Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux
What We Love
- Serene hillside location with a genuinely relaxing vibe
- Graceful Japanese-inspired gardens and ponds
- The free beach shuttle and beach concierge service that offers free water, towels, chairs and umbrellas at Wailea Beach
What To Know
- Japanese umbrellas inspired the conical, high-ceilinged lobby
- A free selection of Illy coffee and tea is included in the rate; a full breakfast is served in the restaurant (for an extra fee)
- The hotel's tranquil atmosphere is more suitable for adults (children 15 and under are not permitted)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The property was once a private club for Japanese investors—it’s that unusual history that explains the zen-like beauty of the grounds, filled with mango trees, bamboo stands, koi ponds, cascading waterfalls and timber footbridges. The 72 suites, grouped in sets of four, feature a kitchenette and separate living and sleeping quarters. Guest room bathrooms are built for a king: cue a deep, angular soaking tub set on a pedestal, next to an enormous rain shower, with the stone-tiled bathroom completely separate from vanity and toilet. Bedrooms feature natural textures and tones from polished timber floorboards through to marine-themed artwork. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea offers romantic dining with a view from the balcony or more intimate low-walled garden. Hawaiian ingredients—think Kona lobster and Kauai shrimp—are highlighted throughout the Italian menu. The pool area features private cabanas and a full bar service, along with evening fire pits.
In the Area
It would be easy to vacation entirely within Wailea – a ritzy resort community with five crescent-shaped golden beaches and outstanding golf courses within its perfectly manicured 607 hectares. Yet Maui offers much more. Rise early to catch sunrise from the top of Mt. Haleakala, sign up for the full-day Road to Hana scenic tour, or head out from Lahaina for a day’s sport fishing. Lahaina is also home to celebrity restaurant Fleetwood’s on Front Street (Mick Fleetwood occasionally makes a cameo) while Willie Nelson frequents Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon at Paia, a former sugar-plantation town.
How to Get There
Beautiful property set away from the busy beach area. The room was fantastic and had a nice water view. The in room amenities including 3 robes with different types of material was a nice touch as was the in room ice maker. Pretty property for a walk. All adults!
The things that stand out are quality of property, privacy and the consistent service. Everyone was very helpful and responsive. The rooms were consistently cleaned. The views were amazing. The pool very comfortable.
The Hotel Wailea is a perfect property in a perfect location. It is adults only. The pool area, work out facility and views are world class. And the food is even better. The staff and customer service makes you feel very special. When you check in talk to Bill, he is a perfect example of the high level of service at the hotel. They have Tesla SUVs that will run you around town and back and forth to the beach. It is a perfect romantic get-away.
World class chef combined with world class wine list = great night out for a romantic dinner. We stay at the hotel wheneve we come over to Maui and we have a hard time not eating every meal at the hotel:). Breakfast is simple and great, lunch at the pool is a must and dinner never disappoints us. Highly recommended.
What a Wailea welcome! We pulled up to the hotel and through the gate to the main entrance, we were greeted with an Aloha, a beautiful lei and kukui nut necklace which put a big smile on our face!
We were lead to the check in where they served us some chilled champagne while walking us through the property and escorting us to our villa, number 073!
What a place! We had the upper right balcony unit, there are four units in each building. The view was stunning, it over looked the garden and in the distance were beautiful palm trees and a view of the ocean…just gorgeous!
Our room, had a great open layout with a kitchenette, living room/office, ocean view balcony, large bedroom and a perfectly broken up bathroom!
Hotel Wailea is beautiful, but does require a bit of walking, there are many steps and slightly inclined paths leading to the different areas and amenities on the property. However, at any time you can arrange for a golf cart escort to get to where you are going very quickly!
When you were ready to got to the beach, you just called the front desk for a ride. A valet would pick you up at your villa, and drive you down to the beach which took about five minutes! When you arrived, there are a few staff members to greet you and set you up with towels and chairs under an umbrella on a Bech, they provide a water as well!
The outrigger kayak is available to schedule a tour with, and we highly recommend it! You get a Hawaiian history lesson, learn an ancient chant and get to see a sea turtle and a whale if you are lucky!
There are paddle boards and kayaks to take out if you are adventurous enough to do so!
Great pool, cabana and bar area! Every thing you could need to enjoy a day in the sun or shade depending on your preference. The pool was a great size and surrounded by cabanas that could be used or sun loungers with umbrellas. There were these neat little water recliners that could be taken in the pool so you could sit and read or just relax. Across from the pool was the bar and small restaurant where you could order drinks, snacks or lunch through out the day.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
The night we arrived we had dinner at the hotel restaurant, what a treat! We sat on the balcony and watched the sunset. It was beautiful, sherbet skys!
We snacked on Hawaiian Ahi Poke Cracker with Squid Ink, Ponzu Gel and Smoked Kona Kanpachi with Brik Pastry, Yuzu, Dill and Shrimp Sumai with Pear, Hot Mustard.
For our main course we enjoyed a Steamed Local Fish with Bok Choy, Olena Nam Pla and American Wagyu Short Rib with Smoked Garlic & Potato Purée, Cipollini, Haricot Vert, Pickled Mustard Jus.
And our favorite part of dinner, DESSERT! Where we had Hawaiian Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Honey Marshmallows, 151 flambée. This was fantastic, a real twist on the normal lava cake we know and love.
On property is a treehouse, much more luxurious than one might think at first through, it is a small and intimate pavilion located on the property amongst the trees. We were lucky enough to enjoy this perfect space to sip champagne at sun set. The sun went down and presented the most beautiful colors over the ocean water as the palm tress swayed in the distance. It was incredibly romantic.
We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Wailea and would definitely recommend this place to family, friends and anyone who is planning a vacation in Maui!
VROOM, VROOM! We rented the Hoka: Classic Silver 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster reproduction, what fun!
We saw this little car parked out front of the hotel and from that moment forward we had to take it for a drive!
Hotel Wailea made all the arrangements and we rented the car from 9AM to 1PM.
We hopped sun-blocked up, hopped in the car and hot the road! There is nothing better than cruising with the top down ocean breeze in your hair!
We took the 356 all over the place! First down by the water as we wanted to get some pictures with the drone from above. Then to up country to check out the lush green surrounding and Maui Wine!
Renting this speedster was the best decision of our trip! We highly recommend Maui Roasters, and can’t wait to go back and rent another gem from the fleet!