Following an authentic Hawaiian blessing ceremony presided over by cultural practitioner Kahuna Nui Kapono’ai Molitau, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa has officially opened its doors.
The location welcomes guests to experience its impressive design, amenities, approachable service, and beachfront destination.
The opening of Andaz Maui at Wailea marks the tenth hotel to join the Andaz brand and is the first Andaz hotel located in a resort destination.
As with all Andaz properties, the hotel will create inspiring experiences through culturally rich offerings that help guests feel more like locals.
“We are thrilled to be opening our doors today to bring the Andaz brand to a beautiful resort destination like Maui,” said Michael Stephens, general manager, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa.
“As we welcome guests from around the world, we aim to connect them to Wailea’s rich history through unique, local experiences that truly make for an unforgettable stay.”
Designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea reflects the pure simplicity and beauty of its lush surroundings.
Rockwell Group created a series of architectural interventions to open the resort’s buildings to Maui’s extraordinary landscape while using a palette of natural materials that reflect the warmth of Hawaiian hospitality.
“The most important characteristic of Andaz is to be deeply rooted in the local culture, infusing it throughout the guest experience.
“Andaz hotels in resort locations will continue to bring this to life,” said Sara Kearney, senior vice president of brands for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
“Maui provides a great preview for what guests can expect from upcoming Andaz hotels in resort destinations, including Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica, which will open later this year.”
Guests are welcomed by an awe-inspiring entryway bridge of glowing Ambrato stone, framed in mahogany over an infinity-edge pool.
Once inside, guests find themselves in the airy Andaz Lounge that features a pitched roof with natural sunlight, accented by a central sandpit where guests can sink their toes into the sand during a hassle-free check-in process with an Andaz host.
Andaz hosts in Wailea use a computerized tablet to check guests into their rooms. Just beyond the Andaz Lounge are stunning views of multiple infinity-edge swimming pools with the picturesque beaches of Wailea serving as a dramatic backdrop.
The resort’s 297 thoughtfully appointed spacious guestrooms and suites, which include seven luxurious villas with two to four bedrooms, were designed to further connect guests to Wailea’s local beaches and the ocean.
Each room consists of custom-designed furniture that includes platform beds with side tables in a walnut finish and teak wood slat vanities.
The bathrooms feature shuttered wooden screens in a white-washed oak finish that open to the bedroom, maintaining the light and airy quality found throughout the room, with floors made of lava stone.
In all guestrooms, guests will enjoy complimentary Internet access, local phone calls, non-alcoholic beverages, and locally sourced snacks that are replenished daily.