We are home from the vacation of a lifetime. :) It was glorious and exactly what we needed.
Every single day was 29 degrees, the afternoons were generally a little cloudy with a wonderful breeze, which kept the heat reasonable. We had very few obligations and we spent the first week napping most afternoons and the last week picking a different beach each morning before setting out for the day.
The first 6 days were spent on the west coast where our friends were getting married. Our condo was within walking distance of the wedding location, which was beautiful! So we even napped in between the ceremony and the reception. Oh, the indulgence! :) We had a lot of dinners together with friends, either at a restaurant or one of our condos. It was so great to be on vacation in such a tropical location and have friends just down the road to visit with.
The first weekend we did a snorkelling trip with the whole wedding party to Molokini crater. The weather was perfect, the sailing was smooth, and the fish and the coral were beautiful. It was a wonderful adventure and worth the cost. That night we went to a Luau and that too was an expensive but awesome experience. They put on a gorgeous show, the dinner was wonderful and the drinks were free.
Those were our three big activities and they were all over by our 5th day of vacation. The rest of the trip was totally ad lib with a strong emphasis on chilling out, seeing new places, finding good beaches and talking about life and babies. :P
We spent 3 days in the mountains where Andrew did a hiking trip up the crater and I shopped and read my book. Then we spend the last week down the south coast, which was my favourite area - super fine sand and gorgeous aqua water.
We stayed in condos nearly the whole trip where we had full kitchens and could manage our own meals. So over 2.5 weeks, we only had a handful of lunches and dinners out. The best part of this was the financial benefit but also it meant I could manage my snack/protein requirements. :) This was mission critical each day! I need a significant breakfast and an equally significant snack every morning, that meant protein! My beach bag was usually as full of food as it was books, sunscreen and clothing.
Pictures to come soon...