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Wailea, Maui’s Top 10 Cocktails

“There’s no better place for a cocktail than the beach, and there’s no better beach town for lovers of luxury than Wailea, on the island of Maui.”

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Maui’s Top 3 Luxury Accommodations: The Villas Of Wailea

“Sometimes you want something very special, and there are three hotels in Wailea that offer private villas, all with full resort services included — i.e., you get the best of both worlds: privacy and space, as well as full-service housekeeping, spa access, and Wailea’s best restaurants all within a short stroll.”

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Hotel Review: Hoolei Villas at Grand Wailea

“As clients dream of a Maui vacation with loved ones, they likely envision a destination with something for everyone… But most of all, they crave a beautiful place to relax and unwind together.

Visit Travel Age West

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12 Virtual Walking Trails Around the World

“With its year-round tropical climate and never-ending ribbon of beaches, Hawaii is a top destination for many Americans. But thanks to this virtual experience, you don’t have to fly across the ocean to get a feel for the islands.”

Visit Travel + Leisure

Maui’s Hotel Wailea Gets Personal With Fun Foodie Programs

“Classes, which take place in a gleaming kitchen, are open to the public and take up to 12 participants. Held twice per month, the classes include wine pairings and culminate in a sit-down dinner, allowing folks to savor the fruits of their labor.”

Visit Travel Age West

Weddings in Wailea

“During my recent visit, I was lucky enough to explore Wailea and investigate several places that are perfectly suited for romance.”

Visit Destination I Do

Ventura Blvd on Andaz and Fairmont Hotels

“Wailea, along Maui’s southwestern coastline, attracts visitors who like “one-stop shopping” at hotels with full amenities, and families who want a place where kids and adults can dive into an array of activities.”

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Fly Southwest Airlines to Maui

“Unwind in the upscale elegance of Wailea, the glitziest resort town in the Hawaiian Islands. Despite all the famous and flashy hotel names, the atmosphere is blissfully laid-back — thanks to its relatively isolated location in a prime spot of the island.”

Read the full article on TravelandLeisure.com

Escape to Wailea, Hawaii

“Located on an island some have likened to a hybrid of urbanized Oahu and unspoiled Kauai, Wailea is well-positioned to sample Maui’s other magical traits, too. “

Read the full article from Phoenix Magazine

Local Students Receive $30,000 in Scholarships

“Wailea Community Association awarded scholarships totaling $30,000 to five Maui County seniors at a reception held in their honor at Tommy Bahamas Restaurant at The Shops at Wailea.”

Read the full article on MauiNow.com

Local Hero: Sheldon Simeon Helps Mould Maui

“Known for cooking authentic Hawaiian food in unexpected locales, the celebrated chef takes on Maui’s tony Wailea.”

Read the full article in Western Living.

‘Top Chef’ Favorite Sheldon Simeon Serves Up Home Cooking at Lineage Maui

The famed Hemispheres Magazine of United Airlines featured Lineage by Sheldon Simeon. “In his new Wailea restaurant, the chef revives comforting dishes from his Hawaiian-Filipino childhood.”

Read the full article in Hemispheres Magazine.

Luxury Wine Festival

“The Four Seasons Resort Maui launches their very own event bringing together food and wine lovers at the Maui Wine & Food Classic, three days of luxury wine affairs culminating in an intimate oceanfront gala.”

Read the full article on MauiTime.com.

Simeon Says

“The motto for Lineage is “Eat, Drink, Talk Story,” and the purpose perme- ates through the entire restaurant, from its décor to its service and, of course, its menu.”

Click to download a PDF of the article from HI Luxury Magazine.

Wailea resorts top Condé Nast list of best Hawaii hotels

Hotel Wailea took once again the No. 1 spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Resorts in Hawaii list, part of the 2018 Readers Choice Awards, followed by another Wailea resort: the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Read the full article by Katie Murar at Pacific Business News.

Lineage, The Millhouse, Ocean Vodka, Hali’imaile Distilling Company

“Craft mixology has taken the island by storm, spreading fast from the high end bars and restaurants onto the beachside bungalows. And they’re not just mixing the spirits, they’re making them, too.”

