Fall Retreat to Maui's Newest Luxe Resort: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
I was first introduced to the Hyatt Hotels subsidiary brand, Andaz, while living in New York. The Andaz Wall Street was the talk of the city; especially considering the Andaz brand was fairly young at the time. Not having been a guest at the Wall Street location, I was already impressed by Hyatt's luxury boutique brand.
Fast forward a few years later, it's no surprise that my first visit to Maui I chose to stay at the recently opened Andaz at Wailea Resort & Spa.
After a battle to win the 15 acre property, Hyatt handed over design reigns for Andaz at Wailea Resort to the Rockwell Group, who was responsible for the Wall Street location.
They replicated their brilliance in Maui.
Like wiping a canvas clean, David Rockwell lead a team to demolish the outbuilding and concrete lobby pavilion from the previous resort.
Today sits a property so exquisite it blurs the lines between inside and outside. When we pulled up in our Jeep, my eyes were immediately drawn through the hotel to the waves beyond.
The African mahogany entryway pulled me inside, as hotel staff dressed us in traditional Hawaiian leis. The Italian Ambrato marble was so soft it urged me to take off my shoes.
Rather than being welcomed by a gaudy front desk with old-school computers, we were welcomed by a skylit central sandpit in the alfresco lobby.
Hotel staff checked us in at a bar area with tablets, offering us a cool refreshment while we listened to the local activities available.
Since my attention span is quite short, being a millennial and all, I looked around absorbing the creativity around me.
The hotel was decked out in driftwood and weather-resistant furniture, giving off this illusion that we were actually outside.
That illusion persisted in our guest room with floor-to-ceiling windows opened to the ocean.
The rooms were elegant and sexy, dressed with class in neutral colors. But that wasn't what caught my eye first, the shutter doors that opened from the ceiling mounted rain shower, was pure luxe.
Breakfast every morning at Ka'ana Kitchen is not to be missed! Your can't go wrong with the buffet, but the a la cart menu has some authentic Hawaiian selections like, Poached Eggs and Sweet Potato Cake and Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.
The Resort sits on Mokapu Beach, so for those beach goers, rest assure it's pristine.
For guests who enjoy poolside, like myself, rest assure you'll have a kickass time drinking handcrafted cocktails by New York mixologist Julie Reiner next to three infinity pools.
We all love a good infinity pool, but Hyatt really one-uped their neighboring resorts, with three infinity pools. Touché!
Maui has so much to offer like Molokini Crater, the road to Hana, sunrise at Haleakala Crater and an infinite number of beautiful beaches. However, the Andaz really lured us in, we barely left the resort but maybe for a dinner out and snorkeling at Molokini Crater.
We took part in morning yoga, which is offered promptly at 7a.m. to all hotel guests. Afterwards we kicked back at the pool!
With Morimoto's outdoor restaurant right by the pool, there was literally not one reason I could think of to leave the Resort.
The pork gyoza was by far the most interesting thing we ordered. Uniquely presented, Morimoto's pork gyoza came out swimming in bacon cream foam, topped with garlic chives and tomatoes. Definitely a must try!
Being that I was getting my r&r sipping cocktails by the pool, I chose to skip the spa. The Andaz is equipped with a mega Āwili Spa and Salon, offering ten treatment rooms and a private pool.
I will surely pay a visit the next time I'm in Maui.
Wailea is an ideal location on Maui for clear sky's and amazing sunsets. Andaz Wailea Resort & Spa accentuates these views from the resort, and leaves you feeling at your utmost classiest.
I'm looking forward to watching the openings of the Andaz hotels around the world.
The Hindustani word andaz translates to "unique style." WCIT Architecture is responsible for the architectural design, and Focus Lighting is the lighting consultant responsible for setting the mood.
Lastly, go snorkeling right off Mokapu beach!