We have reviewed the best Four Seasons hotels in Hawaii, which includes the stunning Four Seasons Maui in the most exclusive resort on Maui, Wailea.
Four Seasons Maui is the most resort based Four Seasons hotel on the Hawaiian Islands, being situated in the exclusive resort area of Wailea. I reviewed the best way to get deals and special offers at Four Seasons Maui, the key is to book your next Four Seasons stay via our luxury travel concierge and we can give you FREE loyalty-style benefits, room upgrades and perks, at the cheapest ratesf.
Having previously enjoyed a beer and wasabi nuts in the piano bar of the Four Seasons at Wailea, Maui, I couldn’t wait to actually stay here. We arrived to leis and were greeted by name (how do they do that!). The open-air marble foyer is just stunning and adorned with sweet-smelling flowers. You can literally smell the luxury, and when you are given the tour around this beautiful resort where the cream hues and intricate marble pillars form a backdrop to the magnificent ocean views, you can’t fail to be impressed.
Its location is brilliant in Hawaii’s most exclusive resort enclave of Wailea. From the outside, the U-shaped, low-rise building is quite similar to the other large-scale Hawaiian resorts, but the interior is refined and luxurious with an open-air design where halls lead to the open side of the building. From here you can enjoy ocean breezes and panoramic vistas.
Best Time To Visit
Visit in Hawaii’s off-season, when the rates are cheaper along with three for two-night deals being available and the islands are less crowded. Ideally, travel is spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). Winter in Hawaii can be cloudy and wet from December to March but it is a popular time to travel so expensive simply because the rest of the Northern hemisphere is so miserable and cold.
The large lobby has a glorious open design brings the tropical outdoors in. The lobby features a lively bar that overlooks the main pool area and where Hula dancers perform to the sounds of live Hawaiian music each day around sunset.
Communal areas are also always immaculate and the staff are always welcoming and often address you by your name (although I still don’t know how they manage to do this bearing in mind the size of some Four Seasons hotels!).
Four Seasons Maui houses hundreds of incredible art pieces by Hawaii-influenced artists throughout the property. The artsy character of the resort is clear from your very first moments at the property as you walk past two gigantic ceramic heads glazed with bold stripes that guard the lobby entrance.
All rooms here are a similarly good size (600 sq foot) with the signature Four Seasons bathroom and a large balcony.The view is the deal breaker here. Mountain view rooms are on the outside of the base of the U and overlook the car park. Garden view sit towards the back of the inside of the U with very distant sea views. They mainly look out over other rooms and the garden in the middle.
The cheapest rooms are the rooms with Mountain views (which face towards the car park). These rooms are the same size and quality as the Garden View Rooms where your lanai (large balcony) is looking over the garden, which is again identical to the next up, with is the Partial Ocean followed by the Ocean View rooms. Basically, the rooms and their beautiful Lanai are virtually identical. It is the view which varies and you pay more for a better view.
It is worth mentioning that even the cheapest room at the Four Seasons Maui is a great room, you are just facing the wrong way and won’t hear the crashing of the waves as you fall asleep, but I am very sure you will have a similarly great holiday, whichever room you choose. If you book via our luxury travel concierge we can bump you up a room level for free (as well as offering a bunch of other free benefits!). My other tip is to request a high floor for better views.
The Four Seasons Maui has a wonderful garden that stretches down to the beach. The entire resort is beautiful. The hotel is built in a U shape around numerous pools and fountains, framed by beautiful Wailea bay. It reminds me of a giant creamy wedding cake with a frothy fountain filled with white icing. You certainly can’t fault the look of the grounds and will find an array of loungers and pristine white marquees to choose from for your days lazing.
The pools are beautiful, some are for kids and adults, the stunning infinity with a bar is for adults only. We used the loungers on the beach and around the pools (spritzer anyone? don’t mind if I do) as well as the snorkelling equipment (although I always feel rather uncomfortable sharing the mouthpiece with previous snorkelers!). I did notice that although the feel around the pool is very casual, the men, in particular, were wearing a lot of Rolex watches so do remember your designer swimwear and accessorize with watches and diamonds, it will be appreciated!
