Photo Credit: Chad Chisholm & Grand Wailea ResortLocated on the island of Maui, Grand Wailea is a testament to luxury resorts worldwide. With 780 rooms, including 52 suites, nine pools, easy beach access, phenomenal shopping at The Shops of Wailea, a world-class spa, and a wide variety of dining options, Grand Wailea is a premier resort destination for celebrities and families alike.
The on-property sushi house was actually constructed in Japan utilizing a nail-less dowel system, then reconstructed in Hawaii. The rock outcropping found near the koi pond at the restaurant are the same clusters that were found at the foot of Mount Fugi. Fifty of the original 100 koi brought to the property when it first opened still live in the tranquil waters and beautiful gardens surrounding the traditional styled sushi house.
Costing $600 million to construct, the resort was the most invested in at the time worldwide. Utilizing open spaces, the thought behind the architecture is to "live the gardens, live outdoors, live Hawaii." With rooms simply a place to sleep, the real fun is to be had on the
40-acre resort, 25 of which are dedicated exclusively to landscaping.
Guests will find delightful treats on the grounds. From herb gardens to the nine swimming pools and water park (which includes a water-propelled elevator and slides) as well as an "under waterfall" bar, the resort has something for everyone. Oceanfront Lu'aus are four times a week and guests can walk the beachwalk to five separate parks along Wailea.
SCUBA training is available in one of the pools, as well as a toddler pool with a sand bottom for those not-too-keen on the gently lapping surf of the real deal. Complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas await guests on the sand, as well as a beach concierge for activities such as kayaking or standup paddle boarding.
The Napua Tower is home to an exclusive club within the resort. From the air, Grand Wailea is shaped like a large sea turtle climbing from the beach inland, with Napua Tower being the shell of the turtle. The Grande Suite contains 5,000 square feet of luxurious living quarters.
Unique and Hawaiian attributes include a koa wood tub, in-room sauna, breathtaking views of the ocean, resort, and surrounding islands, and high-end finishes throughout. All rooms on property have a large, walk-in shower and tub configuration as well as ocean views.
The Spa Grande and Art Collection are not to go unexplored while at the resort, or on Maui for that matter. A wealth of cultural, luxury and relaxing experiences are to be had at this phenomenal resort. To get more information, visit grandwailea.com to plan your next family vacation, business meeting or beachside getaway.