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My Maui Vacation Recap

Every time I go to Maui I like to do a recap for you as I ALWAYS discover new and exciting things that I want to share!! Are any of you planning a Spring Break getaway?? If you are…I highly suggest Maui!! It is hot, safe, clean, and SO MUCH FUN!!!! It really is a place for all ages…depending on who you go with it’s great for everyone! For me, one of the reasons I love it so much is because it’s SO easy. I’ve been there before so I know the in’s and out’s and there’s no really surprises. Normally I go all over the Island – but with this trip being only 5 days we decided to spend most of our time in Wailea and Kihei. If you want a full Island guide head over to some of my other blogs!!! This time I got to just RELAX, explore new things and enjoy time with my loved ones. STRESS FREE!!!! Now that’s what a true vacation is really about….right!?!?! Here’s a recap of what I did and what I suggest….

Where To Stay:

  • Fairmont Kea Lani – This is a MUST stay … even for just a few nights.
  • My Condo – I rent it out all year round and OF COURSE you can stay there…we’re buds!!! Trust me … it’s a little slice of heaven!!!
  • Oceanfront Inn – this is my all time Maui secret….if you are on a budget this hotel is a MUST. It is directly on the best beach in Maui (in my opinion). You don’t have to walk through a lobby or deal with anything…you walk outside and you’re on the beach!!! OH…AND IT’S CHEAP!!!!!

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What To Do:

  • Trilogy Boat Cruise – OMG this was AMAZING…a boat cruise all to ourselves (I would go again right now)!!! We were so close to whales breaching…I can still see the barnacles in my head!! I´m so going to get a boat rental ft. lauderdale boating!
  • Rent a Jeep from Alamo with the help of Discount Hawaii Car Rental to make sure you get the best deal… honestly truly, I don’t normally preach about rental services BUT they gave me the best customer service I’ve ever received!!! Not only did we get an amazing deal they searched the Island for the best jeep EVER for us!! I can’t begin to explain how fantastic they were!!! I HIGHLY recommend them to you…
  • Explore the Island easily in the jeep -If it’s raining or cloudy…this is the perfect activity!!! This time we went to Up Country. It’s maui farmer region…you can literally get ANYTHING under the sun and it’s all local. PS that’s also where Oprah’s house is…maybe you’ll get to see her!!!!
  • SLEEP IN and enjoy brunch at the Fairmont – when you book your rooms, you can get the brunch included…and you’re full almost ALL day!!!
  • Justin and I LOVE the pool bar at The Fairmont … lots of our time was spent here lol!!!
  • Try out the different beaches…
  • Drink Mai Tai’s and play cards in the sun….ALL day!
  • RELAX!!!
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Where To Eat:
  • Nicks Fishmarket Maui
  • 5 Palms – they have the best OMLETTES!!! AND guava mimosas….I could use one right now!!!!
  • KO Restaurant – they have this albacore tuna dish that they serve on hot lava rocks…you serve it yourself and it’s SO cool
  • Maui Tacos – this is another secret budget place of mine…we eat here ALL the time!!

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I know you’re all thinking about what to pack for a vacation…..BUT you will have to stay tuned for next week and I will put together a big list for you!!!!

What are some of YOUR favourite things to do on vacation?? Maui in particular…I LOVE adding to my To Do list!!!


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  1. niki

    February 26th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    headed to mexico in a week and i cant wait for the packing list! <3

  2. mrsmurchie

    February 26th, 2015 at 10:22 am

    The Gazebo in Napili has the BEST breakfast ever – the Macadamia Pancakes are to die for!! Leoda’s just outside Lahaina has incredible lunches (seared ahi sandwich is my fave!) and their fresh pies are also amazing!

  3. Kim Gesell

    February 26th, 2015 at 10:50 am

    It’s a little hidden place in Kihei, at the very end of a strip mall… you really have to search for it. It’s called Taqueria Cruz. Grab your own $5 bottle of wine from the ABC store (twist-off cap obvs) and head there. It’s cheap like Maui Tacos but totally authentic and freaking fantastic. (I just Googled the address… 2395 S Kihei Rd.) Also, the Kihei Cafe for breakfast is our must-go place.