Read the full article by Brad Japhe on Forbes.com.

Pineapple Awards 2018 Large Hotel of the Year Winner: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

“The 301-room hotel in Wailea was part of a three-property portfolio Hyatt Hotels Corp. sold to Host Hotels & Resorts earlier this year for $1 billion.”

Read the full article on Pacific Business News.

Wailea Leads State in RevPAR, ADR and Occupancy

“Maui County hotels reported the highest revenue per available room or RevPAR at $267 (+1.7%) in August, driven by growth in average daily rate or ADR to $371 (+7.6%). Occupancy for Maui County hotels averaged 72% (-4.1 percentage points).”

Read the full article on MauiNow.com.

Maui Film Festival Closes out 2018, on Cusp of Anniversary Edition

“The Maui Film Festival has wrapped its nineteenth year of cinema-under- the-stars. Honoring Amber Heard and Nick Robinson, the 19th Annual Maui Film Festival took place June 13-17, 2018 at the Celestial Cinema, the Castle Theater at the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema, and at special events throughout the Wailea Resort.”

Read the full article on MauiNow.

This Chef Is Trying to Help Hawaii Eat Its Way Out of an Ecological Threat

“At a recent food festival, chef Mike Lofaro decided to take things in a different direction. Normal fare at these events could include caviar, maybe some foie gras, and perhaps a spot prawn or two. But he wanted to look beyond mere decadence and serve something delicious that could make a difference.”

Read the full article on the Robb Report.

WCA awards $28,000 in college scholarships

“The Wailea Community Association awarded scholarships totaling $28,000 to 10 Maui County seniors at a recent reception held in their honor at Tommy Bahama Restaurant in the Shops at Wailea. For the 17th year, WCA’s Community Relations Committee reviewed numerous applications for its annual scholarship program, which offers Maui County’s high school seniors an opportunity for financial assistance with their college education.”

Read the full article on the Maui News.

May was good month for Maui tourism

“Maui hotels and resorts posted a rosy May with visitor arrivals by air up 7.3 percent over the same month last year, visitor spending up double-digits and revenues per room at $259 — the highest in the state — the Hawaii Tourism Authority said in two reports last week. Maui average daily hotel room rates were the highest in the state at $402.03, led by Wailea’s $612.37 rate. Those rates were 11.1 percent and 13.5 percent higher than May 2017, respectively.”

Read the full article on Maui News.

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea names new GM

“Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has found a new general manager for Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea from within its own ranks. Marc Bromley has been tapped to take over operations of the resort, transferring from his post as general manager at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Bromley has been with the hospitality company for 12 years total.”

Read the full article on Travel Weekly.

Wailea retains top rating on Expedia

“Expedia.com has ranked Wailea as the top-rated visitor destination in North America, according to an announcement. The South Maui resort had the same top rating last year. This year, Kihei and Lahaina rated Nos. 23 and 24, respectively, out of more than 4,600 destinations reviewed in the second annual listing.”

Read the full article on The Maui News.

On The Menu at Kō for Restaurant Week Wailea

“Wailea Resort’s popular dinner promotion, “Restaurant Week Wailea,” is gearing up for more delicious deals. This celebration of Wailea’s finest cuisine can be enjoyed at 19 participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea starting Sunday, May 20 through Saturday, May 26. See what’s offered at a longtime participant, Kō at Fairmont Kea Lani, as Chef Tylun Pang outlines some delicious options in our video above.”

Read the full article on MauiNow.

Destination Residences Hawaii Partners with Hawaiian Airlines

“Destination Residences Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines have partnered to provide guests of Maui’s premier Vacation Rental Company up to 20,000 HawaiianMiles for each qualifying stay.”

Read the full article on Travel Pulse.

Grand Ideas: Mauians gather inspiration from Pebble Beach Food & Wine event in California

“Island chefs, hoteliers, event planners, epicureans mingle and mix with Mainland greats. People from Hawaii swarmed to Pebble Beach Food & Wine last weekend like bees to a hive. They appeared as stars of events, and mixed and mingled with top winemakers and chefs as attendees.”

Read the full article on The Maui News.

