A great resort.
This was our last hotel after a 10 day stay on Maui We stayed here three nights. Our plan was to explore different sides of the Island while staying on each different side. We originally booked a 3 night stay at the Makena beach and golf resort but left after one hour. We were able to book a great rate at the Marriott just down the road with no notice.
I suppose if you think about it the Marriott is probably the next step up from the MBGR on this side of the Island as far as resorts go. A small step for man but a giant step for hotel kind. I had stayed at the Marriott previously.
The hotel is large with three separate pools. Those with kids will not like the long walk back and forth from the childrens pool. Equally adults without kids will want to stay close to the "serenity now" pool where no kids are allowed. You should ask for a room close to where you are going to hang.
The rooms are nice here. Quality bath fixtures. Very nice soft beds. And a room that tells you your not staying in the past.
There is no beach directly on the property. You have to make a walk either up or down the walkway to get to a sand beach. However what's in place of a beach is a great lava rock snorkeling spot all along the resorts water front. Some of the lava fingers run out into the deep where I found many Turtles just hanging out relaxing every day. I highly recommend an early morning snorkel every day. You can also see the turtles from above on kayaks that they rent on the Grand Wailea beach.
I can't believe a review that dogged the adult "serenity" pool. I urge everyone who reads these reviews and visits this pool to offer an opinion here. Maybe I'm wrong but I think the pool is great. But I don't prefer kids with my "serenity". You see I've had kids. I need a break now. There are private cabanas that jut out into the pool as if they are surrounded by water. $100 a day and highly sought after. Plan ahead if you want to splurge.
Another review said you needed to rent a car because of the lack of restaurants here. Wow! Maui is full of spots to see. Beaches to swim in. Waterfalls to hike to. That's what your car is for. There is a mall close by to walk to with great places to eat. There is also Duo, where Mickey of Hell's Kitchen fame works. Humuhumunukunukuapuaa is just a short stroll away. Spago, if you wallet allows, is also close by. Gez what do you want.
I do admit though that Mala at the Marriott still doesn't do it for me. Great table views but I haven't been lucky with it's food. The gal who is in charge still puts in her 12 hours a day however. Someone give that girl a raise. I can only recommend the Lisa special pizza. You have to ask for it special. It's not on the menu. Maybe Lisa should make the menu.
Your resort fee gets you....
Parking, 2 free drinks, bottled water daily, wireless internet. We also received a discount card for 20 percent off Mala restaurant. There is also a free airline check in computer.
Remember, you are in Wailea not Kihei. It's not close to the "spots". And what most do here is relax. It's not for the budget minded either. So bring some extra cash.