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“Excellent (but Hualalai is far better!)”
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Four Seasons
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Wailea
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 8, 2004

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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Reviewed September 8, 2004

I forgot to mention that if you must go to maui and you must stay in wailea the FSR is your best option
I reccomend moving around on MAui and not just sitting at the beach
hana is cool by the way if you have ever been snorkling before dont bother with the $110 pp snorkling trip to molikini literaly 100's of boats 1000's of people and the "reef" very weak i guess its the only thing to do on maui in terms of snorkling outside a private trip

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Reviewed August 30, 2004

Our partial-ocean-view room was just gorgeous, as were the hotel grounds. The service is impeccable. The Four Seasons Maui is an incredible experience--your stay feels very special here.

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Reviewed August 29, 2004

My husband and I stayed at the Four Seasons August 20 - 26, 2004. Overall we had a wonderful time and would stay there again. One thing to keep in mind if you are looking for a "romantic getaway", etc. In genreal Maui is just as much a family vacation spot as it is a honeymoon/couples spot.

Hotel Service: From check-in to check-out all staff was pleasant and helpful. Things to note: valet will provide bottled water (if asked), towels if headed to another beach, blankets if headed to Haleakala for sunrise. If you are wondering if you should rent a car or not ask questions about their car service, there was some complimentry service.

At one point our room key was not working, security was at our room within 5 minutes. This occured because we had exteneded our stay by one night and needed to get new keys issued, which we were not informed of (the only speck on the service record)

Rooms: We stayed in the "cheap room" and would again. To us the view isn't important for the amount of time we were in the room. If you are paying 345 your not going to have a view of the ocean, it will be over the garage, tennis courts, road, mountain, golf course. Try to request a room on the upper floor to minimize noise from garage. We were on the 7th floor and we did have some noise, but nothing unbearable. I did however notice that some sounds do travel a bit in the rooms...like the TVs. Bathrooms were marble/huge. No problems with maid service came twice a day. Always had fresh towels. There were wonderful cookies waiting for us in the room when we arrived.

Spa: We visited the spa twice and had a great experience. Would recommand having at least a massage. We made our reservations a month in advance for our treatments. Not sure if this is a must but we wanted certain things on certain days so thought it was a good idea. There were people actually coming over from the Grand Wailea.

Grounds: During our visit they started some renovations around the fountain in the courtyard which included scraping up the concrete, etc. They tried to make this as discrete as possible, but if you were sitting by the pool the noise from this construction was not pleasant. Renovations have to happen, you just hope it's not during your visit. We spent almost all of our time on the beach so it did not bother us. The grounds were clean and well landscaped.

Pools: There are two pools the smaller (the one with the waterfall) is cut into 2 sections with the lower section considered "the kid pool". The main pool has 2 large jacuzzis, one is adults only. I never saw more than 10 people in the pool at one time so despite their size you can enjoy the pool. The hotel was at capacity while we were there and we never had a problem getting a seat. Yes people start getting "prime" areas at 7am, but there are some rules. You can not "save" a cabanna. If you leave yor cabanna for more than 20 minutes (unless between 11-2 to have lunch) you lose it. So gone are the stories of somone dropping a book at 7am and not actually showing up till 11 AM. We never had a problem getting covered chairs on the beach. If we got there after 10 we may be sitting behind someone which prevented a direct view of the ocean. The pools are in the center of the resort and if you are in the pool as dinner starts you may feel a bid like your on display.

Wailea Beach and all beaches south of Lahania (never ventured north of Lahania)...due to severe winter storms the depth of these beaches is much less than you might expect. When we arrived on the first day we expected much more sand based on pictures in books and from friends who visited prior to this past winter. We found this to be true on many beaches along the west coast of Maui.

Our first restaurant was Pacific Grill. This was the best food and service at a Four Seasons restaurant. Would eat here again. Waiter was outstandings as was the fish sampler! (1 drink, 1 app, 2 dinners, 2 desserts, tip, $150)

The Pacific Grill is the only place open for breakfast. Buffet is $25 also has an ala carte menu. Best buffet I've ever had, worth to try it once. Steep to go every morning. We ventured into Kihei some mornings.

