after researching a handful of resorts for our 3-day couple’s getaway in maui, hotel wailea quickly stood out. a relais & chateaux gem that is much more intimate than its peers in wailea, hotel wailea has gorgeous suites, plenty of couples-oriented activities & excursions, an amazing pool with tons of lounge space & cabanas, & a killer cocktail menu. it was the perfect place to relax, unwind, & enjoy the beautiful hawaiian sunshine.
it’s very hard to put into words, but hawaii holds such a special place in my heart. even though i’ve never had the opportunity to live there, it’s a place that has always felt like home to me, in a very spiritual & healing way.
a great deal of my history is there & that is something i absolutely cherish & never take for granted.
my mom was born & raised in honolulu. my parents met & fell in love on oahu & spent their newlywed years finding adventures across the island. my extended family still lives in hawaii, spread across oahu & molokai. my loved ones who have passed on are laid to rest in hawaii. my brother married my beautiful sister-in-law on a beach near waikiki. & chris asked me to marry him while we were on the shore of sandy beach in hawaii kai, a beach my parents frequented when they were our age.
there’s something to be said about a place that makes you feel complete & at peace with the universe – it is ohana, it is aloha, it is home.
chris & i make an effort to get back every summer to spend time with the family. we usually spend half of our trip exploring different restaurants on oahu with my auntie & the other half of our trip on rural molokai, doing crosswords & listening to my dear grandfather recall the good old days & sharing with us his wise insight on life, love, friendship, & marriage.
this year, chris & i decided to also save a few days at the end of our visit for some quality time together. we wanted rest & relaxation, so we broke away from our comfort zone on oahu & molokai & ventured, for the first time ever, to maui.
located on maui’s south shore is wailea, a small community with tons of great beach front, world-class restaurants, & wonderful boutique hotels. given that all we really wanted out of our 3-day getaway was to have some quiet time to read by the water, drink some tropical cocktails, & enjoy the hawaiian sunshine together, wailea was the perfect place for our getaway.
as we researched places to stay in wailea, hotel wailea quickly stood out.
a relais & chateaux gem that is much more intimate than most of its peers in wailea, hotel wailea has gorgeous suites, plenty of couples-oriented activities & excursions, an amazing pool with tons of lounge space & cabanas, & a killer cocktail menu.
need i say more? we were sold.
as we drove up its long & winding drive, we quickly realized that hotel wailea would easily exceed all of our expectations.
the staff was accommodating & their attention to detail was a reflection of the fact that they are top-notch service professionals. we were greeted with beautiful leis & taken for a tour of the grounds before we were led to our room (which we were able to check in to 5 hours early!).
we stepped into our suite & we were immediately taken aback. not only was it beautifully designed, there was a personalized note left in the room welcoming us to hotel wailea. the room even had a small patio space with comfortable lounge furniture overlooking the ocean.
& things only got better from there.
we made our way over to the pool, where we intended to spend most of our time at hotel wailea. it was picturesque – perfectly aqua & glistening in the warm sunshine, surrounded with ample lounge seating & four big shaded cabanas.
off to the side was a beautiful full-service bar, which serves smoothies, cocktails, beer & wine, along with a food menu full of great options for poolside snacks & light lunch.
the only thing left to do for the next few days was to grab a book, order a cocktail (or 10), eat some sushi, kick up our feet, & soak in the hawaiian sunshine.
our stay at hotel wailea was the absolute perfect way to end a wonderful vacation. we can’t wait to return next year!
What a gorgeous hotel and your photos are stunning! I loved reading about your family history in Hawaii. I’ve been to Hawaii three times and, although I certainly don’t have the family history you do, it does hold a special place in my heart. I’m already planning my future honeymoon there ;D Love it, thanks for sharing!
thank you christina, i’m glad you enjoyed reading about my love for hawaii! i think it’s pretty clear to anyone who travels there that it’s an amazing place, so i definitely recommend continuing to plan that future honeymoon! would be happy to send any recommendations, too! 🙂