It has taken me a while to write this review. As I do, it brings back such good memories. My family and I travel quite a bit and we depend on Tripadvisor to guide us. I am always thankful to those who write reviews that are helpful which is why I try to do the same when I return. I've learned over the years to take the negative reviews with a grain of salt because some people you just can't please.
My husband, son 11 yr., nephew 12 yr. and I traveled to Maui from Honolulu. We were only here for 2 nights, but they were well worth it and left us wanting more. We stopped at the K-mart on the way from the airport and got snacks and drinks to take with us. Prices maybe slightly higher than at home. We also stopped and got lunch at the Burger King before we continued on. We had a fantastic time at the Grand Wailea Resort. When we first planned our trip to Hawaii someone suggested we should do more than one island since we were traveling so far. Boy are we glad we did! When we stepped out of the car we were greeted with flower leis. When we arrived our room wasn't ready, so they allowed us to check our bags and start enjoying the property. Guest services was always very helpful, although oftenbusy, but still the wait was not that long even when there was a line. They serve you juice while you wait and the views from there are great too. We are Hilton members and got a coupon for a free bottle of champagne and $40. off dinner. Join before you go. The staff was always smiling, courteous, and helpful. The lobby area is beautiful with a lot of great art work. The resort is huge, but we had a friendly bellman that gave us a good tour and orientation on the way to our room.
We loved our room overlooking the Chapel. The Chapel was a nice cool place to sit and get away from the hustle and bustle. I got some great pictures of the chapel reflected in the pond surrounding it. (I will try and add them later) We could still see a beautiful ocean view and the sun rising/setting from our room which was spectacular. Our room was spacious enough for the 4 of us with 2 queen beds. The beds were extremely comfortable and we all slept like babies. We had a nice size balcony to sit on with chairs and a table. The bathroom is huge and nicely decorated. Although, it was spring break, it was quiet in our building. The resort was packed, but we wouldn't have known it once we were in our room. Take the time to walk the grounds and the beach. Walking from the resort on the path to the left as you face the ocean you pass by some amazing houses and get some wonderful views, there is another little beach cove along the way about a 10 min walk. There is a path to the right which takes you pass what looks like condos. Stunning views everywhere you look. I walked these paths a few mornings when it was quiet before there was more foot traffic.
We loved the easy access to the beach and close proximity to the beautiful pool with rapids, Tarzan rope swing, water elevator, lazy river and water slides. The kids loved it. All of us enjoyed the cave and waterfalls. The pool staff and security does a great job of making sure everyone has a good time. Our housekeeper was very nice and made sure we had everything we needed. All of our requests were handled promptly.
If you want to continue your fitness routine, don't miss the gym, the facilities at the GW are great. The equipment is state of the art with lots of cardio/weight equipment, each with its own video monitors. We only snacked at the pool one day. We got hamburgers and pina coladas (adult and kid versions) which were good but could be expensive to do every day. We used the self parking lot (which was a quite a walk from our room) but you pass by some great scenery while walking, so we didn't mind. We were always able to find a space. The valet parking was a little expensive for us.
There are marble terraces and fountains everywhere. There are a lot of little gazebo with benches where you can sit and enjoy some quiet. The property is meticulously manicured and has a true local island flavor. There is an artificial sandy beach which is good for kids/adults who aren't up for the the strong currents on the real beach. My son and nephew loved the water trampoline. The guy that runs it is very nice. We bought a ticket for them to use it for the day, but they didn't really use it that much, so he let them use the rest of their time the next day. We only snacked at the pool one day. We got hamburgers and pina coladas (adult and kid versions) which were good, but could be expensive to do every day. We asked at guest services and got the name of several nice restaurants. We also tried the Outback Steakhouse about a 15 min drive from the resort headed back towards the airport. Went to the farmer's market http://mauiopenmarket.com
We found some great deals on souvenirs and fresh fruit. We all golfed at a country club (a place whose name escapes me). The grounds were beautiful and a lot fun! I don't think you can go wrong with any of the courses. All in all we enjoyed our stay in Maui and at the GW. Can't wait to return!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, is the ultimate destination for a fabulous Hawaii vacation, perfect for families, spa goers, honeymooners, golfers and active vacationers. Situated on 40 acres of lush, tropical Hawaiian gardens, Grand Wailea opens onto Maui's beautiful Wailea Beach, voted one of the best beaches in America, with elegant and newly-renovated accommodations, indulgent spa treatments, fine dining and thrilling recreational options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Wailea - a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Wailea
- Grand Wailea Maui
- Grand Wailea Resort Maui
- Grand Wailea Hawaii
- Grand Hotel Wailea
- Grand Resort Wailea
- Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort Maui