After an amazing visit to Hawaii, day 14 was our last full day in the islands. We were so sorry to be leaving! We’d long ago selected Hawaii as a honeymoon destination as it’s the sort of place that’s so far from the UK, you’ll only visit once. After our adventures on the Big Island and our idyllic time in Kauai – that’s no longer true. If and when we can save enough we hope to return, perhaps for a big anniversary in a decade or two, should the fates be kind.
We started the day with these amazing lemon-pineapple-soufflé pancakes, a Koa Kea speciality. So yummy. After that it was time to catch a taxi across to Lihu’e, where we were scheduled to take a light aircraft flight around the island. We flew with Wings Over Kauai and they were fantastic!
Being so high up was an amazing way to see the island, where so many films (including the Jurassic Park series) have been filmed and there is such a wealth of beauty to enjoy!
The water was so, so blue.
After a beautiful tour of the island (including a glimpse of our resort from the air in the top picture in this post!) we headed back to the Koa Kea for a chilled evening – we had a very early flight scheduled the next day. The hotel was really exceptional and was just perfect for a honeymoon, with some of the finest staff I’ve ever encountered in the field. For me the best of a very good bunch were Nick, who brought perfect blueberry toast from room service for a late night snack; Imelda, our wonderful, friendly turn-down lady; Whitney, the super helpful conceirge who assisted us with table bookings and logisitcs aplenty; and Erin, who made the pool bar a lovely place to sit and unwind (as well as making us some brilliant cocktails!).
Our last Hawaiian sunset.
Next day we were up bright and early to take a taxi back to Lihu’e. We had to take a quick 20 minute flight back to Honolulu before our long flight back to Vegas…..and the plane was over an hour late! Quite usual for the islands, we were assured, but a bit worrying if you like to be early for flights and have a quick turnaround! Despite the worry, we made it to Honolulu, dashed through the terminal, and made it to our Vegas flight just in time. Phew!
A lovely, smooth flight took us east across the Pacific, and in a few short hours had us back to desert views out the window.
We had had a great stay at the MGM Grand on our first Vegas leg, but for the return we stayed in a Sky Suite at the Aria. The Aria is a newer hotel and is very plush and well-finished – we loved our one-bedroom corner suite on the 32-floor with floor to ceiling windows. Best views of the Strip!
The hotel sent a limo to take us from the airport to the Aria. As it was our first limo ride together I felt a selfie was in order!
We could see Copperfield from our room again – a little further away this time!
Space age room controls!
You could see for miles from our bedroom.
Once we were settled and unpacked – check in taking next to no time as the Sky Suites have their own entry and check in – we headed down to the casino floor to take in the lay of the land and grab a quick pizza and beer supper.
The Aria has art dotted throughout it’s corridors and atria – I liked that this one bore signage which cautioned that the horse was not for sitting on…
Exploring done, we turned in for the night, and enjoyed a nightcap taking in the glittering lights of Las Vegas. It was fun to be back!