Following a Hawaiian blessing ceremony presided over by cultural practitioner Kahuna Nui Kapono’ai Molitau, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa has officially opened as the newest resort on Maui. The opening of Andaz Maui at Wailea marks the 10th hotel to join the Andaz brand and is the first Andaz hotel located in a resort destination.
“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 in resort destinations, including Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica, which will open later this year.”
The Andaz Maui experience begins immediately as guests are welcomed by an entryway bridge of glowing Ambrato stone framed in mahogany over an infinity-edge pool.
Andaz hosts in Wailea use a computerized tablet to check guests into their rooms. Just beyond the Andaz Lounge are views of multiple infinity-edge swimming pools with the beaches of Wailea serving as a backdrop.
The resort features 297 guestrooms and suites, which include seven villas with two to four bedrooms, 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 each 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.
The resort has assembled the world’s top talent to deliver farm-fresh, seasonal and sophisticated food utilizing the unforgettable, rich island flavors of Maui. Serving breakfast and lunch, Ka’ana Kitchen’s unique, residential-style setting offers views of the infinity-edge pool, lagoon and ocean and provides a culinary experience that reflects the rich heritage of Hawaii. The resort’s second full-service restaurant, Morimoto Maui, by acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, focuses on the seamless integration of Japanese, Western and Hawaiian traditions.
Two poolside cocktail lounges, Bumbye Beach Bar and Lehua Lounge, offer hand-crafted cocktails made with premium spirits and fresh juices, created by New York mixologist and Hawaiian native Julie Reiner. A 24-hour market is stocked with local snacks and beverages from the Hawaiian Islands.
Andaz Maui at Wailea conceived a Hawaiian apothecary concept for the `Āwili Spa and Salon to incorporate indigenous herbs into customized treatments. The 14,000-square-foot spa features 10 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, three relaxation rooms, a 24-hour fitness center and a private adult spa pool.