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
Can't say enough good about Hotel Wailea. Everything was top notch - an excellent spot for a peaceful getaway. We had some concerns about not being directly on the water, but this ended up being an asset (so much quieter and peaceful than the chaos at the beachfront properties, and easy access to the beach via Tesla shuttles when we wanted to). Every detail has been considered and is of the utmost quality.
My wife and I just got back from celebrating our 20th anniversary at Hotel Wialea. We are EXTREMELY picky - trust me when I say this place is great. Super clean, quiet, romantic, awesome staff, food and drink. I’d say this is equal to our stay at Capella in Ixtapa (it’s now Cala de Mar), which has been our benchmark for 5/6 star adult only resorts. We will be back!
First stop of my honeymoon and pleased to say we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were pleasant, the staff were always very friendly and the bell staff (Kai in particular) were always on point. The valet service provided in Wailea was a class touch.
Best hotel in all of Hawaii. More than a high-end resort, feels like home. Amazing chill, poolside vibe. Great beach club. Food outstanding. Very romantic and beautifully appointed. The activities very fun, loved the electric bikes!
Booked this hotel based on our trip advisor reviews. It is an excellent place to stay if you are not a fan of the mega hotel experience. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. When we were forced to cancel the second part of our trip to Hana because of weather, they worked things around so we could stay in our same room for extra days. They went above and beyond to make our stay great!!