Evaluation: Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

This previous March Break, we brought the children to Maui and also Oahu.

We started in the north end of Maui at the Ritz-Carlton, complied with by numerous evenings at Marriott Getaway Club’s Maui Sea Club, and also ultimately wound up at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel for our last 2 evenings.

This residential property lately obtained some blended testimonials, however I still intended to inspect it out for myself– specifically when I would certainly be remaining virtually absolutely free.

Grand Wailea Maui– Reservation

When scheduling for March Break, the prices at the Grand Wailea mored than US$ 1,200 an evening– usually much way too much to swallow for a paid keep.

Nevertheless, considering that the Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria residential property and also component of Hilton’s umbrella of resorts, Hilton Formality factors can be retrieved in the direction of a totally free evening keep, with conventional area redemptions valued at 110,000 factors per evening.

Before March 2022, the cost we had actually paid was just 95,000 factors per evening, as sadly Hilton has, like Marriott, applied a current decrease to its top-tier homes.

As opposed to shedding factors, I determined to retrieve my Hilton Free Evening Award, which I had actually obtained from investing US$ 15,000 on my Amex United States Hilton Calling Card.

The Amex United States Hilton Surpass Card likewise supplies the very same advantage, while the Amex United States Hilton Aspire Card includes a yearly Free Evening Honor with no costs needs.

Generally, these totally free evening certifications can just be made use of on the weekend breaks; nevertheless, considering that the pandemic, Hilton made them redeemable on any kind of day of the week, as long as there is conventional honor accessibility.

We protected a one-night reservation to begin, however the good news is, within a month of our journey, a 2nd evening opened.

I was prepared to retrieve factors for this, however a charitable colleague on among my traveling talks occurred to have an added Free Evening Award readied to run out quickly for which he had no usage. He provided it to me for an outstanding cost, so I could not transform it down.

Under their terms and conditions, the Hilton Formality program enables certifications to be provided to anyone, as routed by the participant. Neither I neither my close friend had any kind of experience doing this before this, however it deserved a shot over the phone.

My close friend called right into Hilton Formality and also reserved the booking with his certification under my name, and also the representative making the reservation did not appear to have a concern with it. However considering that the scheduling verification he obtained just revealed his name, the genuine examination would certainly go to check-in …

Grand Wailea Maui– Area

The residential property lies in Wailea, a 25-minute drive from Kahului airport terminal, on the southwest coastline of Maui.

It remains in a location well-known for its high-end holiday accommodations, coastlines, and also attractive sundowns. The Grand Wailea is ideal beside the Wailea Coastline Marriott Resort, a prominent option for Marriott patriots on the island.

Grand Wailea Maui– Check-in

Upon arrival, we brought up to the resort’s primary entry, where car park assistants fasted to assist us obtain our baggage and also iron out car park.

Valet car park was a tremendous US$ 65 a day! Self-parking on website isn’t an alternative, however if you truly intend to save money on the car park, you can park a 10-to-15 min leave.

Strolling right into the resort, you become part of a semi-covered sidewalk. Following this sidewalk to the ideal ultimately leads you to the primary entrance hall and also check-in location.

Grand Wailea Maui– Pathway
Grand Wailea Maui– Outside

Spread around the entrance hall are 9 black sculptures of ladies by distinguished musician Fernando Botero. In fact, the resort homes 81 museum-like art items all throughout its premises, making it an art-lover’s place.

Considering that we intended to take advantage of our keep, we came to the Grand Wailea at 12pm, although check-in formally starts at 4pm. To our pleasure, they had an area all set for us.

The large check-in workdesk was manned by 3 team. I signed in under my name, and also the front team had the ability to bring up the booking made by my close friend. That was a great indication.

The team inquired about my close friend’s name getting on the booking, however really did not appear to care when I informed them he had not been right here. I likewise informed them regarding my different booking for the 2nd evening, and also they had the ability to connect the bookings.

As a Hilton Ruby participant, we were qualified to an area upgrade based on accessibility, and also we obtained an upgrade from the standard Yard Sight Area with 2 Queen Beds to a Sea Sight Area with 2 Queen Beds.

