Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
At a Glance
Capische is considered one of the best restaurants in Maui
Glorious views over the ocean and the mountainous north-west of Maui
The renovated one-bedroom ocean view suites are huge and beautifully decorated
While not on the beach the hotel has its own beach club just 10 minutes away
A tropical hillside retreat which is smaller and more characterful than the bigger luxury beach hotels
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Maui is a year round destination with a tropical climate, with the very best months being April to September. Temperatures are high throughout the year but never excessive, as humidity levels are manageable. There is a rainy season from December to March which is also ironically, the tourism high season, when the scenery is at its most lush and long, hot days break up the rainy spells.
Situated on a lush hillside above the beach resort of Wailea, Hotel Wailea is a tranquil and romantic all-suite retreat. Views out over the ocean and mountains are spectacular & with its beach club a short drive away guests enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Hotel Wailea is one of Maui's gems. While not on the beach itself, the warm service, sense of space, tranquillity, glorious views and tropical landscaped gardens more than compensate and guests can take advantage of the hotel's shuttle down to the beach where they have beach service or hire a car and find one of the islands more secluded beaches.
Formerly a Japanese country club and specifically designed as a retreat, the Hotel Wailea has some striking architectural features such as the towering bi-level stone reception building whose wooden roofs are designed to resemble a geisha's parasol.
The suites are located in fours in two storey buildings surrounded by 16 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with colourful shrubs, palms, koi ponds and waterfalls. The suites are spacious with separate living rooms, kitchenettes and covered terraces or 'lanai's, all with some view of the ocean. The newly refurbished Luxury One Bedroom suites resemble simple beach houses, with their stripped wooden floorboards, stone walls and neutral colours accented with red.
The outdoor pool is surrounded by day beds and draped pool cabanas backed by vibrant bougainvillea. Drinks at the pool are a highlight, from coconut based smoothies to lavender mojitos, all prepared with care and flair. An enormous Japanese whirl pool is attached to the spa which offers a wide range of treatments, and there is an open-sided fitness room with ocean views.
Capische is the hotel's award-winning Italian restaurant which is run by passionate locavores who make everything in-house and grow half of what they cook. The setting is lovely, with tables on the breezy lanai the most sought after for their ocean and west Maui mountain views.
The hotel operates a shuttle service to Waliea Beach (about 10 minutes away) where there is beach service (sun loungers, towels and complimentary water) as well as to other restaurants in Wailea and guests also have signing privileges at the Grand Wailea's spa, shops and restaurants.
Hotel Wailea has 72 Ocean View Suites of varying categories. They are all beautifully decorated and are designed with the aim of creating a relaxation and pampering environment to stay in. They each measure 720 sq ft in space, have separate bedrooms and living areas, luxury linens, deep soaking tubs, kitchens, WiFi and private furnished balconies.
|One-bedroom Partial Ocean View Suite||
Features either two double beds or 1 king bed.
|Luxury One-Bedroom Suite Partial Oceanview||
Featuring 2 double beds or one king bed and a double sofa bed.
|One-Bedroom Luxury Oceanview Suite||
Views of the Maui Coastline and Pacific Ocean and feature one king bed.Central air conditioning; Free high-speed wireless internet; Kitchenette with Wolf microwave and SubZero refrigerator and freezer; Two 40 inch LCD TVs; iHome™ alarm clock radio for iPod; sofa in living room; Premium linens and bedding; Molton Brown bathroom amenities; Deep soaking tub and shower; Electronic safe (laptop compatible).
|One-Bedroom Panoramic Oceanview Suite||
180 degrees views of the Pacific Ocean, Maui coastline and Molokini and feature one king bed.
The Hotel Wailea is considered a sanctuary for adults and therefore children under the age of 16 years are not accepted at the hotel.
Capische is Hotel Wailea's Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant specialises in delicious Italian cuisine and has won awards for its overall dining experience. A relaxed atmosphere, serene views of the ocean and lush terrace make it a great venue to enjoy some fresh Mediterranean cuisine. There is an extensive wine list to complement the colourful dishes. The Martini Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail at sunset or some after dinner digestifs with a bit of live music.
