The hubby and I have been in Maui, Hawaii since the last week and have been staying at the Andaz Maui in Wailea Resort. The Andaz is a Hyatt property, was opened in September 2015 and has brought a new modern luxury resort to the area.
Once you pull up to the resort and get out of your car, you are greeted by the parking attendent placing a lei on each of you. The women receive a lei made out of orchid's and the men receive a lei which is made out of plastic stones.
The walkway into the lobby is made up of dark marble floors and wooden columns.
The lobby area itself is so airy and modern, nothing like I've seen before. There is a large sand pit in the middle of the lobby (to put it straightforward). We were offered lavender lemonade which was very tasty and after a long flight all the way from Philadelphia it was well deserved!. There weren’t any upgrades available (the resort was completely sold out) so we were on our way up to our room in no time.
Upon entering the room you are greeted by these strange wooden shutters as I would like to put it which contains the closet, toilet room, sink area, and shower. My only complaint is that the shower is super long and narrow. There were these strange wooden blinds that you can open in the room which you can see into the shower which I found a little odd. I also like the Malie organics line of bathroom products (also a local brand too!). The room itself is modern and tastefully decorated. There is also a lanai with two chairs and a table.
I also liked the fact that you could choose to either have no blinds down, sheer, or blackout. Everything is electronic and at first it was hard to figure out how to use all the switches. Next to the bed there are two USB charging ports which is nice. In the entryway there are also "Privacy Please" and "Service Now" buttons which let housekeeping know if you want your room cleaned.
After being in the room for a short bit there was a knock on our door and we were greeted by a bottle of champagne for our wedding anniversary which was such a nice gesture!
On the first full day we did a beach and pool day. The beach itself isn’t the best but that’s what I found of the majority of beaches on that side of Maui. The waves are rather large and there are many rocks. The Andaz Beach Crew at the beach were on their A game for service – they immediately set up chairs and towels for us.
The main pool area had four pools and then an adults only pool on the north side. The pools look so amazing looking down from the lobby, they are like tiers. The water itself in the pools was too chilly for my taste so I honestly only went in the water for about 10 minutes or so the entire time we were there. The service itself at the pool was pretty good with towel service and drinks/food.
There is a daily resort fee which was $40 that I found a little steep as we did not do any of the activities on the resort. Here are a couple of things I REALLY appreciated and the only resort amenities we used:
* Coffee in the lobby each morning from 6:30AM-9:00AM
* Free laundry with detergent and dryer sheets
* Car service which will take you anywhere you want in the Wailea area
*Two water bottles and water refilling stations (and the beach bag)
* GoPRO camera and lab use
*Mini-bar refreshments and snacks
*Turn down service
*Sun Bum sunscreen at the pools
Additionally, the parking is also $35 daily and valet only.
There are a number of restaurants and bars to choose from:
Bumbye Beach Bar
My husband and I grabbed a drink from Lehua Lodge and ate a wonderful dinner at Morimoto. Funny thing is that there is one in Philadelphia which I have never been too and will definetly have to try! All of their dishes are amazing, great so fresh, and have an amazing presentation!
I would have to say that the resort is more adults oriented (which is one of the things I was looking for and love!). We had a wonderful stay at the Andaz Maui in Wailea and hope to come back some day!