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Inside the Maui Hideaway That is The Hotel Wailea

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  Site Where: 555 Kaukahi Street [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
July 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | ()

Maui Week continues! On Monday, we gave you a list of Must-Stay Hotels for Wailea in Maui. Today, we're heading up the mountains for a different side of Maui. Don't worry, it's not too far from the ocean. Mahalo!

Your dream vacation to Maui probably involves lounging on a beach and sipping on a Mai Tai. What your dream vacation probably doesn't involve is getting up early to wait in line to reserve a beach lounge chair. Or dealing with screaming kids by the pool. Or waiting for an elevator in a sopping wet bathing suit.

While the resorts along the beach in Wailea offer easy access to the ocean and beach activities, along with several different pools to try, they aren't exactly the most tranquil spots in town. Enter The Hotel Wailea, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World.

Located in the hillside, about a mile from the beach resorts, the Hotel Wailea features 72 suites spread across a 15-acre property. Each one-bedroom suite has generous bedrooms, and living areas with sectional couches, along with outdoor lanais. All of them are extremely private and quiet and most have full ocean views. None of them require elevators to reach. Rather, you meander along winding pathways, admiring the waterfalls and koi ponds along the way.

Now, beach bums, don't fret. The hotel has complimentary shuttles to the beach along with a dedicated beach attendant, ready with complimentary water bottles, chairs and umbrellas. It's the best of both worlds.

Recently, the Hotel Wailea has been undergoing renovations, transforming the suites into modern and fashionable hotel rooms that preserve the Hawaiian style but without overdosing on the wicker and wood. Modern touches include flat-screen TVs, WiFi (included in the resort fee), espresso machines and kitchenettes equipped with Wolf and Subzero appliances.

The rest of the resort has a very retro feel, so much so that we were convinced this was a secret hideaway for celebrities in the 1950s. We could imagined the Rat Pack hanging out here. All this nostalgic feels was helped along by the hotel's retro logo and the 60s-era teal blue Willys jeep parked in front. So we were surprised to hear that the resort was actually built in the early 90s as a private members-only hotel for Japanese businessmen. But on closer look, the paths and waterfalls that line the property still offer hints of its Japanese heritage.

Currently, the hotel is undergoing renovations to its pool area and lobby but all the construction should be finished in time for the grand reopening on September 1. In the meantime, you can head up to the hotel's incredible Italian restaurant, Capische?, whose well-prepared dishes and killer cocktails are only eclipsed by the stunning ocean views from the terrace. If you have an important celebration during your trip in Maui (i.e. anniversary, big birthday, honeymoon,etc.) , Capische? is the perfect setting for it.

In short, at the Hotel Wailea the rooms are bigger, the amenities are plusher, the property is quieter, and the room rates are slightly cheaper. We found a suite available in mid-August for $375 a night. There's also a $25 resort fee.

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