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Maui 2013 – The Andaz Maui at Wailea

This post is part of our 5th Anniversary Trip to Maui.

I’ve written about my excitement on staying at the brand new Andaz Maui at Wailea more than a few times. See my planning posts here and here. Having so much anticipation may have set the bar too high and my expectations big, but now that we’ve actually stayed there, I can say it has become my most favorite resort in all of Hawaii. The rooms, the ambiance, the service, the pools, the beach! All of these came together to provide us with the most amazing stay. The service was top-notch. Everyone was super helpful, friendly, and made us feel like ‘ohana (family)! They all went the extra mile to make our stay special and we are so grateful to all of them. Mahalo Andaz Staff!

Two weeks before we arrived I was contacted by the concierge by phone – she wanted to welcome us to the Andaz and ask if there was anything she could do to help. She also provided information on activities she could book either onsite (like the spa) or outside (snorkel excursions and Road to Hana tours, etc.). She sent me an email with all this information in brochure format which I found really helpful. I had already booked our spa appointments but she kindly booked me a sunset appoint for the “free photo shoot” with Pacific Dreams Photography. “Free” is not necessary all free – it includes the 300 dollar sitting fee, and 1 image (digital or print) taken in front of the Andaz property. All other beach photos taken are available to purchase if you like, at around 30 bucks per picture. We ended up purchasing three pics we liked a lot and then our free Andaz pic brought it to four. I will share these at the end of this post.

Sorry this post is going to be long, but full of pictures. I initially wanted to do smaller posts on every single thing but I thought it’ll make a more thorough and bigger impact if I just show most of the property at once. So enjoy the picture tour of the Andaz Maui! (all pics taken by me with either an iphone, Canon point and shoot, or a Panasonic Lumix GF1 micro 4/3 camera.)

The most amazing sunset was shining through the long entrance walk way when we arrived

The lobby of the Andaz during the evening.

Our chilled lavender lemonade (so good and refreshing!) and cold scented towels given to us during check in, which is done on a couch with a concierge on an iPad.

Our concierge walked us up to our 6th floor room and here’s what we saw:

Our comfy king bed! The room had a very modern feel but never felt sparse or cold, there was a warmth to it.

Steve immediately plops on the comfortable chaise in front of the TV to watch the game.

The bathroom is the star of the room, with it’s own separate glass enclosed shower. Our room didn’t have a tub, but you can upgrade to one that does:

long bathroom with a modern sink, and a small vanity area

The toilet is sleekly hidden behind large doors

A little walk-in closet was also hidden behind paneling in the bathroom.

The magical rain shower  that is separated from the room by a wall of glass (and shutters for privacy)

You can say hi while taking a shower. That is, if the doors are left open from the outside (there is glass in-between the shower and the room). A good way to watch the game on TV at the same time.

Malie products plus a loofah. Good thing because I forgot mine! The products smell great – earthy and nutty, not too floral.

Practical hooks at the entrance of the room.

The control panel on the nightstand to raise and lower 2 sets of shades (one blackout and one sheer set) plus controls for all the lights.

I like how we never really needed to buy water – they supplied us with refillable water bottles and there are complimentary water filling stations (with filtered water) on every floor, near the elevators.

The complimentary sport water bottles which are refillable all over the resort

Notice the water purifier next to the ice machine near the elevators on each floor. We carried our water bottles with us all the time! So convenient and eco-friendly.

This was the sunrise view from our room – you had to look to the left to see it but it was gorgeous,

Here’s one during bright daylight and zoomed in a bit

and one during sunset. We loved the view!

Here are some pictures of the pool and beach:

The infinity pools at night

And here’s a panorama shot during the day

 

The adult pool – this was taken from our room as we were right above it.

View from the bottom pool

We spent a lot of time at the infinity pools – they were never crowded (in fact only a few people at each level during our stay).

Always had a few of these too. Think they were about 14-16 dollars each for cocktails, 8 for non-alcoholic cocktails, and 8 bucks for beer.

The beach was lovely too. This beach is Mokapu Beach.  The sand was like silk….I have never felt softer sand,

Beach lounge chairs and umbrellas were set up for you any time you wanted it.

 

Walks along the beach were especially great during early morning

You can rent equipment from here, borrow a snorkel set, signup for the free outrigger paddling each morning (it was fully booked while we were there, so remember to book early if you want to do this)

There’s a state of the art gym too:

Enough room for free weights and benches

Lots of treadmills, a few bikes and ellipticals.

There were also snacks in the lobby daily:

Coffee and snacks in the lobby during the afternoon.

Snacks included an-pan (red bean filled pastries), mochi, and coconut macaroons.

There is a sand-pit in the lobby (a fancy sand pit)

Here are the shots we took with Mike, our photography, from Pacific Dreams photography. He was great and put us at ease. For someone who used to be a photographer, I’m pretty dismal in front of the camera, but he gave us a lot of guidance.

our free “andaz” shot.

On the beach walk

Classic sitting pose

I already posted this but it is my fave:

Picturesque beach shot

Wish I would have known about the shoot sooner because I would have tried to get into better shape.:)

We miss the Andaz! Next up I will detail the breakfast buffet at Ka’ana Kitchen and Spa Awili in pictures…

Read more about our Maui Oct/Nov 2013 Anniversary Trip including more Andaz fun!

 

November 17, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Alex Cortez - Su-Lynn,

By far one of the best written articles about Andaz Maui. Wow. Very glad that your experience was so great – and I think they are setting the standard for luxury resorts in Wailea, so hopefully more to come.

Shoot me an email when you can, I have a question about your photos.

Alex

November 17, 2013 - 11:59 pm

- Hi Alex, I can be reached at asplashofaloha@gmail.com Thanks for reading and Thanks for the comments!

November 19, 2013 - 4:43 am

Danielle - Great blog! We head there on Saturday and have already booked Morimoto in for dinner, can’t wait to experience everything you have mentioned! Thanks – Sydney Traveller.

November 21, 2013 - 11:51 pm

- Thanks Sydney Traveller! I hope you enjoy Maui as much as we do!

June 12, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Emily - Thanks so much for your detailed reviews and photos! My fiancé and I are staying at the Andaz in November for our honeymoon, and this made me even more excited!

June 18, 2014 - 10:49 pm

- Hi Emily! Thanks for visiting! We love Hawaii in November…less crowds and the weather is usually beautiful every time we go in the fall. You guys will love the Andaz! We can’t want to return one day. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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