Greetings and Happy November, everyone! Is it just me or does it feel like this year has literally flown by? We’re fresh off of two weeks on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui (and if you haven’t been you really should go!).
Sterling has had the pleasure of planning an incentive trip for one of our clients on the Valley Island for the past several years and this last one was truly the best yet.
The group of about 45 stayed at the always beautiful Westin Maui Resort & Spa situated on the picturesque Ka’anapali Beach. With arrivals and registration on Sunday, we ended the night with a low key Welcome Reception at the hotel’s outdoor Aloha Pavilion overlooking the ocean. With a three hour time change and a full day of traveling we wanted to get some delicious cuisine in our guests’ bellies and send them off to bed for an exciting week ahead.
The sunset was absolutely breathtaking and guests enjoyed fresh scallops, prawns, mahi mahi, Maui Gold pineapples and macadamia nut tarts in addition to many other goodies.
The group was treated to a wonderful Hawaiian Trio that provided the music for the evening.
Unfortunately, we were unable to take any pictures in the spa. We tried and were quickly escorted out…it seems the flash photography was bothering other spa-goers (just kidding!).
Later that evening the group enjoyed time at the Wailele Luau complete with fire knife dancing (at the same time!), traditional island food and tropical libations.
The rest of the week was filled with snorkeling, shark dives, day trips to the beautiful island of Lana’i, shopping in historic Lahaina Town and enjoying time at the beach and pool.
Some of our guests took a sail on the Hula Girl, a 65 foot catamaran that slips on and off the beach with ease.
Thursday came way too fast and it was already time for our always exciting Farewell Dinner on the Lana’i & Kaua’i pool decks overlooking the ocean. We really couldn’t have built a better location for a goodbye dinner.
The evening’s menu highlights included grilled steaks with peppercorn butter, and chocolate haupia cake.
Our favorite Island entertainers, Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats, provided the music for the evening and had the group on their feet singing, dancing and even hula-hooping!
After dancing the night away the group said their goodbye’s and prepared for the trip home the next morning.
Another wonderful trip to Maui has come and gone and we’re already starting to plan next year’s fun!