Thinking about Hawaii, my mind always rests on Wailea. Perched on the southwestern tip of the island about 30 minutes from Kahului Airport, Wailea boasts luxurious beaches, stunning golf courses, resorts, activities, and easy access to Maui’s endless attractions.
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Romance feels effortless in Hawaii and the state’s only Relais & Châteaux property, Hotel Wailea, makes it even easier with its Return to Paradise package.
Maui’s Hotel Wailea Is At The Forefront Of Hawaii Sustainability
While Hawaii was closed to tourism during this COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic also brought with it an ironic twist: The island’s ecosystem was able to recharge, with bays re-teeming with fish, and coral reefs bouncing back. Hotel Wailea, the island’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property, is at the forefront of this rejuvenation, and has recently implemented numerous initiatives designed to lighten its tourism footprint. A warm aloha couldn’t be more obvious!
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The first and only Relais & Chateaux property in Hawaii, Hotel Wailea offers visitors a beautiful combination of ultra-private elegance infused with island luxury. It’ s independently owned and operated by Private Label Collection, a full-service luxury hospitality management company based in Hawaii and founded by Honolulu native Jonathan McManus. The hotel is an intimate adults-only escape with 72 oversized suites and a stylish, recently renovated pool area overlooking three different Hawaiian Islands with residential-style cabanas and an apothecary pool bar. An ideal island escape for couples, Hotel Wailea boasts an unprecedented level of intimacy, privacy, and exclusivity in Hawaii. Personalized guest programming is tailor ed to couples and centered on unique local experiences that embody adventure. romance, and laid-back luxury. Hotel Wailea’s continually evolving culinary program boasts a unique take on seasonal dining with a focus on traditional Hawaiian staples and Maui-grown ingredients. including produce from the hotel’s own organic garden.
Aloha State of Mind
We decided to island-hop over to Hotel Wailea, Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property, to see where it all began. The open-air Treehouse with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean is where we enjoy an intimate dining experience with a private chef curating a seven-course tasting menu tableside with wine pairings. Suspended among mango trees, we savor dishes such as refined version of poke with dragon fruit and scallions, and a daikon and Asian pear “trail mix” with white chocolate and lemon, and the evening is topped off with an always-enthralling Hawaii sunset.
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Hawaii’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property, the adults-only Hotel Wailea is designed for romance and exclusivity. Seventy-two spacious suites are spread across 15 acres, perfect for easy social distancing. Borrow one of the resort’s three vintage 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster replicas to explore Maui’s upcountry peaks, some of which top out at more than 10,000 feet above sea level; try your hand at Hawaiian outrigger canoeing to see the sunrise over the Haleakala volcano; or join the Surf Safari tour to hang 10 on some of the island’s best breaks. Spring for the seven course tasting menu in a private treehouse set among the mango trees to cap off the unforgettable experience. No matter where you are, adjacent mountain islands set a jaw-dropping scene.
This upscale, ultra-private, adults only five-star resort set on 15 acres of manicured grounds that overlook the Pacific is the go-to getaway spot for entertainment industry luminaries and Silicon Valley execs. Boasting 72 oversized suites and a bevy of culinary options – Treehouse restaurant hangs over the coastline, nestled among mango trees – the resort offers recreational activities that Include a surf safari experience and the opportunity to take a spin around the island in a vintage 1957 Porsche. Guests can also paddle out to Maui Basin in their own private canoe to watch the breaching humpback whales. feel like getting around in a Tesla Model X? The hotel can make that happen. Hotel Wailea also prides itself on its sustainability efforts: during the pandemic quarantine, the resort created a line of reef-safe sunscreen, to help protect local marine life, as well as bath products that use honey from bees on the property and wild Kahiii ginger from the slopes of Maui’s famed Haleakala volcano.