Ferroros is the only place for lunch. Will run you about 50 bucks for two people.

We also went to Ferroros for dinner. Has been named by some as the "most romantic" place for sunset/dinner. Okay there is a great view of the sunset (if your in the front), but since this is a family friendly resort and sunset is about 6:30, you guessed it ...the average family also eats at 6:30 so your romantic dinner will most likely include tired children. The food here was just average for what you expect for this hotel and the price. The service was also a bit off, but this may be because we had such a great waiter at the Pacific Grill. I would not return here or recommond it to a friend...SKIP THIS ONE.(2 drinks, 2 apps, 2 dinners, 1 dessert, tip, $135)

FYI..Your best bet is to eat dinner around 8PM if you want a "romantic" evening. It seemed that most of the families were done with dinner by then.

Spago...due to the name we expected nothing but the best here. We had a 6PM reservation and were brought to our table which was in the front of the restaurant but located at the corner (L shaped up front) so our table was sort of in the corner of the L we could see the sunset fine, but quickly realized our table was sort of floating out there and the tables at th top of the L were set up for a party of about 25 that showed up just as the sun was setting. We should have spoke up as soon as we sat, but we didn't realize that we were on top of the party till they arrived. We would have caused a scene had we asked to move at this point (we were eating apps). We should have never been seated in such an area, we just made the best of the situation. When your on vacation the last thing you want is stress and problems. Anyway the apps were tasty as was my meal, surf and turf. My husband had the same and we had our meat cooked the same, but his was over done...this is Spago we just expected more. And of course once the party arrived our service suffered too. Dessert was excellent!! (4 drinks, 2 apps, 2 dinners, 2 desserts, tip, $235). Overall we expected a bit more, probably not do it again, but would get dessert there!! Warm chocolate cake was out of this world!!!

I did point out and stressed some of the negatives, but that is how you make the next vacation better. Price info may also help some that are trying to budget. Hope it helps someone. We would stay at this hotel again as the service was bar-none. We would just explore some of the other restaurants in at the other resorts. They were the reason I did not go with 5 stars.

Other notes:

Snorkal Equip free for first hour (water was too turbulant while we were there to comment on how good or bad it can be) 5 buks additional hour /12 day.

They have an Outtrigger Canoe hour trip 3 times a day (mornings) on certain days but limited space. May want to ask about and book before you arrive if interested.

They are building new condos in Front of the Shops at Wailea. Therefore there are no views from the restaurants on the bottom floor (Longhi's, Cheeseburger). If you are thinking about staying at the Grand Wailea or Marriot. You definetly do not want to stay on the north side of the Grand Wailea or the south side of the Marriot. We ate lunch at Tommy Bahamas one day and it was very noisy. And there is currently a huge yellow crane ruining your view. We could not hear any of this constuction at the 4 Seasons.

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16  Thank hydrola
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Reviewed August 27, 2004

Just returned from a week (8/20 - 27) at the Four Seasons with our 3 children - ages 9, 12 & 15. We had planned this trip months ago and had debated staying at the Four Seasons, the Fairmont Kea Lani or the Grand Wailea. We were all so glad we chose the Four Seasons. The resort is truly lovely, the staff gracious and the included amenities are terrific. We made good use of the pools (never had trouble getting shaded chairs), the beach (on calmer days, we used the complimentary snorkel gear and took out boogie boards and rafts when the surf was up), played croquet on the course outside our room, used the workout equipment and the terrific locker rooms, and enjoyed the game room with the kids. We also loved the beach walk in the morning that runs along all of the Wailea resorts. I pampered myself at the spa and we had terrific meals at Spago and overlooking the beach at sunset at Ferraros. We had the bed & breakfast package and started each day off with a great buffet breakfast at the Pacific Grill. On the one morning the kids wanted to sleep in, the hostess graciously handed me a ton of covered containers to fill with breakfast and take up to the room. The resort is certainly expensive, but considering that many of the amenities are included, it didn't seem to be any worse than the two neighboring resorts. Plus it is so much prettier than the other two resorts - the pools overlook the ocean and the rooms are large, spotless and just plain luxurious. Our only dissappointment was in the tennis. The two courts on the premises are an odd surface and up on the 6th floor roof. It gets very hot up there and it didn't seem to get much use. My husband did get in some free time with the ball machine every day so he was satisfied. Don't even bother with the Tennis Center at Wailea. The staff is rude and the pricing is ridiculous.
A couple of other tips - take Dramamine before driving the Road to Hana - it's brutal. Also, if you have a car and run through laundry as quickly as we do, drive up to Kihei and use the Lipoa Laundry Center - you can drop your laundry and pick it up the next day. They charge $1.25/pound to do it for you. Much better than paying $5.00/t-shirt at the resort!
I don't know if we would make this trip again - the flight takes forever - but if we did, we would definitly return to the Four Seasons.

