Read Eva Amurri Martino's Sun-Kissed Diary from Her Hawaiian Family Vacation
When your mother is Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, there’s no denying that travel and an inimitable sense of style was part of your upbringing. That’s exactly why Eva Amurri Martino, Sarandon’s daughter, has taken cues from the family to create undeniably chic traditions of her own. This summer, the actress hopped on an hours-long flight to Hawaii to relax and vacation alongside her husband, former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino, and their adorable one-year-old daughter, Marlowe. Together, the trio zipped in and out of picturesque beaches, took on family workouts, and made sure to indulge in fresh fruit and must-have desserts. Much like she's been sharing on hew new blog, Happily Eva After, Martino gave InStyle an exclusive, personal glimpse into exactly what she loves to do on holiday. Click above to see the family’s sun-kissed, first-hand experience.
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a sweet start
You can't go to Maui without experiencing shave ice! I douse mine in tropical syrups like mango, pineapple, and guava. Tobi's Shave Ice in Paia is our favorite.
We rarely get a family photo in. I made sure whenever we got dressed up for dinner that we weren't wearing clashing colors in case the opportunity presented itself for a nice picture! I love packing soft cottons that don't wrinkle and this easy Planet Blue tie-dye T-shirt dress is a favorite.
I seem to have birthed a bona fide daddy's dirl! Marlowe and Kyle loved exploring together in Maui. I love that they get some special time together to bond them for years to come.
One of my highlights of our Maui getaway was playing with Marlowe in the sand. She could stay there for hours! I made sure to coat her in SPF, of course. My favorites are Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 ($9.99; target.com) for Marlowe and Hampton Sun SPF 35 ($32; sephora.com) Continuous Mist Sunscreen for Kyle and myself.
There is an awesome family beach on Maui called Mama's Beach. It has a reef about a hundred yards from the beach that breaks the waves and makes the waters extra calm for little ones. Pop into Mama's Fish House a few yards away for killer Mai Tais!
I love getting some alone time in the ocean on vacation. I find it really relaxing and grounding. After having a baby, I also have to make sure that my bikinis are extra flattering. I like this Body Glove bikini because it is super adjustable and also has foam hearts inside the top for a little cleavage lift!
Kyle and I were able to sneak away one night for some alone time and an amazing sushi dinner at sunset. It's so important to get some special parent time in on a family vacation! If you aren't traveling with family or a nanny, most hotels have babysitting services or can recommend a reputable company. Even a few hours away can make a big difference!
Nothing transitions better from sandy beach attire to pulled-together family lunch than a cinched in caftan! I love this Tory Burch Ikat version.
One of my biggest challenges on vacation was feeding my nearly toothless toddler. One of the mom hacks I discovered is ordering large chunks of fruit. She just gnawed on the big pieces and would bite off what she could chew. When it got down to a choking-hazard size I would pop the rest in my own mouth! This way we both got a healthy snack.
under the sea
We spent an afternoon at the Maui Aquatic Center to beat the heat. They have an amazing aquarium as well as a sea turtle education center. When I showed Marlowe the fish in the tank she was definitely the only child in there to exclaim, "yum yum!"
The Incredibly Fresh Food
Another Hawaiian trademark is poke, a raw tuna-filled salad. This ceviche-style bowl is flavored in a special Hawaiian way and varies from place to place and is always delicious. You can't beat the freshness of this chunk being cubed before our eyes!
Getting exercise in while on vacation with a baby is challenging. We like to take a long family walk in the morning by the water right after breakfast before it gets too hot. Make sure to bring lots of water and slather on the sunscreen. I also make sure her stroller has the visor extended for extra protection.
Bell Cart Cutie
"A little help here, please, sir!" I keep family vacation packing simple by putting each of us in our own bag. I use a large duffel for Marlowe and bring an outfit a day plus three extras, as well as a set of pajamas for every other day and three bathing suits. I also throw about eight toys, her baby doll, and six books in there and she is set.
mommy and me
I'm smart enough to realize I only have about a year left before Marlowe is telling me what she's going to wear for the day. I make sure to sneak some cute mother-daughter moment's in there while I can! That said, you don't want to end up looking like a bad '80s family photo, so the clothing choice is key. Pink Chicken makes some really cute clothes in matching patterns for mother's and their children and I adore the matching mom and baby pajamas set by BedHead.
Wee Ones make amazing jumbo sized bows. I loved clipping local Hawaiian flowers into them to add a little flair. Her necklace is made of raw baltic amber for teething!