A former Japanese private members club previously unknown to leisure travelers, Hotel Wailea debuts on the scene following a $15 million makeover.
Perched 300-feet above sea level with dramatic ocean views, Hotel Wailea offers a relaxed beach house design in all 72 one-bedroom suites, a newly finished pool with private residential-style cabanas and an orchard-to-glass apothecary bar.
Hotel Wailea is set across 15 expansive acres with 72 spacious suites that offer privacy and views of lush gardens, three neighboring Hawaiian islands and the Maui coastline. Inside the contemporary suites, architectural elements such as coral and limestone walls, smoked white oak floors, and custom-crafted Hawaiian Ohia cabinetry are fused with laid-back island aesthetics.
Executive Chef Brian Etheredge and Chef de Cuisine Chris Kuli, both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, share a passion and understanding for creative techniques and superb quality in the culinary arts, a philosophy that is infused throughout Hotel Wailea’s culinary program.
The new poolside lounge, aptly named The Cabanas, is a stylish day-to-night experience where guests gather to drink, dine and just relax. Raw food chef-turned-mixologist Kerry Mekeel brings her extensive knowledge to the apothecary-style bar where she creates custom cocktails with a wide selection of premium liquors, fresh-pressed juices, organic hydrosols and tropical infusions. A series of oversized cabanas surround the pool deck furnished with DEDON lounge seating, sun chaises, aqua loungers and circular pod daybeds. A built-in fire pit sits center stage for evening socializing while hanging lights, tiki torches and lanterns evoke a romantic mood under the Hawaiian moonlight.
To further create experiences that go beyond guests' expectations, Hotel Wailea is beginning its next phase of upgrades, which includes an ocean view treehouse where guests can experience private spa treatments within the mango tree canopies. Projected for completion in spring 2015 is a new spa by luxury spa developer Tracy Lee offering a menu of signature treatments and soothing massages.