The upscale resort community of Wailea is a trophy destination that occupies the gentlest, sunniest coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui.
Wailea is more than a strip of hotels. It's a true community whose thoroughfare is one of the greatest walks in the U.S.: the panoramic, one-and-a-half-mile Wailea Coastal Walk. On this page, you can see the irresistible Wailea hotels and resorts that keep visitors coming back. One of them will be heaven-sent for your Maui vacation.
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This glamour resort is generally considered the highest-end hotel in Wailea. The resort was Hawaii's first hotel with five diamonds from AAA and five stars from Forbes and is now one of four five-star hotels in the Aloha State, and the only one in Wailea. In 2017, Condé Nast Travelers Readers' Choice Awards crowned this property "#1 Hotel on Maui."
The resort's 383 rooms, beautifully refreshed in 2016, begin at a massive 600 square feet. All rooms have indulgent bathrooms and lanai terraces, and most have ocean views. The feeling is luxurious and modern — what you'd expect from a Four Seasons property — but with subtle Hawaiian flavor.
As in all Four Seasons brand hotels and resorts, service is exceptional. The resort has curated a choice of Unforgettable Experiences. One involves helicoptering to a hidden coffee plantation for a life-changing pot of java and creating your own private blend. The resort appeals to couples fall is the value-added Couple Season). Four Seasons Maui is also a favorite of prosperous families, and upscale guys' or gals' getaways.
Guests like to see and be seen at the resort's social restaurants: Spago for Beverly Hill-style Italian and DUO Steak and Seafood, with scrumptious grilled dishes and a sunset view. On-property shopping is fabulous; you could stock up on designer diamonds here. For more, check out the Four Seasons Wailea website.
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Hotel Wailea, a Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Wailea is distinctive in numerous ways. Hotel Wailea is for adults only, and the property is designed as a retreat for adults, with extreme privacy, romantic nooks, and storybook views of three Hawaiian Islands. This is a true boutique hotel, with only 72 accommodations. It is Hawaii's only member of France's prestigious luxury hotel association, Relais & Chateaux, and Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it #1 Hotel on Maui in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Like all relais & Chateaux properties, Hotel ailea is renowned for its dining, Under chef Zach Sato, a Maui native with French culinary training, The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea attracts registered guests and other Wailea visitors to its French-influenced far-to-table kitchen. See a menu here.
Hotel Wailea is the pick of upscale twsomes seeking Maui sunshine in an elegant, private enclave of fine service, design, and food. Find out more about Hotel Wailea.
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The Fairmont Kea Lani
Families, Foodies, Lovebirds, Spa Snobs: Everyone Likes the Fairmont
This refined all-suites hotel perches on Polo Beach at the scenic southern end of Wailea.The resort is known for its fanciful, white-walled Moorish design, which works amidst Wailea's palm trees and perpetual sunshine. Gracious hotel service is what you'd expect from the respected Fairmont Hotels & Resort brand. A modest daily resort fee conveniently covers perks like wi-fi, 24-hour gym access, self-parking, snorkel equipment, and activities like the "Hawaiian Canoe Experience," and more
The resort's accommodations are all suites ro villas, averaging out to Wailea's largest rooms. All 413 were stylishly renovated in 2014. The Kea Lani's best accoms are its 37 two- and three-bedroom villas, with private pools and direct beach access.
The Fairmont's sizable pool complex is handsomely landscaped and intriguingly social. And the resort's Willow Stream Spa is repeatedly named Best Spa in Hawaii by Travel + Leisure readers.
Varied dining is a draw. The deservedly award-winning Kō, helmed by Hawaiian celeb chef Tylun Pang, spotlights Maui's homegrown pan-Asian plantation cuisine. Open-air Ama Bar and Grill serves modern Hawaiian fare including the ultimate poké (island ceviche). LUANA bar is a destination to top cocktails and wines. Nick's Fishmarket Maui serves ocean-fresh Maul seafood and island-raised beef. There's more to taste and savor. And Fairmont Kea Lani's exceptional fitness and wellness offerings will help you leave in great shape. Find out more on Fairmont's Kea Lani website.
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Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
A Very Big and Very Famous Resort
This popular hotel, a member of the Waldorf Astoria brand, is Wailea's best-known resort. It just knows how to make visitors happy. Its standout kids' programs (and Wailea Canyon Discovery Pool) make it ideal for family getaways. (Adults have their choice of eight other pools including the nearly 5,000-square-foot Hibiscus Pool.) Destination wedding couples can exchange vows in a glorious non-denominational chapel built in pre-statehood Hawaiian style, and then kick off their marriage in style with a resort honeymoon.
Grand Wailea offers a lot. And it is big, with nearly 720 rooms and 56 suites. All accommodations are spacious, and were renovated in 2016 in sleek, contemporary resort style.
The centrally set, 99-room Napua Tower is the hotel's VIP floor, with upgraded service, amenities, and a club lounge, and villas are set in the secluded Ho'olei esction. Dining spotlights the breeze-kissed Humuhumunukanukapuaa (insiders call it simply "Humu").
