Girlfriends’ Getaway to Maui
By Kerri Zane
For nearly 25 years Maui had been voted one of the world’s best islands. It boasts beautiful beaches, massive waves, picturesque waterfalls, stunning sunsets and a wonderfully winding road to explore and endless rainbows. There are lots of outdoorsy activities to fill your days and unlike some of the quieter islands there is a robust nightlife as well.
The stunning newly renovated Four Seasons Maui was my 5-star luxury of choice. It is one of those resorts that caters to your every desire…so be prepared. Your group may never want to leave the property. There are 3 fine dining restaurants, two pools, one of which is adult-only with a swim up bar and a stellar ocean view.
There are shops, and daily local artisan displays. You can test your Hawaiian traditional skills making flower crowns or lei’s and hula lessons – ask for Kapu’uwai. She was a very kind and patient instructor. There’s also lots of water sport options including stand up paddle board, SUP yoga, and traditional outriggers to try. What they don’t offer on property they will arrange off property.
At night the lobby bar scene offers live music and it’s teeming with beautiful guests. The Four Seasons host lots of weddings, so if you and your girlfriends are really diligent you can definitely find yourself a solo wedding attendee or two to entertain.
Four Seasons dining options include Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, the poolside Ferraro’s and DUO Steak and Seafood under the direction of executive Chef Craig Dryhurst. Dryhurst a Euro transplant has taken traditional Hawaiian dishes and given them his own fresh Brit twist for some great bursts of flavor. Try the Grilled Octopus.
The property also offers the FS wellness your way program. Special diet expert, Jolie Nolan, will provide special instructions for guests looking for assistance in navigating the restaurant menus. One of her fav healthy dishes is the Heart of palm ceviche. Or she will work with the kitchen to design a meal plan to specifically meet a guests culinary needs and restrictions.
On Maui many of the chefs, ranchers, fishermen and farmers are working together to create a foodie environment where island ingredients or ono flavors are across the board a featured attraction. One of the most unique places to experience this is O’o Farms. It is a by-reservation-only truly unique farm-to-table coop collaboration and experience.
Guests to the farm are given their menu description, then they’re led through the gardens for a lesson in local growing. Visitors taste the greens, fruits and veggies they pick and all is basketed. This is followed by a cooking demo at the wood fired oven where everything each visitor put in their basket is prepared for their al fresco lunch. The farm has its own coffee mill and roasterie where the beans grown on property are ground. Fresh fruit based desserts and O’o coffee round out the meal. This is a not to be missed extraordinary experience.
The Islands offer endless tropical beauty and the best way to get a bird’s eye view is on a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter ride. The company has been Hawaii’s air-tour leader for over 25 years and serves all four major Hawaiian Islands. They’re birds offer panoramic glass for maximum visibility, a cockpit camera which records your ride, and super knowledgeable pilots. If you only do this bucket list activity once in your life this is THE place.
Royal Ali’i Nui catamaran is another totally Hawaiian thing to do. You and your friends can set sail for the sunset dinner cruise like we did or try one of the snorkeling with turtles or Whale watching excursions.
And, of course for the most kitschy cool day trip, pick up a DVD guided drive for Road to Hana. We got ours at the last gas station stop in Paia. The recording was hilarious and the gas over the top expensive. But it is the only gas station until you hit Hana. Take your time and make all the stops – it’s super fun. We found a guy who entertained us with retired show parrots, took photos in the bamboo forest, and painted eucalyptus. We stopped at Coconut Glen’s at mile marker 27.5 for some really tasty organic, vegan ice cream..Beware of the mosquitos though…while your tasting your sweet treat they’ll be nibbling theirs! YOU. We found beautiful mountain top vistas, loads of waterfalls, fresh banana bread at Halfway to Hana and the most stunning black sand beach called Wapananapa.