We had our reception at the 4 Seasons and would have had our ceremony there as well, but we had to use the chapel at the Grand Wailea next door. The service was excellent and with our short notice, they were able to pull off a brunch reception at the OCEAN Front Lawn.
Maui is definitely commercialized so if it's your first time to Hawaii it will be very convenient b/c of all the mainland amenities. I would rate it 2nd to Oahu as far as having all the ameneties of the mainland. If you want solitude or more of an island escape go to the Big Island or Kaui etc.
Now, the only thing I'd say to brides/grooms is that people are on island time there. If you are planning a wedding from the US or anywhere else, they do not email/return phone calls right away. That was a bit frustrating. The resort has a list of vendors that you choose from and they make it very difficult for you to bring your own vendors. But we were very pleased with the photographer, florist, etc. If you send in photos they will create everything you want. We had our rehearsal dinner at Duo and they included the price of the dinner into the reception package b/c there is a minimum that you must pay.
We arrived a week before the wedding and loved the pool and service. The cabanas were great if you wanted privacy. The poolside service is wonderful as well, they set up chairs for you and bring you fruit. They will hold your chair b/t 11 and 2 in case you want to go eat lunch. but you can order lunch at your chair as well. The chef will also work with you on your diet if you request certain things. B/c we were there during memorial weekend, it was very busy and quite the scene. We met Dr.Dre on the elevator right before the reception.
The restaurants we went to were the poolside one which is casual with very good food. My husband and I are foodies and we definitely recommend Duo which is known for steak. Because Hawaii is so close to Asia, there are many asian influences esp. the food.
The service is phenomenal, there is no such word as "no". They cater to your every need. The people are sincere and really try to help you with anything. For example, when you get out of your car at the lobby, they immediately come to help you. They won't let you carry anything heavy unless you don't want them to. At the Grand wailea next door, no one greeted me when I got dropped off with my wedding dress for the ceremony. No one even told me where to go to check in or offerred to help me carry my dress.
The fitness room is outdoors and the weight room is indoor. There is a path by the beach you can run/walk on and go through the Grand Wailea and Mariott and even further to Kihe.
The hotel is a tower and b/c it is next door to all the other hotels there are many people walking through. Our suite was huge, they upgraded us for free. They also gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne. The manager also contacted the 4 Seasons in Kona and made sure that we were upgraded for our honeymoon.
The wedding planner is very professional and will give you ideas that will make the wedding go smoother and look nicer. We didn't hire a band or dj since we were only there for brunch. She recommend just to bring an ipod and they hook up speakers etc. IT totally worked well.
Overall, the 4seasons can't be beat!
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