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Aloha from Hawaii! I’m currently on the tail-end of a 5th anniversary trip to Hawaii with my previously Hawaii-reluctant husband. I have so much to share about this trip that I am starting the trip report immediately, and a very large chunk of the report will spotlight the brand new Andaz Maui at Wailea. However, I know that many folks are anxious for some info about this new resort right now, so here is a small preview of the property. I’ll do many more in-depth posts on different aspects of the resort within the next week. I could seriously do an entire post on breakfast, or the sunsets, the spa, or the pools!
In true Andaz fashion, there is no formal check-in desk, but rather employees with iPads who come to you and help you check in from the comfort of a couch or chair overlooking the pools and ocean. The lobby is also where you will find little treats at certain times of the day like fresh pineapple sticks, coffee, evening punch, etc.
We stayed at the hotel beginning six days after it opened on 22,000 Hyatt points per night. I wasn’t even 100% sure if suites were completed in time for our stay as I never saw them loaded for sell, but that didn’t stop me from asking for one both in advance via email, phone, and again at check-in. It was our anniversary, and I wanted to secure the best room that I could. I have paid a fee to upgrade to a suite before at other Hyatts, even on points reservations, so I was not shy about trying this time. I wasn’t able to secure anything in advance, but we were pleasantly surprised when we were told that we were upgraded to a suite at check-in. I would not expect this to be the norm here once things get a bit busier, but I think the anniversary info, Diamond status, and the fact that I’m not sure they were even selling suites yet worked to our advantage.
The suite is pretty great. Large living space. King bed with a view. Large shower. Soaking tub. And more. Much more.
The hotel has a series of cascading infinity pools and then a very shallow zero-entry (perfect for little ones) pool at the lowest level. There is also a separate adults-only pool.
This has to be one of the best amenities of the hotel. Insane sunsets.
This farm-to-table open concept kitchen really mastered their goal of making guests feel like family. You enter the restaurant at a cocktail station so that you are served a drink upon entering, just as you would be at someone’s home. These drinks are hand-crafted and made with very fresh, local ingredients. At breakfast, the cocktail station transforms into a fresh juice station.
Naturally, they don’t just serve something like regular old pancakes at this restaurant. They serve things like mac-nut coconut cream pancakes that probably make you gain 5 lbs just looking at them, but they taste amazing. The food available on the breakfast buffet (and buffet really isn’t even the right word) was the perfect combo of local, Hawaiian, and delicious. Best of all, it was included via the Diamond breakfast benefit. The normal price is $45 per person. You could also choose to order of the menu for your Diamond breakfast. In fact, I was told that even with the breakfast buffet you could order half-portions of things from the menu.
Dinner was equally amazing, though do be aware many of the dinner items are tapas portions, so you have to plan accordingly.
The resort is located directly on Mokapu beach, and boosts some of the softest sand I have ever walked on. The resort offers paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and more (for a fee).
I can’t wait to share so many more details of this resort, but hopefully this sneak peek will do for now. Stay tuned!