Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand.

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 Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand.
Designed to have a Victorian-parlor-meets-sugar-plantation aesthetic, the guest rooms -- like everything else at the Grand Wailea -- are grand. Luxury is in the details: from the single orchid and greeting card placed on the bed during the nightly turndown service to the soft waffle-weave robes in the closet. The large, marble-tiled bathrooms include a soaking tub and a separate shower that has a large showerhead and powerful water pressure, and bath products from Spa Grande's signature line, including honey-mango-scented soap, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, and lotion. Roomy balconies come with cushioned recliner seats and ottomans; views range from the mountains to the resort gardens to the ocean. After $180 million of renovations completed in 2008, the 463 rooms and suites still feel freshly unwrapped. New technology includes a 37-inch, LG flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and an iPod docking alarm clock in every room. Plus, unlike most resorts in Hawaii, all rooms also have free high-speed Wi-Fi. As is typical in Hawaii, there are no prestocked minibars, but guests can order specific items to be placed in their empty mini-fridges; coffeemaker and bottled water provided. New bathrooms have marble floors and counters, separate shower and bathtub, and hotel-brand toiletries. All of the rooms at the Four Seasons -- like this standard room -- 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. Plus, all rooms include a large balcony. Views range from mountainside -- overlooking Wailea Avenue -- to garden view, partial ocean, and ocean view; the view of the sunset over the ocean is worth the upgrade. All rooms include a 42-inch plasma flat-panel TV with a DVD player and 55 channels, including HBO and international news. Even in the standard room with a king-size bed, the sofa folds out into an additional bed. Refurbished in 2005, the rooms have a fresh look that's more "modern American" than "traditional Hawaiian" -- taupe carpets; paisley curtains; pastel watercolor paintings. But with modernity you also get some solid improvements, like a comfy bed with a down duvet and down pillows and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. High quality, mandarin-and-mint scented soap, shampoo, and conditioner from Bliss spa And because the resort was built on Black Rock, the ocean-view rooms have the most incredible views in all of Kaanapali. As Maui condo rentals go, all of the rooms at Aina Nalu are in great condition and have consistent décor and amenities so there are no surprises (unlike at properties like Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, where individual owners choose the décor and amenities). In one- and two-bedroom units (not the studios), there's a full kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, stove, oven, and dishware. (Studios have a microwave and a full-size fridge.) Though the bathrooms lack a tub, the stylish, stone-tiled showers are the most beautiful in Maui. Plus, you can pack light -- all units have a washer and dryer. All 413 units at the Fairmont are multiroom suites, and they're massive -- the standard suites, modestly called "Moderate Suites," are larger than the standard rooms of the neighboring Four Seasons and Grand Wailea. 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. A wraparound balcony and full ocean views (whether you're on the balcony or inside the room) are what set the Kilohana Signature Suite apart from the other rooms. Huge, well-designed bathrooms (like this one in a Fairmont Deluxe Suite) have double sinks, bathtub, separate shower, and separate powder room. Miller Harris toiletries and a separate care kit are provided. The sleek interiors of Tower Rooms (a step up from the older standard rooms) represent the chicer side of tropical design: platform beds, textured white linens, wide slat-screen shutters, and monochrome photographs of Hawaiian life. The bathroom of a Tower Room (specifically the Deluxe Room) is a bit cramped, but the locally made, coconut-lime scented bath products are excellent. Views from Tower Rooms are unbeatable -- there are no other high-rises within half a mile. The units at this six-year-old hotel have the clean, minimalist look of any city apartment that was designed in the last, well, six years. Which is to say that there's nothing Hawaiian about them. It's not necessarily a bad thing, especially for travelers who look for city comfort on a tropical beach. 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 well suited to accommodate a family. The huge balcony on the one-bedroom suite, overlooking the pools. The best part: All rooms include a huge whirlpool tub.
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