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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
This is definitely a "get what you pay for". We don't typically stay in resorts, but this was a special occasion. The room was beautiful, resort was extremely clean and well kept and the staff was extremely friendly. The location was great and the beach was clean and peaceful. The views were amazing! The sunset on the lawns or beach are breath-taking.
A great place to visit. Expensive but worth it! Go Snorkeling early in the morning every day you can. In addition, take the (0230) early morning trip to Haleakala. The sunrise was/is awe inspiring. Take motion sickness medication the night before (just in case).
The service at this resort was excellent. There was always someone around to help you with whatever you needed from beach chairs to snorkeling equipment. The resort felt fresh and new. This is one time that I felt I got my moneys worth from a mandatory resort fee. We were able to do paddle boarding, snorkeling, canoeing, beach chairs with umbrellas without even having to pay an additional fee and from the comfort of our property.
Very nice hotel, good location. Comfortable beds and clean, modern rooms but the rooms are very small and have little storage. $19 drinks by the pool is high. And the $35 parking fee (no choice to self park) and $46 resort fee on top of the room prices is excessive.
My wife and I have been lucky enough to visit Maui many times. However, this was our first stay at the Andaz (we had dined there a few times in the past). We’ve never been more favorably impressed by a high end resort. Take a look at the pictures and the hotel’s spectacular design, condition, facilities, and views will speak for themselves. What they won’t show you, however; is the most engaging and authentic staff we’ve ever experienced. The team at the Andaz is every bit the equal of the finest Four Seasons, Carlton Ritz, etc. etc. that we have visited. If your priority is all the grandeur of Wailea Maui, combined with the most attentive, positive, and supportive staff in Hawaii - the Andaz should be your choice.