Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
What We Love
- Nine free-form pools connected by a lazy river
- Near Wailea Beach, one of the best beaches on Maui
- Three tropical golf courses
What To Know
- The resort is a 30-minute drive from the Kahului Airport and a short flight from Honolulu
- Families love this resort
- All Hawaii’s beaches are public
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Wailea Beach is one of the best in the world, and just behind it the 780-key, 40-acre Grand Wailea matches its beauty with pure extravagance: Nine free-form pools, three golf courses, 11 tennis courts, a massive fitness center, a sprawling spa, five restaurants and four hot bars. Families flock here for the diversity of fun available for everybody, from private golf lessons to lava rock massages to a Tarzan rope swing over the pool.
In the Area
Outside of the resort, Maui is a charming island with great food, art and natural splendor to spare. Tour Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm, where the calming purple flowers are grown and turned into a variety of culinary items and toiletries. In Ulupalakua, Tedeschi Vineyards produces wine from both grapes and Maui-grown pineapples. Paia is an artistic community home to art galleries and plenty of dining options. Start your day with pastries from Anthony’s Coffee Company, head to the Flatbread Company for some awesome pizza (with excellent gluten-free options), or grab dessert at the Ono Gelato Company. For a hike through an evergreen forest more reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest than a tropical island head over to Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area.
How to Get There
25 years ago, I lived on Maui and visited the Grand Wailea. It was brand new, SO beautiful, and I was very poor. My friends and I bought cokes at the bar and just walked around the property to soak it all in. I hoped that someday I could actually stay here myself, but it was most definitely out of the budget! Fast forward 25 years, and my husband got me a night at the Grand Wailea for a Christmas gift--to fulfill my bucket list! With a combination of points, we were able to bring the price WAY down and stay for 2nights instead of one. I read all of the reviews ahead of time and realized that the property might not be all that I remembered, but I was EXCITED! It did not disappoint! We got an upgrade to an ocean view from a standard room (thank you front desk attendant!), got an early check in, a discount on the buffet breakfast for being Hilton Gold members, and we LOVED our stay. The property was gorgeous, the chapel is amazing and the beach is fabulous. Lots of families with kids and lots and lots of what I describe as 'happy people": those vacationers who are chatty, happy, and you can tell that they are loving the sunshine! I can't think of even one thing to write about that I was disappointed in. It was a GREAT 2 days. Thank you hubby and thank you Hilton for getting that items crossed off my bucket list--in a 'Grand' way!
Booked 2 rooms for a family with small children. Called to confirm they would be next to each other. I am a gold member of Hilton and an Elite Grand Wailea member...
Got a text while in the air that we were assigned rooms not only on different floors but totally different wings!! Finally talked to Curtis who after hours told me they could move us to rooms on the ground floor by the chapel - confirmed rooms. Even though on the member website there were many suites and rooms much nicer but he said he couldn’t find them and their web site was wrong... arrived at hotel and they gave the rooms next to each other away and had no rooms for us that were even close! Finally checked into rooms on opposite ends of the hotel and realized there was no toilet paper in the bathroom and the room wreaked of smoke! I have asthma and am currently sitting on my patio - another “manager” called and offered to come spray the room with chemical to help the smell.. no thank you! No wonder they are rated 7 out of 8 hotels in Wailea and number 8 is actually Napua Suites which is their hotel within the hotel here!! Never again
Joined our son and daughter in law and 2 grandkids for a couple of days.
Rooms were spacious with all amenities we needed. The people who work there were most gracious. Great family excursion. Will return!
Was an exceptional stay! The spa is the best I have ever had ANYWHERE!!!!! Beautiful grounds... incredible food. They exemplify the true meaning of ALOHA! The only place in Maui to be!!!!
We had bad weather and it didn’t matter!
We have visited Maui over 30 times since 1976 and have stayed at the Ritz Carlton, Mauna Kea, Hyatt, Marriott, Westin, Sheraton and others, but this was the most beautiful hotel and grounds. The staff was amazing and very helpful. The only disappointment was the mediocre food at Huma Huma restaurant and the flavor of all their tropical drinks (all tasted like cheap mixes and not fresh, tasty juices). Having an Adult Only pool area and vertually Adult Only grass area overlooking the ocean and beach were a huge plus! Cannot immagine anyone being disappointed with this hotel.