Southern Maui Comfort

Seekers of barefoot luxury should check into the newly revamped Hotel Wailea.

If boutique hotels were ever to have “a moment,” that time would be now—at least for one Maui property in particular. Situated within Wailea’s Tony Resort community, the 15-acre Hotel Wailea recently underwent a multi-million dollar makeover and is fast becoming a hub for intrepid travelers and the well-heeled. The resort touts the ultimate luxury experience without all the fanfare; more importantly, well away from the throng of guests staying at neighboring resorts. With a mere 72 suites peppered on its manicured grounds, the only paths you’ll cross may very well be the ones you choose to walk on.

Interior designer Marion Philpotts-Miller was recruited to infuse her signature island-chic aesthetic to suite interiors—think coral and limestone walls, smoked white oak floors and custom-crafted Hawaiian wood cabinetry. Multimedia artwork from famed waterman-cum-artist Pete Cabrinha hangs in the living room. Kitchenettes are furnished with Italian granite countertops and Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances, while bathrooms styled with deep-soaking tubs combined with top-of-the-line fixtures make for a more spa-like setting than hotel-room loo.


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While the property is no longer the Japanese members-only club it once was, Hotel Wailea still possesses telltale traits of its exclusive past—adherence to privacy and unparalleled service—alongside a gamut of other welcome additions.

“Hotel Wailea delivers on the promise of effortless island luxury—a very private escape where guests experience a high degree of attentive but relaxed service…” says Hotel Wailea chairman Jon McManus.

But the accommodations are just a fraction of what makes this retreat such a find. Step out of your suite and have your pick of various diversions and exceptional experiences. McManus was very hands-on in brainstorming and creating the unique lineup of adventures the resort offers. From kiteboarding lessons—Hotel Wailea has its own accredited academy—to catered sails aboard the 65-foot Ali’i Nui, activities are anything but trite.

One of the more distinct to-dos includes the Island Beach Safari, an excursion that points you toward the best beaches that Maui has to offer, with the added bonus of complete comfort without the hassle. “Safari-goers” are outfitted with beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, sarongs and snorkel gear, in addition to an amply stocked picnic basket lunch prepared by the chefs at Capische? restaurant.

Those who’d rather linger around the resort will have plenty of options for keeping busy, or idle, for that matter. Yoga on the beach, check. Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, covered. In addition, the newly completed pool is surrounded by curtained cabanas for poolside lounging. And in the likely chance you make a few friends during your stay, make plans to mingle by the fire pit come sundown for some conversation and cocktails. Raw food chef-turned-mixologist Kerry Mekeel concocts all-natural libations made with the choicest island produce—all at the poolside apothecary.

There are even more upgrades in the works. Come spring 2015, guests will be able to indulge in a massage treatment or rejuvenating facial when the spa is complete. Conceived by luxury spa developer Tracy Lee, expect blissful pampering in the least likely of places. Hint: Mango trees and unobstructed ocean views…

All photos courtesy Hotel Wailea

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