Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort – a concept by Hyatt
What We Love
- Location is key: Wailea offers the best of Maui buzz with covelike beaches
- Opened in 2013, the property is the cream of the design crop
- The energy of the young concierges, chefs and mixologists is infectious
- Free perks include luxury sedan service throughout Wailea, morning coffee, tea and evening beverages at the Andaz Lounge, and the Hub 808 kids program for ages 12 and under from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The hotel is the only one in Wailea to be LEED Certified
What To Know
- The $41.66 resort fee per night (collected at the Jetsetter checkout) includes a range of extras: GoPro camera rentals, outrigger canoe trips, yoga classes, Ukelele lessons, snorkel equipment and more
- Though it's the most sophisticated of Wailea's otherwise family-oriented properties, kids are still welcome here with a separate pool area
- Make reservations for dinner at Morimoto; also Ka’ana Kitchen can't be missed
- Spa fills up quickly — and is totally worth booking ahead
- There is a $45 per person charge to use the spa facilities, including locker use with robe and slippers, access to the tranquility pool, sauna, steam and plunge pools
- Rates are not eligible for Gold Passport points
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Urban loft meets boho beach pad. Floating in from the porte-cochère along a lantern-lit path, you arrive at the dramatic Rockwell Group–designed open-air lobby, where treelike pillars frame floor-to-ceiling ocean views, and pillowy loungers float above a central sandpit on a sleek wood platform. Rough-hewn stone, polished marble and gleaming woods add natural texture to the clean-lined modern look.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms feel like city apartments that decided to put down roots inside a killer beach resort. The spaces are cleverly laid out, with beds abutting the bath (or shower), backing up to sinks that sit in front of the toilet and closet. Sleek slate flooring, rich wood tones and soft chaise longues lend a cozy pied-à-terre vibe with some ikat and batik prints thrown in for island flavor.
Morimoto puts Maui’s freshest catches at the center of his eponymous eatery, tucked between the pool and the beach. There’s a similar locavore focus at Ka’ana Kitchen, which uses an ever-changing list of ingredients foraged or obtained from local farms and purveyors and serves them up around a hibachi grill. Grab housemade gelato and island snacks at the 24/7 Mokapu Market, and cocktails made with fresh-squeezed tropical juices at the bars. The Awili spa’s apothecary lounge custom-blends lotions from locally-grown herbs, fruits and other plants; try booking a Omakase treatment. But perhaps nothing is more soothing than blissing out beside the tiered infinity pools or on sun-kissed Mokapu Beach.
In the Area
The Andaz caters to stylish couples and fashion types, but Wailea as a whole is more of a family destination. However, everyone loves the recently opened Monkeypod Kitchen, a locavore eatery and brewhouse. Head to Longhi’s in the Shops at Wailea for the stellar Sunday brunch (think Grand Marnier–dipped brioche french toast with macadamia nuts). And have the Andaz’s concierge arrange an unforgettable snorkeling trip to Molokini, a sunken underwater crater, or a hike through a lava field or to a rain forest and waterfall.
How to Get There
My family of four (18 and 13 year old) booked two rooms at the Andaz Maui and can't wait to return. The staff was friendly and helpful at every step of the way. The hotel is well located less than a mile from the Shops at Wailea. We never experienced any difficulty in getting chairs at the either the beach or any of the pools. There is great snorkeling in the reef to the left of the beach. Masks and fins are included in the resort fee. Although the concierge desk was fully staffed, Tracy, at the water sports desk, was a fantastic wealth of knowledge on excursions and restaurants all over Maui. We had a fantastic meal at Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame).
This place is its own oasis. What i like over the other high end resorts is its smaller, a bit quieter, and feels more personal, modern styling, and younger. Only downside is the price. Families who want large pools and lots of slides may want to choose the other resorts, but other than that, I'd choose the Andaz over the other resorts.
Booked “partial ocean view” picture below. My thoughts would be garden and rooftop views bu I can see where they are coming from. The AMEX upgrades wasn’t available when we checked in. With an extremely small bathroom, think sailboat combined with the view we checked for the AMEX upgrade after the first night. The staff we spoke with wasn’t aware of the Fine Hotels offering. That’s fine but not really what the programs about.
Now, drinks haven’t been replenished, bath wash not replenished. It’s becoming clear this hotel simply does not belong on the FHR list. It’s a fine hotel but doesn’t belong with Four Seasons or Montage. My room rate matches those hotels but the quality or room and service does not.
Place was great I would love to go back there. They have 6 pools so you never have to look very long to find a chair at the pool. Plus the beach is only a few steps away. Just a awesome place to stay.
The hotel staff was great, the food was amazing. We would vacation at this property again. We enjoyed the beach, walks, scuba, snorkeling. They have a rental car facility at the hotel, which allowed us to cut the cost of renting a car for the entire week.