Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

Jocelyn Murray September 15, 2015 No Comments

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The Grand Wailea Resort has lots of pools and water slides

The most striking aspect of Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort is its pools. They call it the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, though that may be a gross understatement. The pool is actually nine pools on six tiers, all of which are interconnected by water slides and rivers including whitewater rapids, a rope swing, a sand beach, a toddler pool, six cascading waterfalls, caves and charming grottos, three Jacuzzis, a swim-up bar, the world’s first water elevator, and more. It is a veritable water park nestled among lush tropical gardens on the resort’s forty beachfront acres at Maui’s renowned Wailea Beach.

Pools with cascading waterfalls add to the charm of this amazing resort

Oh, and did I mention the Hibiscus Pool with its two Jacuzzis? This 4,850-square-foot watery haven is an adults-only (18+ years) pool. Because let’s face it: sometimes you want to take a quiet dip in a pool that is not overrun by squealing children. And what a pool. It’s gorgeous. We’re talking Mexican glass mosaic tiles that make you feel as though you’ve stepped into the private luxury villa belonging to a mogul in the tropics.

The accommodations are inviting and very comfortable

What else could anyone ask for? How about luxury accommodations with expansive views of the beach. And dining. And shops. As far as accommodations go, the beds are easily the most comfortable I’ve slept on in any resort. This is important because when you are active all day, you need a good night’s rest to recharge so you can get up and do it all over again. After all, vacations are only a few days, so you want them to be well spent, not just leave you spent.

The resort grounds are lush, fragrant and so beautiful

DINING

The resort offers multiple options so you do not even need to leave the premises. There is the Grand Dining Room with ocean views and an amazing breakfast buffet including an omelet bar, fresh fruit, cereals, waffles, freshly baked pastries, rolls, eggs, bacon, juices, coffee, tea and so much more. Guests can lunch poolside at the Volcano Bar & Grill. There is the casual Bistro Molokini for lunch and dinner, as well as the more elegant dining at Humuhumunukunukuapua (try saying that one time, let alone more than once) with fresh fish, lobster, savory meats prepared with a Polynesian flare, and locally sourced ingredients right from Hawaii.

The game room is a great place for kids to unwind after a long day in the pools

For parents with young children, kids 5 and younger dine free with a paying adult. This is only one example of the Grand Wailea’s commitment to families. It’s called the Kids Eat Free and Kids Dine All Day. The restaurants also have keiki (kids) menus which include a beverage, entrée and dessert.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

The Grand Wailea also offers daily activities for guests including arts and crafts like jewelry making, bath salts creations, custom-made pizza stations for kids, dive-in movie features, guided meditation and fitness, and much more.

Wailea Beach is gorgeous, and the water is warm

But there’s more. A spa and a fitness center make a stay here the ultimate in luxury, so there is no excuse for not staying fit in paradise. You can pamper yourself to a spa treatment if that is something which entices you. What is so lovely about the Grand Wailea is that there are a variety of options and activities to suit most tastes. Those who love partaking of activities can do everything from scuba diving to sport fishing, golf, hiking, ziplining, lu’aus, sunset cruises, helicopter tours and so much more. While those who prefer to slow down and savor the moment will find that this resort is the perfect place to lose yourself amid the sea’s spectacular vistas or a walk on the powdery golden sand.

The sun rises in tranquil splendor beyond the resort as seen from Wailea Beach

The Grand Wailea is located on Maui’s stunning Wailea beach, and is walking distance to offsite shopping and dining as well. Like its name implies, it is truly a grand resort in every way, and perfect for couples or families seeking a memorable vacation on the beautiful island of Maui. Take a little Hawaiian aloha home with you after leaving this piece of paradise.

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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