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Wailea is Where to Spend Your Cash on Maui

July 19, 2006 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

For the celeb-obsessed (you know the kind: first to answer any question about why Nicole and Paris don't talk anymore, knows what new hair color Britney is sporting before any pics of it come out, owns Team Angelina shirts and has the real scoop on why Jess and Nick broke up), a vacation in Maui means only one stop, Wailea.

Here in Wailea, on the southwestern shore of the island at the base of a dormant volcano, celebs escape the harsh glare of Hollywood in their pricey resort getaways.

The two biggest celeb resorts are the Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea where rooms start at close to $400 a night (for a mountain view.) Both resorts have undeniably gorgeous grounds and top-rate service. The Grand Wailea has a better spa (its the largest in Hawaiit) and a better pool area (nine pools and seven water slides), but the Four Seasons is a little more low-key (ie less screaming kids.)

The Four Seasons also has a higher celeb wattage as Britney Spears & K-Fed, Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee, Oprah, John Stamos and the Schwarzengger family are just some of the celebs that have been spotted there.

A little further down the road from these two celeb hotel havens is the Fairmont Kea Lani that has only suites and villas but is just as pricey with the one-bedroom suites starting at $385 and the villas at $1,600 a night. However, the pool scene offers a swim-up bar and waterslides.

Wanna live like a celebrity but don't have the budget? Some less expensive Wailea options include the Renaissance Beach Resort and Wailea Marriott Resort where rates are in the low $300s.

Chances are you won't run into celebs there but it doesn't matter so long as you know you're breathing the same air, right?

Image via Jasonsisk/Flickr

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