W A I L E A
I don't think the appetite for the beach ever really diminishes for me and because it's been weeks since our Maui trip, I felt it was just about the right time to share the second half of our itinerary getting - literally - lost on the Road to Hana and loving it. Between the affable birds on my shoulders, Wai'anapanapa State Park's black sand beach, bonfires at Hotel Wailea and sunrises at Big Beach we found ourselves realising exactly what it is about this little island that boasts around 2.2 million visitors per year - not bad for an island with a population of 140000.
We stayed at beautiful Hotel Wailea which despite it's location amongst the big name resorts has earned itself an air of intimacy and quietness. Having breakfast overlooking the resort and coming back to motivational quotes in my room by 1920's authors are just a few of the reasons why this is a great place to plant yourself for the days you spend on Maui. Although it is not situated on the beach itself there is a service to take you and I suggest taking the 5 minute drive down to Big Beach and just allow yourself to get lost in the soft pastels of the sunrise and the sound of the crashing waves. The scenery will astound you.
Photography: Kim Jones
Underwater Photography: Pip Harwood
*Special thanks to the Hotel Wailea team for making our stay such a fun and enjoyable one!