Updated: May 21, 2015
Wailea Map - Wailea Resort ListingPlanning a vacation to Maui can be complicated, and sometimes deciding where to stay is the hardest part. You go to a travel site and start checking prices and availability on hotels, and before you know it you can't keep track of which resort is which, and where they are located. We hope our page here can help you, at least when it comes to resorts in the Wailea region of Maui. We also have a larger map of Maui here that shows you the whole island and where all the different cities are on Maui. Once you recognize that Kapalua and Kaanapali are in the northwest, Lahaina is south of that, and Kihei is way south of that, just above Wailea, you are ready to pick a place to stay!
List of Wailea Resorts and HotelsWhat hotels are in Wailea? What is the best resort in Wailea? These are common questions we hear all the time. Wailea is really a pretty small area on Maui, located in the southwest corner of the island. The larger city of Kihei is just about 2-3 minutes north of Wailea, but Kihei is not a resort town -- think more of small strip smalls, some condos, some small restaurants, etc. In general, the beaches south of Kihei are much nicer than the Kihei beaches, and the crowds are less, making it an ideal resort location. The real draw though is the weather, with the least amount of rain and the most amount of sunshine on the island of Maui. So check out the map above to see how the resorts stack up in Wailea and where they are on the map. Coming from the north towards the south (which is how you arrive coming from the airport), the first major resort you hit in Wailea is the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort. We stayed here in the early spring of 2007, and pictures below give you an idea what it looks like. The second picture shows the view looking northward from the Makai wing - note the not so hot beach and the expensive villas in the lot next door ($7-$12 million if you are interested...).
The hotel itself is comprised of 3 wings, almost all of which rooms have ocean views. The Kihei and Makena wings extend on the north and south sides of the hotel (ocean is to the west) and the Makai wing juts out towards the ocean, but is positioned such that rooms on both sides have ocean views. The grounds are green, lush, and well-manicured. The pool are is fairly small, and the beach in front is not one of the best in Maui, however, you can walk north 4 minutes to a better beach or head south 8 minutes to Wailea beach in front of the Grand Wailea, which is much better. The rooms here are nothing extravagant - around 500sf, nicely equipped, clean. We paid $420 for an ocean view room. They are planning on closing the resort sometime around summer of 2007 for a renovation project scheduled to last a year or more, so the rooms and facilities are past their prime, but still perfectly acceptable overall. One nice thing is the proximity to the other resorts south of here (more EXPENSIVE resorts) and the nice pathway that runs all the way down to the fairmont (see map above). This lets you stroll any hour of the day to visit other resorts for shopping, dining, etc.
The next major Wailea resort down the beach is the Wailea Marriott. This is a more mellow resort comprised of low-rise buildings housing over 500 rooms. They front a rocky area, no real beach (though 4 minute walk to the south takes you to very nice Wailea Beach). They have 3 pools and a special kids pool located away from the main pool area -- the whole place is spread out across a pretty good sized property, making it feel relaxed and more empty than some of the crowded-pool type resorts. The famous Shops at Wailea (upscale open-air mall) is right behind the resort. Expect to pay $450-$850 for a room, along with a resort fee of $15 per day.