Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
What We Love
- Attendants, who diligently monitor the 2,100-foot-long beach, spritzing guests and providing ice water
- An exceptionally well-curated collection of nearly 300 works by top Hawaiian artists throughout the public areas
- Free perks galore: resort shuttle service, use of 58 cabanas, Hawaiian outrigger canoe excursions and lots more
What To Know
- The main pool can get crowded; head to the infinity adults-only Serenity Pool for peace and quiet
- Although surrounding Wailea resort has some restaurants and shops, guests will need a car to reach the nearest town, Kihei, 8 miles up the coast
- Don’t expect total privacy at the beach—by state law, all Hawaii resorts must provide public right-of-way beach access
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Although the exterior of this horseshoe-shaped midrise built in 1990 resembles many other upscale Hawaii beach resorts, the Four Seasons is a cocoon of understated swank on the inside. Decked out with a museum-caliber Hawaiian art collection, the open-air common spaces invite lounging, with rattan chairs, ceiling fans, recessed amber lighting and natural-stone floors. Colonial touches, like coffered ceilings and stout white columns, lend a regal air, but the native art, potted greenery, and floor-to-ceiling views of the pool and, beyond that, the ocean remind guests that they’re on a remote tropical island—and that casual beach attire is encouraged.
Bed and Bath
There’s lots of space to spread out in the Four Seasons’ 380 rooms and suites, with standard units measuring a roomy 600 square feet, not including lanai, and full suites 1,000 square feet and up (these have second guest bathrooms). Most rooms have a predictable layout, with bathrooms and beds situated farther from the window, and desks, sofas, and sitting areas nearest to the lanais, which are outfitted with tables and chaise longues. Terry robes, La Bottega bath products, iHomes, DVD/CD players, safes and beach totes are standard, and the marble bathrooms have large soaking tubs, separate standing showers and double vanities. The resort’s design is such that most rooms offer at least partial ocean views, but for the best panoramas, book a room in the Ocean-View Prime category. The most economical rooms face distant mountains (but also a covered parking garage).
All three of the hotel’s restaurants are first-rate, including Hawaii’s only outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, which focuses on mod East-meets-West cuisine utilizing local ingredients (the wild lilikoi crème brûlée with white chocolate–macadamia nut biscotti makes for a memorable finale), and a casual open-air Italian restaurant, Ferraro’s, a perfect perch for enjoying a glass of prosecco while watching the sunset. The underrated DUO Steak and Seafood, however, may just be the best of the bunch—service is seamlessly unobtrusive, seating overlooks the pool and the ocean beyond, and the food, ranging from a “duo” tartare of beef and island snapper to perfectly rare pan-grilled big-eye ahi with a shiso-panko crust, is flawless. The expansive spa offers an extensive menu of treatments; book the signature lomi mohala massage in a thatch-roof hale (hut) overlooking the sea.
In the Area
The surrounding Wailea Resort is home to three superb golf courses, all meticulously groomed but of varying difficulties (the Emerald Course is the most forgiving of them). That soaring mountain peak guests see from the fairways and many Four Seasons rooms is one of Maui’s most appealing attractions: it’s a gorgeous, winding 50-mile drive to the summit of 10,023-foot Mt. Haleakala, a national park with hiking trails and panoramic views. Stop by Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and Surfing Goat Dairy —a purveyor of delicious goat cheese—on the drive back. To get a high-end retail fix nearer to the resort, venture into the Shops at Wailea, home to BCBG Max Azria, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and several others.
How to Get There
I recently got back from a long weekend at FS Maui and we were blown away by the service! Colten at the Adult Pool Bar in particular was such a joy and went above and beyond to take care of us. Thank you so much Colten! Our spa experience was also top notch! Maria's facial was amazing and Lainy gave the best massage. Thank you to all the wonderful staff for making our trip unforgettable!
Came for our last part of our honeymoon here after staying several days at Hotel Wailea. From arrival to departure the attentive team at Four Seasons truly do a great job in welcoming their guests and making sure their stay is as enjoyable as possible. Hats off the mgmt at hotel for making this a priority and for the upkeep of hotel. Great location and restaurants to boot! Will be back for sure during our anniversaries in the future!
This hotel has ruined me! It's so nice, and has some of the best all around service I've ever experienced. Attentive care by ALL staff members, they definitely make you feel welcome and bend over backwards to accommodate. The rooms are gorgeous. The sleep on those beds is angelic. The pools are great, and the serenity adult pool is a perfectly constructed infinity pool with swim up bar free of children's screams and with million dollar views. I've actually visited FS at Wailea twice this year..it's that good.
Food: Restaurant choices - Spago, Ferraro's, and Duo all served quality fare that won't make you feel like you're on vacation. Reservations recommended, depending on how full the hotel is. And the hotel will shuttle you down to Fairmont for Ko or up to Andaz for Morimoto or Kahana Kitchen. Room service food, however, isn't the best...or even that okay...so I would recommend eating out or even just grabbing some poke at Foodland rather than calling down for this.
The Beach: Is beautiful. This section of the island tends to have smaller beaches capped by lava flows and shielded by the other islands with gorgeous sunsets. If you like to snorkel, there is excellent snorkeling at the southern point right in front of the hotel, and a rental hut just next to Ferraro's if you don't have your own gear. Manta ray's turtles, eels, you name it - There is no need to spend money on a snorkel trip. Tour boats even stop off here in the afternoon, it's that good.
Gym facilities: They have ample outdoor cardio equipment, that I never saw full. The gym, is pretty solid, with dumbbells up to 75lbs, a platform with plates, and an assortment of machines and cables with which you can cover just about all your needs.
Ultimately what has made my trip each time, however, has been the staff. So friendly. So accommodating. Always go the extra mile.
This hotel is 5 stars through and through (except the room service food)!
Staff were very attentive to needs. Trinkets for the children were very well received. The child care facility had exceptional staff and included daily activities/excursions for the children to participate in. Most impressed.
The Four Seasons did an excellent job. They made our stay a truly remember experience for our family. From the moment of arrival to check out the staff does an impeccable job. You will not be disappointed with the grounds or accommodations either. Breathtaking views from all around. We stayed in garden suite 463. The room offered a full view of the ocean (set back) and gardens. It was very spacious too. We ate at all the restaurants and were equally impressed with the dining experience. We hope to return!