Our fourth day in Maui we headed to Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea for some five-star pampering. I found a deal (here) called the Hideaway Package that offered two 50 minute massages, an hour in their fancy baths, and lunch for about $300 (for both of us). Considering that it’s easily an all-day affair at one of the most extravagant places I’ve ever seen, it’s actually a pretty good deal.
From the second we pulled up, the experience was magical and breath-taking. I’ve been to my fair share of fancy hotels and spas, but this takes the cake. It’s beautiful and opulent, yet tropical and relaxed. I kept waiting for Ryan Gossling to fly by on a unicorn- it was that incredible.
We checked in several hours early so that we could take advantage of their exercise facility. Here’s an a picture of the spa reception area. If you don’t feel like royalty here, then there’s just no hope for you.
After dropping our things in our spa lockers, we were escorted to the exercise facility. I was blown away by it. Here’s the entry, for starters (please excuse the crappy iPhone photos littered throughout this post).
It’s larger (and wayyyy nicer) than most commercial gyms I’ve been to. It was divided into four areas- cardio, stretching, machines, and free weights. Each was spacious and almost completely empty.
After our workouts, we went back to the spa locker area for quick showers before we trotted off to our complementary lunch. They give you each a $25 voucher, which is more than enough for anything on the menu at the restaurant we chose (alcohol not included). Check out our view of their pool/beach area.
Lunch was actually the low point of the day, considering we found both hair AND a bug in our food. Not what you’d expect from a Waldorf Astoria Hotel (I mentioned the hair in front of our server and she failed to respond at all). But we didn’t let that ruin our day- we had relaxing to do!
After lunch, we received the tour of the terme, which is a collection of several therapeutic baths. Photography is strictly prohibited due to all the naked ladies running around, but I stealthily managed to capture this picture.
And here are a couple I stole from their website:
These photos don’t even portray all of it- there was an area with cascading water where you could sit and let the water massage your head and shoulders, there were several “Japanese showers” plus some other hot/cold/bubbling baths to enjoy.
After an hour of soaking, I was directed up to a balcony where Jason was already waiting. We were escorted back to a room with two tables for our couples massage. Now, I look at massages like chocolate cake (bad ones are good, and good ones are great) but it was definitely one of the better ones I’ve had. Like always, the 50 minutes passed too quickly.
If I were to do it again, I’d bring a bathing suit and spend the rest of the afternoon lounging by their pool. But we were suitless and the Mr. was hungry, so we didn’t linger around the resort post-treatment. Instead, we headed back for a snack and a nap.
A few hours later, we headed up to Kihei for some dinner. I’d selected a restaurant called Cafe O’Lei, known for their generous portions and honest prices. Jason and I each ordered a fruity drink (I got the Cafe O’Lei Cooler, he got the Maui Wowie- both were good but his was better). We split some crab cakes then they brought complementary salads.
Jason ordered the mahi, which he had no problem polishing off. Both were delicious and filling. We couldn’t believe when our bill arrived and it was only $70! We had a three course meal with cocktails! We can’t even eat that cheap in San Diego, let alone Maui. Although it’s perched atop an unassuming strip mall, it ended up being a fabulous find that we’d highly recommend… and probably revisit ourselves if our trip wasn’t coming to an end.
On the brightside, there’s one more day left (2 more to blog about) and we have some AMAZING stuff planned. Dare I say that the best is yet to come?!