MAUI, Hawaii -- As part of our recent coverage of the fifth annual Hawaii Travel Exchange, Travel Agent accompanied several agents on a site inspection of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, one of Hawaii's latest luxury hotels that caters to the young, chic crowd.
Right off the bat we were impressed that there was no nickel and diming here as the resort offers free Wi-Fi, a free mini bar and snack station (except alcohol) and there are no resort fees, something quite common in Hawaii.
Andaz Maui's roughly 300 rooms and suites range from 456 to 2,321 square feet, including seven three-to-five-bedroom villas. The resort's two Premiere Suites are one-bedroom units that can connect and form a two-bedroom suite. Each Premiere Suite comes with a soaking tub in the center of the room, offering clients an ocean view while they soak.
|View from the bed of a Premiere Suite|
The best room we saw was one of the three-bedroom villas, which we were told were not just popular amongst families, but also among couples looking to travel with other couples. One of the features we loved the most about this room was the outdoor plunge pool facing the ocean. Butler service is available.
The two features that we loved in all rooms were the full ocean views from both the bedroom and the shower. Partial ocean views from the shower or bath is nothing new at a luxury resort, but this was a full on, floor-to-ceiling view of the ocean.
There are is a lot of nontraditional Hawaiian design at the hotel. The colors are simple with black, red and white dominating most of the resort. It just has a very simple, clean and tasteful feel to it. If clients don't feel like their room is Hawaiian enough in design, they can always pull the curtains open for a full, floor-to-ceiling view of the Maui beach.
We dined at Ka’ana Kitchen. The food is delicious and served tapas style in the sense that the menu lends it self to sharing dishes, although the portions are not small as a traditional tapas style dinner.
Other facilities at Andaz Maui include a 15,000-square-foot Awili Spa and Salon with 10 treatement rooms, a gym, a lobby lounge and meeting space. Another feature that we were impressed with was the resort's five pools, which include four that all lead into each other. In fact, three infinity pools all end up in one relaxing “lagoon.” The fifth is located separately and serves as the resort’s adults-only swimming pool.
Transfers are available to and from Maui's Kahalui Airport in high-end, luxury vehicles.