There are actually three separate pool areas. The resort’s central pool is called the fountain pool because of a giant picturesque fountain that emerges from the heated waters of the pool. The pool – which has two whirlpools at both ends – is surrounded by plenty of cabanas that can be used free of charge (one per room). This pool area is open 24/7 and is very popular with kids but opens up to a more tranquil lawn with plenty of loungers that overlook the beach.
The waterfall pool is a free-form lagoon-style pool which is located next to the fountain pool and draws its inspiration from the ponds of Maui. Two parts of the waterfall pool are linked together with a short slide. This pool mainly attracts families with younger children, and parents can relax in one of the cabanas while keeping an eye out for their kids. Food and drinks are also available poolside, both here and around the fountain pool.
Both the fountain pool and waterfall pool can be very crowded during the school holidays, so for adults there is a third pool area, the serenity pool. This pool is located one level above the other two pools at the resort’s southernmost edge and has two hot tubes and four bubble loungers on its side. The pool is an infinity pool offering panoramic views of the ocean and beach and plays underwater music.
For a complete splurge, you can pay for one of six private luxury cabanas ($450 USD per day). While this might not be the best deal on the island and is certainly not a way to save money, these cabanas offer a great place to relax if your budget will stretch that far.
And now to the sunset bar, or “lobby lounge” which I so dearly love as the sun goes down. Your seat overlooks the grounds and you can watch the days activities being cleared up and the evening being set up over a relaxing beer and listening to a tinkling piano. Sometimes Hula girls dance here too. It offers one of my favourite views from any bar in the world. My husband points out that the bar itself is little more than an enlarged corridor on the way to Spago, which isn’t untrue but it remains one of my favourites.
The resort has three restaurants which aren’t cheap, but are very good. The resort’s signature restaurant Spago, which is the only Hawaiian outpost of master chef Wolfgang Puck, offers a fusion of Hawaiian and California cuisine, paired with panoramic ocean views in Maui. While Spago is located in the lobby on the upper floor of the communal area, the two other restaurants are located one level below on each side of the fountain pool. Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante which is Wailea’s only beachside al fresco restaurant, offering Italian cuisine for dinner and Duo Steak and Seafood restaurant is meant to be the best steakhouse on Maui, and is also the location of a great breakfast buffet each morning.
The Club Floor
One particularly attractive feature of this property is that guests that book into a Club room or Club suite enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s exclusive Club Floor Lounge. The ‘hotel within the hotel’, Club Floor has its own concierge team solely dedicated to the 26 rooms and suites on the top level. Here, guests enjoy complimentary all-day refreshments, a full-service bar, and other appealing extras. Once you have entered the Club Lounge, everything is free, which can actually bring down the cost of your vacation.
Club floors often offer the best possible deal because, although the initial price is higher, you do not need to pay resort rates for food and drinks which can save you hundreds of dollars every day.
Most resorts in Hawaii charge a resort fee, even if you are paying on points. Book the Marriott in Wailea and you get your room rate for “free” (on points) but you are still charged an additional resort fee which makes a point booking here quite a bad deal.
Unlike the nickel-and-diming resorts across these islands, Four Seasons Maui does not charge a resort fee. It is the only hotel on Maui do not charge a resort fee and yet it still offers a bunch of complimentary extras, such as use of cabanas, resort car service (to golf, tennis, shopping and dining in the Wailea area), free sunscreen, introductory fitness classes, free of snorkel equipment for the first hour, free introductory daily scuba lessons, and Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling excursions.
I’ll Be Back
Would I return? To Wailea, yes in a heartbeat, this is my favourite resort on the Islands. Would I eat in Spagos and drink in my favourite bar/corridor with the view? Yes! Would I recommend the Four Seasons Wailea. Absolutely Yes 100%, for the gorgeous rooms, stunning views, amazing beach and just to participate in the magical Four Seasons experience.
Four Seasons Maui also features in our best Four Seasons hotels in North America.
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