Beaches, Golf and Resort-Style Living in Wailea-Makena on the South Maui Coast

“For those looking for a vacation lifestyle and privacy, this area is tops. Wailea and Makena are neighboring communities in South Maui, on the leeward side of the island. Just 35 minutes from Kahului Airport, South Maui is the newer of the island’s two predominantly resort markets.”

Read the full article on Mansion Global.

Wailea hotels lead Hawaii’s resort regions in revenue, rates

“During the first quarter, the resort region of Wailea on Maui led the state in hotel gains, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Revenue per available room surged 20.2 percent to $584, while average daily rates increased 17.7 percent to $660 when compared to the same period last year. Wailea also recorded the state’s highest regional occupancy at 88.6 percent, a 1.8 percentage point increase over last year.”

Read the full article on Pacific Business News.

Hotel Wailea introduces wellness retreat

“The Hotel Wailea, a luxury, adults-only resort on Maui, will offer a wellness retreat for the first time this spring. The Awaken retreat runs May 13-18 and includes iconic Maui excursions, specially-crafted menus, and a suite of activities to help guests find balance of the mind and body curated by retreat partner Uplift Maui.”

Read the full article on Travel Weekly.

Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s new Humble Market Kitchin is a success

“Located at the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott, the restaurant has stunning Maui views and ultra-fresh, island-grown dishes. Just how good is the ocean view from Humble Market Kitchin? Before I’m seated at my table I’ve already counted four whales breaching offshore.”

Read the full article on Hawaii Magazine.

Wailea Resorts Continue to Lead State in Highest Daily Rates, Occupancy

“Hawaiʻi hotels statewide reported strong results in February 2018 compared to a year ago, highlighted by average revenue per available room (RevPAR) of $252 (+10.5%), according to the Hawaiʻi Hotel Performance Report released today by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. In February, Maui County hotel properties led the island counties in total RevPAR at $355 (+16.2%), total average daily rate at $430 (+12.2%), and growth of occupancy, increasing 2.9 percentage points to 82.7%.”

Read the full article on MauiNow.

Family-Friendly Hotels & Outdoor Activities in Wailea, Maui

“Hawaii is a very popular travel destination for families, and many hotels can look alike. Family-friendly travel writer Margot Black recently visited Wailea in Maui, which is home to several neighboring resorts. Keep reading to learn more about the resorts, family-friendly outdoor activities, and where you can eat local fish and fresh fruit.”

Read the full article on Peter Greenberg.

3 Maui Beaches Named to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Best in US Awards

“Maui’s Kāʻanapali (#3), Nāpili (#15) and Wailea (#16) beaches all made TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of the 25 Best Beaches in the US. The travel planning and booking site announced its Travelers’ Choice awards, which also included the following Hawaiʻi locations (along with their respective rankings): Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve on Oʻahu (#5), Lanikai Beach in Kailua (#10), Waikīkī Beach in Honolulu (#12), Kailua Beach Park (#13), Hāpuna Beach in Puakō, Hawaiʻi (#17) and Poʻipū Beach Park on Kauaʻi.”

Read the full article on MauiNow.

Maui hotel performance ‘phenomenal’ in January

“Maui County hotels reported double-digit gains in a key metric — revenue per available room — in January, leading a Hawai’i Tourism Authority researcher to use a superlative Thursday to describe the results. Indeed, Wailea hotel revenue per available room skyrocketed 23.5 percent to $571.53, the highest in the state by far. Maui County’s room revenue figure was $345.06 last month, up 15.3 percent from the same month last year.”

Read the full article on The Maui News.

Visit Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani, Luxury Playground For Adults And Kids

“The first time I visited the Kea Lani hotel, Wailea’s Arabian-Polynesian architectural marvel, Marcel Marceau was standing in a graceful pose in the lobby, gazing out at the view. His rapt attention to the horizon, out past the carefully planted orchids and lush poolscapes, drew my own eye to the big picture. I was so captivated, I almost forgot to check in. But the host, carrying fresh guava juice and a cool towel, welcomed me back to reality, which, as it turns out, is every bit as enticing as the dream.”

Read the full article on Forbes.