What a great day!
We slept in, ate breakfast, and packed up for the rest of the day: beach, massages at the Grand Wailea, and a sunset dinner at Nick’s Fishmarket.
We returned our snorkel gear and spent an hour relaxing at Kapalua Bay, this time with a prime spot on the beach under a palm tree. We picked up a quick snack for the road at the Honolua store (an amazingly awesome pineapple smoothie and Maui onion rings) and dropped by Barnes & Noble for new books along the way to Wailea.
The Grand Wailea is huge. It has a better beach and better waterslide than the Hyatt, but otherwise we were surprised that we actually liked the Hyatt better.
Like the hotel, the spa was huge. This was only the third spa Shannon and I have ever seen, but it was easily three times larger than either of the other two.
In addition to the usual roman bath, steam, and sauna, they also have a cold plunge pool (my favorite) and a Japanese furo pool (my new favorite). If that weren’t enough, they also have five different mineral baths designed to detox, heal skin, soothe soreness, etc. I especially appreciated, since I’m new to all this, that they had cards explaining every treatment and guiding you through the process.
After an hour in the spa, we had our couples massage, which was amazing and felt especially good on my legs, which were weary from months of training for the marathon coming up this Saturday. Feeling absolutely wonderful, we showered, changed, and took a short drive to Nick’s Fishmarket.
Hawaii has incredibly great seafood, and Nick’s is one of the best. Thanks to the hotel concierge, we had a sunset view on the patio. We shared drinks and three courses. The highlights: a dumpling stuffed with kalua pork in a pineapple sauce, sea scallops more flavorful than any I’ve ever had, fresh fish caught that afternoon, and one of the top five desserts of my life: a caramel soufflé with berries, creme fraiche, and a scoop of Lappert’s vanilla bean ice cream.
And just as we were eating dessert, the sun dropped below the horizon and they lit the torches. Perfect.