  4. Natalie Fontaine

    February 26th, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thank you so much for this great recap and photos! I am heading to Maui in April. I am definitely going to try the Guava mimosas at 5 Palms. The only stressful part of a holiday is packing, so I look forward to your packing list!!

  5. Ariana

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:12 am

    You and your boyfriend are so cute! It looks like such a fun trip!

  6. Shay

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Please do not post photos of your little chubby toes anymore. Puke.

  7. Chanel Edens

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    What the..

  8. Ashley Frustaci

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:20 am

    The Olivine Pools are spectacular!

  9. Katie Stuart

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:31 am

    This is REALLY making me want to visit Maui!! Hopefully one day soon 🙂

    XO Katie

  10. Chanel Edens

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Have you ever done the drive to Hana? Not only can you go swimming in some of the 7 sacred falls on the way but there is an AMAZING hike through a bamboo forest and at the end there is another gorgeous waterfall you can swim in! It’s a day trip but definitely worth it!

  11. Jillian Harris

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    OH WOW!!!!

  12. Denise Halfyard

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Next time I go back to Maui, I’m going to head to Lana’i again for a few nights! Absolutely gorgeous and so quiet! Then head back to Kihei for the rest of the trip.

  13. wiscogirl

    February 26th, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Cafe des Amis in Paia is amazing Mediterranean food and crepes. One of our favorite places in the world for breakfast. (Just across the street is the Best local natural foods store…Mana foods. Perfect for snacks on the Road to Hana adventure) For people who want to see all the beautiful ocean life Hawaii has to offer in one place, the aquarium is great. Maui Ocean Center – awesome tunnel! All kinds of sharks and colorful fish, turtles, stingrays. Something for everyone 🙂 Thanks for these awesome tips!

  14. Sarah

    February 26th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Where did you get your black and white swim top?!

  15. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    February 26th, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Omg I am in love with your condo! If I won the lottery I would totally buy it! haha

    I don’t have Maui recommendations but if you’re ever in Oahu I have a whole bunch. I spent three summers there in college and just went back for two weeks last summer. It’s my happy place.

    Her Heartland Soul

  16. NitaPita

    February 26th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Well yes I am heading to Maui for spring break, how did you know? I simply can’t wait and you posted this at the perfect time. I’ve rented my jeep and I’m ready to go (well, I have to wait 2 more weeks), but you better believe I’m already packed and ready!

    One of my favorite eateries is The Gazebo located at Napili Shores. The macadamia nut pancakes are beyond words. I always find a day to do the Road to Hana, as well. The “painted trees” are so beautiful. I can’t quite remember the name, but while driving towards Kaanapali, there’s a sign directing you to road-side treats where you’ll find the cutest little couple in the world, who’s lived there for ever and the view is amazing – she makes delicious coconut bark treats and chocolate dipped pineapple!

  17. ImarriedChuck

    February 26th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Nice!!! Going back with the kids this time!! Can’t wait!!! Thanks for the info!!!

  18. Al

    February 26th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for including a cheaper hotel (not many people can afford 750$ a night at the Fairmont … HOLY HELL – that’s the price of a whole week’s beach vacation for me including hotel and flight!) even though 250$ a night at the Oceanfront Inn is way more than any hotel I’ve ever stayed at! Calling that “CHEAP!” makes me feel quite poor and pathetic, lol. Girl, you OWN a condo in Maui but still spend $4000 for 5 nights at a hotel there…. Holy moly you must be packing the dollas… Good for you! (Yes, I’m jealous! And yes, you seem a little less ‘normal relatable human’ to me now.)

  19. Bonnie Andrichuk

    February 26th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks so much for the info…Going to Maui March 7-28 for 3 weeks….our favourite is The Palms Happy Hour, Monkey Pod, and the very Best is Polli’s Mexican Restaurant….will definitely try the KO restaurant and Maui Taco’s….we love our Happy Hours also at Mulligans…

  20. Jillian Harris

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    OH MY GAWWWD agree… love the happy hour!!!

