Our family arrived at night and we had great first impressions. The hotel is beautifully designed with three cascading infinity pools each complementing the view of the beach and ocean. Each room is visually stunning and luxurious. The room seems a little compact at first because of layout but becomes more accommodating and relaxing as you get used to it. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are stored and replenished in your room daily (usually late morning) and are great way to start your morning before heading to the beach.
The beach is directly in front of the hotel and not a very long walk from your room. Make sure to be at the beach early in the mornings (7:00ish) so the beach crew can set up your lounge chairs and umbrella on the front row. Also, they begin to run out of chairs and spots around 9:00ish so don't be on the late side. There is spectacular snorkeling to the left of the hotel as you will probably see others already jumping in pretty early. The reef is shaped like a semi-circle and can be accessed easily from the left or right side of the lava rocks. You might see a turtle at the tip of the reef but it doesn't happen often.
For the courageous snorkelers: Ulua beach, the last beach to the left of the Andaz, has wonderful snorkeling but can be a long swim to get to. Enter at the very end of the beach and if you continue swimming adjacent to the rocky shoreline, you will run into many sleepy turtles on the bottom of the reef. It is truly spectacular and worth the lengthy swim. If you go down even further, there are some amazing lava rock formations with colorful coral.
One of the negatives to this resort was mandatory valet parking. On some occasions, we had to wait for our car for a lengthy period of time even though the parking lot is only 50 or so yards away. Also, the complementary spa facilities were a little disappointing. Other than that, it is a very beautiful hotel and our stay was definitely spectacular and one to remember!
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- Andaz Maui At Wailea