At the hotel itself, it's all about relaxation, whether on your lanai (balcony), in a pool cabana or in the large Japanese whirlpool. Spa treatments are also available and a fitness room with gym equipment. Guests can also book spa treatments at the Grand Wailea.
There are five crescent-shaped beaches in the Wailea resort community, and the Hotel Wailea operates its own beach service on Wailea Beach with complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, water and towels. The hotel will drive guests to the beach, the shops at Wailea and nearby golf courses.
Each year from December to April, humpback whales travel from the Arctic to Hawaii looking for the shelter of leeward shores, quiet bays and warm waters. Guests visiting Maui during this time have the opportunity to watch the whales play.
The Wailea Golf Club, whose championship Gold, Emerald and Blue courses boast breathtaking ocean views from every hole and dozens of prestigious award, is open to guests of the Hotel Wailea.
Helicopter tours, horse riding, scenic waterfall hikes and wildlife tours can also be arranged.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
It's true that it's rare to get everything you want, this is definitely the case in Wailea. This lovely boutique hotel offers peace, tranquility and that away from it all experience that so many request from their Maui stay, however, along with this comes a non beach location. All the big hotels have the prime positions here in Wailea and therefore, the Hotel Wailea must move up into the hills to offer it's serene and pretty gardens, tranquil pool and spacious suites. The good news is you're still only 5 minutes from the beach (and the complimentary town cars take you down and bring you back whenever you wish) and you still enjoy glorious views of the ocean and sunsets from the ocean view suites and also the superb Capische? Restaurant as well. Don't expect a lot to be going on here, if you want buzz and nightly entertainment, head down to Wailea, this is a retreat to come back to, to unwind and relax with a loved one. There are no children here, minimum age is 16, so an adult orientated environment is celebrated from the champagne on arrival through to the deep soaking tubs and comfy sofas for two on the terraces. This is a lovely spot, if being right on the beach isn't a must have, you should come here.
Bike the Haleakala Volcano
Enjoy an exhilarating 26 mile downhill bike ride from the summit of Maui's highest volcano, Haleakala. Head up early to watch sunrise from the top or spend longer with a more relaxed day experience, guided or non-guided available and equipment provided.
Hana Rainforest Experience
This incredible helicopter flight takes you on a round trip voyage of Maui, flying over the highest peak on the island, across the Hana Rainforest with a landing in an exclusive remote spot and sweeping through lush canyons and waterfalls.
Kite Surfing in Maui
The North shore of Maui is the "go to" place for beginner and advanced kite surfers alike. Join the Kite Surfing School of Maui for a private lesson, from 2-hour tasters through to 9-hour intensive courses. It's a thrilling way to spend a day!
Learn to surf
Enjoy the thrill of Surfing in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii, the birthplace of Surfing. Whether you're a complete beginner or a wannabe Kelly Slater, we can arrange for you to have lessons or take you to the ultimate big wave spots.
Molokai Voyage Helicopter Experience
Explore the beauty and scenery of two Hawaiian Islands on this multi-island expedition. Fly over Molokai's waterfalls, and get a birds eye view of the remote north shore, over Maui's tropical rainforest, volcanic landscapes and thundering Honokohau Falls!
Sunset Odyssey Helicopter Experience
Soar over Hawaii on this sunset helicopter cruise, taking in spectacular aerial views over Maui, Molokai and Lanai in the late afternoon, perfectly timed to catch the sunset over the stunning coastline of Wailea and Kihei.
The Road to Hana
A truly epic coastal drive, the Road to Hana consists of 617 hairpin bends and 54 single track bridges accompanied by magnificent scenery with opportunities to swim under waterfalls, hike to viewpoints and picnic on deserted beaches.
Location & directions
Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
Hotel Wailea is located on a hillside overlooking the Wailea district on the south west coast of Maui, which is the second largest of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago
How to get there
19-hour flight via Los Angeles to Kahului Airport, followed by a 30-minute transfer.
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