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
Just an overall amazing experience. The rooms were very nicely decorated, comfortable and clean. The bathroom was just amazing! I normally don’t make use of tubs in hotels but this was a huge soaker tun that was hard to resist. The staff were all welcoming, breakfast buffet good options (although it was included in our package and wouldn’t recommend paying full price). The beach area clean and the hotel situated just a short walk from a mall. Can’t wait to get back there.
We really loved this family friendly but still luxury resort. It has really great access to a perfect beach (you just have to get chairs/umbrella super early because they book up within an hour of opening. The baby beach in the resort was a big favorite for our toddler. The water elevator and slides were a bit too much for her, but I think when she’s a little older she will really enjoy them. She also visited the play rooms daily and was so sad when it was closing time (wish they stayed open longer!). It was also within walking distance to a shopping area that had dining options when you wanted to find a cheaper alternative to the resort dining. I had been wanting to do a family portrait for a long time but never got around to setting one up plus we were there for our 5 year wedding anniversary, so we took advantage of the Pacific Dream photo session. Our photographer Jacob was great and really engaged with our daughter who took better photos than we did. I saw the morning yoga on the beach class on our final day and wished I had gotten up early and done it at least once. The room was the only part of the resort that were showing some signs of aging (peeling paint on walls) and there were always little bugs in the room (more annoying than anything). Otherwise, it was great and we would definitely come again.
The Grand Wailea is by far the best Resort in Maui! It has all the amenities that you need in a resort. The pools were great. They even had a water elevator ride that connected one pool to the one above it. The beach front is on the property and expansive compared to the other nearby resorts and villas. We enjoyed waking up and participating the morning yoga class and all of the other activities that the Grand Wailea has to offered. It was a truly memorable vacation!
Overall experience was good. Wish their billing to the room was easier to understand instead of holding pending transaction in account and not knowing how much of our budget was left . Non alcoholic drinks were crazy expensive.
Great experience with Pacific Dream Photography. Professional staff, easy to set up appointments, and select photos. Great option for getting professional photos in a variety of beautiful scenic areas around the resort. Will do a quick/easy or more in-depth photo shoot depending on your needs with no high pressure sales pitch.