For our final family trip of 3 we decided we wanted a chill and relaxing destination. After traveling all through Europe in the spring and this summer to Iceland and Ireland; we knew we wanted to slow things down a bit. Now I'm not the worrisome type but what freaked me out the most when choosing a spot with no outbreaks of Zika, and we knew the caribbean was out. Now pregnancy brain is a REAL thing and I had forgotten about Zika when I was originally planning this final trip months ago and our top choices at the time were Jamaica or Turks and Caicos. Since they're a couple hours away and convenient for us. But for some reason zika popped into my brain and those places were ruled out immediately. Now I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Hawaii, I mean it does get a lot of hype. But a 10 hour flight was not looking so relaxing at 6 months pregnant and after all our recent travels.
But I knew a 10 hour flight was probably a lot easier pregnant than with a baby or toddler so if Hawaii was worth it we knew we'd back with the baby one day! Let's just say Hawaii is ALWAYS WORTH IT! It's honestly beautiful and the sunsets are to die for!!!
We did end up spending one night in LA on the way and two nights in LA on the way back to split up the travel which worked really well for us and we even squeezed in Disneyland! We would def do it this way again when we go back one day! We ended up doing 4 nights in Honolulu and 3 nights in Maui. I've put together hotels, restaurants, places to visit that are kid friendly and prego friendly! When we travel we usually go all out and try to see as much as we can but for this trip we planned a few things to see and mainly chilled by the beach. Here's what we did :
Alohilani- Perfect location and walking distance to just about everything you need! The rooms are super clean and the beds are comfy!! Ellie had a blast swimming at the roof top pool with decent seating and shade. The food wasn't too overpriced and portions were generous! Most importantly it was REALLY YUMMY with unique options and a great kids menu. Vegan and Vegetarian Options as well! We would def stay here again!!
Aqua AstonTower- Great for large families or if traveling as a group! The Suites come with a full kitchen and washer & dryer. Less hotel like more condo living! Super clean and the beds were huge but could be more comfortable, but I'm super opinionated when it comes to mattresses. Location again was perfect and in walking distance of everything. The pool area was nice but not as much seating and liveliness like Alohilani. They did have grills you could reserve which again made it feel more like condo living than a hotel. We would absolutely stay here again especially if traveling with friends and other family members!
Royal Hawaiian- One of the oldest resort know for its pink detail everywhere! Super hawaii vibes and the grounds are stunning!! The beach area is set up with pink chair that you can reserve and are the most private you'll get on waikiki beach. The pool does fill up for seating so make sure you're up early to reserve a seat! We ate breakfast here and ordered the Pink Guava Pancakes, there were absolutely amazing!!! We didn't end up staying here because they were sold out during our dates, but we would next time! Also can't comment on the rooms but I'm sure they are nice!!
Things to do:
Surf- we rented a board for a couple of hours, only $20!
Chill at the Beach- The bench has a man made cove, perfect for floating around all day, literally I did that for at least 3 hours one day lol
HO' OMALUHIA Garden- This was fun. We took the roof off our jeep and drove around the botanical gardens and felt like we were in jurassic park, so cool! Its a short ride from honolulu making it a perfect day trip or stopping point before heading to the north shore.
North Shore- more beaches, lots of yummy food and food trucks. We stopped at a few beaches along the way. Sunrise shack was also a must and the bowls were so good!! We also stopped at a food truck/small cafe which was vegan ( Raised By The Waves) and let me tell you we had the best sandwich ever!! Basically the north shore turned into a food tour for us lol. We ended our trip with the yummiest shave ice ( Matsumoto) . I not the biggest fan of shave ice but this shave ice was soooooooo good and worth waiting in line for!!
Ka Moana Lau- One of the things I wanted to do which is obviously super touisty but a must is a Lau. After researching we found one that was in a different part of the island that we haven't explored. The ride there was stunning in its self and we arrived to our lau right before sunset over looking the pacific! So dreamy!! They had a lot of different activities for the kids and adults and the dancing was really good! The food was good and they had a lot of vegetarian friendly food. Ellie had a blast and did't want it to end!
Resturants- There are sooo many places to eat in honolulu but our favorite spots were:
Alohalini- convenient for us because we were staying at this hotel and the rooftop restaurant had yummy options for us.
Buho Cocina Mexican- Also a roof top and really good mexican food. Fun vibe and kid friendly!
Arvo Cafe- small menu but really fresh and yummy!! Anything you get will be good!
Island Vintage coffee - long line but the yummiest acai bowls!! Worth the wait!
Round Table Pizza- great for takeout and late night!
Royal Hawaiian pancakes- best pancakes i've had!! A bit pricey but worth trying especially if you can get a table outside. The decor is too cute
We stayed at the Fairmount main reason was for the waterslide! The kids club was absolutely amazing and ellie was obsessed with it! The rooms are huge and really nice!! The mattress was good but not the comfiest. The food and restaurants are super pricey but there a plenty of options outside of the resort. Beach is nice and they provide chairs and umbrellas. The pool could have more shade but there is a decent amount of seats.
Things to do-
Snorkel- we went to a few beach to snorkel and even saw sea turtles! Our favorite was Makuna National park super private and the water was calm.
The road to hana- We did not do this 5 hour drive around maui but def would have if I wasn't pregnant and up for exploring! We did Iceland last month which was a TON of driving, so I knew I could skip this and save it for next time!
Resturants: We mainly ate at these two spots because we are plant based and it was easier for! The time difference took a toll on us so by the end of the night we were exhausted!
Manoli's Pizza Company- such good pizza and salads! The cookie dessert was so good!!
Island Gourmet Market- so many fresh options!! They have literally every type of prepared food and it not too overly priced! Get place to stock up on snacks or grab an acai bowl !