  21. Kristin Roach

    September 4th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Hi, Can you please give me the direct link to your condo. The link in this blog took me to a site with lots of condos. I am looking for a “sort of” last minute place to stay for a “last minute” college graduation trip for my 2 kids. We would like to go during the first week of Oct 2017. My daughter lives in Vancouver BC and my son in Savannah, GA, and my husband and I live in Portland, OR….and we are trying to get them away from their jobs for a nice treat before their working lives begin, with a tight budget. I appreciate your help, Jillian. Take care and have an amazing day.

  22. Tamara T

    February 27th, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Just got back from Maui last week, we were there for two weeks.
    One of the most AMAZING things we did was zip lining! We went with this eco zipline company called Flying Hawaiian. It was just the best, took about 5 hours to finish as it’s made up of 7 different ziplines. From the first zipline onward, you get bicoastal views of Maui for the rest of the time. We did this at the start of our trip and if I had to leave the next day I would have been completely satisfied. It’s an amazing mix of beautiful scenery, active adventuring and local feel. All the guides are funny, local guys, they started and built the zipline to stop developers from building the lush, green mountain side. SO INCREDIBLE, cannot even explain how much it is worth it!!

  23. Jaclyn

    February 27th, 2015 at 7:42 am

    LOVE your pineapple necklace! Where can we buy it?

  24. Jillian Harris

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Here you go… !!!!

  25. Brianne

    February 27th, 2015 at 9:08 am

    You should drive the West Coast Maui Loop past Kapalua it’s unreal! Also Lahaina Grill (in Lahaina) is so good!!!

  26. Kim

    February 27th, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I second Kihei Cafe for breakfast–we’re standing in line at the crack of dark thirty our first day there to get one of those cinnamon rolls. We stay in Wailea, have done Four Seasons, Kea Lani and Grand Wailea but lately have been getting a vrbo at Polo Beach Club. When I have a spare 3 million, I’m buying it.

  27. Deb

    February 27th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Love all the tips and ideas you give about Maui trips. We have actually booked your place for Jan. 2016 for your 25th Anniversary……so excited Jillian. Your place looks beautiful from the pics. I’m taking as many notes from your blog so we can make the most of our time there. Thank you.

  28. Jillian Harris

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    OMG AMAZING!!! So jealous…. have the best time ever!!!! xo

  29. Helen Hagerman

    April 17th, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Jillian! We just booked Maui for mid July! And I would just love to book your place or at the very least something similar to it! HELP!!! Where can I book? Im finding this post so so so helpful! Literally going to jot down all these favourites and make it happen for my hubby and I!

  30. Stacy

    February 27th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Darn I just realized I think I saw your boyfriend in the Shops at Wailea parking lot after seeing your red jeep pictures. Would have loved to say hello to you! Your show is one of the only shows my daughter and I love watching together. My hubby and I just moved the family to Maui after years of vacationing here. Love it!! After 7 months we are still finding new things to do all the time. Just did the west maui loop, so beautiful. We love staying at Travassa in Hana for a couple days, feels like you’re a world away from the rest of Maui and their hotel restaurant is super yummy. Also love heading to Lanai for the day (with trilogy) or even better a couple days at Four Seasons. Fav eats are monkeypodkitchen, flatbread pizza, cafe des amis, duo, coconuts, gazebo, pita paradise, da kitchen, pollis, mama’s

  31. Jillian Harris

    March 3rd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    AWESOME!!!! Thank you thank you for all the advice!! XO

  32. Cindy

    February 28th, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Choice health bar for acai bowls and healthy eats. Best bowls ever!!!!! I make several trips there whenever I’m in maui

