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
This was my second time staying at Four seasons Wailea, and it was amazing.The room, the service, the staff, the restaurants and lounge, the serenity pool, spa and fitness, and the beach assistance for water activities were all things we enjoyed thoroughly. This is a place you do not want to miss out on.
Personalised service with excellent facilities. Plenty of choice for food with excellent surrounding amenities. Really enjoyed the morning complimentary yoga sessions. Pool side snacks during the day are great. Fantastic to be able to snorkel off the beach with turtles.
Excellent facilities with fabulous manicured gardens.Very family friendly complex.Friendly & accomodating staff.Exceptional location & a vantage point for whale watching.Ferraro’s Bar & Ristorante is a must! My only disappointment is breakfast - the buffet is below par to what I would have expected from a 5 Star Four Seasons Resort.Overall the experience has been memorable.
My wife and I stayed here for our last night on Maui during the 2nd week of January ! We loved how we were greeted and treated upon our arrival! Complimentary valet parking and not having to worry about our luggage being brought to the room is awesome. We were immediately walked to the front desk for check-in, given a couple ginger juice drinks, and a couple lavender towels. My wife received a fresh flower lei and I got a traditional lei too. We booked our reservation through whatahotel a preferred travel agent for this hotel. We were initially upgraded from a Mountain View to a garden view room. I asked about an ocean view room. The front desk attendant upgraded me to a partial ocean view room but we had to wait to check in about an hour after our arrival at 1:30 pm. We didn’t mind waiting at all. Our room was stunning! We loved the balcony view of the ocean and the comfortable bed. On the table was a rose, two glasses, and in the fridge was a bottle of champagne! We also had a card on the table with remarks of our honeymoon stay! The bathroom was huge and has stations for music! We loved the double sinks and jacuzzi! We wish the shower head was better quality with better water pressure. Whatahotel was able to provide us a $100 resort credit and 2 complimentary island breakfast buffets. The concierge here is absolutely fantastic! I booked a sunset dinner reservation at Ferraros and we were given a table in the front row with a perfect view of the sunset! The concierge also helped me plan an itinerary! Thank you to Lauren and Kyra and all the concierge staff! We enjoyed all the pools, we loved walking the grounds, and really liked the chair/umbrella service at the beach. We were even lucky to get chairs at the serenity pool in the afternoon at 3pm after we put our names on the waitlist at 11am! We wish there was a different and easier process to get chairs at the serenity pool. Loved the pool side service for drinks. Micheal at the serenity pool is great with service ! We loved the breakfast buffet at duo but were told gratuity was included. However, gratuity didn’t state it was included on the bill so I did leave a tip. We checked out at 1pm and were given a key to the aloha suite because we had a red eye flight to catch. We loved being able to utilized the aloha suite and spending our last hours at the four seasons before we flew out. I want to thank Thomas the reservations manager for answering all my emails promptly and helping me make our last night on Maui one we will never forget.
A magical place to reenergize and recenter oneself. The Spa therapists are in a league of their own. Private yoga sessions with Brenna are transcending. A home aways from home. Mahalo Four Seasons Maui!