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Old 10-12-2013, 07:33 PM   #946
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #948
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A wedding, a photo shoot and to Infinity and beyond!

At 2:59 (yes, I noted this on my phone) we were loading and driving out of Haunama Bay. We were, as mentioned, starving. A banana and some trail mix does not a meal make though they can sustain you for a fairly long time. We were tortured by the knowledge that Kona Brewing company was right next door. Literally. It is in the Hawaii Kai shopping center, at the base of Koko Head, pretty much around the corner from the turn up to Haunama Bay. Weve been to Kona before, though never on Oahu. On the Big Island, we liked it so much we went there a total of 3 times! However, wed already been bad on our lunches and between the spontaneous Monkeypod Burger from 2 days ago, our fabulous Northshore Mexican lunch we had a ton of unused food at the villa that was going to go bad.

So, we were good. We drove home! Thankfully traffic wasnt horrible. We stopped at the store for some reason (cannot recall why) and were in our room at 3:53. Lunchtime! On the Lanai of course.

I went for a salad.

Tokyo Spice Rubbed Mahi Mahi, Baby Spinach, Grape Tomatoes, English Cucumber with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.



I don't know if it was because I was SO hungry, or if it was just the combination but it was so delicious! Certainly as good or better than anything Id have gotten at Kona and infinitely more cost effective.

We both had some of these





And Jeff went for a Turkey Sandwich. Which apparently was so boring I took a picture of the JW Marriott instead



During lunch I placed a call to Roys. We were scheduled to dine there for dinner. With a 4 pm "lunch" , 7:30 seemed a bit early to us. They didn't show us as having a reservation at all! They were able to take us at 8:45, the latest available. Done!

The edge taken off, without overdoing it so we would have room for dinner it was of course pool time. Amazingly it was already 5pm. After a trip or 2 around the lazy river, we headed over by the fire pit to hang out in front of AMA AMA and found&a wedding. The fire pit it would be, the rest was taken up by the wedding. Though wed seen weddings daily, next door, pictures on the beach etc, this was the first one ON property that we'd seen. So of course I took pictures!



The guests had mickey head shaped sun shades!



The wedding party came down right behind us (and now that it had started we were NOT going anywhere).





I loved the flower girls dresses





And the brides



Yellow roses are my FAVORITE





Though a bit stranded it was a nice view



Except&music is piped in to that area (hidden rock speakers) and we wondered if the wedding party could hear it, that might be a bit distracting.

I enjoyed doing&nothing





At some point I think Jeff went and made us a drink, or maybe we'd brought it down? No clue but I do know my notes say "taste the rum in this one". LOL! It must have been strong? I was also texting with Cara, they were to have arrived either that day or the night before and we had hoped to meet up. Poor thing, she was in the room sick!!!! On the beach we spotted what surely looked like Jeff Spicoli. Cracked us up. We hung out and did more nothing, other than guessing the airlines as they flew over. Jeff is pretty good at this game, me, not so much.

We decided, finally, that we should head over to the hot tub. We had yet to go in it and figured it was likely to be a little less crowded than usual as it was moving into dinner time. On the way there, we spotted a PP photographer and decided to do a little shoot.







One bummer about photopass in Hawaii is this. If you buy the CD there, it costs quite a bit less. But if you buy it after you get back you can add some really cute borders to it. I am not sure the borders are worth the price difference but if you were only buying a couple of shots it might well be. We bought it there, saw the borders later and I was a little bummed. The other bummer is that the photographers are not out nearly as much as I thought they might be. Well, they probably are during the day when floating around the river and definitely during the character times but not once could we find one at night when we were actually dressed up for dinner. Which bummed me out! I guess because we eat late? I had hopes of a nice picture of the two of us (non swimsuit or character lol) and it just didn't happen.

