Maui, otherwise known as the Valley Isle, is the most versatile of all the Hawaiian Islands. It has a little bit of everything for vacationers. Maui boasts hiking and swimming through waterfalls, driving the road to Hana one of the most beautiful drives in the world, snorkeling at Molokini crater, watching the World Surf League competitions at Honolua Bay and Pe’ahi (Jaws), lying with turtles at Ho’okipa or grabbing a drink at Maui’s infamous Mama’s Fish House. Wailea a town on the south shore is a serene wealthy enclave situated below Haleakala’s crater, facing Kaho’olawe. It is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of the Pacific and hosts a handful of luxury resorts on island. One of the newer renovations is the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
The resort offers a large variety of room configurations. From island/tropical view rooms, to ocean view suites or villas, they can accommodate couples, families and corporate groups. Starting at the top, The Andaz’s premier suite with several bedrooms fits 10 more than comfortably. With ocean views and plenty of privacy the suite comes stocked with complimentary local foods and drinks as well as a jacuzzi on the balcony overlooking Mokapu beach. It is also the perfect layout for entertaining including a chef’s pantry/room. The ocean view suites offer a second bathroom so families that are sharing can have separate comfortable spaces as well as plenty of room to move about, order room service, or watch sunset from the balcony.
The hotel is at one end of the line of resorts in Wailea, which allows for a little more privacy. It also begins the beach walk paths along the Pacific Ocean. Take a morning stroll weaving in and out of the beaches, natural vegetation and oceanside resorts. You can relax in the spa with every treatment imaginable, including oil treatments that are customized to your body’s needs, that you can actually bottle up and take home with you.
In the morning enjoy a bountiful buffet at Ka’ana Kitchen. Fresh omelets, Hawaiian specialty pastries, Portuguese sausage, fresh island fruit, crepes, mimosas, fresh pressed green juices and ginger shots and anything else you could possibly think of to fill your plate. Afterwards you can head down to the beach. On one end you can find fun waves to bodysurf, boogieboard, and frolic in, and the other side displays tiny waves to lie back and float around or snorkel. The hotel’s staff will take you out in a kayak, canoe, on stand-up paddle board or even a sailing canoe to catch a few waves. No matter what, there is always the option of lying on the beach or by one of the 4 infinity pools with a Mai Tai in hand watching mother nature’s show.
At night sunset dinner at Morimoto’s is a must. Enjoy this modern Japanese beach house style restaurant serving locally sourced seafood and produce. You can also choose to sit at the sushi bar and overlook the preparation. The hotel has begun offering a luau on their ocean-side lawn keeping the maximum capacity to 150 people, which is much more intimate than other local luau options. The resort also has many activities and events happening especially during this upcoming festive season. In addition offer a private car that can take you to local restaurants, The Shops at Wailea, The Maui Film Festival, golfing and more. The Andaz will make your tropical experience the best week (or month?!) of your life.