The Best Resort in Maui – Andaz Maui at Wailea

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The best resort in Maui comes complete with friendly people, incredible architecture and amenities, sensational sunsets, glorious food and whale sightings!  It is the Andaz Maui at Wailea, an eco-friendly beachfront resort and my new favorite tropical location! Pack your bags and leave now, it is extraordinary!

After a relatively easy five hour flight from Los Angeles directly to the Kahului Airport in Maui, we drove about 10 miles to the resort in Wailea. On our short drive we noticed that the landscape is amazing with views of gorgeous green hills and vast fields of sugarcane. When we arrived at the hotel, we were welcomed like royalty and were immediately amazed by views of the blue Pacific everywhere we looked. We chose the Andaz Maui at Waliea because it is brand new, an eco-friendly resort with relaxing infinity pools and an organic spa right on the beach in Wailea!

Our arrival:

You are greeted by architectural design that is not your typical chain hotel – it feels unique and chic, but not snobby. The staff is so welcoming and accommodating as well- your complete happiness is their ultimate goal.

The inventiveness of the lobby is serene and so gorgeous, that I could not decide which photo to show you, so here are several! After you walk through a visually exquisite entrance hallway, you enter the main lobby. There is a quaint sitting area directly in the center that has beautiful powdery white sand on the floor! Yes, I said sand! It was so cool!

The Entrance and Lobby

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The amazing light fixture at the check in area

Breathtaking view of the infinity pools

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Gorgeous view of the sunset from the pool deck
Gorgeous view of the sunset from the pool deck

I have been extremely fortunate to stay in many wonderful hotels, but as a rule I would probably never say that in addition to the service and beauty of the hotel- that the food could be a focal point! Even if I was not staying at the Andaz, I would go there just to enjoy the restaurants! The cuisine is out of this world.

I’m a food lover and appreciate great tasting cuisine that begins with local organic ingredients. Have you ever been to a restaurant that showcases the farms where the fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats are grown? I love that!  At the hotel restaurant Ka’ana Kitchen, they list right on the menu where the local ingredients originate on the island of Maui. You never see this type of information on a menu!  On my Friday blog post, I will tell you about the delectable meals from our vacation. I like to travel for the food experience as much as I do the destination!

You would think that I was being paid to tell you how amazing this Hawaiian resort is, but I am not. I am just an enthusiastic, appreciative traveller who wants to share this with everyone who wants to know! Telling you about our 30th wedding anniversary adventure in Maui is something I am thrilled to be able to do.

The month of March is near the tail end (pun intended) of the migration of the whales and we could see whales from the balcony! I kid you not! We could see the breaching, the spouting, and the tails flapping out of the water! It is worth traveling to Maui this time of year to see this miracle of nature.

If you are contemplating a trip to Maui in the future, you absolutely need to take a serious look at the Andaz Maui at Wailea and live the dream like we did! Please tell them Craig and Suzanne say Hi!

Aloha!

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32 thoughts on “The Best Resort in Maui – Andaz Maui at Wailea”

  1. I love watching your travel post. I’m definitely going to check this one out we LOVE Maui and that hotel looks great. 🙂

    Happy travels and Happy Anniversary.
    Kim McCracken

    • Thank you for reading Kim! The hotel is out of this world! Let me know if you want more detailed info! We had such a great time.

  2. What an amazing trip! We will have to check the place out on our next trip to Maui! I look forward to Friday’s post on your meals…

  3. It’s been quite a few years since my visit to Maui…. this hotel looks like it would be worthwhile making a return trip! I love the architecture, and the views are stunning. And as if that’s not enough, there’s also delicious food? Can’t wait to hear about that!

    • Thank you for stopping by Patti! Yes is was an amazing place and the food is out of this world! I appreciate your comments!

  4. Wow, there’s nothing better than an infinity pool unless it’s an infinity pool all to oneself. The Andaz Maui at Wailea looks very peaceful with many places for seclusion and privacy. Not like a busy chain hotel at all. Being able to watch the whales is a bonus!

    • You are correct Michele, although it a chain hotel, it is so personal and quiet! No water slides etc! Been there done that. No more!

    • Thank you for your comments! Wailea is a really special part of the island. The views are exquisite, we kept pinching ourselves!

    • Yes Doreen, the pools are calling your name! The service is crazy amazing as well. You better start thinking of planning a trip to Maui!

  5. Hi Suzanne,
    Luxury travel at its best! Have always enjoyed the wonderful pampering in resorts of this level.
    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.
    Josie

  6. Living in the San Francisco bay area, I tend to visit Hawaii every other year. I think I will visit Molokai for the first time in September. I have heard great reviews of Andaz Maui. I might need to extend my stay in Maui a couple of nights! The property looks lovely.

    • Thank you for stopping by Nancy! The Andaz is out of this world and the food is even better. Monday’s post is all about what we ate!

    • Molokai sounds very cool. Yes you should zip over for a couple of days to the Andaz Maui. Please let me know if you decide to do that, I will tell my new friends there about you! Thank you for your comments!

  7. We just returned from this gorgeous place too, celebrating our 30th as well. Agree with everything you said, especially every employee at the place making us feel like royalty! I felt like crying as we were leaving! I loved the adults only pool that was away from the crowd (which really, there wasn’t too much of). And the food… Oh, I just loved it all!!

    • Oh Mary Ann, I feel your pain. I was so sad to leave. It sounds like you and I have a lot in common! I am so glad you shared this with me. I have already planned to go back next March. I need to relive the experience. Thank you for your comments!

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