  33. Sarah

    February 28th, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Don’t forget the shave ice! Our favorite is Ululani’s in Kihei (or Lahaina or Kahului). We end up there nearly every day. Oh, and if you drive up to Kula, you’ll want to stop at Kula Country Farms. It’s a u-pick strawberry farm in the spring and a pumpkin patch in the fall. Great local fruits and veggies at the farm stand, cute little children’s garden and they have fun decorations and events for every holiday. Going there in a few weeks and can’t wait! My son’s birthday happens to fall during spring break so he’s been fortunate to have celebrated all of his birthdays on Maui (he’ll be 6 this year). Also, we are starting at the Fairmont for 2 nights. We love it there too! We are using the 2 free nights we got as a sign up bonus for the Fairmont credit card – it’s the only way we’re able to stay at such expensive hotels! Oh my gosh, also how could I forget Quinnie’s?! I go there each year first thing for the most fabulous pedicure (it’s basically like a message where you get your nails painted – so awesome and so cheap too)!

  34. Shauna at SAB Illustration

    March 2nd, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Your trip looks AMAZING! And great tips. I’d love to do that boat tour one day. Thanks for sharing!
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  35. Wendy Campbell

    March 11th, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for all of the vacation pictures! It felt like I went on vacation too! I miss the beach! I grew up in Montreal but we had a family cabin in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. I ended up married to Lance in land locked Alberta! I am a huge fan and I liked you on the Batchelorette and also I watch a lot of the Love it or List in Vancouver series! I just stumbled onto your website! You are a very talented person! I just love how you decorate! You are so talented! Who knows maybe I can go to your condo one day! Take care.

  36. Jennifer

    March 24th, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos and Maui tips! I live here and Nick’s Fishmarket is truly one of the best places for Happy Hour and dinner on island. The staff is so friendly and the food is incredible. Aloha!

  37. Jordan

    April 20th, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Where did you get your amazing black and white swim top? It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  38. Taylor C.

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:59 am

    The link for the VRBO rental shows multiple listings. Which one is yours? Love the decor!

  39. Amber Brewer

    July 19th, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Is your Maui condo still available to rent? The link takes me to multiple listings now.

  40. Jennifer Friesen

    October 24th, 2016 at 8:23 am

    My husband are planning a getaway to Maui next month… Is your condo still available to rent?

  41. Jillian

    October 28th, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Yes!!!! It is!!!

  42. Cheryl Harris

    November 12th, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    From what I found, it was sold in early March of 2016.

  43. Amber Meade

    December 23rd, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Love your blog – we just opened a bar in Lahaina, The Dirty Monkey, so please come see us next time! I would love to take care of you! @ambermeade is my username and @dirtymonkeymaui is the bar’s!

  44. Whitney Stalkie

    December 30th, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    HBD Jill!! I’m doing some research and making my packing list for Maui come February. THANK YOU for the great tips and inspiration!!! I MUST get a photo of my beau under that “Wanted” sign. Which restaurant is that at?

  45. mauirealestatesearch

    January 14th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, what a great recap of your Maui visit!!! Definitely worth pointing out that Lanai is a different island with a VERY different lifestyle proposition than the island of Maui. Again, thanks for sharing such a great post.

  46. Alison Kent

    April 27th, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome! Landing in … 3hrs – this WestJet wifi comes in handy for last minute research!!

  47. Jillian Harris

    April 28th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    OMG yes!! Have sooooo much fun, Alison!! XOXO

  48. Britt

    April 29th, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I believe you’re wearing two different pineapple necklaces in this post. Could you give the link to purchase both? Thank you!

  49. Christina

    July 10th, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    FINALLY booking our trip to Maui now! I’ve had this page bookmarked for years now 🙂

    Is your condo still available to rent? It looks like there are multiple listings when I click on the above link…

  50. Jillian

    July 18th, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Nooooooo we unfortunately SOLD IT 🙁 ….

  51. Gwen

    November 6th, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    First of all, love following you!

    Any chance you know the information on how to get in touch with the new owners? We are looking to visit Maui next summer?

  52. Sheryl

    January 7th, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Fantastic post!! I just came home from Maui and am also writing my recap and loved reading yours. The west coast is the best!

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