Grand Wailea is glamorous, tropical, and dramatic. There's a lot to explore here are you strolling through its cascading pools, lush gardens, and sculpture park studded with works by Fernando Botero and Dale Chihuly. Take a peek at Grand Wailea's website and special offers, and our look at the famed Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel brand.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Wailea's Design Hotel for the Style Crowd
From the moment you spot Andaz Maui's "Arrival Lounge" lobby (shown above), you know that his great-looking property is the Wailea community's design hotel Since greeting the world in 2013 with a design by hotel master David Rockwell, Andaz Maui has built an international reputation and hosts creative types from all over. (Book far ahead for rooms during the Maui Film Festival every June.)
It is well-situated on Mokapu Beach on the northern end of Wailea, steps from the magnificent Wailea Coastal Walk that links Wailea's resorts. Although it has 290 rooms and suite, plus 10 villas, Andaz Maui feels like a personal boutique hotel, with one-on-one service and a sociable atmosphere. Not all accommodations have an ocean view, but every one is loaded with guest-pleasing amenities like a complimentary minibar of snacks and soft drinks.
The resort's centerpiece js an impressive entrance hall set above sparkling koi ponds. A cascading pool complex with cabanas and bars is the resort's social hub. Andaz Maui caters to its young and young-at-heart clientele with an impressive roster of fitness options including a gym's worth of classes such as Pilates and yoga. A daily resort fee covers this and more.
Restaurants include Ka'ana Kitchen for contemporary Hawaiian cuisine and Morimoto Maui, from the acclaimed Philadelphia-based "Iron Chef." Here's the Andaz Maui at Wailea website.
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With So Much to Do at This Resort, Don't Forget Its Perfect Beach
Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui is a very special Marriott hotel. In 2016 it underwent a dramatic $100-million-dollar refresh, and is now full of wonderful things to do and see.
One thing that hasn't changed is the resort's brilliant setting, considered by many Wailea-watchers the best hotel perch in the community. Wailea Beach Resort occupies a triangular buff with two distinct beaches and endless views of the Pacific, And many of guestrooms are very close to the water (as you can see in the photo).
Guests can choose low-rise villa-style accommodations or a sleek tower with ample lanai balconies. All 547 guest rooms and suites were updated with a soothing Pacific palette, blond wood, and spa-like bathrooms.
Three pools offer a variety of aquatic fun: Maluhia Serenity Pool for adults; 'Ohi beachfront infinity pools; and NALU Adventure Pool, boasting four water slides including Hawaii's longest, dropping five and a half stories. (Guest 12 and under can also enjoy the expanded, cutting-edge Kolohe Keiki Club. Teens have GameSpace to themselves, and the whole family is invited to The Movie House.
Resort dining showcases Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi, the world's most famed Hawaiian-born chef. Other food and beverage options include KAPA Bar & Grill, Whale's Tale café, Mo Bettah Food Truck and NALU Pool Bar. The resort's Te Au Moana luau, a traditional pork roast and hula show, is simply not to be missed. Check out Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui's website and read TripSavvy's review.
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Wailea Beach Villas Resort
Your Own Luxury Apartment on the Wailea Beach
These snazzy condos are the top offering of Destination Residences Hawaii, a collection of eight condo resorts in Wailea.
Wailea Beach Villas total 98 individually owned and decorated luxury residences. The available villas are managed like a great hotel, Five-star hotel service covers personal welcomes, concierge, bellmen, and tech assistance, arrival gifts, golf-cart lifts, and much more.
Villas have garden or ocean views, and are no more than a few minutes' walk to the resort's tropical pools and beach (some villas have plunge pools).
Villas range from 1,900 to 3,100 square feet; layouts are flowing, with huge outdoor lanai porches. They are an excellent choice for families and for friends. Guests who like to cook and entertain make use of villas' state-of-the-art gourmet kitchens and outdoor party space, with Viking grill
Other enticements: twice-daily maid service; in-suite laundry room; tech toys and great wifi; spa-like bathrooms. See a full list of amenities
Wailea Beach Villas is a perennial winner of awards like Condé Nast Traveler's Top 25 Hawaii Resorts, plus World's Best Places to Stay. Find out more about Wailea Beach Villas Resort.
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Residence Inn Maui Wailea
Not a Hotel, Not a Condo, Just a Great and Moderately-Priced Place to Stay on Wailea
I know you're thinking, "What's a Residence Inn doing in a luxury hotel story?" That's a good question. The answer is that this is like no other Residence Inn you know. For one thing, it' is the brand's first resort, and is already accruing nearly three-questers "excellent" reviews by TripAdvisor posters.
Rooms are large, ranging from airy studios to suites with one or two bedrooms. Many rooms have ocean views. Every room has a complete kitchenette, making Residence Inn Maui ideal for relaxed family visits to Wailea.
The hotel is neither a full-service hotel nor a condo, but a hybrid. Nor is it a beach resort; the sand is a very short walk away, and the Residence Inn pool is inviting. Freebies include wifi, breakfast, 24/7 gym access, and a shuttle throughout the Wailea community. For more, visit Residence Inn Maui Wailea's website.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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