Four Seasons Wailea Resort Review
The Four Seasons is not the biggest resort on Maui or even in the Wailea area, but it is the grand winner when it comes to personal service and pampering, as you would expect from a Four Seasons property. Wailea is well-known as the premiere area on Maui for its year-round sunny skies and good weather - they may get only 20 days of rain in a year. So Wailea is home to some of the nicest, most expensive resorts in Maui, including the Four Seasons and Grand Wailea, right next door. In this guide, we will review the Four Seasons property, beach area, pool, rooms, and other amenities, including a look at room prices and reservations.
Four Seasons Photos and Layout - Four Seasons Map
First step is getting here. Wailea is about 25-30 minutes from the Kahului airport. This is a pretty simple island without too many roads so it is hard to get lost - from the airport follow Dairy Rd to Hwy 350/311 (turn left), then another left onto Hwy 31/310 down to Wailea. You can see a detailed map of the Four Seasons Resort area above - click it to open a larger version in a new window. The resort sits on 37 acres at the southern end of Wailea Beach, just south of the Grand Wailea Resort. There are just shy of 400 rooms and suites here, with buildings arranged in a U shape facing out towards the ocean -- 80% of the rooms offer an ocean view. There is a sprawling pool complex between the hotel and the beach, and a magnificent fountain and garden area in the middle of the buildings. Check out the aerial photo below to see more of the layout of the Four Seasons.
As you can see, the resort features lush green gardens and grounds. In this photo, the Grand Wailea is just out of frame to the left, while the lovely Wailea Beach sits in front of the hotel. Spagos restaurant is in the building on the lower right. The grounds slope down from the mountains to the ocean, giving all areas as elevated view of the sea and islands. You'll find all the usual resort amenities here -- shops, restaurants, spas, fitness centers. Restaurants can be busy here and reservations are recommended. But what really sets the Four Seasons apart is the service and pampering. Unlike most of the other resorts that charge additional fees for just about everything, the Fours Seasons includes a lot of "freebies" in the room rate -- things like free parking and valet service, snorkel equipment, free water and fruit and icees by the pool, beach cabanas ($35 at the Sheraton), free child care ($60-$80 per day elsewhere), scuba lessons, and the list goes on. So yeah, you might pay $100 more for a basic room here, but can easily get that amount back in services and benefits -- consider that when you make your calculations on where you can afford to stay. Check out the fountain courtyard below:
Four Seasons Wailea room rates and reservations
The most basic rooms here are the mountainside and garden view rooms, which can be had for $450-$650 per night. We've seen special offers on these rooms going for as little as $375 - grab 'em if you see them that cheap! Even these smaller rooms are about 650sf, making them comfortable and spacious. There is a small sitting area in each room along with nice marble baths. The Mountainside rooms look out over the parking lot section, but who cares - enjoy sunset down by the fountains and pools! They are in the process of renovating these last few areas of the resort, which should be complete by the summer of 2007. Ocean view rooms go for about $825, while garden view Executive Suites go for about $875 per night. Not only are the rooms great, but the suites are a level above and beyond. They offer 75 suites and 300 rooms. Consider the Maile Suite, a 5000sf suite on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons. You get 6, count 'em 6, lanais to complement your 3 bedrooms, a 50" flat screen TV, separate dining room, and walls of glass to bring in the ocean view right into your room. It can all be yours for about $12K per night. Or how about the Lokelani Suite ($3700/night), on the 3rd floor with almost 2000sf of space and your own private garden and collection of exercise equipment. Or the simpler Four Seasons Executive Suites with Prime Ocean View -- with separate living and bedroom areas, large lanais, and oversized marble bathroom. These are located on the 4th - 7th floors and have nearly 900sf of living space -- these rooms go for about $1300 per night. Finally, consider the the Ocean View Deluxe Suites for around $3K per night - about 1500sf, located on 3rd floor, large garden space off balcony. Their official website is FourSeasons.com/maui/
- you can book rooms directly there, or from any of the popular travel websites (Expedia, Travelocity, etc.).
Four Seasons Beach and Pool Photos
The pool area is nicely done, but not exceedingly large. So it can get crowded. The massive pool area next door at the Grand Wailea is indeed "grander", but with the beach just steps away, it is hard to complain too much. Here's a view from one of the ocean front rooms looking towards the beach. The beach here is good and sandy, rocky on the southern edge which has some decent snorkeling areas. Good spot for swimming though, especially in the morning, as winds and rougher water tend to pick up in the afternoon in the Wailea area. The service around the pool area is almost legendary, with people helping set up your towels, spraying you with water, offering fresh fruit and ice drinks. If you rent a car, consider driving around to check out some of the other beaches in this part of Maui. All beaches are public, so there are either formal parking areas and paths to all beaches, or at least trails. Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock, is just down Makena Rd. from the Fairmont Kea Lani, tends to be quiet and fairly private with a few parking spots and short walk through the trees to the beach. Just around the rocks to the south is Po'olenalena Beach with good snorkeling areas. And don't miss Big Beach on the southern tip of Maui - it's a long, deep sandy stretch of beach with good swimming and plenty of parking.