By Leila Najafi Published Apr 28, 2023
Paradise does exist and it’s on the idyllic island of Maui, a destination characterized by lush, green vegetation, fiery sunsets, and turquoise blue waters. Wailea, a small strip on the south side of the Hawaiian island, is best known for its neatly lined luxury resorts and picturesque beaches. Choosing between the slew of glitzy resorts might be difficult but every hotel here is unique in its own right and offers something special. Here are the eight best resorts in Wailea for every type of traveler.
1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Best for Luxury Travelers
- Why We Recommend It: five-star service, Club Lounge, the oceanside thatched hales for spa treatments
- Rates: $1,200/night
Entertainment buffs will likely recognize the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea from season 1 of the hit HBO series White Lotus (but don’t worry, the staff are much more professional than the show’s hotel manager Armond). Fans of the show should check out the ultra-luxe Presidential Suites, the closest thing to the fictitious Pineapple Suite featured in the series. For added privacy, book a room on the Club Lounge floor and enjoy access to a separate elevator, private check-in with a dedicated concierge, and best of all, a well-stocked lounge with all your favorite snacks, and rotating light bites for breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and late night dessert cravings. The hotel also partners with Next Health to offer a menu of customized IV treatments, vitamin shots and biomarker testing. For a deeper sleep, try the Sleep IV loaded with vitamins and minerals like magnesium and vitamin B12 to promote relaxation and more zzz’s at night. Ah, we’re feeling more relaxed already.
2. Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux
Best for Couples
- Why We Recommend It: adults-only, 24-hour open-air gym, spacious all-suite accommodations, Birdcage lobby bar
- Rates: $599/night
This 72-room adults-only boutique resort perched above sea is a quaint alternative to its bustling Disneyland-esque neighbors. Fifteen acres of lush, well-manicured grounds, cascading waterfalls, a koi pond and the fresh scent of plumeria fill the air and will instantly put you in vacation mode. While the hotel isn’t located directly on the beach, complimentary rides are provided for hotel guests where beach chairs and umbrellas await. Cozy, suite-style accommodations feature a kitchenette stocked with unlimited complimentary local snacks, a deep soaking tub and shower, a separate living area and a private lanai to enjoy the sweet sounds of the native birds chirping. Pro-tip: Book a room facing the ocean so you can get a front row seat to the picture perfect sunsets.
3. Wailea Beach Resort
Best for Wellness Seekers
- Why We Recommend It: adults-only wellness pool, location on the beach, arrival and departure lounge
- Rates: $880/night
Aside from the variety of wellness offerings on property such as daily programming, a loaded fitness center, the Mandara spa, and six pools (including one with a water park-style slide), Wailea Beach Resort just launched Olakino, a brand new adults-only wellness-focused pool. The sexy infinity-edge saltwater pool is surrounded by ample lounge seating and partial views of the Pacific Ocean—the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon. Guests can reserve a day bed, lounge chair, or cabana all day (starting at $200 per person) and get access to healthy culinary bites and refreshments, live music from 12 to 2 p.m. daily, mini-treatments and wellness programming offered poolside such as a sound bath, yoga and acupuncture. When the sun sets, staff will sing a closing chant followed by a Champagne sabering and toast. The Olakino experience is only available to hotel guests and reservations are required.
4. Andaz Maui
Best for Foodies
- Why We Recommend It: top-notch restaurants, family-friendly, four swimming pools
- Rates: $1,044/night
Home to Morimoto Maui and Ka’ana Kitchen, Andaz Maui is the perfect choice for travelers who care about where they eat just as much as where they lay their head down at night. While the accommodations are smaller than other Wailea resorts, the dining outlets make up for it. The poolside restaurant Morimoto Maui known for its fresh sushi and premium sake is one of the best Asian fusion restaurants on the south side of the island. Ka’ana Kitchen serves as the main dining outlet of the hotel and highlights regional fare with a seasonal menu. Reserve a seat at the Chef’s Table (only available Tuesday through Thursday), a unique dining experience where the chef customizes the menu for each diner, so no two menus are alike.
5. Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Best for Groups
- Why We Recommend It: family-friendly, all-suite property
- Rates: $899/night
The all-suite property recently unveiled newly remodeled suites that start at a comfortably-sized 860 square feet for a one-bedroom and can easily accommodate a family of four or groups of friends. Book a wraparound corner suite which provides an optimal vantage point from the lanai that overlooks both the family and adult pools as well as the candy-colored sunsets. Multiple restaurant choices on-property also cater to all ages and preferences.
6. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Best for Families
- Why We Recommend It: family-friendly, the luau, Erewhon products at the cafe market
- Rates: $850/night
Families flock to Grand Wailea for its jungle-style river pool (there are eight other swimming pools in case that’s not enough), the interactive luau, and a wide variety of restaurant options. The resort recently completed phase one of renovations which means newly remodeled guest rooms and suites in the Napua Tower, however, the spa and several dining outlets are still under construction.
7. AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea
Best for Active Travelers
- Why We Recommend It: nearby tennis courts and golf course, laidback vibes
- Rates: $503/night
For those who want more out of their Hawaii vacation than just laying on the beach, the newest hotel to open in Wailea, AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea is the perfect choice. The resort is tucked away in the Wailea Town Center, a 5-minute drive to Wailea Beach and just steps away from the Shops at Wailea, an outdoor shopping destination. After a morning of retail therapy, practice your golf swing at the nearby golf-course, or squeeze in a sweat sesh at the fitness center with all new modern equipment.
8. Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea
Best for Budget Travelers
- Why We Recommend It: complimentary breakfast, pet-friendly, 24-hour market
- Rates: $455/night
While we’re not saying that this is a cheap accommodation option, it is the most affordable resort in Wailea and a great choice for travelers who are a bit more budget-conscious. The no-frills condo-style accommodations are clean and comfortable, and the free breakfast bar is an added bonus. While there aren’t any restaurants on-property, the guest rooms do have kitchenettes so you can whip up something yourself or check out the eateries nearby. Pro-tip: Lineage at the Shops at Wailea is a must.