For our wedding/honeymoon, Jon and I continued in our tradition of renting flats and/or places with kitchens in order to better serve the celiacs among us. Aside from the sad-yet-convenient Tahiti Airport Motel, we stayed in some amazing places.
Before the wedding, and for our first night on the Big Island, we stayed near Kona at the Wyndham Mauna Loa Village…
…where we were welcomed by champagne from Jenelle (quickly dispatched, deeply appreciated, and thoroughly enjoyed).
Its courtyards made me think of the TV show Chuck — it also wasn’t a bad place to [finally] write our vows.
The rest of our time on the Big Island was spent at Pakalana Sanctuary, where we stayed with family and friends. (It’s also where we held our wedding ceremony and reception.)
After the wedding, we departed for Oahu with Berit and Gavin.
While researching for the honeymoon, Jon had a moment when he discovered that YOU COULD STAY AT THE SAME RESORT AS THE ONE FROM THE MOVIE FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Reservations were quickly made for Turtle Bay Resort.
The resort was able to accommodate gluten free eaters, so this was one place where we didn’t have to cook and were able to enjoy dinner in the resort’s restaurant, North Shore Kula Grille. Be still, my GF heart.
We, of course, spent a healthy amount of time looking for spots from the movie and/or recreating scenes. (If you haven’t watched the movie about 1,000 times, this will likely mean nothing to you — trust me when I say it looks just like it!)
Up next was the island of Tahiti, where we were welcomed by people singing, dancing, and playing the guitar in the airport terminal while we waited to clear customs (much like this).
We stayed at the Manava Suite Resort in Papeete (pah-pay-eh-tay not pa-pete). When we walked into our room, it was a similar experience to the hotel in Dresden: a hallway lined with doors and a stairway leading up to the second floor of our suite (!). The first floor had a half bath, kitchen, living room, and small balcony. The second floor had a master bathroom, bedroom, and large balcony with a killer view.
The resort also has Tahiti’s largest infinity pool – my first.
Next up: Easter Island, where we rented an eco-cabin with Cabañas Morerava. We had plenty of room and a very comfortable kitchen — in addition to a hammock and chickens running amok.
Here’s our morning view from the front patio — and one of the chickens.
Our dinner table, planning station, and general hangout area. It is super dark and looks really late, but it’s actually only 7:30 PM.
Finally, after a pit stop in Tahiti, we took a ferry over to our final Honeymoon destination: Moorea. We rented the Fare Bougainville bungalow with Robinson’s Cove. It was small, but gorgeous. I loved the patio and sliding doors that opened onto the South Pacific.
Not to mention the most beautiful teacups in the world…
…and what I can only describe as a Mermaid Advent Calendar.
I’d recommend each one.