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
The hotel is not very wheelchair friendly. There are not enough signs for wheelchair routes. It was embarrassing that to get to the Bistro Molokini we had to enter the restaurant through the service entrance. This was after pushing the wheelchair round and round trying to find an entrance without stairs. The first concierge that I spoke with told me that several activities that we attempted were wheelchair friendly---they were not. We could not push a wheelchair on a gravel path. No one told us about the ADA golf cart until our stay was mostly completed. I did not find out about it until I complained how difficult things were to the pool staff. When we checked in there were no wheelchair accessible rooms left even though we had requested one. The property is on a huge hill and it is difficult to push a wheelchair up the hills. The pool has a multitude of bridges to traverse which cannot be done with a wheelchair. Don't go!
We had a great time at the Grand Wailea! Our vacation included 6 adults, 3 teenagers, 1 preteen and 3 kids under 3! There was plenty to do for all of us either by the pool or by the beach. We opted for a king bed and pull out couch. The pullout out was plenty comfortable and my 16 and 11 year old did not complain. Housekeeping did a great job making our room look like we hadn’t completely destroyed it daily. We loved the hospitality room when you have a late flight, which allowed us to enjoy a full last day. Great job!!
Had a chance to stay in the beautiful Napua tower. I was totally blown away on how amazing this 40 acre Hilton resort is. The rooms are huge and beautiful. The staff are amazing especially Sarah and Faye in the Napua concierge. I personally want to thank the both of you for making my stay here even more exceptional.
Wonderful hotel, grounds are spectacular! Pools fantastic. Great place for families and for couples. You can park the car and never leave the facilities. Shopping is within walking distance and there is a great walking trail for exercising. All in all the perfect place to vacation.
The hotel was beautiful, but the service was awful. At every turn, there was an issue of some sort, from incorrect rooms (despite repeatedly confirming the reservations) to very, very long wait times for check in, pool towels/arm bands, restaurant seating, valet and check out. Also Note: Everything at the pool area (slides, food, drinks, etc.) shuts down at 5pm. So, if you are planning on doing activities during the day and relaxing at the pool at night, make sure to bring a thermos and doggie bag because you're on your own. They had too many guests and not enough staff and, of the staff, not enough were trained. Oftentimes, we were given conflicting information from different staff members - so frustrating when time is precious on such a trip. Of all the hotels we stayed in during our Hawaii trip, this was the worst, by far.