Thanks for all the well wishes on our trip and interest in this new adventure! I keep getting asked about the transition to living in Hawaii and more about where we are staying, so today I wanted to share a virtual tour of our current “home.”
We are staying in a hotel suite in Waikiki. It has a living room, small kitchenette area, bedroom, bathroom and a surprising amount of storage. I think the designers of this hotel really knew what they were doing because there is more than enough space for all our stuff (although the rooms are small). I’m sure they made it this way because lots of travelers who visit come out for weeks at a time since it’s such a remote place/long flight.
Here is the kitchen, right as you walk in.
It’s a little cramped now that we have food there, but I’m so glad we have at least this so we can eat breakfast and lunches in the room. For food, I have easy stuff like cereal, oatmeal, bananas, protein powder/almond milk in my shaker for breakfast and sandwiches & pre-made salads for lunch. It’ll definitely do for the time being.
The living room is nice and we have a nice big balcony. Claire’s pack n play is in the corner. When she’s ready for bed or a nap, we can just put her in there and close the door to our bedroom. She seems to be sleeping in there just fine. The big blackout curtains definitely help.
The bathroom is my least favorite because it has a pocket door that is super heavy and hard to slide, but I have to keep it closed all the time so Claire doesn’t go wreak havoc.
It also has no fan??? But it’s very humid here and in the room in general so our towels are basically not drying. I feel bad but we’re getting new towels daily.
The bedroom also has a slider and connects to the balcony. The bed is super comfy! It’s small but I had enough room to do Insanity in the bedroom the other day while Claire was napping, so it works for me.
There’s also lots of closet space, which is great for all the stuff I brought.
Right now, we are booked to stay here for another two weeks. We weren’t sure if we would want to be here the whole time we house hunt or not. We still haven’t decided if we are going to stay here until we get our final housing option or move hotels and get into something that’s a little bigger and closer to my husband’s work.
So far, the first week here has been very enjoyable. It’s easy to get out and just go walk around or window shop. There’s tons of food options. There’s laundry, a pool, and bar on site. So I have no complaints!
Right now a typical day for me when my husband is working or away is, get up and have breakfast, play with Claire for about an hour, she goes down for her first nap, I workout and shower during that time, then we go on a stroller walk down the street. I usually get coffee (see my Instagram, #obsessed) or go to the beach just to get out. Sometimes we go to the pool for a little bit. She usually has a second nap in the afternoon and I try to do photography/design work or catch up on blogging. We also throw some chores in there like cleaning the room and doing laundry.
When my husband is around, we either all go out together or we are spending time looking at homes. We met with our realtor last week and looked at a few homes with her on Monday. Whenever he’s available, we’ll be looking at as many homes as we can with her. So far, it’s been encouraging and we’ve seen homes we like, but I still have no idea how long this process may take.
But in the mean time, I am very happy where we are. It doesn’t really feel like a hotel right now since we have everything we need. Going out to eat for dinner has already gotten kind of old, though. I am terrible at choosing the healthy options when unhealthy ones are available. We ate whatever we wanted last week including burgers, shave ice, and a lot of Asian. This week, we’re trying to eat healthier though and not eat as if we’re on vacation.
Questions for You:
- Anything else you want to know about hotel life?
- Are you good about eating healthy when you eat out (if you want to be healthy)?