Photos taken we headed for our soak. I did not take any pictures of the infinity hot tub the entire trip, I have no idea why but...it really is fabulous. I borrowed a few off the internet. It was also crowded and a fair amount of kids. I do hope with the additional features that this gets a bit better. There is another one by the pool that we rarely saw folks in though, so that could be a backup. Hard to compete with the view at the infinity tub though. That said, the time of day we went in it was a TON better than we saw most of the trip and I do think evenings in general especially during dinner would be ideal, you get a little sunset with it. We were both a bit bummed we hadn't tried it at night before (the lanai had been winning as you might recall) as we knew tonight was the only night we could. Oh well, next time!







This one is a bit more what it is really like, a line of people on the front infinity edge and another one on the back side. There are two levels and the lower one was a little less crowded so we hung there for a bit.



Continued in next post

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Old 10-13-2013, 01:05 PM   #949
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A wedding and a photo shoot

Continued from previous

After a good soak, which felt GREAT after those stairs we headed up, got ready, had a lovely drink on our lanai and headed to dinner at Roy's.
It is a short walk though we elected to drive as well, we felt like it. We weren't positive how far back it was in the golf course so had decided to play it safe but then felt a bit silly after.

This is what it looks like during the day



The whole lovely patio area, which is easily 50% of the restaurant, outside looked just perfect, we were really looking forward to dining alfresco. Walking in we were struck by...how casual it was. There used to be a Roy’s in Seattle and it definitely had a more upscale feel to it, I'd assumed it would be the same and the menu (and prices) seemed to validate that. This well, it was more like a nicer bar, at a golf course.

Unfortunately due to the lateness of our arrival, they had stopped seating outside. I do think that would have made a HUGE difference in our experience. Instead, we were inside, in what felt like, the bar. Which might have been ok but for the hour, it was a bit bright in there and just not the ambiance we’d been hoping for or expecting. At all. Oh well, on to the food!

First, a little wine and edamame



And then honestly, I think we both may have had specials, or the menu has changed as I don't see either item on their menu online! For Jeff

Tenderloin?



For me, some Ahi



With a side of Nicoise



Cooked to perfection!



The food was OUTSTANDING!

The service...ok. Nothing bad but nothing exceptional either. I would try it again, earlier in the evening (and heck, it was Saturday night at 9, not exactly THAT late!) and sit outside. Shockingly to us, the place was pretty darn deserted. While our table was technically in the dining room, it was right below the bar and that really detracted from the experience for us. From a food perspective it certainly tied with AMA AMA, perhaps even a slight edge ahead. Everything else? AMA AMA blew it away. Cost is pretty equal. Honestly with both, we didn't need reservations but I suppose it could be different depending on the season and hour.

Back in the lobby we looked in vain for a PP photog…we were spiffed up! But no. Instead you get very bad selfies



And the kind person to tried to take a shot with my phone, fighting with the Aulani lobby lighting







After a lovely, busy, activity filled followed by pure laziness and gluttony we....

Had a nightcap on the lanai



Decent prices at the Aulani store ($18 for this I think)



Up next, our last full day and night on Oahu including a visit with my Hawaii Ohana!
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:58 PM   #950
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I gotta say, you guys know how to vacation!! Enjoying the fabulous island, the resort, the hot tub, the lanai, the FOOD and drink! Awesome!

See, now I am going back and forth, reading your TR and Pat's DL TR and I don't know what to do for spring break!! Of course, my checkbook might decide it for me! Maybe Aulani will have to wait...At least I know where to come for my research...
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:07 PM   #951
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Why yes, there is! I had looked at both SSR and the Mandara discounts, and base prices, and Mandara will be a better deal so that's my tentative plan. Haven't done it yet but probably will.
DW has a scheduled massage at Mandara during our upcoming trip on 10/21. I believe the DVC discount is only offered from Monday thru Thursday. However, there is a limited time offer right now of $99 for a 50 minute Swedish massage. Get on their email list and you will receive the offer.

I'm glad you liked Roy's. The food, to us, was better than Ama Ama but the service, although not bad at all at Roy's, was better at Ama Ama. One never knows when the chef or the service personnel have an off night but I would not hesitate to go to either again.

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What a relaxing afternoon and night. I am so ready for a vacation I can just taste it.

