haute relaxation on maui

sunset on the beach in front of four seasons wailea

in celebration of our first anniversary we had the pleasure of staying at the four seasons resort maui in wailea. as always the service was impeccable. the staff went above and beyond to make sure that our stay was nothing short of fabulous. since we were already on maui they arranged for an early check-in. i always love arriving at the fours seasons maui because you're not only welcomed by wonderful staff, but that sweet, floral fragrance that wafts throughout the resort. it's like a combination of orange blossom and mango.

sweet treats awaited us in our room | tibbee's bath sponges.

upon arriving in our room we were greeted with a handwritten note signed by the general manager and a plate of four different sweet treats. i love walking into a room with food waiting for me! we also brought our dog tibbee with us, and i think he was even more pampered than we were. he got his own bamboo doggie dish with rawhide bone and bottled water, a dog bed, and bath sponges in letters that spell his name.

view of molokini & kahoolawe from a distance

next stop the serenity pool. it's an adult only pool with two hot tubs, an infinity edge pool that appears to drop off at the ocean's edge, and a swim up bar that serves up some fabulous cocktails. my favorite cocktail is their blueberry mojito, so refreshing, but a bit light on the rum for my taste. it really is heavenly to hangout at the serenity pool. all cell phones must be silenced, someone comes around with chilled hand towels, someone else ensures that guests have a full glass of ice water, and another person passes out little snacks. in the morning there were tiny pineapple muffins and the afternoon rice crispy treats. i could really get used to this haute life!

shaun chilaxing in the serenity pool | view from the serenity pool

when hunger drove us to leave the serenity pool (you can leave for up to an hour without losing your lounge chairs), we indulged at the breakfast buffet at duo. they have the best breakfast buffet on maui. my favorites are the bacon, which is always thick and crispy, and the hawaiian sweetbread french toast with berry compote. other onolicous items include made to order organic egg omelets and belgian waffles, eggs benedict, and tons of fresh fruits.

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