The Rockwell Group designed the 297-room Andaz Maui at Wailea (they also did the Andaz Wall Street.) Our favorite? Room 527. This ocean-facing guest room comes with a private balcony (they all do, actually), which can be seen from the king-sized bed that faces the sea. The plantation-style shutters go well with the white-and-wood decor. The artwork is kept to a minimum, but still showcases native Hawaiian culture.
The best thing about this room is the view of the Pacific Ocean as well as Mokapu Beach and the 1.2 mile-long oceanfront beach path fronting it. It's popular with joggers and walkers in the early dawn before the sun gets blazing hot.
In true Andaz fashion, guests are greeted at check-in by an iPad-wielding staff member, those these peeps are dressed in what can only be described as elegant resort wear. You might have a hard time knowing they're staff as they blend with the crowd, but their little woven lau lau pins give it away. At check-in, you have the option of drinks, including a specialty cocktail that changes daily--it could be a passionfruit daiquiri, it could be a mai tai. But it will be freshly made--never from a mix. And it'll come from the many mixologists that seem to be every where you look, even at breakfast. This drinkmaster is in charge of whipping up fresh fruit juice cocktails for you. We sampled a carrot, orange, pineapple and ginger drink and it was delicious.
We'll have a full review of the Andaz Maui next week, where we tell you what we liked, what we didn't, and of course, give you even more details on the soon-to-open Morimoto restaurant.
Opening rates begin at $409. The ocean-view suites start at $579.
Disclosure: Chanize was a guest of the Andaz Maui and on assignment for several publications. All mai-tai fueled opinions are her own.
[Photos: Chanize for HotelChatter]