We were reserved as 2 grownups and also 2 youngsters for our keep, however we’re really a household of 5. To access the swimming pools, everyone on the booking required a wrist band.

I had not been certain just how stringent they remained in sticking to the wristband plan. It ends up they are quite stringent; nevertheless, the good news is, they had no concerns including my boy to the booking as the 3rd kid so we might all “properly” gain access to the swimming pools.

We were provided a map of the residential property and also number of sheets regarding the hotel, consisting of info regarding the swimming pools, eating, and also retail, in addition to their hrs of procedure.

Grand Wailea Maui– Sea Sight Area with 2 Queen Beds

Our area lay in the Haleakala Wing, which I located to be not the best in regards to area. I would certainly ask for the Shallows or Church Wings if I were remaining right here once again following time.

Although our area was meant to be an “sea sight”, we were rather much from the sea and also our sight was just partial, as the internal wings blocked the sight.

As you go into the area, there’s a tiny corridor that has the bathroom and also drink terminal on the side. The drink terminal had a Keurig coffee maker, an ice pail, and also mini-fridge below the counter.

Grand Wailea Maui– Entrance hall & & coffee maker

In an effort to be extra eco-friendly, the resort offers you with 2 refillable metal containers of water as opposed to plastic containers of water. Re-filling terminals are spread around the hotel.

Grand Wailea Maui– Refillable canteen

The style was instead ordinary and also easy for a high-end hotel. The area was quite regular, with 2 queen beds and also the conventional features of a workdesk, a cabinet, and also a flat-screen television. Like a few other components of the resort, the area was likewise beginning to reveal some indicators old.

Grand Wailea Maui– Sea Sight Area with 2 Queen Beds

The washroom was sizable with marble floor covering. It had both a bathtub and also shower, a solitary sink, and also a different area for the commode.

Grand Wailea Maui– Restroom

From the area, you can access a tiny porch with 2 seats and also little table. We really did not invest at any time around, as there had not been much to value when it concerned the sight.

Grand Wailea Maui– Hotel Format

The Grand Wailea is a famous 40-acre residential property in Maui. The resort was initially integrated in 1991, however had actually transformed monitoring a couple of times prior to it eventually came to be a Hilton residential property in 2006.

It’s appreciated by some for its beauty and also high-end, however it’s likewise a much-loved among households for its 25,700-square-foot water sanctuary.

The hotel is separated right into 4 wings where the resort spaces lie, which all link back to the primary structure, where the check-in workdesk and also the health club are located. Presently, the primary structure is going through some significant restorations, so some eating places and also retail stores were unattainable.

In Between and also around the wings of the hotel are water fountains, paths, yards, bridges, fish ponds, and also streams that create a wonderful walk.

Grand Wailea Maui– Hotel premises
Grand Wailea Maui– Hotel premises

There’s also a church onsite for those seeking to get married right here.

Grand Wailea Maui– Church

Beyond of the hotel, beside the coastline, is the Grand Wailea’s enormous swimming pool complicated.

Grand Wailea Maui– Pools & & Coastline

The greatest emphasize for my household at this resort was its exterior premises. Particularly, we enjoyed the enormous swimming pool sanctuary, which is made up of 9 swimming pools over 6 tiered degrees, all linked by a careless river with currents and also waterslides.

Grand Wailea Maui– Swimming pool sanctuary

To obtain a feeling of just how huge this complicated is, right here’s a bird’s eye sight of it:

As pointed out previously, wristbands are needed for use the centers. The Tasks Swimming Pool Workdesk need to be your very first quit when coming to the swimming pools to get your wristband, recognizing you as a resort visitor allowed to utilize the centers, and also your towels.

Grand Wailea Maui– Towel workdesk

When you request your wristbands, a swimming pool consequent really searches for your resort booking on their computer system to validate the number and also name of the visitors prior to offering the wristbands. Wristbands are phoned number and also colour-coded based upon your day of check out.

Wristbands dissuade use the centers by non-hotel visitors, as the hotel is linked to various other hotels by the coastline and also boardwalk. If your wristband takes place to “diminish”, they need you to return the old one for a substitute.

