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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Besides the beautiful grounds and views, the excellent friendly warm and helpful staff on all levels was a wonderful experience. Exceptional service. We felt special during the whole stay. Nothing was too big to ask the staff to do if we needed it. .
From personalized notes from housekeeping (to welcome and thank us for the tip) to the most friendly and attentive staff we’ve encountered since Dromoland Castle. The resort is a must if you visit Maui.
Home of a great luau (rated separately), great ocean views from virtually every room & location in the resort, and outstanding beach and pools (including adults only). Four bars (one swim-up) with varying atmospheres. Two restaurants at the resort (although I only recommend one - see my Humu review). Lots of outdoor space, covered or open, to relax.
Shops and restaurants within walking distance of you want to get out of the resort for a short time.
After reading some of the negative reviews that appeared after I had booked a non refundable package for this hotel, I was a bit worried that I had made a mistake. I was very relived to have had just the most fabulous experience at this resort, I did not want to leave!
We arrived at 4pm, received a lei only two people were in the line ahead of us at checkin and our room was ready. We had a spectacular ocean view room on the 9th floor. My partner had organised with the hotel to have flowers in a heart shape on the bed and also a bubble bath run ready for our arrival. The porter was very sweet to actually point out that this was special as I had completely ignored it due to the view.
As we were not travelling with children I was concerned we would feel a bit overrun, but again I was happily proved incorrect. We secured beds by the adult pool at 9am and walked over to the kids pool when the slides opened. The slides were a lot of fun and seeing the kids having so much fun actually added to our enjoyment. When we were ready for some calm we went back to the adult pool. The poolside service was fantastic and I had an outdoor massage which was fabulous.
The food is excellent, we ate at all of the restaurants and had room service. Definitely recommend humuhumu. As a diamond Hilton member we received a daily continental breakfast. The days we had a rental car the hotel provided towels and water. The shops at Wailea are next door, the Tommy Bahama bar and grill was our favourite.
What a way to spend a special birthday. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and the service provided at the hotel was wonderful. The entire family had a great time at the Grand Wailea as the beach activities were endless and the accommodations were very comfortable with a beautiful view of the ocean and sunset each evening.
The Grand Wailea property is so beautiful, and we’re glad that we had the opportunity to stay in a scenic, ocean view room. With that said.... the accommodations are not our cup of tea. The rooms are a bit dated, not well insulated for noise, but the large bathrooms are great. As a family of four, we prefer a less crowded resort. We were at the pool at 8 am and was unable to get a chair, and despite the hotel policy that chairs can not be left unattended for more than an hour, we were unable to ever find a pool chair. So, if that is important to other travelers, then consider renting a cabana. For us, having to get up early to get a chair while on vacation is not our idea of relaxing. We were able to get beach chairs, and we enjoyed the beach more than the crowded pools. We tried the breakfast buffet one morning; the food was good but very expensive, and had to wait awhile before being seated. We tried to go the cafe one morning but the line was extremely long. The staff at the check in desk, as well as the Shops were very friendly. We did get some great family photographic memories of our trip using Pacific Dream Photography.