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The Best Room To Book at the New Andaz Maui at Wailea

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September 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

It finally happened. At 2pm on September 1st, the highly anticipated Andaz Maui at Wailea finally opened for business, after being delayed from their original August 15th debut date.

We were front and center for the emotional blessing ceremony led by the respected Kahuna Nui, Kapono'ai Molitau. The kahuna told us he's particular about the places he'll perform his chants, and felt the Andaz's space was very special.

Indeed, there's history here. The hotel was once a Renaissance Hotel that was beloved by long-time vacationers. After sitting empty for many years, the Hyatt group came in and decided to turn it into one of the hottest hotel brands today.

The Andaz Maui is the 10th of its kind to open, and there are more on the way. But right now let's focus on this gallery of first looks at this resort that's made a huge effort to embody the spirit of Hawaiian aloha.

Plus, we'll tell you which is the Best Room to Book, after the jump.

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]

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