Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
If we had to pick one resort on Maui that had everything you could ever dream of in a five star experience, and maybe then some, we'd have to choose the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. From its relaxed island atmosphere to top notch amenities, design and amazing location, we had to struggle to think of something that wasn't right at our fingertips. And that's a good thing.
Four Seasons Maui Restaurants & Bars
Ferraro's Bar E Ristorante
As soon as we walked into the resort, we were in search of not only an amazing experience, but an equally amazing welcome cocktail. Enter Ferraro's, one of three onsite, ocean-view restaurants that was just named one of Open Table's top choices for outdoor dining in the U.S. The rightfully-recommended Orchid Dream paired with the Seafood Cobb Salad and panoramic views of Wailea Beach, the West Maui Mountains and Molokini Crater was the perfect start to a day in paradise.
DUO Steak & Seafood
That night for dinner, we headed to DUO's Market Night, a relatively new event that sources the best in fresh, local ingredients, held Fridays from 5 to 9pm. We enjoyed a Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager, salad bar with ingredients straight from the farm in Upcountry Maui and even picked out our own cut of meat for dinner. The food was fantastic, as was the scenery of the poolside waterfall and fading sunset. We especially enjoyed meeting and talking story with some of the island's best farmers. Check it out if you get the chance!
The next evening, we headed to the beautiful Lobby Lounge to enjoy a pre-dinner live hula show and sunset tiki torch lighting ceremony, specialty Hana Haze Martini in hand. As someone who has been to several luaus, this was the perfect, low key (and free) alternative to an actual luau.
Our last night at the resort, we treated ourselves to dinner at Spago, Wolfgang Puck's Hawaiian and California fusion restaurant. Our courses were perfectly timed, beginning with the Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke and moving onto the Roasted Cantonese Duck and Grilled Mahimahi. The service was impeccable and the restaurant is designed so elegantly! While we did pay a pretty penny to eat here, it was worth every cent.
Four Seasons Maui Pools & Amenities
Holy pools, Batman. With three options to choose from, all with a specific purpose and specific perks, it's hard to imagine a much more ideal setting. We started with the Fountain Pool, the 80 foot option in the middle of the resort, complete with a picturesque fountain and whirlpools on either side. Not usually one for over-the-top fanciness, but also not one to pass up an opportunity almost too good to be true, we grabbed one of the open pool cabanas, which are complimentary for resort guests on a first come, first serve basis. Also, when pool attendants started passing out complimentary cooled cucumber slices for our eyes along with spritzes of Evian water, were we really supposed to say no?
The next day, we decided to switch it up and head to the Serenity Pool, the adults only option that serves to remind you of only the wonderful things that go along with being over 21. A swim up bar?! Yes please. Infinity pool overlooking the beach?! Yes again. Two jacuzzis, complimentary pool lounge chairs and a specially designed underwater music system?! Umm, yes again. While we didn't indulge in the luxury cabanas (not complimentary), we did marvel at their champagne-stocked mini fridges, flat screen TVs, wireless headphones and individual ceiling fans. Next time.
Should you travel to Maui with your kiddos, definitely check out the Keiki Pool, a special kids pool with a waterfall, slide, complimentary pool toys and covered lounge chairs for the parents. This brings kiddie pool to a whole new level. There's also a complimentary onsite Kids Camp for parents who want to enjoy a little more private time.
The Four Seasons has an impressive list of complimentary resort extras, including 1 hour snorkel gear rentals, beach chairs, introductory pool scuba sessions, Oceanview Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Meditation, Tai Chi, Hula Fit and full gym access. While we did not personally partake in any of these activities, opting for the relax-a-lot vacation plan, it's pretty cool to see a resort aim to accommodate people with all kinds of interests.
We also spent an afternoon in the game room, where they have a pool table, shuffleboard, ping pong table, board games and a giant flat screen TV with the most popular gaming systems. Great option if you need a break from the sun!
We didn't spend much time shopping, but we did browse through beautiful artwork from local artists, on display daily in the lobby daily. We also thought about taking advantage of some of the exquisite sounding spa treatments, but never got around to it. Next time!
And lest you forget, the resort is directly backed by the gorgeous Wailea Beach, where we spent more than a few hours relaxing, swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue water.
Four Seasons Maui Rooms
Our room was wonderful, clean and spacious with amazing views overlooking the ocean. What we really enjoyed was the fact that every room comes with its own private lanai, giving us complete enclosed privacy on either side to sit and read a book, sip coffee and soak in the view. The bathrooms were by far the largest we've seen on the island and we enjoyed the fact that they offered evening turndown service. They even gave us a choice of down or hypoallergenic duvet covers and pillows! Overall, we loved the room and are eager to see their full remodel of all rooms in 2015.
Four Seasons Maui Overview
While it's definitely not the most budget-friendly choice on the island, we still consider it one of the best deals in all of Maui. With the huge number of complimentary amenities, entertainment and services offered, we're confident that we would have spent almost twice as much anywhere else to get the same level of comfort and luxury that was provided at the Four Seasons. It's a much calmer atmosphere than what you'd expect at a large resort, and with the high level of service offered throughout the property, from the bartenders at Ferraro's to the pool attendants, it's no wonder that people come here again and again. I know we sure will. Mahalo for a wonderful experience!
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