I debated for weeks which resort to spoil my wife & I for our babymoon. Four Seasons v Andaz Maui. I was torn having never visited Hawaii but went with my gut feel and booked the Four Seasons. And I just cannot thank myself enough. (More about the comparison below).
I have had the good fortune of visiting 37 countries spanning several continents in my travels and can confidently confirm that this resort is the best I have experienced to date.
We spent 6 nights (July 28-August 3) in a garden room (420) which was very well appointed. Spacious, clean, equipped with every amenity to make it a pleasure to relax in (Even an iron for my silk clothes loving wife).
We rented a car and had it parked daily @ Valet for $25/day which was a reasonable rate. They bring it around at short notice and park it as required as you pull up (a couple of bucks tip keeps everyone happy). We realised however that unless you wish to drive around the island and visit other towns, you really don't need a car. The resort offers a complimentary ride to the restaurants of neighboring resorts and the local shops upon request.
We drove to Lahaina & Kaanapali which was a lovely scenic drive, but always loved coming "Home" to Wailea - easily the most beautiful part of the island. Don't bother going to Hana. Its long boring and an uneventful anti climax.
Back to the resort. The location is stunning. The grounds and common areas and beautifully maintained and were immediately in love upon first impression. Being peak season the resort was heaving, but never flinched at maintaining an extraordinary level of exclusivity and elegance. Even with the main pool teaming with children. Enter the Serenity pool - a haven of tranquility with a simply stunning pool and a view that keeps you in a trance of awe. We spent most of our days by the pool relaxing. Taking advantage of the impeccable service and complimentary WIFI, sun block and the peaceful ambiance.
The only drawback I can think of is the sunbed situation. First in best dressed. The early bird gets the best worm. Some beds are shaded some are exposed to the sun are and boy does it get hot in the sun.
We ate in the restaurants and the food was sublime at every turn. Four Seasons is a pricey resort. Add tipping and taxes and you'll be up for a fair whack but it is worth every cent and more. We visited Andaz Maui for dinner at Morimoto restaurant where the food was to die for. We wanted to check out the competition and see if we made the right choice in resort so we explored the grounds. Many say that Andaz & FS are the cream of the crop in Maui. We believe there is no competition. These 2 resorts are not in the same league. Four Seasons oozes a certain class that leaves the sterile Andaz in its wake. There is no comparison. And we noticed the crowd was a little young and loud at the bar as we left the resort which was situated near many of the rooms. When you walk into the 4 Seasons you are hit with a serious dose of class and grandeur that is not present at the Andaz. The Andaz does however have a fabulous view and gorgeous pools but we would not stay there.
My final point is the reason why the Four Seasons is our new number 1. It is the staff and the level of service you receive from the moment you arrive. It is unparalleled. It is perfection. It transcends the beauty of this resort to a level we have never experienced. The staff are like angels in paradise. By the pools, by the beach, in the eateries, at valet. There is too much to list so I will cut it here. You just need to go and experience it!
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Resort Maui At Wailea
- Four Seasons Resort Maui At Wailea Hotel Wailea
- Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea
- Four Seasons Wailea, Maui
- Wailea Four Seasons