Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui: Luxury for Less on Maui, Hawaii

  • 01 of 07

    Why Stay at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui?

    Marriott Beach Resort Maui resorti Pacific ocean view
    ••• View from a "casabella" pool daybed at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui. ©Marriott

    Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui, a beachfront resort on Maui, is a fine hotel choice for your Hawaii vacation. If offers a luxury travel getaway to Maui at lower rates. This resort is not a typical Marriott. It is set in the lively, lovely Maui resort development of Wailea. This hotel competes and holds its own with neighboring resorts from high-end hotel names like Four Seasons, Fairmont, Waldorf Astoria, and Relais & Chateaux.

    This is a very special Marriott and absolutely a luxury hotel. Its many five-star amenities include a fabulous luau, an arrival/departure lounge with showers and lockers, and an overachieving spa (detailed later in this story). Most significantly, Wailea Beach Marriott occupies the best location in Wailea.

    The resort hugs a stretch of oceanfront that was Wailea's first section to be developed. Its topography permits it to have rooms and suites practically atop water's edge; it is the Wailea resort closest to the shoreline. The resort offers two fi...MORErst-rate beaches, Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach, on either end of the property. (In-between are rocky outcroppings, like most Hawaiian waterfront).

    This setting is the envy of Wailea Beach Marriott's neighbors. And here's the explanation: the hotel was the first first hotel in Wailea. It opened as the InterContinental in 1976, and it got its pick of sites. At that time, InterContinental was the reigning luxury hotel brand, and every hotel tht it opened was a design statement.

    The property was modernized in 2006 and again extensively renovated in 2016, with clean lines and an aquatic palette that underline the resort's unique intimacy with the Pacific Ocean. It is as grand and impressive as ever, with a ceremonial "arrival experience" at is Grand Lanai, a ceremonial porch with caressing tradewind breezes. The resort is still private-feeling and romantically Hawaiian, with incredible viewpoints all over its 22-acre property. 

    Beyond the resort owning a prime site, it's very convenient to everything that Wailea offers. Community attractions and other resorts are easily accessible via the irresistible Wailea Coastal Walk that skirts the waterfront.

    Why Stay at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui?

    The resort a attracts a varied clientele. Many guests are Americans from the mainland, and families are drawn to this kid-friendly resort. The hotel regularly hosts Hawaiian destination weddings and girls' getaways (The Shops at Wailea are a momentary walk away). Golfers stay here, too; Wailea Golf Club offers three renowned courses.

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  • 02 of 07

    Is Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui for You?

    Lobby of Marriott Wailea resort, Maui, Hawaii
    ••• Hawaii hang: the outdoor lobby at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui. ©Marriott

    Will You Like Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui?
    You will probably love this resort if you want to be in a resort area that gives you dining, social, recreation, and shopping options beyond your own hotel; if you're traveling with restless kids always looking for something different to do; like contemporary, comfortable rooms with sensational viewsl; and if you want a resort with a good spa, gym, and tennis on-property.

    Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui may not be your ideal Maui getaway if you ike to be cocooned in a cushy, serene, private-feeling luxury resort (better for you: the The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua); or you prefer traditionally decorated hotel rooms to simple, stylish beach accommodations; or you seek a rustic Hawaiian inn or an intimate boutique hotel (This property has over 500 rooms); or you want a hotel that offers upgraded club status so you can be pampered in the Club Lounge (there's no club level here).

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  • 03 of 07

    Guest Rooms at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Wailea Marriott Maui king room
    ••• Sleek, sunny king room at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui. ©Marriott

    Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui offers 547 accommodations: rooms and suites (one or more bedrooms). They share the same style but two distinct environments. Guest can choose the villa feeling: airy, three-story Hales, or Hawaiian-style low-rise villas, each with a couple of dozen rooms, very close to the waterfront; or the condo feeling, in the eight-story Wailea tower.

    Whether set in the resort's low-rise or high-rise structures, rooms are airy, clean-feeling, and not over-decorated. Overall, they convey beach hotel. (Sandy footprints would not be out of place on their refreshingly cool stone tile floors.)

    What the Rooms and Suites Are Like Here

    ​The resort’s 491 spacious guest rooms and 56 suites offer comfortable, contemporary,  residential-style accommodations designed for the modern traveler -- adults or kids. Rooms' and suites' in-room technology includes personal device mirror-casting, custom music streaming, and personalized Netflix and Hulu content.

    Every room...MORE here has an outdoor lanai (balcony), while 62 ground-floor rooms feature extended lanai patios that create a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience. Some accommodations are only a few feet from the water, ensuring a closeness to the ocean that cannot be replicated elsewhere on Maui.

    Complimentary perks for guests include free wifi all over the resort, bottled water, a shuttle around the Wailea resort community, and self-parking (valet service is extra).

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  • 04 of 07

    Appealing Hotel Dining at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Kapa Lounge cafe bar at Wailea Beach Resort Marriotton Maui
    ••• KAPA Lounge serves healthy island food and strong tropical cocktails. ©Marriott

    Take Your Pick of Tempting Dining Spots

    HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN by Roy Yamaguchi, the resort’s signature restaurant, honor s the pan-Asian traditions of this celebrity chef's native Hawaii, with recipes drawing from Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and native Hawaiian cuisine. This one-of-a-kind restaurant offers indoor/outdoor dining, panoramic ocean view, and a friendly vibe. 

    ​KAPA Bar & Grill is a poolside destination for both dining and for sociable drinking and lounging, with handmade cocktails, a full menu, and diversions like billiards, shuffleboard, gaming stations, and large-screen TVs. Families especially love the atmosphere and casual menu.

