Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Opulence marks every feature, from the luxe rooms to the massive gym to the large, marble-tiled bathrooms that include a soaking tub and a separate shower with a large showerhead and powerful water pressure. Bath products are from Spa Grande's signature line and include honey-mango-scented soap, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, and lotion.

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 Opulence marks every feature, from the luxe rooms to the massive gym to the large, marble-tiled bathrooms that include a soaking tub and a separate shower with a large showerhead and powerful water pressure. Bath products are from Spa Grande's signature line and include honey-mango-scented soap, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, and lotion.
The beautifully designed, 780-room Grand Wailea has the best pool in Hawaii, one of the top U.S. spas, and a prime location on one of the best U.S. beaches. Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand. Opulence marks every feature, from the luxe rooms to the massive gym to the large, marble-tiled bathrooms that include a soaking tub and a separate shower with a large showerhead and powerful water pressure. Bath products are from Spa Grande's signature line and include honey-mango-scented soap, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, and lotion. After the Kauai Marriott's $50-million renovation in 2009, this 356-room, family-oriented resort on Kalapaki Beach boasts big flat-screens in every room, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and the biggest single-level pool in Hawaii. All of the Marriott's refurbished guest rooms feature contemporary furniture in colorful, contrasting shades of orange and red. At this high-end condo resort, you get a huge one- and two-bedroom suite that's among the best on the island without the bustle of a mega-resort. Bonuses include a top-tier spa, family-friendly pool and full, high-tech kitchens in every room. Full kitchens boast granite countertops and high-tech brands: Wolf stove and oven, Sub-Zero fridge, and GE Profile microwave. All rooms have comfortable beds with Simmons Beautyrest World Class Innerspring mattresses and four pillows. Bathrooms include a separate whirlpool tub and shower, and guests can upgrade from the basic garden view to partial mountain view, partial ocean view, ocean view, and oceanfront units. An immaculate, art-filled property fronting Wailea beach, the Four Seasons stands at the pinnacle of the area's resorts, offering a slew of amenities, spacious rooms -- some with outstanding views -- and a top-notch staff. All of the rooms at the Four Seasons combine the chain's trademark beige with welcome island-style accents like woven dark-wood desk chairs, a picture of a shell necklace on the wall, and, for kids, a fun stuffed lizzard. Bathrooms have separate showers and deep tubs, a choice of six genres of music to play, two Turkish robes, L'Occitane en Provence toiletries, and 100-percent-cotton custom towels by Sobel Westex. Built on Black Rock, a sacred Hawaiian landmark and one of the best snorkeling sites on Maui, the 508-room Sheraton has all the qualities of a modern mega-resort -- clean rooms, big pool, full spa, quality gym. Refurbished in 2005, the rooms have a fresh look that's more "modern American" than "traditional Hawaiian" -- taupe carpets; paisley curtains; pastel watercolor paintings. All rooms have private, tiled balconies, 80 percent of which have some sort of ocean view. It's worth upgrading to the Partial-Oceanview Rooms as the "Mountain View" Rooms could mean that your balcony opens out to a rockface just a few feet away. This 121-room Poipu boutique hotel offers five-star features -- rooms with fine Egyptian linens, Italian marble bathrooms, and personal espresso machines, and a free fitness center with individual cable-TV monitors. The sleek, boutique-style interiors extend into the marble-tile bathroom, which include exceptional L'Occitane bath products, Turkish cotton towels, and waffle-knit bathrobes. Reopened in January 2008 after a $180-million renovation, the 463-room Ritz-Carlton Kapalua boasts up-to-date rooms, top-notch dining, a quality spa, polished service, and beautifully landscaped grounds of national park proportions. New bathrooms have marble floors and counters, a separate shower and bathtub, and hotel-brand toiletries. Not your typical time-share, this multifaceted Kaanapali resort features amenities that rival the area's mid- to high-end hotel chains -- fitness center, kids' club -- along with massive, stylish units and an atmosphere heavily geared to families. Even the studio units -- the basic room type -- are 440 square feet and feature a king-size bed, a whirlpool tub, and a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher, and sink. In the one-bedroom suite, however, you get a full-size kitchen with granite countertops, a four-burner stove and oven, and a dining area this is well-suited to accommodate a family. Kid-friendly food is also offered in all of the resort's restaurants. Kids five and younger eat free with a paying adult at the Ocean Pool Bar & Grill. A celebrity retreat since 1964, the modernized Kahala is quite possibly the best hotel in Oahu. Yet its vibe is more "family fun" than "pretentious glitz" -- think swimming with dolphins, not posing in lounges. No matter which way you go, rest assured your room will be impressive -- $30 million of the $52 milion the hotel spent on renovations went into the rooms. A top pick for those who want more than a budget hotel but less than a mega resort, this independent, ultra-modern, 72-room affordable boutique a block from the beach is high on style. Fashioned by San Francisco designer Jiun Ho, the small, tech-friendly rooms at Hotel Renew stand out for their sophisticated, urban design. Wailea's aptly named Fairmont Kea Lani is a "white heaven" indeed -- its 450 units sit on a 22-acre beachfront property that includes four pools, five restaurants, access to world-class golf, and some of Maui's largest rooms. Each suite features one king or two double beds with pillow-tops and down comfortors, plus a living room with a reasonably comfortable, sectional pullout couch. Huge, well-designed bathrooms have double sinks, a bathtub, a separate shower, and a separate powder room. Miller Harris toiletries and a separate care kit are provided. Opened in December 2008, the Grand Waikikian's time-share condo units are chock full of new luxury amenities, including high-end kitchens, soaking tubs, Bosch washers and dryers, and flat-screen TVs with surround sound. Hardwood floors, throw rugs, and mix-and-match furnishings give the suites a homey feel. Fully equipped kitchens come with GE appliances, including a fridge and dishwasher. A blender and rice cooker are among the handy extras. Of the three luxury hotels in Waikiki, the 529-room Royal Hawaiian provides the most stunning design, the warmest service, and the best collection of free little extras, like beach chairs, turndown treats, and welcome leis. Red and gold wallpaper and a Florentine-pattern olive carpet create a striking effect in the Historic Wing room, renovated in 2009. The 346-room Westin Princeville's condo-style time-share units, four beautiful pools, expansive cliffside grounds, and excellent service (for a condo property) make it a solid, quiet option for families and couples. The immaculately kept suites at this hotel have kitchenettes, washers and dryers, Westin "Heavenly" beds, and the island's best TVs -- 32-inch flat-screens with 143 channels including seven HBO channels (more than other resorts offer) and DVD players. The one-bedroom suites include a full kitchen with modern appliances, like a glass range, microwave, full-size fridge, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster, and flatware -- but no ovens. These rooms also have a separate seating area with a pull-out couch and a dining table that seats six. Unlike some of its neighboring resorts, the Westin Princeville has air conditioning. Whalers Cove is a condo hotel, meaning that every "guest room" is actually an independently owned condo unit. Each condo varies based on how the owners have chosen to decorate or outfit them. But rest assured, they all fall within the luxury-condo category. It's more like a choice between luxurious and -- in the case of Unit 114 with a Bosch kitchen, Bose stereo, walk-in closet and whirlpool tub -- super-luxurious. Although the design of kitchens varies, they all come with a dishwasher, four-burner stove and oven, full-size fridge, and cooking and serving utensils. Ceiling fans, mixed with the ocean breeze, keep the condos comfortably cool in the summer, but it can get hot using the kitchen.
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