An Night to Remember visiting the Resorts of Wailea, Maui
The drive to the Wailea area of the island of Maui did not take long. Our first stop for a site inspection and cocktails was the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. This oceanfront luxury hotel is adjacent to Wailea and Ulua beaches, and is just steps from the Shops at Wailea. The resort manager met us as we exited our transport and gave us a personal tour of the resort. The resort's oceanfront setting with its new infinity-edge pool and overwater cabanas offered panoramic views of the ocean. The resort grounds were beautiful and the open lobby was very attractive. There were lots of shops and plenty of meeting rooms. The resort's Mandara Spa offered an extensive list of services and signature spa treatments. The hotel guest rooms had plenty of upscale amenities and the on-site dining options included a nightly luau dinner show, snack bar and the Kumu Bar & Grill with locally inspired cuisine.
Wailea Beach Marriott Maui
Beautiful old trees and pond at the Marriott
Open air lobby with Shops at the Marriott
Marriott Pool Deck
More Marriott Pools
Marriott resort grounds
Wailea Marriott guest room
After a tour of the resort, the Manager of the Marriott lead us past the pool deck to a sprawling lawn next to the ocean where a sunset cocktail reception had been prepared. Our group was greeted by waiters with trays of appetizers, cocktails and wine. My fellow planners and I sat at small tables on the lawn and took in the gorgeous sunset. The breeze off the ocean cooled us all after our long walk around the resort and I thought to myself that there could not have been a more spectacular view in all the world right then.
Grand lawn at the Wailea Beach Marriott
Progressive Reception site at the Marriott
Fantastic sunset at the Wailea Marriott
After a relaxed Reception at the Marriott we moved on to our next destination, the Grand Wailea Resort, a short walk down the beach. The Grand Wailea is as grand as its name. A huge stunningly beautiful property, this resort has just about everything you could think of including a lovely Wedding Chapel on site. This resort covered 40 landscaped acres, right on the beach and offers 780 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites as well as 70 luxury villas. We got quite a workout walking around this resort, but the beautiful scenery was well worth the effort.
Grand Wailea Resort, Maui
Stunning Grand Wailea resort grounds
Grand Wailea on site Wedding Chapel
Grand Wailea resort lobby
Grand Wailea Resort Guest room
The Grand Waliea knows how to throw a party. After our extensive tour of the resort, we were lead to the site of an outdoor dinner and show. Colorful tables and booths were set up with a wonderful selection of food of every taste and description. Although I was far from hungry by this time, I had to "sample" everything. Oh my goodness, the food was excellent! During dinner we were treated to a show featuring Hawaiian dancers and music. With so much walking and so much food and drink, we were all starting to droop in our chairs. The staff was wonderful and took care of our every need and as evening turned into night we were more than ready to head back to our hotel and to bed. But of course, we still had one more stop before we could sleep.
Booths set up for our Dinner and Show at the Grand Wailea
Awesome Hawaiian Show at the Grand Wailea
The final stop for our Progressive Reception and Dinner was the Fairmont Kea Lani where we were treated to drinks, coffee and dessert. The Fairmont is another beautiful property, but it was difficult to appreciate it in the dark. We were lead on a tour around the resort and then served dessert in one of the private dining rooms. I wish I had had the energy to take in the Fairmont’s amenities, but by that time, all I wanted to see was my bed. One day I hope to go back there for a more thorough tour of the property.
Fairmont Kea Lani
Fairmont Kea Lani Lobby
Fairmont Kea Lani grounds
Fairmont Kea Lani one bedroom suite
The ride back to the Sheraton was very quiet. Everyone was nodding off and talking was nonexistent. We had had such a marvelous evening. Each resort was lovely and the food and entertainment were all wonderful. I had taken lots of photos that I knew would be helpful when I got home. The island of Maui has so much to offer and this experience had taught me a lot about its resorts, people and the culture. There was still more to see and learn ahead. I could not believe that I had only been in Hawaii for 2 days! With a good night sleep I knew I would be up for seeing more of our wonderful 50th state.
Coming up, one more day on Maui and then it's on to the island of Kauai! To be continued.........
Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
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