A wedding,pool time, a nice easy change for dinner time and more time on the lanai. Ahhhhh
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Now that sounds like a great afternoon and evening. The pool at Aulani looks amazing. And your dinners look delicious.
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Nice Body Cynthia , there is no way I would expose the anyone to me in a bikini, But you look great!!! Jeff's stak looked great , not sure what Ahi is which means I ain't touching it I am guessing fish, but while I love a lot of seafood , some I don't care for especially oysters , love clams and shrimp, crab legs are too much work Very leery about salmon and tuna and did not like Mahi Mahi!!. But I will eat Blood pudding
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Roy's and a hot tub. Looks like a perfect day! BTW, you are rockin' that yellow bikini!

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WOWZA! You look AMAZING in that bikini!!!

I'm glad you managed to get some lunch, bonus that you thought to use up food in the room but I'm surprised you lasted an hour getting back with how hungry you were.

A little awkward with the wedding right behind you.

The hot tub looks lovely, that's definitely going on the list.

I've heard fabulous things about Roy's, glad the food didn't disappoint. Very strange they closed the outside so early.
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I have to say you really can wear that bikini, especially one that eye catching!

I love the look of endless pools, that one was great!

Nothing better than sitting on one's balcony sipping wine with a loved one.
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Well, I may not want to stand next to you for a pic at our DIS meet this week after seeing those pictures of you in your bathing suit. I'm going to feel like a very, very fat cow.

You look spectacular.

Love how your afternoon/evening was. Sorry about the restaurant service and not being able to sit outside. Dinner does look yummy though.
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Hi Cynthia! You look amazing in yellow - both in your bikini and your cute dress at dinner.

The Roy's by our house is definitely a bit more upscale in the dining attire - we've dressed nice when we eat there.

What a great way to spend the remainder of your night with a glass of wine on the lanai. If you did anything else I would be shocked and disappointed!! Seriously, it sounds so lovely.
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I gotta say, you guys know how to vacation!! Enjoying the fabulous island, the resort, the hot tub, the lanai, the FOOD and drink! Awesome!
There was a LOT of gluttony and relaxing on this trip, truly an amazing adult getaway.

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See, now I am going back and forth, reading your TR and Pat's DL TR and I don't know what to do for spring break!! Of course, my checkbook might decide it for me! Maybe Aulani will have to wait...At least I know where to come for my research...
Tough call, you'd have park tickets for Cali, which could offset the higher flight costs...

I'd probably go for Aulani but I might see what the girls thought too if both were really an option.

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Good point on the Mon-Thurs. I need to check, now that things are more final, on what day would be best and compare the options again and book something.

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I'm glad you liked Roy's. The food, to us, was better than Ama Ama but the service, although not bad at all at Roy's, was better at Ama Ama. One never knows when the chef or the service personnel have an off night but I would not hesitate to go to either again.

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I would put the food equal, and possibly better but agree, AMA AMA beat Roy's hands down in service and ambiance making the overall experience much better. I do think had we eaten outside...it would have been a more equal overall experience and would go there again.

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A wedding,pool time, a nice easy change for dinner time and more time on the lanai. Ahhhhh
It was! Much as I am looking forward to the NYE trip, it will NOT have this kind of zen quality to it.

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Now that sounds like a great afternoon and evening. The pool at Aulani looks amazing. And your dinners look delicious.
Dinner was fabulous and the infinity hot tub is lovely. There is a new infinity pool there as well, I am looking forward to seeing it, they really needed another feature pool and it will be nice to see it all really opened back up and how that spreads out the crowds. We were rarely in the pool itself, just the river.

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Nice Body Cynthia , there is no way I would expose the anyone to me in a bikini, But you look great!!! Jeff's stak looked great , not sure what Ahi is which means I ain't touching it I am guessing fish, but while I love a lot of seafood , some I don't care for especially oysters , love clams and shrimp, crab legs are too much work Very leery about salmon and tuna and did not like Mahi Mahi!!. But I will eat Blood pudding
Ahi is tuna I'm a huge fan.

Most crab legs are too much work but a good Dungeness...YUM! Or snow crabs...anything with big fat legs can work..King...forget it!
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