Stunning property and views
Posted Apr 2, 2012
So the skinny is this is a gorgeous unique property with stunning panoramic ocean views, unique architecture, in a lush garden setting with a very private and secluded feeling. Our suite had a 180 degree ocean view and a very private feeling lanai due to staggering. We could see the ocean even while showering! The staff is exceptional. The grounds are exquisite, the free continental breakfast will please all but heavy meat eaters --homemade fruit breads, bagels, peanut butter, cream cheese, juice, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. The suites do not have pots and pans but a stove, mini frig and coffee maker. Unclear what the stove is for. Free high speed internet was great. Staff helped me when I had an emergency business fax I could not get to work, they scanned it and emailed it for me and didn't charge for that--where else does anyone even try to help you? The on site restaurant is excellent with the same sweeping views (okay a little pricey but better than Roy's by many magnitudes). Many other great restaurants nearby, and the best mall on Maui a 3 minute drive away (as is the beach).
The only down side is the bed, too soft. The management said the rooms are do for an overhaul next year, likely would be helpful. We used the rotunda exercise room that has a sweeping ocean view. We never used the spa or pool, both were gorgeous and filled with children most the time which did not bother us but we were there for a quiet anniversary celebration. We did LOVE the Wailea Beach club which your $25 a day resort fee covers. For that you go down to the beach (easy parking) and a stroll on paved walks to the beach concession run by the hotel (a little hard to find) where they dole out lounge chairs and beach umbrellas already set up for you and towels. For a fee you can rent kayaks and paddle boards right there and enjoy the best white sand beach without the hassle of lugging everything around yourself. The Fairmont and the Grand Wailea share the same fantastic beach which is suitable for swimming, snorkeling and all paddling sports. Our kayak day was one of our best ever (we kayak in Hawaii alot) with sea turtles coming right up to the kayak. The key to success is turn up at the beach early in the day. The PMs in Wailea are windy and the beach chairs will be gone if you get there too late. Overall my best hotel experience in Hawaii (been there many, many times). Likely our best trip to Hawaii as well.