being enjoying this breakfast again!
Our stay for the day/evening at the resort was decided after we had a lovely experience at the Malibu Farm bar. We chatted with the bartender about the island over drinks, and once we made it up to Views for lunch, he had sent us complimentary guac & chips to enjoy with our fish tacos. We decided right there at lunch that we wanted to spend more time at the resort, and on a complete whim we booked an evening. This is hands down one of those special places that I hope one day I can return with Ben. If you’re willing to splurge, this is the place to do it! Should you find yourself booking a trip here, please tell me about it as I’d love to hear your experience as well!
Champagne, All the Time
I’ve talked about my love of champagne particularly after we got engaged in my Wedding Food & Wine recap. During our engagement, at our wedding and certainly through our honeymoon bubbles definitely had a special place in my heart! The two resorts we stayed at, Andaz and Four Seasons Lanai both had champagne waiting for us in our room. We absolutely loved relaxing on our balcony and watching the sunset with some bubbly in our room. When in doubt, just add bubbles!
Albeit quite a ways from our hotel in Wailea, dinner at Mama’s Fish House did not disappoint. It really was one of those special evenings that I will always remember about our Honeymoon. Despite the somewhat sprinkly, cloudy weather, we had such cool views overlooking the beach. This part of town is beloved by professional surfers for the intense waves and it was easy to see why as we watched 15 foot tall waves tumble one over the other. We actually ended up skipping a traditional luau, and in my mind this was the most Hawaiian experience of our trip. The unique structure of the restaurant, being right on the beach and of course wonderfully fresh fish all add to the unique ambiance. I’d definitely recommend this spot to anyone who has never been! Make your reservation at least 3-4 weeks before your trip. Make the reservation for about 90 mins before sunset.
A few other spots we highly recommend:
~ The bar at the Four Seasons Wailea! They recently redid the lobby and it has a nice, open-air ambiance. If you are staying at a hotel in Wailea, you can walk down the strip and up to the bar as well!
~ Duo Steak & Seafood ~ After our cocktail in the lobby, we had a delicious meal of creamy lobster bisque, steak and mac & cheese. Well worth the splurge!
~ Monkeypod ~ This local establishment serves up quality, approachable food. Tip – if it’s not on the menu, order the sausage gnocchi. I had come down with some delayed boat sickness, but my husband joyfully enjoyed my gnocchi following his own meal. He really took one for the team!
Hopefully, one day we will make it back to Hawaii, so I’d love your suggestions as well! Comment or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.