    ​Whale’s Tale, steps from ocean’s edge, is a new casual beach bar that offers healthful organic snacks, salads, bowls, and beverages by day and craft cocktails and heartier dishes by night..

    The NALU Adventure Pool’s Mo Bettah Food Truck and Pool Bar serve grab-and-go options, kid-friendly favorites, and local treats like shaved ice and pok...MOREé.

    For dining outside the hotel, guests can  stroll on the Wailea Coastal Walk, just steps from the hotel, to dozens of other restaurants in Wailea, many at other resorts. But make sure you stick around for this unforgettable meal down at the Marriott's beachfront...

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  • 05 of 07

    The Can't-Miss Luau at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Fire dancer at Marriott Wailea on Maui, Hawaii
    ••• Fire dancer at the resort's luau show, followed by an amazing dinner. ©Marriott

    Don't Think for a Moment that This Resort's Luau is Touristy

    ​Te Au Moana, the resort's luau, is a cultural experience that becomes a culinary extravaganza. It is performed exclusively for guests at the resort. A riveting program of song, dance, music, acrobatics, and fire-walking  transports guests on a journey through Maui’s history and its people in island-born songs, Hawaiian dance, and “talk story.”

    The traditional Hawaiian luau features an endless selection of delicious Hawaiian dishes. Several entrees include Maui seafood pasta, shoyu chicken, Hawaiian fried rice, teriyaki steak. The meal's centerpiece is Kalua pork, a whole specimen cooked in a stone-lined underground pit. An all-inclusive price covers the show, all-you-can-eat chow and as many slices of coconut cake and glasses of piña colada as you can handle.

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  • 06 of 07

    Great Pools, Beaches, Spa, and More at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Adventure pool at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui
    ••• You don't have to be a kid to love the resort's NALU adventure pool and its endless water slide. ©Marriott

    Pools at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Wailea Beach Resort has taken advantage of its 22 acres by creating three very distinct pool experiences, allowing guests to choose their own space for relaxation, rejuvenation and (often) exhilaration.

    NALU Adventure Pool, a two-acre pool complex, offers a fun-filled experience for families and kids. The centerpiece of the NALU Adventure Pool is four water slides. (Kids love them: the longest is 325 feet--the longest water slide of any Hawaiian resort--with a drop five and half stories. Enticements for all ages include an interactive splash zone with water guns, spraying sea mammal sculptures,  jets and bubblers, and a swim-through grotto. Spacious family cabanas provide comfort and added fun.

    Maluhia Serenity Pool, an adults-only infinity pool, features over-water private cabanas, "casabella" mini-cabanas for two, and luxury chaise lounges. The pool's multi-level pool decks presents unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific.

    ‘Ohi...MORE Pools: The resort’s two oceanfront pools offer an additional vantage point to enjoy  spectacular Pacific views of the Pacific. Perfect for whale-watching, the dramatic infinity edge is so close to the ocean, guests feel the water's spray and mist as waves meet the coastline. Two whirlpools and numerous cabanas, provide further relaxation.

    ​Dive Pool, part of the NALU Adventure Pool complex is an aquatic space dedicated to scuba certification and instruction in diving, snorkeling, and other watersports.

    Two Beaches at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    The hotel's two beautiful beaches, Wailea and Ulua, are held in high esteem by Maui locals. Both beaches face west, toward rainbow sunsets. Their sand is powdery, their water sapphire, their surf gentle enough for toddlers to splash in. Water sports of all kinds are easily arranged, from kayaking to surfing

    Mandara Spa at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Mandara Spa is a full-service relaxation station that brings a corner of the Far East to this Hawaiian isle of Maui. Mandara is a worldwide spa brand that originated in gentle Bali, known for its spa culture.

    A broad spa menu includes facials, massages, body and beauty treatments, and services for kids, teens, guys, and couples. (Some treatments can be performed in your room or suite.) Lounges offer healing pools and steam rooms. Treatments utilize Maui ingredients such as lava stones and sea minerals. 

    Fitness and Golf at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Resort guests have quite a few non-aquatic exercise options. The well-equipped fitness center is accessible 24 hours, and guests have privileges at the Wailea Tennis Club.

    Wailea is a bucket-list travel destination for golfers. The Wailea Golf Club, a short walkaway from the resort, offers three renowned championship courses (Gold, Blue, and Emerald). The par-72 Gold Course, which TripSavvy considers one of the 10 best Maui courses, is just over a mile away from the resort via complimentary shuttle. The hotel concierge helps finesse reservations and tee times.

    But the best Wailea workout is also the most popular one: a walk, jog, or run on the one-and-a-half-mile oceanfront Wailea Coastal Walk. Year-round, walkers will spot Maui's honu sea turtles. December through April, local waters host an annual Maui tour group: Maui's migratory humpback whales, who glide down from their summer home in Alaska to mate and breed here. The resort's concierge can arrange waterborne whale-watching expeditions and can assist with off-property Maui adventures such as Hawaiian horseback treks and the legendary Road to Hana day trip.

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  • 07 of 07

    Find Out More About Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Hawaiian canoes at Wailea Marriott beach resort on Maui
    ••• Guests can experience Hawaiian canoe voyages at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui. ©Marriott

    For More Info About Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui

    Hotel website (and special offers and photo gallery). Phone 808.879.1922. Find the resort on Facebook, on Instagram (@waileamarriott), on Twitter (@waileamarriott), and read about other Wailea luxury hotels.

    As is common in the travel industry, the author was provided with a complimentary stay for the purpose of describing the hotel.