My husband and I just returned from a week at the Four Seasons in Wailea (Sept 2 - 8) Our experience was much like the previous reviews. Everything we expected from a Four Seasons. We had a great great time. However last year we spent our honeymoon at Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island (Aug 25 - 31) We could not help compare the 2 locations. We definitely felt that Hualalai was far better and will more likely return to there again and not Wailea.
At Wailea, the hotel was more "hotel-y" It was a 8 story building with a ton of rooms. There was only 1 main pool, and you had to make an effort to covet a cabanna. Our mountain view room was very nice and spacious. We were above the parking garage, but did not hear traffic noise. We did hear some faucet/water noise, and alot of banging shut the lanai glass sliding door (you had to bang it shut in order for the lock to work - for some reason) Otherwise, we had pretty standard Four Seasons 5 star service (2 daily room service, very nice & helpful staff, champagne in our room because it was our anniversary, cold towels & water at the pool, etc etc) There was L'Occitane toiletries in room (love the smell of the milk soaps, but needed a heavier duty conditioner)
I did enjoy the outdoor gym that was available 24 hours. Headsets were provided to plug into TV on the equipment.
We ate at all 3 restaurants. Spago's was the only one we felt worth the money. I would suggest checking out other great eats outside of the resort (heard alot about Mama's Fish House but did not get to go - wish we did) Breakfast (buffet) at Pacific Grill was just OK. Great selection of fruits, too much selection of breads & pastries. Omelets always turned out brown or burnt (especially the egg white ones) Once again, we compared everything to Hualalai - and thus felt alot of things coming up short at Wailea. Hualalai had ALL SORTS OF exotic tropical fruits, and oatmeal, and porridge (Japanese breakfast) at their breakfast buffet. We had dinner at both Pacific Grill & Feraro's and felt they were also just OK. Spago's dinner was the best one. The food was great, the presentation of the food was great, and the staff was great. The prices at Spago's wasn't that much different from the other 2 places.
At Hualalai, all 3 restaurants were fabulous. All 3 offered very different fares. There was a super nice restaurant, there was a golf club house for casual food, then there was a restaurant by the Banyan Tree pool. They also had dinner buffets - which was the best! I felt that all 3 restaurants at Wailea were pretty much the same. Once again - there are alot of restaurants outside the resort, try to go outside.
Rooms at Hualalai were in 2 story bungalows. They had a more "island feeling" We were in a 2nd story one overlooking the 18th hole with the ocean in the far distant. There was a (free) laundry room for every couple bungalow. The staff had golf carts that took you from lobby to room, and around the resort upon check in to show you around.
There was not as much to do on the Big Island. The beach there was rocky and not much of it. We stayed in the resort mostly - no wait for a cabanna at the pool. There were various pools to pick from as well. The King's Pond was a unique one especially.
Beaches at Wailea was far better definitely. And there were alot more activities to do on Maui. We went to Molokini with Aqua Adventures (booked through hotel concierge) - and this was very worthwhile to do.
So it all depends on what kind of vacation you want. Wailea is more hustle bustle busy. Hualalai is lazy. Either way - both Four Seasons were great. We're glad we checked out Wailea but we prefer Hualalai.
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