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 out 3rd year in a row to visit FS Maui with our kids (8 & 11) for Spring Break. We absolutely love it here! It is a beautiful resort with friendly staff who go above and beyond. Check in was nice and we were greeted with Leis and drinks. Steve checked us in and it was nice to see him again. He checked us in on a past trip too. He is always very accommodating and discussed room choices which was very much appreciated.
When we arrived to our room they had left some sweets with a nice note welcoming us back. They also left stuffed animals (Stingrays) for our girls and sponges which spelled out their names in the bathroom.
Most days we started at the pool and reserved a cabana for the kids and 2 chairs for us. The cabanas were nice for the kids to have lunch in and just to get a break from the sun. Kids also spent quite a bit of time in the ocean on Boogie Boards. We enjoyed the Beach cafe which had small bite, sandwiches and salads and ice cream. This was a nice place to grab a casual bite to eat while at the pool on beach. Service around the pool was excellent. They make sure your chairs are set up and you have towels, continually refill water and bring complimentary items around such as banana bread, frozen grapes, smoothies, mochi, and watermelon. They have a nice lunch menu (highly recommend the mahi tacos) offered at the pool and yummy cocktails. One afternoon the kids begged to go to the Kids Club. While they were at Kids Club we enjoyed the adults only Serenity pool which has breathtaking views.
Most evening we were in the lobby lounge or chairs overlooking the beach by 6pm to see the sunset. Maui has the most amazing sunsets. After we would either head to dinner reservations or hang out in the lobby lounge and enjoy the music and small bites offered. Kids menu is offered throughout the resort including at the Lobby Lounge.
Family Favorites were watching the sunset from Lobby Lounge or chairs overlooking the beach every night, Outrigger Canoe, lounging at the pool, walks along the beach and beach path, Hawaiian Dancers, live music and torch lighting every night, dim som in the Lobby Lounge and dinner at Spago on the Balcony.
While the entire staff was great a few were amazing! Rowana and Vincent at the pool took extra great care of our family, Jeff overheard my daughter talking about her birthday while walking from the pool area to breakfast one morning. He came and found us at Duo having breakfast and gave both of my girls a special token to get a sweet treat of their choice at the Beachwalk cafe, Sole & Vincent took us on the Outrigger Canoe and my daughter did not want to jump in the ocean Vincent went down and found 2 sea urchins and let her hold them from the canoe, Jena at the Beachwalk cafe was able to secure a hat I had seen several guest wearing. I had ask her if they had any for sale and when she realized which hat I was talking about she ask for my info and a short time later delivered 2 hats to me at the pool for both my girls, Ryan in the Lobby Lounge gave us Uno cards to play once he learned we would be there a while since our return flight had been canceled and we were trying to re-book flights after checking out of the hotel.
Thank you FS Maui for another amazing trip! We look forward to returning!
Attention to detail enhances the beauty of the facility and its’ location. Our family thoroughly enjoyed and used every aspect of the hotel, it was hard to leave and go anywhere, because you really don’t need to.
We recently spent two nights at Four Seasons in Wailea on Maui. It is a beautiful property with great amenities and outstanding service. These things come at a premium price, but I felt like we got service and accommodations that were befitting the cost. The staff certainly has a "can do" attitude. We utilized the pools, restaurants, spa, fitness facility, shops, and shuttlesservice. All were first excellent. If you can spoil yourself with a couple of nights (or more) at a luxury hotel on Maui, this one is a good choice.
The Four Seasons Resort in Maui completely catered to my 5 year old son that has severe food allergies. They even made him a special batch of cookies, that they baked for him everyday! They were highly concerned with cross contamination The pool staff also helped my daughter with
with a bad sunburn. They brought her cold towels and aloe!
Ideal vacation. Superior customer service, resort quality and amenities. The location of the Four Seasons Wailea is perfect, with its own beach and pool area nestled up in the hill, close to, but far enough away from other resorts.