The girls have wanted to go to Hawaii since they saw Soul Surfer, the bio pic about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm to a shark but persevered to become a world surfing champion!
Although 11 time zones away, more than 50,000 visitors arrived in Hawaii from the UK last year. A friend of mine was lucky enough to be part of that statistic. She organised a family trip to Hawaii, using California as a stop over. Interestingly, she said the price with the stop over was very similar to just going to San Francisco. California is about an 11-hour flight from the UK, and it’s only another 5 hours to Hawaii. I thought I’d investigate.
I dug into our United Miles Plus accounts and discovered we have accumulated nearly a million miles! So before the United website could change its mind, I quickly booked flights, hotels and a car using points (with a CA stop over).
It was way easier than I thought. There was tons of availability this summer for flights AND hotels. We picked Maui and are staying at 4 and 5 star hotels near Lahaina and Wailea. I picked the Westin in Ka’anapali because it’s near the buzzing city of Lahania (and the girls liked the look of the water slides) and the Fairmont in Wailea because of its rave reviews on TripAdvisor. The Fairmont Kea Lani is an elegant hotel on peaceful stretch of Polo Beach, just beyond the crowds in front of other resorts. Wailea is about an hour’s drive down the coast and a different area to explore. Plus I worked for the Fairmont whilst at University in California and know firsthand it’s dedication to customer service.
Now comes the fun part … figuring out what we are going to do! I’m finding the Go Hawaii site very useful! We are definitely going to take the road to Hana and wake up early to catch the sunrise on Haleakala and ride bikes down. Other than that, I’m not sure what else we will do. A traditional luau, snorkelling and ?? Suggestions greatly welcome!
I’m going to put together a full guide on visiting Hawaii from the UK. If there’s anything you want to know … just ask!
IF YOU GO:
United Mileage Plus United.com
Go Hawaii gohawaii.com/uk
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761 +1 (808) 667-2525 westinmaui.com
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753 +1 (808) 875-4100 fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui