Photo from Pat Evans in Maui
MAUI, Hawaii -- Have you ever been channel surfing and then stopped when you found a familiar movie? For me, it sometimes feels like running into an old friend.
That didn't exactly happen to me today in Maui, but while taking a break after lunch, this thought occurred to me: What if the real excitement most of are looking for is happening all around us?
Ok, that's not a difficult leap this week. I'm staying at the fabulous Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. From its breathtaking location to stellar staff, this oasis has earned a place among the top resort hotels in the world. And for me, a dream trip of a lifetime.
Here's what comes to mind when describing this little slice of heaven. You know when you meet someone with class and style and they don't flaunt it? That's the Four Seasons guest experience. Understated elegance with impeccable attention to detail. And as is the case here, the setting is bucket list breathtaking.
Maui itself also has a deserved reputation for a plethora of activities and recreational offerings. Many of these are natural wonders and others man made.
For anyone seeking a spiritual shot in the arm, then a sunrise bike ride down Haleakala volcano is a must do. Sure you have to get up around 4 a.m., but there's no better way to push jet lag into retreat. This is "Pedaling with Pat" on steroids! Seeing the sunrise from the rim of the crater is magical.
And for history buffs and shoppers alike, a stop in the original Hawaii capital of Lahaina is a must. This quaint turn of the 19th century town looks like something Hollywood would create if it didn't already exist.
Some favorite stops include the Wyman gallery. William Wyman is renowned for painting whales and other marine life.
And for soaking up the natural vibe, Kimos is a great spot to catch the sunset while sipping a Mai tai.
Mama's Fish House on Maui's North shore is another worthwhile detour. The setting is vintage Hawaii and picture postcard beautiful. And happily, the food matches the ambiance. Possibly the best fish, Mahi Mahi stuffed with crab and shrimp, I have ever had....not to mention their world famous Mai Tai's! Why is it a drink with an umbrella in it always tastes better?
There are also plenty of half-day excursions for snorkeling, surfing and when in season, whale watching.
And this is one great spot to tee off. Maui boasts some of the finest golf courses in the world.
Few places can get away with calling itself paradise, but in my humble experience, Maui has a legitimate claim.
Aloha everyone. I gotta head back to the beach to make more memoires! This scene isn't over yet.
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