Most Luxurious Hotel
The Grand Wailea
Web site: www.grandwailea.com
The Grand Wailea offers Hawaiian opulence at its best with something for everyone, from hard-to-please children to the most discerning traveler. The 2,000-foot multilevel canyon river pool has slides galore, waterfalls, a lazy river and the only “water elevator” around, and the more elegant hibiscus pool welcomes weary adults for an undisturbed poolside snooze. The Grande Spa features a variety of spa treatments, including baths and scrubs drawn from local ingredients like Hawaiian macadamia nuts, coconut milk and cream, and pineapple. From the smallest details, like the $50 million worth of art found from the gallery to the gardens, to the collection of gourmet restaurants, the Grand Wailea is a grand utopia.
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Web site: www.fourseasons.com/vacations/maui
Any stay at this Four Seasons is as perfect as true love, and just as exciting for all guests, from newlyweds to married lovebirds. Almost every plush room at the resort offers a partial view of the ocean from the lanai, or private balcony, the perfect setting for a private breakfast or champagne toast at sundown. The hotel also features a “Romance for All Seasons” package. It includes monogrammed bathrobes that are yours to keep, a candlelit dinner for 2, in-spa couples massages, daily buffet breakfast, an air-conditioned convertible car and even more little romantic bonuses. From the first aloha to the last hula dance, the staff at the Four Seasons goes out of their way to provide an enchanting honeymoon or other celebration of love.
Best Family Resort
Wailea Marriott Resort
Web site: www.marriott.com
Kids will be pleased with the five swimming pools, festive luaus and Kid’s Activity Club, which entertains children ages 5 to 12. While the kids make new friends and learn about Hawaiian culture, Mom and Dad can enjoy the Mandara Spa and the Wailea Gold Course golf club, or simply relax by the pool. An added bonus – kids and adults alike will want to take a peek through the whale-watching telescope conveniently placed on the coastal walking/running path by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.