Our Visit to the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui

Grand Wailea MauiThe Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, was the last stop on our 10-day whirlwind tour of Maui to find the island’s best resorts for luxury baby boomer travelers.

Maui’s AAA Four-Diamond Grand Wailea is situated on 40 spectacular beachfront acres in the posh resort-town of Wailea on the southwest shore of the island.

The resort features 780 guestrooms, including 52 suites.  The Napua Tower offers 100 rooms in a private club-area situated at the center of the hotel, featuring dedicated concierge services with upgraded guest room accommodations.

The resort also offers luxury vacation rentals with Ho’olei at Grand Wailea – lavish private residences offering 3-bedroom, 3.5- bath luxury villas with the highest level of quality standards. Perfect for extended stays, special celebrations and family gatherings.

One of our favorite sunset dining experiences!

Chef Alan Wong

James Beard Award-winning Chef Alan Wong

Further, luxury travelers will find eight dining options, including Amasia featuring Chef Alan Wong, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Year for the Pacific Northwest.

There is a beautiful seaside chapel for wedding and vow renewals, and the 50,000 square-foot, award-winning Spa Grande, the largest spa in Hawaii.

Grand Wailea’s activity pool has nine separate pools, including a “baby beach,” seven waterslides, waterfalls, caves, white water rapids, grottos, whirlpool and sauna and the world’s first water elevator. The activity pool also contains a Scuba Diving Pool, specially designed for scuba diving lessons. The formal Hibiscus Pool (for adults only) has a huge mosaic Hibiscus flower inlaid on its floor.

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Favorite Memories From the Grand Wailea

  • All of the ladies received a fresh Hawaiian orchid lei upon arrival.  This put a big smile on Carol’s face.
  • Sunset dining at Humuhumu restaurant.The grounds are absolutely stunning.  There’s a man-made river running through the property complete with several waterfalls, and the tropical flora is abundant and eye-popping.
  • We enjoyed a “deluxe ocean” room on the 9th floor.  From our vantage point, we peered across the whole of the resort, could spy humpback whales frolicking in the ocean, and greatly enjoyed a beautiful sunset each night.
  • We enjoyed a fabulous sunset dining experience in the Humuhumu Restaurant.  Click here to see our sunset photos as well as a beautiful shot of each of our entrées.
  • Our watercolor painting class was a lot of fun.
  • Spa Grande - photo credit: Grand WaileaThe Spa Grande was completely out of this world.  We each started off with a loofa scrub, spent an hour enjoying dazzling pools and baths, and ended our experience with a signature Grand Wailea Ali’i Honey Steam Cocoon.  Wow!  Plus, you are absolutely certain to enjoy the inlaid Italian marble surroundings, original artwork, mahogany millwork and Venetian chandeliers.  Absolutely world-class in every way.
  • Evening walks around the resort were memorable and very romantic.
  • The beach was expansive and offered folks lots of umbrellas and cabanas to enjoy a day at the beach.
  • The whole town of Wailea is very relaxing, has everything that a luxury traveler might desire, with none of the massive swarms of people found up in the Kaanapali area.  We like it a LOT!
  • It was great fun to explore the large number of artworks displayed throughout the resort.  I thought I heard a gentleman in the on-site art gallery mention that one of the works was valued at $8 million all by itself!  Nonetheless, it was nice to have an art museum built-in as a feature of the resort.

We really enjoyed our visit to Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.  We would definitely desire to come back for a repeat performance the next time we’re on the island of Maui, and we feel very confident to highly recommend it to you.

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Disclosure: our wonderful experience was provided by the kind folks at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, and our Maui press trip was provided by the Maui Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Thanks!


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