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
We LOVE this resort. It’s definitely our number 1 favorite. Whether you are enjoying the amazing pools, grabbing a drink at the swim up bar or snorkeling at the beach in front of the resort, you WILL relax and have fun. The service at the hotel sets them apart from other resorts we’ve experienced. The concergies are so helpful and make sure you have the best table at the right time at the best restaurant. They took care of everything...spa appointments, surf lessons and dinner reservations. If it rains, take a short walk to the Shops at Wailea. If you are looking for a first class vacation that everyone will enjoy, pick Grand Wailea.
I didn’t want to leave! Most of the complex is open to the outdoors and with the scrumptious Hawaiian climate paired with the grandness of architecture and design of the resort, you feel like you might have gone to heaven. It’s breathtaking. Easily walkable to various restaurants outside of the resort if you want dining choices a little easier on the wallet. The rooms are large and comfortable. Loved our stay.
I have always wanted to make this a stop on my trips to Hawaii so this trip I did. The Grand Wailea is so luxurious. The beds are so comfortable, the staff cannot do enough for you and you have everything at your fingertips. Paddle boarding, check. Snorkeling, check. Pools and water slide, check. Beach, check. Food, check. There is also a walkway you can take to enjoy your morning exercise. Or use it as a means to visit the other restaurants at the other hotels. The visit is worth the money. You won’t be disappointed and you won’t want to leave.
Sadly we haven’t been back in 6 years but we were married here 10-10-10 and wanted to bring our 2 daughters back to celebrate our anniversary with us ! Everything has been amazing! The food and service has been great and the Kula cafe staff have really stood out! The pool area is as fun as we remember and it’s been difficult to get the kids out of there daily. ( don’t worry adults the adult only pool area is still peaceful too! ) Valet tip if staying in Molikini tower use the Valet near the conference area as less busy during peak times.
Kids play area “ the Rock” was a hit with our 6 and 2 year olds, so much for them to do!
Thank you as well to the helpful bell team at check in,so helpful and gave some additional tips and made a call right away for side rails for our 2 yr olds bed.
Housekeeping team thank you for cleaning up after our kids daily and making our room shine!
Hope we can make it back someday as again this resort exceeded our vacation expectations!! Now back to the snow :(
Thank you all for a great week!
Moving to O'ahu from the midwest half a decade ago, we're still exploring O'ahu, and the other Island we travel to often is Big Island. This time we wanted to see Mau'i, and let me say this, Mau'i is AMAZING as well! The Grand Wailea will take your breath away the moment you pull into the resort, from the Kamehameha statue in front of an incredible waterfall wall, to exiting the car and all the bellmen taking fast and kind care of you, you don't even truly enter the grand lobby area without receiving a Lei, and a lovely smile with lots of Aloha from your greeters, they even escort you to the check in desk and you truly feel welcome here. This is called Ho'okipa in Hawai'i, and the Grand Wailea offers excellent hospitality. Everywhere you look, you will be astounded by the sheer and overwhelming beauty of this place, the horizon, Molokini and Kaho'olawe in the distance, it's just breathtaking.
Initially we reserved a 1 bdrm deluxe Ocean view room, however before we arrived I wanted to have some flowers and champagne waiting for my wife and daughter. When we got to our room, we realized they had upgraded us to the Ali'i King Suite, and OMG it was spacious, and incredibly decorated. The lanai itself was enough to not want to leave the room! The bathroom done mostly in marble was incredible as well. You'll note the architectural design of the rooms, the chapel area, the pools, and the buildings themselves, very very pretty!