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Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux

555 Kaukahi St Wailea, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
| +1 866-850-5139

Maui's Best-Kept Hotel Secret

Set back from the string of large beachfront resorts, Hotel Wailea is perched 300 feet above sea level gazing down upon the Pacific. Nestled on 15 acres, the former members club still feels like a hidden enclave of cool. In 2014, new owners invested in a $15 million redesign. The 72 one-bedroom suites, with white oak floors, Sub-Zero appliances, and Hawaii-inspired art, feel like chic bungalows. It's easy to idle away an entire day by the pool. The hotel's no-kids policy means a super-chill vibe 24/7. Guests can choose between umbrella-shaded loungers or bungalows with fans. The pool staff are beyond gracious. They are at the ready with water and a menu of cocktails, kombucha, and coconut water. Free wine and appetizers are passed around at 5pm on Friday nights in the restaurant lounge (when the woman next to me said her white was too sweet, the waitress suggested another to her liking without a second thought).

Hotel Wailea offers many complimentary activities to guests, including yoga, outrigger canoeing, and mixology classes. The hotel’s Mercedes limousine can drop you anywhere in Wailea, and electric bikes can be rented to cruise the South Maui coast. True adventurers can sign up for a beach safari or kiteboard lessons with Kiteboarding School Maui. The farm-to-fork restaurant uses produce grown from the hotel's garden. Expect super-fresh dishes such as nori spiced ahi and an insanely good dessert menu.