Hawaii is a place I return year after year. I've lost count but I think this is trip 12. Most of those were to my favorite island, Maui. All the Hawaiian islands have their own personality but Maui has the best or both city and nature in my opinion. I've stay all over the island, but the Ka'anapali area is the best. It has a walkway by the beach that goes on for miles and connects all the resorts, shops and restaurants. It's also great for getting a run in, people watch, and enjoy the beach view all at the same time.
There are a lot of great hotels in the area but the Hyatt Regency keeps us coming back. It's not super lux but it is at the end of the beach walk, has a great pool and spa, and many choices for water sports.
After a long day of traveling and bad airport food, there's nothing like fresh sushi to set you right. The hotel has a great sushi restaurant, Japengo.
A restorative saki is good for jet lag. Right?
Have to end the night with a lavender shortcake.
Maybe a midnight swim. At least it's midnight on the mainland.
The first day we spent getting the winter out of us in the spa with a deep tissue massage and a good steam in the steam room. Just to make sure no traces were left, the afternoon was spent sunning by the pool and partaking in a few medicinal mai tais.
After all that hard work, we needed a good meal and headed up to Kapalua for our first visit to Merriman's.
Mai tais were the order of the day.
I got a whiskey drink with rhubarb bitters.
But the mai tai was the winner. Probably because of the island air.
You can't poopoo this pupu platter.
What's not to love about lobster salad, Kalua pig quesadilla, goat cheese and strawberries, and ahi poke?
The entrees were equally as good. I had the Merriman's "Mix" plate.
The Mr. went with the wok charred ahi.
May have to add Merriman's to our ever growing list of favorites.
Bellies full, we returned to our hotel for another night of fitful sleep. Maybe mai tais aren't the cure after all.