Our hotel, the Wailea Marriot Resort and Spa, was absolutely amazing. We were blown away from the minute we pulled into the driveway. I don't know that we'll be able to go back to Maui and stay anywhere else.
I'm guessing that we are going to have to change our travel style a bit after this experience. We are pretty accustomed to 1 star B&Bs in Europe where we just use our hotel as a base... here, splurging a bit on the hotel made the experience all the more enjoyable. I'm not saying I'm going to stay in 5 star hotels from now on, but I'll certainly consider staying in a nicer hotel if the purpose of the vacation is to relax. We haven't been on many 'relaxing' vacations, and it was really nice for a change. Not that I'd don't live for walking 12 miles a day to discover a city on foot, running through museums, and sightseeing from dusk 'til dawn. It's just nice to relax! I didn't know how much I'd like just sitting around soaking in the sun, but I'll tell ya, it was fantastic!
I took some time one afternoon and capture some of the beauty in the details of our temporary home. I couldn't believe that there were live orchids, ginger, and pineapple plants scattered throughout the property. It's funny how these are some of my favorite pictures from the trip (from the hotel of all places). Probably because they help me remember how it felt to be there.