November 18, 2013

I am nursing a case of post holiday blues; yes I know there may not be a lot of sympathy for me as I am very lucky to get away. I just feel it was too short, 6 days was all we could manage with work commitments and once you throw in the travel...

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I am nursing a case of post holiday blues; yes I know there may not be a lot of sympathy for me as I am very lucky to get away. I just feel it was too short, 6 days was all we could manage with work commitments and once you throw in the travel time its quite short. Not to fear, I am in planning mode thinking about our next adventure (stay tuned).

Jim and I were in need of some sun and fresh air so we opted for Hawaii, we have been before and loved it so much. The food, people and vibe is exactly what we needed. We thought about other locations like Bali but there seem to be so many Aussies there at the moment.

We only travelled to Waikiki this time around (because of our short trip time). I can hear you say that we should have headed to Maui or Kauai, those islands are beautiful as we have headed to Maui before but there are lots of secluded areas in Waikiki that people may not know about and I think North Shore is actually more beautiful than Maui.

EATING/ Dukes Waikiki was our favourite restaurant; they have the most amazing seafood and salad bar with an even better cocktail list. Their coconut, pineapple mojito blew my socks off. The Cheesecake Factory is an American tradition, I know the decor looks cheesy but the food is incredible with an extensive 15-page menu, and as the name suggests the cheesecake selection will take you to heaven and back. My pick is the lemon-raspberry crème cheesecake-superb! Nobu was great for a unique Japanese cuisine, we venture to Nobu in Melbourne but it was nice checking out the Waikiki version as it was slightly different. Morimoto in the Modern Hotel is fantastic and is home to celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto. If you’re after a bit of a health kick you must head to Diamond Head Cove they have amazing smoothies, salads and fresh fish tacos. You can also buy the traditional Hawaii (Polynesian) drink, a cup of Kava. If you’re like me and love your coffee head to Gorilla in The Cafe.

WHERE TO STAY/ We stayed at the Moana Surfrider, which is smack bang in the heart of Waikiki and is a beautiful historic hotel, we loved it. Other great places to consider are The Modern, The Trump Hotel has a speculator infinity pool and The Halekulani is a good choice.

THING’S TO DO/ Our favourite day was spent driving to the Oahu’s, North Shore (embarrassing insta video here). It is a favourite among surfers, It was untouched with many hidden treasures along the way, it makes you realise what life is really about. The waves were 20 feet high when we drove up so a few of the beaches were closed, but it was pretty to watch the huge waves crash on the sand. The main things to do are to drive Sunset Beach Park, Laniakea Beach and to see the Turtle Bay Beach. We loved the authentic shrimp trucks along the way. Back in Waikiki we loved climbing Diamond Head, our only mistake was waiting until 9 to head up there as the mountain was packed but it was worth fighting the people to get to the top as the view was incredible!

What do you like to do in Hawaii? I’d love to hear your tips as I think we will be going for many years to come.

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  • Karina

    We were staying at the Moana Surfrider at the same time as you. Passed you in the hotel but was too shy to say hello!

    We thought Hawaii was UH-MAZING! We went to the Big Island as well as Ohau and absolutely lived Kauai. Definitely go there next time you go back and do a helicopter ride since 80% of the island is inaccessible.

    Loved seeing your photo diary and makes me want to go back ASAP!

    • Oh you should have said hello, its so beautiful there. Great we will do the helicopter ride next time,thanks.

  • Chloe & Sarah

    Even if it was only for a short time, it seems to have been a much needed getaway for your both! Looks so gorgeous (we’ve never been, but hope to someday soon!) – your Triangl bikinis are the perfect match for such a tropical vacation!

    Just wondering where your denim shorts are from? – In need of a new pair for summer, and these tick all the boxes!

    Lovely photo diary,
    C&S xx

    • The denim shorts are from Bardot. Hope to see you guys soon.

  • Sienna

    Find it so amusing that you keep going
    on about how embarrassing your Instragram video is but you have posted it on your
    account and now on your website. “Its so embarrassing but here is the link everyone”……ha-ha

    • Nadia Coppolino

      Hi Sienna,
      That’s great that you find it amusing 🙂 I don’t take myself too seriously so I’m happy to leave it online. Have a great day.

      • Sienna

        Good one! Maybe you should rename your blog Selfies of Nadia.

        • Jessica

          Sienna if you have such a problem with what Nadia posts maybe you should get off her Instagram and blog.

  • Gigi

    It’s The Cheesecake Factory, not Shop.

  • Gigi

    Haha! Way to go by deleting my comment and fixing your Cheesecake Shop error. Did you know you made it on to a What Not To Wear To The Races on a prominent racing website? Best to abide by racewear rules methinks!

  • Fairlie Pritchard

    I arrived home yesterday afternoon *sadface* and am already missing it!! Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay was my highlight – the fish were incredible, and swimming with the Honu (turtles) was amazing! So amazing that we went back a few times. We also stopped at the shrimp trucks on our mini road trip – and I ate from that Thai food truck – it was incredible!! And maybe went to Cheesecake Factory more than once. I loved the scenery from the windward side 🙂 oh well, back to reality now (boooo)

  • Kylie Luttrell

    Hi Nadia,
    I’m a travel agent who loves luxury holidays, so great pick for your hotel recommendations!
    Turtle Bay Resort is great to stay at up north for next time, and another great hotel is the Kahala which is in Diamond Head. I’ve stayed at both The Modern and Halekulani and double tick! STUNNING!
    Next time get yourselves to Maui and stay at either the Ritz Carlton or the Four Seasons – TRUST ME you’ll love love!
    Take care,

    • Thanks so much Kylie, your tips are AMAZING!! We must try the Kahala next time and also Four Seasons in Maui, I have heard great things about that place.

      Thanks again xx

      • Kylie Luttrell

        No worries lovely!

        One more for the memory bank if you only have 6 nights to spare – but this time in Vietnam:


      • Kylie Luttrell

        No worries lovely!

        One more for the memory bank if you only have 6 nights to spare – but this time in Vietnam:


  • Amy

    Hi Nadia,
    Love your photo diaries. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Hawaii this year and we’re wondering which island you would recommend staying at for first timers? What’s your personal preference?

    • Hi Amy, Fab news you are both getting away! You will
      LOVE it! It depends what type of holiday you want? If you’re after beautiful
      beaches, relaxation, water tours/adventures etc with not a lot of choice for
      dining then I would head to Maui. If you are looking to do a little more
      shopping and bigger choice of restaurants, then maybe Waikiki is for you. Waikiki
      can be over populated and It just means you will need to go the North Shore to
      find more remote beaches. A few years ago on our first trip we did Maui for
      most of it then Waikiki for 3 days, why don’t you try that? Thanks x

      • Amy

        Yes, that sounds perfect! Thanks Nadia xx

  • Leah

    Hi Nadia,

    I know you posted this ages ago, but I’m hoping you’ll still get this comment! I’m headed to Hawaii in July and was just wondering which beaches you thought were the most beautiful – in particular ones that are seemingly untouched? Love your work!

    Leah xx

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