Island Hospitality

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.

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Balcony View | Tahiti, French Polynesia | May 11, 2014

Before the wedding, and for our first night on the Big Island, we stayed near Kona at the Wyndham Mauna Loa Village

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Wyndham Mauna Loa Village | Big Island, Hawaii

…where we were welcomed by champagne from Jenelle (quickly dispatched, deeply appreciated, and thoroughly enjoyed).

May 1, 2014
May 1, 2014 | Big Island, Hawaii

Its courtyards made me think of the TV show Chuck — it also wasn’t a bad place to [finally] write our vows.

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May 2, 2014 | Big Island, Hawaii

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.)

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Pakalana Sanctuary | Puako, Big Island

After the wedding, we departed for Oahu with Berit and Gavin.

May 7, 2014
May 7, 2014 | Hands up for Oahu

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.

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Turtle Bay Resort | Oahu, Hawaii

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!)

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall scenes around Turtle Bay Resort | Oahu, Hawaii

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.

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Manava Suite Resort | Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

The resort also has Tahiti’s largest infinity pool – my first.

May 12, 2014 | Papeete, Tahiti
May 12, 2014 | Papeete, Tahiti

Fun fact: if you look at the photo album on the hotel’s website, you’ll find Jon and I in this photo (we’re the two people onshore not sitting under the umbrella).

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.

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Cabañas Morerava | Easter Island

Here’s our morning view from the front patio — and one of the chickens.

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May 13, 2014 | Easter Island

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.

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May 14, 2014 | Easter Island

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.

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Robinson’s Cove | Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

Not to mention the most beautiful teacups in the world…

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May 21, 2014 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

…and what I can only describe as a Mermaid Advent Calendar.

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May 20, 2014 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

I’d recommend each one.

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