Maui: Day 4

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:

The colors of these baths come from Hawaiian sea salts.  Each represents an island and offers its own health benefits.

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.

For our entrees,  I had the macadamia nut crusted chicken.  I ate about a third of it before requesting a to go box.

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?!


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11 Responses to Maui: Day 4

  1. I seriously couldn’t love this post anymore Rachel! Your spa day looked absolutely amazing! A couples massage is something that’s been on my to do list for a while and sadly didn’t get crossed off on our trip…hopefully on the next one it will! The pool at the Grand Wailea looked beautiful didn’t it?! Too bad you guys didn’t have your bathing suits, I’m sure that would have been a great addition to an already perfect day! We also ate at Cafe O’Lei and loved it too! Believe it or not, you actually ordered the same meal as I did! That chicken was delicious but I also needed to to go box as I was only able to finish half my meal but it made for a yummy lunch the next day! I’ve been meaning to ask you which you chose to do: Haleakala or the road to Hana? Nevertheless, I’m excited for your next two posts! Enjoy your last day in paradise!

    xo jen

    • We love couples massages! This was our 3rd or 4th. It’s a great way to celebrate an anniversary or Valentines, but I definitely recommend springing for the full spa experience. We’ve done the massage envy version and I don’t think it’s as nice. We ended up doing Haleakala. I did (part of) Hana my last time here and got super car sick so I didn’t really want to do it again. I got a little sick on the way back from Haleakala, but it was super worth it!! Thanks again for your pre-trip advice, it helped a lot with the planning!

  2. MC says:

    Green with jealousy from the rainy Germany lol! It looks like you had great time. I can’t wait for us to be back in the states for some quality R&R 🙂

  3. Love this post! I’m planning to go to Maui and you are helping me a lot!

  4. Rachel says:

    Beautiful photos- so jealous!

  5. albucco10 says:

    That day could NOT sound more perfect (except of course, for the bug in your meal. EW!). There’s just something about a pampering spa day that makes you feel so special, so I can’t even imagine how awesome it was in a place like that. What a treat! xo

  6. I keep getting more and more jealous of your trip with every post! Getting pampered is one of those things that always gets put on the back burner for me, so when I do get around to having a spa day it’s so relaxing and enjoyable. I can’t believe the deal you guys got either, that is a GREAT price for a spa day. Your dinners both look so yummy too!!


  7. jennacwest says:

    A spa day in Maui, I can tell you had one of the best vacations ever and I think expecting Ryan Gossling to fly by on a unicorn is the best way to describe it! haha

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