Right by Tasks Swimming Pool Workdesk is the adults-only swimming pool, which was quieter than the various other swimming pools.

Grand Wailea Maui– Adults-only swimming pool
Grand Wailea Maui– Adults-only swimming pool

On the various other end of the swimming pools, young children can appreciate their time by the infant coastline, which includes a zero-entry swimming pool with sand.

Grand Wailea Maui– Zero-entry swimming pool

The Wailea Canyon Task Swimming pool is the biggest of the swimming pools, and also has a coastline volley ball internet established.

Grand Wailea Maui– Wailea Canyon Task Swimming Pool

The careless river has waves and also currents in various components of it. There are a couple of little slides attaching the smaller sized swimming pools and also a number of longer ones, consisting of the Lava Tube, which flaunts 262 feet of slide took a trip in simply 14 secs. The Tarzan rope swing was likewise a household favourite.

Grand Wailea Maui– Tarzan rope swing

There are lots of loungers and also umbrellas around the poolside, so there should not be way too much trouble discovering a place also when it’s active.

Although there were created cautions not to book seats by leaving your individual possessions, individuals were doing it anyhow intense and also very early in the early morning.

Grand Wailea Maui– Easy chair

The swimming pools do obtain rather active by lunchtime. For a much more unique experience, you can lease a daybed from US$ 400 a day or cabanas from US$ 1,075 1,525 for the day– perhaps for greater than the cost of your resort area!

You will certainly discover a great deal of drifts and also tubes offered in the hotel. If you really did not load one for the journey, the resort offers them onsite.

Or Else, at the end of the day, swimming pool team will certainly stack any kind of undesirable swim devices in the little corridor next to the Tasks Swimming Pool Workdesk, and also they enjoy for you to take it off their hands for free.

The coastline before the hotel is likewise a wonderful area for the household to cool. It has soft sand and also the waves aren’t as well solid.

Grand Wailea Maui– Coastline tasks

Coastline chairs require to be booked, and also this can be done with the Tasks Swimming Pool Workdesk. They will certainly offer you a tag, which you can after that utilize to declare a coastline chair. Each tag asserts 2 chairs, and also as much as 2 tags can be provided per area.

A different supplier on the coastline likewise rents different coastline devices like paddle boards, kayaks, snorkelling equipment, and so on. I was informed the very best time to snorkel on the coastline is very early morning.

Grand Wailea Maui– Eating

Because of restorations, not all the eating places were running at the time of our see.

The resort’s Botero Lounge, situated in the al fresco entrance hall, was going through restorations at the time however is readied to resume in Springtime 2022. An incredibly popular Sunday breakfast made use of to be offered at the Grand Dining-room, however considering that the pandemic, this area has actually been shut for restorations also.

If you’re seeking a night beverage, you can head to Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, where bench is open till 11pm. As a matter of fact, I fulfilled Ben from the Royal prince of Traveling group right here for a beverage on our very first night. The dining establishment likewise offers morning meal and also supper with real-time songs.

Grand Wailea Maui– Beverages at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
Grand Wailea Maui– Humuhumunukunukuapua’a bar

As a Hilton Ruby participant, the resort provided us a US$ 50 eating credit report daily. We utilized it as soon as for morning meal at Humu, where an order of waffles was US$ 23.

Grand Wailea Maui– Waffles at Humu

On a few days ago, we made use of the credit report for a poolside late lunch. The credit report virtually covered an order of nachos and also a kale salad with ahi tuna. It goes without saying, the credit report was invested quite quickly, as food costs were really filled with air, as one would certainly anticipate at a Hawaii high-end hotel.

Grand Wailea Maui– Nachos
Grand Wailea Maui– Kale salad with ahi tuna

In the swimming pool location is the Underground Chamber Bar for swim-up beverages, in addition to the Wailea Browse Haus as a walk-up coastline bar.

Grand Wailea Maui– Underground Chamber Bar

Various other choices consist of Restaurant Molokini, which offers laid-back price however supplies some wonderful sights of the swimming pools and also the coastline past.