1  Thank ltgmead
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Reviewed August 25, 2004

I have always been pleased with my stays at Four Sesons Resorts until our trip to Maui. Upon arrival, my husband and I were placed in a "mountain view room" which has views of a loading dock, tennis court, parking garage, and main road. The room was very noisy and the view was something I would expect of a Motel 6, not a Four Seasons. After requesting a room change, we were told to check back within a few hours on at least 3 occasions. Yet, we never received a response from the front desk staff, who were rude and unhelpful. However, the room itself was well-appointed and the rest of the staff was helpful and friendly. Despite our dissatisfaction with the room, we still enjoyed our stay in Maui.

As for the rest of the hotel amenities, the spa treatments and fitness facilities were good, although crowded. The dining is decent, but we found the better restaurants on the island were those not affiliated with hotels. The pool is rather small compared to similar resorts and there were few, if any, areas to retreat from the large number of families with young children. We found the beach to be a much more relaxing environment, as other hotel guests would scramble to the poolside cabanas to stake out their claim even before the pool opened.

Overall, this resort is a good choice for families (if you get an ocean or garden view room), but I would look elsewhere if you want a peaceful, private retreat.

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Pittsburgh, PA
Reviewed August 21, 2004

My wife and spent 10 days at the Four Seasons Maui for our honeymoon in July. The resort's grounds, rooms, service, and restaurants exceeded our expectations, which were very high given the rave reviews. Our room was large and well appointed, with a marble bathroom that can only be described as opulent. The ocean view was worth the extra expense for us just to be able to wake up in the morning and relax on our lanai, by ourselves, and enjoy the ocean. The room was spectacular, and so were the resaurants at the FS. Spago was the best in our opinion. We ate there the first night, and every other meal that we had while in Maui paled in comparison....until we went again our last night (the prime beef, if on the menu, is phenomenal. It is the most expensive item, but is worth every penny...ask your server to describe it and you won't be able to say no). At Ferraro's the food is good, but in our experience could not compare with that at Spago. Nevertheless, the atmosphere at Ferraro's was better, with true ocean front dining and live violin music every night. Also, if you feel like a dip in the pool or ajoining hot tubs at night, you will usually find them completely empty and be able to enjoy star filled nights in a beautiful setting with the violin music nearby (very relaxing and romantic). The resort did at times feel more packed than at others, but we never felt that it was crowded. The staff was always attentive, and we rarely waited more than just a few minutes for any request or order to be filled. At the FS, they truly make a concerted effort to make you feel welcome, often remembering your name. My wife and I loved the FS and will surely go back.

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Address: 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-5453
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Wailea
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Wailea
#1 Spa Hotel in Wailea
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Wailea
#1 Business Hotel in Wailea
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Wailea
#2 Luxury Hotel in Wailea
#2 Family Hotel in Wailea
Price Range: $609 - $1,599 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons 5*
Number of rooms: 383
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a floor-to-ceiling transformation in the guest rooms, suites and beyond, the all new Four Seasons Resort Maui is taking perfection to new heights. Experience a better place to see, be seen, and be unseen. ... more   less 
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