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
This was our first visit to the Hotel Wailea but it won't be our last. This property has everything you could want from an adults only resort. No detail has been missed. Each suite consists of a separate bedroom and living areas, kitchen area, and a spacious lanai. The restaurant is simply amazing and the pool could not have been more relaxing. The grounds are beautiful and quiet. There is no comparison between the Hotel Wailea and the rest of the resorts in Wailea. Hotel Wailea is simply the best.
Hotel Wailea is a gem of a property. My mom and I looked at several different resorts and hotels when planning our stay in Maui. I don't remember how we stumbled on this hotel, but I'm so glad that we did! It's a quite, intimate property and having only 72 rooms really makes it feel cozy and not overcrowded. We were greeted with champagne and checked into our partial ocean view room, that felt more like a full ocean view. I know it was the location of our room, but our view was absolutely amazing and great to see when having coffee on the balcony each morning. The room itself was spacious and well-decorated. It also had a nice little kitchenette. They delivered yummy banana bread as a welcome and gave us a book of activities taking place during the week (aerial yoga, regular yoga, mixology class, happy hour, etc.). We weren't able to partake in any of the activities, but enjoyed our time hanging out at the pool. Overall the staff was very nice and accommodating.
There aren't really any cons from my perspective, but it also depends on the type of trip someone is looking to have. This resort is adults-only (bonus for me) and isn't directly on the beach. However, there is a car that can take you down to the beach where they have valets that can set you up with umbrellas, chairs, and water. Having such great views of sunrise/sunset from our room and the (very comfortable) open-air lobby was better than being at a crowded resort right on the beach. The shuttle will also take you to other parts of Wailea - we also had a rental car that we used a lot to see beyond Wailea and to have more flexibility. The pool area is a decent size, but if you want a private cabana you have to get their early. There's also only one restaurant + pool bar that are both on the expensive side, so it's limited, but we weren't planning to have all of our meals at the hotel so it was okay for us. The food we did have at the hotel was very enjoyable. :)
I would absolutely stay here again if I ever get back to Maui and I've already recommended it to friends that may be visiting the island soon.
We just returned from a 10 year anniversary trip, and have nothing but positive reviews. First of all, the pictures on the website do not do the Hotel justice. The grounds of the hotel are nothing short of spectacular, and the both the common areas and the hotel room exceeded our expectations based on the pictures.
Likewise, the pool itself is nothing special, but the pool area is my "happy place" and one of the most relaxing spots I have been. When you enter the pool area, you feel totally separate from the world, surrounded on all four sides by lush tropical jungle. The pool area is never too full, and we were able to get the first come first serve Cabanas every day. Great music, great food, amazing drinks, nice people, and the quiet serenity of a small adults only resort.
We spent a good deal of time at the Four Seasons and the Fairmont trying their marquee food options, and we got a massage at the Four Seasons. Both are lovely hotels (we actually liked the Fairmont better), but we were so happy with our decision to stay here instead. Both hotels are loud, and you feel like you are part of a "machine" while you are there. For example, while getting a $600 couples massage at the Four Seasons, we were herded to the massage spot with three other couples.
Staying here is a no brainer over the bigger luxury hotels.
This place is heaven on earth! We stayed at another luxury hotel for our first few nights in Maui and now regret not staying here for our full vacation. The service was impeccable and no detail overlooked with regard to the landscaping and overall design of the property. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy Maui!
My wife (5 months pregnant) and I wanted to stay at a resort with peace and quiet. We definitely got that at Hotel Wailea. An adult-only Hotel (resort) with only 72 rooms makes it a wonderfully peaceful setting that put my wife and I into a relaxed mood immediately.
The staff and service were wonderful and friendly, and our Garden View Suite had an ocean view, so we got everything that we were looking for. I also am EV biased, so the Tesla Model X ride to the beach and surrounding area made you feel like royalty. The Hotel is not on the beach, but they have a reserved section on the beach with complementary towels, water, lounger, and umbrella which I did not see any of the other resorts offer (including the Four Seasons).
The only thing I would not recommend is the breakfast. We ordered in-room service for our breakfast and it was not a good value.
Overall, if you are adults looking for peace and quiet, Hotel Wailea is the place to be. They made us feel very special.