I've stayed here numerous times, first when it was the Grand Hyatt Wailea then under KSL as Grand Wailea. Currently a Hilton resort, nothing much has changed.
Because this property opened as a Grand Hyatt, it's everything what the "grand status" is to present Grand Hyatts. Gorgeous first impression as soon as you drive up. Huge man-made waterfall, big Porte cohere, flowers, water features and art sculptures adorn the atrium lobby, with the awesome outdoor Botero Bar as the main centerpiece. And large scale, as in almost 800 rooms.
I've stayed in a standard room and a junior suite.
The standard rooms are very spacious with a big bathroom with soaking tub, glass shower but unfortunately a single vanity basin. The balconies are spacious too. Some are mountain views but majority of the rooms face the ocean.
The junior suites (called the Alii Suites back in the day) are located in the lower rise wings closer to the ocean. It boasts a separate bedroom and living room thus giving you two balconies. The bathrooms have upgraded marble but are the same size as standard room bathrooms. All views are ocean.
This is the high point of the resort. It's a mini water park for all ages to enjoy.
For adults only, a formal pool with private cabana rentals and outdoor massage tents.
For all, the best resort water features in all of Hawaii! On the main level there's the worlds only water elevator that lifts you to the highest point of the terraced pools. Basically it's an enclosed cylinder (but open at the top) that houses a circular bench similar to an inflatable tube with a fixed guide in the middle that fills up by waterfall from above and raises about 10 people at a time in about 5 minutes.
Once at the top, there are several small pools (about 3 or 4) that are interconnected by mini water slides. You end up in a mini raging river (not deep, around 4' or so) that leads to another pool with a swim up grotto bar with rock bar stools in the water and even a rock seating booth in the water. From here there's a wide and raging slide that shoots you into the lazy river. Here's where you find the rope swing. Further down the lazy river is the main pool with one part that features a sandy beach.
Now it's all valet-only parking, no self parking.
I've eaten at Humuhumu and the now closed Kincha which is currently Amasia.
Humuhumu is a beautiful open-air restaurant that is surrounded by fresh & salt water pools with the best views of the pacific & sunsets. Back in the day the crabs & lobsters were stored in one of the pools, then your server would walk you over and let you choose exactly which one you wanted and fish it out with a bucket. Not sure if they still do that. The food is mainly American and pacific rim.
I've yet to eat at Amasia but the decor hasn't changed much. Beautiful Japanese sitting rooms and decor straight out of Japan. Most of the stone work was imported from the slopes of Mt Fuji in Japan. Beautiful views of Japanese gardens, but no ocean views as the restaurant sits in a tucked away corner of the resort.
Beautiful and huge European-style spa. The termé is awesom, with hot tub, cold plunge, steam, sauna, massaging waterfall showers and salt baths. Awesome views of the adult pool and pacific from the spacious lanai waiting area.
I had a men's package that featured a 50-min massage and 50-min facial. Mostly all massages and body treatments come with a short loofah scrub at the beginning.
Tsunami is the jewel of all of Maui. Really, there isn't another nightclub available on this island. But its been closed for years now and opens up its 10,000 sf mainly for private events and functions. I have a separate Yelp review for Tsunami.
Banquets & events:
They have the largest ballroom and meeting space on Maui.
Everyone was friendly and professional. Never encountered any problems.
Probably one of Maui's best resorts because it offers all guests regardless of age something to do, and on a grand scale.
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Thank you very much for such a complete review and all of the compliments!
This reviewer mentions our swim up bar wih the rock bar stools and table. One thing people might not know about our super cool grotto bar is that warm water is jetted through to your feet while you sit at the grotto bar! You might think that strange when its so hot outside, but sipping on frozen drinks in the water can put a bit of a chill in you. Its a small detail that adds to your comfort.
A hui hou!
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