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
Nice place to unwind after spending a week traveling. Staff friendly and helpful. Close to beach and shuttle service was key in getting around area. Best to make full use of beach access and services, as these are daily charged to your room at a fixed rate.
This small boutique adults only property (only 72 units) is definitely worthy of its Relais and Chateaux affiliation.
The hotel is perched on a hill with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, west Maui and the island of Lanai. Although not located on the beach, the hotel offers free, on demand, shuttle service to/from the beach, a short 5 minute drive down the hill. The Hotel Wailea has staff located on the beach providing complimentary chair, umbrella and towel setup. In my opinion, the off-beach location is a plus as the beach is dotted with many large properties with tons of guests. One can enjoy the beach then get away from the crowds and return to the serenity of the Hotel Wailea.
The property itself is set among a lush tropical landscape, replete with streams, waterfalls and koi ponds. The building structures seem to blend seamlessly into the foliage in a manner in which the landscaping is more prominent than the actual buildings.
The suites are very modern with lots of nice features including a separate living area and small kitchen. The bathrooms are decently sized, particularly for two people as the Hotel Wailea does cater to couples. The rooms have plenty of drawer and closet space, in room coffee service and a security safe. The covered terraces are both roomy and inviting with ocean facing views.
We usually ate breakfast in the open air restaurant, perched on the upper level of the main building, which also is ocean facing and adds to the ambiance of your stay: what more could one ask for but to sip coffee and eat breakfast while enjoying the spectacular ocean views. A dinner outing at their restaurant for a sunset view is worth it; however, it should be noted that as dining in Maui is expensive, the food at the Hotel Wailea takes expensive up another notch.
We found the staff to be plentiful (I almost think there is one staff member for every room) and very guest oriented.
The fitness room could use some enhancements, but that is about the only constructive negative I could make as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
You must stay here! This hotel is amazing. The views are breathtaking and the grounds are meticulously maintained. You can walk around and see all sorts of fruit trees. Our room was very spacious, clean and quiet. We will definitely be back. We enjoyed having morning coffee and evening drinks on our lanai. We have very special memories from this hotel.