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
So The Grande Wailea was beautiful. We just went 2 weeks ago and can't wait to go back. Its expensive but its Hawaii. Just book it and forget it...
Anyhow the pools were amazing, the food was great, the open air lobby is super nice. You can see sooo many sea turtles just to the left of the resort when snorkeling off the beach.
I prob wouldn't have left a review however but this needs to be mentioned.....We went with my parents and on the first day the battery went dead on their door lock to their room. They went down and someone at front desk said they notified maintenance. 10-15 minutes passed and nothing. I saw them just waiting outside their room so I called down and Got Aaron Parker. He was the manger and literally got off the phone and ran up to the 9th floor. He coordinated everything, got them in their room and took care of a round of drinks the next day for the troubles. Staff / Management like this make 4star establishments shine like 5 stars...Thanks Aaron
If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be treated like you're the most important person in the world, stay here and find out. Bliss and luxury from the first second to the last. We left our hearts here.
After spending a wonderful week in Kauai, we hopped on over to Maui. Within 24 hours, due to an unforeseen set of circumstances, I found myself making sudden arrangements for accommodations for myself and my daughter. The unexpected necessity of doing so was very stressful, but I had booked a week at another property (having nothing to do with this one or this brand) and experienced a very troubling hygiene issue. I had overheard someone say they'd loved it here so I called and spoke to Carrie, the front desk manager. Carrie immediately restored our aloha spirit - and soooo much more. As soon as she confirmed availability we were there in a flash, and every concern we could possibly have had melted away. Hand your keys to the valet and prepare to be treated like royalty. Fragrance from exotic flowers floats on the fresh breeze. Everyone working here radiates genuine aloha spirit. Carrie personally escorted us to our room where our luggage was waiting. Because I had shared that it was a hygiene issue that caused us to be "on the run in Maui", she had requested a housekeeper come up and do a "deep clean" of our already immaculate room. Wow. Above and beyond! Carrie did a fabulous job explaining all the Grand Wailea offers its guests. We were overjoyed. To say this property is beautiful is such an understatement. (We did take advantage of the photography session offered and will treasure our photos forever.) If you love flowers and magnificent art sculptures, you will think you surely must be in heaven. The staff have thought of everything you could need or want and then some. Never have we been treated so well and so warmly. Armi and Carmen took great care of us at breakfast every morning. They are delightful, beautiful women who treated us like family. Better than family! The concierges were all extremely helpful in making sure we did everything we wanted to do with the time we had in Maui, which was greatly appreciated. In particular, Jonathan on the 8th floor gave us such expert advice and personalized service that we were able to cross off some items on our bucket list, and we are forever thankful. Our room was very spacious and the beds so comfy. Everything was clean and beautifully appointed. And personalized! We were so spoiled! The details they've thought of...make every moment full of magic and miracles. Easy access to a beautiful beach (you can rent snorkeling gear or whatever you need) with the most breathtaking sunsets you'll ever see (I've been to Santorini and Costa Rica and these Maui sunsets are the prettiest by far). The landscaping is GORGEOUS. Our room was right above these majestic giant rocks imported from Mt. Fuji in Japan because it is said they contain special energy. The fruit garden was delightful. The grounds were perfect. Lunch at the pool was excellent. Every time we were brought our car, there were two ice-cold bottles of water waiting for us. Beach towels, sunscreen, aloe - they've thought of everything! The activities they offer on the property made us wish to be in two or three places at once. Too many fun things from which to choose is the only problem! I particularly loved the hula class. Kalei was our teacher and she is a gracious, talented, wise, and beautiful lady. I was honored to be a part of her class. She gave great context so we understood a little better the true meaning of hula. We felt so connected when we danced our choreography. Kalei was extremely generous with her time with me, answering all my questions after class. Excellent experience! We also attended the luau and had the best time. Wait staff was extremely attentive! The dancers were amazing. We were spellbound by the show. A few nights later we were strolling by on the property and the staff were waiting to perform another show. They saw us walking and called out to us by name! This is what I mean about everyone treating you like royalty. My daughter is vegan and even our waiter at the luau thought to warn her when they brought the pig by so she wouldn't have to see. He thought of that (was his name Ray? Jay? We were sitting in the front table, front seats)! That is truly going ABOVE and BEYOND. There are too many ways to count how the staff has figured out how to exceed any expectation you could have. We got lost a couple times (fun!). They have people standing around waiting for you to make the lost face, just so they can personally escort you wherever you want to go and make sure you get whatever you want. No is not in their vocabulary. This includes the pool staff and security staff and even the chefs! A very fancy chef cheerfully detoured to give us a personal escort when we were lost once! Above and beyond! I could write another 1000 words easily about how everyone at the Grand Wailea gave us the most indescribably perfect vacation from the moment we got there until the moment we very reluctantly left, consoling ourselves only with the thought that we will be back asap with the family members who didn't accompany us this trip. This was a very family-friendly property but the kids were all happy because they're in paradise! Everyone was being good! It is super peaceful, quiet, and serene here with everything set up for your total relaxation and pampering. Every single encounter with every single staff member was remarkable. They are the embodiment of aloha spirit. I cannot put a value on the cherished memories we created here at the Grand Wailea. Carrie remained accessible from start to finish, making sure all our dreams were coming true, even the ones we didn't know we had (but they did)! We offer everyone at the Grand Wailea our deepest mahalos, and me ke aloha pumehana count the days until we meet again.
My husband and I have been wanting to come here since we saw it 25 years ago. We got our opportunity and it was just as wonderful as we had expected! It's hard to believe this place was built 30 years ago and it's still incredibly impressive! The Lobby, the chapel, the grounds, the spa, the pools and beach were AMAZING! It's a fabulous place for families but it would be perfect for any reason (Convention, honeymoon, anniversary, couples, etc......) We LOVED discovering the entire pool area (bar within the cave, spa tucked in the rocks above, all the different water slides and water elevator, etc....) The Spa was one of the best that I've ever experienced! It was incredible! We enjoyed dinners at the restaurants and the Lobby Bar. We also enjoyed the cafe for sandwiches during the day. You can order pizza's there as well. The grounds were gorgeous! Every single person we encountered at the resort, was fantastic! The service could not have been better! Wailea was a wonderful area as well. We walked all along the path and saw all the resorts (ours was BEST!) :-) We enjoyed the shops. We loved going out and watching sunset every night. I guess the only negatives would be that everything is expensive and that they don't have bar/food service out at the beach.........Other than that, I LOVED it! I can't wait to return there with my kids! I should say that this would not be a good resort for someone that is limited in their walking ability. It's a big property and you walk alot. I would not be comfortable bringing my mother here.