COFFEE SHOP Kula is snuggled in with the retail stores generally structure and also offers beverages, treats, salads, sandwiches, covers, and also baked items for take-away.

Grand Wailea Maui– Coffee Shop Kula
Grand Wailea Maui– Coffee Shop Kula
Grand Wailea Maui– Coffee Shop Kula

Aloha Trick Pony is a taco and also barbeque food vehicle that offers morning meal and also lunch, concealed behind trees on the borders of the residential property. We really did not obtain a possibility to attempt it, however listened to good ideas regarding it.

Grand Wailea Maui– Aloha Method Horse

The resort has an exec lounge, the Omotenashi Lounge. Nevertheless, gain access to is not free no matter your Hilton Formality standing, and also lounge gain access to expenses US$ 175 each day.

Because we were with the children and also as well as intending to invest a lot of our time by the poolside, it really did not make good sense for us to pay the extra cost for this.

In-room eating is likewise offered, however just throughout specific hrs of the day.

Must you favor something various, there is no scarcity of food and also beverage choices nearby to the hotel. For a somewhat more affordable morning meal food selection, stroll beside Whale’s Story at the Wailea Coastline Marriott Hotel.

Wailea Coastline Marriott Hotel Maui– Whale’s Tail

Beyond, the 4 Seasons has a couple of wonderful dining establishments. We got takeout from their Italian dining establishment, Ferraro’s, and also assumed it was exceptional. They likewise have a treat cantina straight off the boardwalk that offers cut ice, which the children truly appreciated.

The Shops at Wailea likewise has a couple of respectable dining establishments, and also you can constantly beg Island Exquisite Markets grocery store for some fresh poke from the counter to revive and also appreciate on the residential property.

Grand Wailea Maui– Tasks

Remaining In Maui, there are no scarcity of tasks to do. Ensure to do as a number of them as you can previously remaining at this resort, as when you get here, possibilities are you will not intend to leave.

Besides the swimming pools, the resort supplies many tasks to take part in. There is a full-service health club, a substantial two-story fitness center with Peloton bikes, and also a tiny buying boardwalk.

Grand Wailea Maui– Purchasing boardwalk
Grand Wailea Maui– Physical fitness centre
Grand Wailea Maui– Physical fitness centre

An everyday task routine reveals free and also paid tasks, consisting of yoga exercise, ukulele lessons, yard excursions, and also fallen leave weaving. The majority of the tasks are kid-friendly.

However, due to the fact that we went to throughout the weekend break, there had not been a lot being provided.

Grand Wailea Maui– Task routine
Grand Wailea Maui– Yoga Exercise

Additionally consisted of is a free of charge 20-minute diving session in a swimming pool, which I assumed was quite great. As somebody that is rather worried regarding diving, this was an incredible method to examine it out.

Make certain to schedule this ahead of time, as areas are restricted. As a matter of fact, we were informed they were totally reserved at check-in; nevertheless, we verified with the diving team by the swimming pool, and also the good news is they had the ability to fit us in.

The minimal age to get involved is 8 years of ages. Bear in mind that you aren’t enabled to get involved if you have actually a trip arranged within 12 hrs of the session.

Grand Wailea Maui– Diving swimming pool
Grand Wailea Maui– Diving

Final Thought

The Grand Wailea is a famous hotel in Maui. The large dimension of the hotel and also the huge features onsite talk to its track record. It is, nevertheless, an older hotel and also its age is starting to display in a few of its interior centers.

It behaves to see that the resort remains in the procedure of refurbishing itself to stay up to date with the moments. I wish they’ll take into consideration refurbishing their visitor spaces at some time, as well.

That stated, we really did not invest way too much time in our area, as the children enjoyed to invest the entire day having fun in swimming pools and also coastline. The attractive resort premises were a satisfaction to walk with to relax at nights.

Although you will not discover me returning for a paid keep, I will happily return if I have a couple of Hilton Free Evening Benefits to melt. You’ll open excellent worth compensatory Hilton certifications right here, however remember that you might require to continue to be versatile with days and also be thorough in looking for accessibility.

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