I’ve been closely watching the construction progress of the Hyatt Andaz Wailea for quite a while now. I would be interested in a new Hyatt in a great spot regardless, but my husband and I have our a fifth anniversary trip to Maui coming up and this hotel is very high on the list of places we want to stay for a few days. As can be common, construction hasn’t exactly been 100% on schedule, so the opening date has remained a bit in-flux. However as of today the reservation systems are up and running for stays beginning on September 15th of this year. This mean you can start booking award reservations as well!
While construction is still ongoing, here is a recent photo posted on their Facebook page. For what it’s worth, their Facebook page seems to be a pretty good source for updates and info and they are pretty decent about answering questions posted there.
The hotel itself is still aiming for an opening date at the very end of June or beginning of July, but won’t accept reservations closer to that time frame until the date is more certain. While those date details are not yet known, we now know several things since reservations are up and running for dates beginning 9/15.
This place ain’t cheap – not that we thought it would be. As of right now, rates seem to be in the $400 – $600 range per night. I’m sure more deals will come down the pipeline at some point, but be ready for some sticker shock. For comparison purposes, the Hyatt Regency Maui where I stayed in December often has nights in the off-season starting in the $200 – $300 range. This is a different part of the island, but wowzers.
Of course rates don’t matter much if you plan to stay on points. It is no surprise that the hotel rings in as a top tier Category 6 Hyatt that requires 22,000 points per night. Some test reservations gave me the option of reserving either the Andaz Garden King or Andaz Garden Queen as the base rooms on points.
In addition to the Garden view base rooms, there are also Partial Ocean View, Andaz Ocean View, Deluxe Ocean View, Andaz Suites, and Premier Suites available. If you care about bathing arrangements, only the Deluxe Ocean view rooms and above have both a rain shower and a tub, the other rooms seem to just have the rain shower.
I’m waiting on a definite answer as to which room type a Diamond confirmed upgrade or additional points will get you. I’m sure hoping it is to the Andaz Suite (they have 33 of them), but I want to confirm that and not make assumptions since we have seen some properties count some non-suite rooms as suite upgrades in the past. There is at least one report already shared on FT by someone who did use additional points to book his award stay into the Andaz Suite. Just an FYI that when you search for more than just two adults (ie two adults and a kid or two) the only room options that display are the rooms with two queens. The Andaz Suite even at 850 square feet does not show as an option.
Update: The hotel has confirmed that the Diamond confirmed upgrades book into the Andaz Suite, so that is good news! However, they also said that the upgrades cannot be secured until the hotel opens.
It looks like Scott from Hack My Trip is also keeping close tabs on this property. Anyone else planning to use points (or cash) to stay at this hotel?