Wailea is a well-known resort area, located on the south-west of Maui.
Fairmont Kea Lami. It’s a beautiful hotel, but some noisy construction across the road from the main entrance distracted from the experience. I don’t envy those hotel’s guests who reserved rooms facing the outside area of the resort.
Four Seasons Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It’s famous for the Spa Grande. In the list of “10 Best Spas of Maui” it takes 5th place.
All beaches in Maui are public. If you want to use any resort’s beach you may do it, nobody will stop you. You will be asked not to use the swimming pool and do not occupy the chairs under the tents. Just remember, none of Wailea resorts have complimentary parking. We found Ulua beach next door to Andaz with free parking and small public bathroom where you may change clothes. If you want to use Andaz’ beach and the hotel’s restaurant as an option you may leave a car at Ulua parking lot and walk to Andaz, it’s close, 5-minute walk.
Now, a few words about Spas. I love Spas and try not to miss any opportunity to visit them during my trips not only in the United States but in Europe, Asia and Mexico.
There are 10 Five Star Spas (prideofmaui.com).
If you are a Spa lover, there are 3 of them (in Wailea) I found worth visiting. I gave # 1 rating to Montage Spa and # 2 to Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua Bay.
# 3 – AWILI SPA at ANDAZ HYATT HOTEL
3550 Alanui Dr., Wailea
Friendly service. The ladies at the reception are attentive and passionate about guiding you. The Spa is clean and quiet with an Adult Pool (for adults only). They have a fantastic Body Wrap treatment: “Dry brush exfoliation is followed by a seasonal mask gently massaged into skin. Your body is then wrapped in local Maui Ti Leaves and fully cocooned in a heated blanket to detoxify and purify skin tissues” ($185.00 for 60 minutes and $265.00 for 90 minutes).
The following Spas WILL NOT ALLOW you – as a Spa guest – to use their resorts’ swimming pools. I was informed by Willow Spa, Al Fresco Spa and Spa Grande that their swimming pools are for hotel guests only. How strange. I am going to pay as a minimum of $200.00 (plus tax and gratitude) per person for treatment (multiply for 2, me and my husband). My total easily will come up to $600.00 per visit, and we are still not worth of using the resort swimming pool? It sounds odd: you are a “Spa guest”, you are Not the “Hotel guest”?
Here are the Spas with nice menus and with no swimming pools for a “Spa guest”.
# 4 – WILLOW STREAM SPA at FAIRMONT KEA LAMI
4100 Alanui Dr., Wailea
I came there early and had a chance to take pictures; I felt like a secret agent 007. The Spa is very small, very clean and very private. It has a fantastic Vichy Shower treatment and Avocado Wrap, beneficial for dry, sun-exposes skin.
# 5 – SPA Al FRESCO at FOUR SAESONS
3900 Alanui Dr., Wailea
The Hotel has a Beautiful Serenity Pool. Its picture welcomes you on the front Spa page. The Serenity Pool does look nice. But… it is not for the Spa guests who are not also hotel guests, as I mentioned earlier. Rather confusing, isn’t it? Spa Al Fresco has the best varieties of treatments, including nice packages with massage, body wrap and hot stone face massage. This is the only reason I included it in my list: wide variety of healing massages, body and facial treatments. To get to its menu through the hotel website, however, is rather challenging, and it does not give you the detailed description of the treatments.
(#6) SPA GRANDE at WALDORF ASTORIA
3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea
We decided against it because it looked like the busiest Spa in Maui.
The lady at the reception was nice and helpful. The foyer – see for yourself – huge with marble and crystal chandeliers. It is not permitted to have a Spa tour prior to reservation. Besides, I read a lot of negative reviews about this place. The main guests’ complaint was the time limit of only 1 hour for using the Spa facilities. Hmm… it may be fun to use the Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit and cascading waterfalls, Japanese bath and Roman whirlpool, but to get rushed in a Spa?! No, thanks. If I am not able to relax, then why bother visiting a Spa after all?