My boyfriend and I returned from Hawaii late Tuesday night. It was so hard to leave the beautiful scenery and weather, and even harder to say goodbye to a week of almost no work (I barely checked any emails). I’m slowly easing back in to my normal L.A. routine. It’s been a challenge, but there is no place I would rather call home. I feel pretty lucky to get back to a good life in a place I enjoy near friends and family.
In honor of the trip, here are some lovely spaces, places and things from the Big Island. Beautiful beaches and perfect weather year-round make Hawaii a popular vacation destination. This beach at the Mauna Kea is one of my favorites.
I love how the resorts and restaurants on the island take advantage of their gorgeous scenery by building indoor/outdoor open concept spaces. This restaurant offered a particularly special sunset view for our last dinner. I also loved this and this restaurant (way too much amazing food on the trip).
Little lizards were all over the place. I could not get over their vivid coloring and gorgeous patterns – unlikely inspiration for wearing bold, head to toe neon.
I loved this villa situated on a path at the edge of the water, steps from a pristine white sand beach and a golf course. With tons of big windows, the home offers 180 degree views of bright blue ocean.
On one of two wonderful tours, we learned about Hawaii’s vast array of plant life. We ate the most amazing orange I have ever had and raw kabuki nuts fresh from their trees.
The view from our room’s patio was serene and relaxing. This lush landscape offered the perfect place for eating breakfast each morning.
Equally as lovely was the room’s huge bathroom including a very large tub with gold fixtures.