Attendants, who diligently monitor the 2,100-foot-long beach, spritzing guests and providing ice water
An exceptionally well-curated collection of nearly 300 works by top Hawaiian artists throughout the public areas
Free perks galore: resort shuttle service, use of 58 cabanas, Hawaiian outrigger canoe excursions and lots more
What To Know
The main pool can get crowded; head to the infinity adults-only Serenity Pool for peace and quiet
Although surrounding Wailea resort has some restaurants and shops, guests will need a car to reach the nearest town, Kihei, 8 miles up the coast
Don’t expect total privacy at the beach—by state law, all Hawaii resorts must provide public right-of-way beach access
Parking on site
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Sumptuous oceanfront hideaway with stellar service and a prime setting on a heavenly Maui beach
Although the exterior of this horseshoe-shaped midrise built in 1990 resembles many other upscale Hawaii beach resorts, the Four Seasons is a cocoon of understated swank on the inside. Decked out with a museum-caliber Hawaiian art collection, the open-air common spaces invite lounging, with rattan chairs, ceiling fans, recessed amber lighting and natural-stone floors. Colonial touches, like coffered ceilings and stout white columns, lend a regal air, but the native art, potted greenery, and floor-to-ceiling views of the pool and, beyond that, the ocean remind guests that they’re on a remote tropical island—and that casual beach attire is encouraged.
Bed and Bath
There’s lots of space to spread out in the Four Seasons’ 380 rooms and suites, with standard units measuring a roomy 600 square feet, not including lanai, and full suites 1,000 square feet and up (these have second guest bathrooms). Most rooms have a predictable layout, with bathrooms and beds situated farther from the window, and desks, sofas, and sitting areas nearest to the lanais, which are outfitted with tables and chaise longues. Terry robes, La Bottega bath products, iHomes, DVD/CD players, safes and beach totes are standard, and the marble bathrooms have large soaking tubs, separate standing showers and double vanities. The resort’s design is such that most rooms offer at least partial ocean views, but for the best panoramas, book a room in the Ocean-View Prime category. The most economical rooms face distant mountains (but also a covered parking garage).
All three of the hotel’s restaurants are first-rate, including Hawaii’s only outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, which focuses on mod East-meets-West cuisine utilizing local ingredients (the wild lilikoi crème brûlée with white chocolate–macadamia nut biscotti makes for a memorable finale), and a casual open-air Italian restaurant, Ferraro’s, a perfect perch for enjoying a glass of prosecco while watching the sunset. The underrated DUO Steak and Seafood, however, may just be the best of the bunch—service is seamlessly unobtrusive, seating overlooks the pool and the ocean beyond, and the food, ranging from a “duo” tartare of beef and island snapper to perfectly rare pan-grilled big-eye ahi with a shiso-panko crust, is flawless. The expansive spa offers an extensive menu of treatments; book the signature lomi mohala massage in a thatch-roof hale (hut) overlooking the sea.
In the Area
The surrounding Wailea Resort is home to three superb golf courses, all meticulously groomed but of varying difficulties (the Emerald Course is the most forgiving of them). That soaring mountain peak guests see from the fairways and many Four Seasons rooms is one of Maui’s most appealing attractions: it’s a gorgeous, winding 50-mile drive to the summit of 10,023-foot Mt. Haleakala, a national park with hiking trails and panoramic views. Stop by Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm and Surfing Goat Dairy —a purveyor of delicious goat cheese—on the drive back. To get a high-end retail fix nearer to the resort, venture into the Shops at Wailea, home to BCBG Max Azria, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and several others.