Paradise Found: Our Weekend at Wailea Beach Resort, Marriot Maui
The spirit of Aloha is alive and well at the Wailea Beach Resort, Marriott Maui. From the moment we arrived through a grand entrance of hanging trees and beautiful vegetation, Katie and I knew we were in for a wonderful and relaxing weekend getaway. Nestled right next to the ocean, in between Kihei and Makena, about a 30 minute shuttle ride from the Maui Airport, the newly redesigned 22-acre resort boasts some of the best accommodations and activities on the island of Maui. The resort has free WiFi, a world class spa, fitness center, and most importantly for Katie, offers an onsite Starbucks Coffee shop, that was a hit with the morning coffee crowd. Also, the property has an amazing 1 ½ mile walking path along the shoreline perfect for visiting accompanying resorts and leisurely strolls offering fantastic sunset views!
A few weeks before our trip, I contacted to concierge staff to inquire about places to eat and things to do on the island. My email inquiries were handled by Tiffany and Ashley, who were both super helpful in providing maps, flyers and local restaurants guides that saved us time and money during our visit. We were promptly greeted by friendly staff who bestowed the traditional welcome shells and lei, and we were provided a wealth of knowledge and resources (including drink vouchers to be used for 2 free welcome cocktails) about the property upon checking in. An amenity that I found useful, was the resort’s Arrival/Departure Lounge. Since our room was not quite ready upon arrival, we were granted access to the lounge where we were able to quickly store our luggage, use the restroom, and chill out a bit before going to enjoy our complimentary drinks onsite at the Kapa Bar & Grill.
Our Resort Room, with an amazing ocean view was one of the highlights of our entire stay! The view from our lanai balcony also overlooked the Ohi Infinity Pools, where, during select hours resort guests are treated to live music performed by local Hawaiian artists. The redesigned room was very clean and free of clutter, which gave us enough space to move about comfortably in the space. At night, we opened the sliding glass window to feel the fresh sea breeze on our skin and the tantalizing aromas of local Hawaiian cuisine being prepared in Humble Market Kitchen, a unique dining experience presented by head chef Roy Yamaguchi.
Pools, Bars & Restaurants
The five resort pools, one containing the longest water-slide on Maui at 325 feet, truly become part of the landscape and appeal to both young and old travelers alike. Although we did not take a dip in any of the infinity pools, we did enjoy lounging by the Ohi and Maluhia pools that offer adult guests a chance to relax and unwind in a private and quiet setting. For families with children, the Nalu Adventure Pool area is the place to be with water activities and slides that will keep kids entertained, while parents can enjoy a cocktail or sandwich from Mo Bettah Food Truck, or Whale’s Tale Beach Bar.
The Shops at Wailea
The resort is conveniently located a few short steps away from The Shops at Wailea. This area offers an eclectic variety of shopping and restaurants as well as local art exhibits and cultural activities for the entire family. You can window shop at Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. before or after enjoying food, cocktails and beers at some of the islands best restaurants including Longhi’s, and Tommy Bahama. The resort will even shuttle guests to and from the shops and all around Wailea as a courtesy.
Te Au Moana
Thanks to our concierge friends Tiffany and Ashley, we learned that the resort was home to one of the most lavish and entertaining luau experiences on the island. The Expedia Local Expert Desk located right next to the front desk helped answer questions and booked our tickets. Te Au Moana or “The Ocean Tide,” is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly! Stories of the past came alive as we were presented with the history of the early Polynesians through song and dance. Tropical Mai Tai’s are free flowing and no luau would be complete without a ceremony to undercover the pig, and a spectacular display of ability and courage from local fire dancers! We loved how the performers interacted with guests, inviting all who dared test their hula skills onstage to perform for the crowd. There was a variety of foods to pig out on (no pun intended) including potato salad, chicken, salads, and a few local Hawaiian favorites, like: pineapple and poi.