Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 5.0

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Wailea Beach, one of the finest beaches in Maui, is a crescent-shaped shore with light brown, powdery sand that stretches over one-third of a mile. The Four Seasons fronts a lovely section of the beach, which it shares with several other hotels.

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 Wailea Beach, one of the finest beaches in Maui, is a crescent-shaped shore with light brown, powdery sand that stretches over one-third of a mile. The Four Seasons fronts a lovely section of the beach, which it shares with several other hotels.
Wailea Beach, one of the finest beaches in Maui, is a crescent-shaped shore with light brown, powdery sand that stretches over one-third of a mile. The Four Seasons fronts a lovely section of the beach, which it shares with several other hotels. Like all of Hawaii's beaches, Wailea Beach is open to the public, but it draws far more vacationers than locals. The small waves on Wailea Beach are suitable for skimboarding, body-surfing, paddleboarding, and Hobie Cat sailing. Other water activities, including ocean dives and kayaking, are available for an additional charge through Maui Undersea Adventures, which runs a scuba center near the beachside path. The resort includes five miles of beach, but guests primarily use the beach at Kulima Cove, just outside the main building. The beaches at Turtle Bay are far less crowded than packed Waikiki Beach. Volcanic rock adds to the beach's rugged beauty. A protective coral reef keeps the water fairly calm and clear, allowing for good (though not great) snorkeling. The Grand Wailea, next to the Four Seasons on Wailea Beach, also sits at the center of this fine stretch of beachfront. Its soft, fine-grained sand is groomed every morning. The resort offers free daily activities including beach yoga. Koa Kea fronts Kiahuna Beach, one of the most family-friendly in Poipu. Beachgoers, predominately resort guests, take surfing lessons and play in the sand. The clear water is good for snorkeling. Rocks on the bottom are easy to cut your feet on, but for the most part it's a safe beach. The Moana Surfrider sits on one of the nicest stretches of Waikiki Beach. It's sandy and relatively clean -- but packed. The Moana Surfrider is one of only a handful of hotels with a beach area cordoned off for guests. Chairs are crammed in shoulder to shoulder, but the white rope keeps at least some of the public out. The Marriott's rocky oceanfront straddles two small, but lovely, beaches: Ulua Beach to the north, and Wailea Beach to the south. Getting to either beach involves a scenic, five-minute stroll along an oceanfront boardwalk. Ulua Beach has soft, brown sand and calm surf. During high tide, the shoreline becomes very narrow and leaves little space for sunbathers (the better option is to stay on the lawns above the Marriott's rocky shoreline) but the beach is much less crowded than Wailea Beach. On the far north side of Ulua Beach, there's a rocky outcropping that extends into a vibrant coral reef. On a good day, you can spot stingrays and turtles around this popular snorkeling spot. It's also great for shore dives. The Sheraton shares the family-friendly Kiahuna Beach with the Koa Kea and the Kiahuna Plantation. The waves in front of Koa Kea can sometimes be too rough for young children, but they're gentler here. Guests can charge beach chairs to their room, but there are no umbrella rentals, and many vacationers opt for a simple towel on the sand. The sand stops shortly past the shore, yielding to lava rock or reef. Just outside Wailea, Polo Beach is one of the most private-feeling in Wailea (all Hawaii beaches are public) due to its rocky surrounding shores. Public beach access is available through a small parking lot next to the resort, but the beach is filled mainly with guests of the Fairmont. The calm waters are good for snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking, and are safe for children. Complimentary canoe lessons take off from Polo Beach. Since the entire coastline of Hawaii is public land, the Kahala's lovely beach is technically open to all. But it has the feel of a private retreat. With its soft white sand and lack of crowds, the Kahala's beach couldn't be more different from Waikiki -- yet it's only a 10- to 15-minute drive up the coast. The Outrigger Kiahuna, which sits on Kiahuna Beach, offers free beach chairs and towels and rents boogie boards and snorkels. Castle Kiahuna shares facilities with the neighboring Outrigger, and fronts the same stretch of Kiahuna Beach. The waves are great for beginner surfers. The Ritz provides direct access to the D.T. Fleming Beach Park -- a nine-mile crescent of sandy beach. It's about a five-minute walk from the main property to the shore. The beach's strong currents and rough waves can be dangerous, but there are lifeguards on duty. The best part: relative isolation. Ke Iki Beach is long, wide, and uncrowded -- the sandy antithesis of beaches in Waikiki. In the winter, waves top 30 feet at the Ke Iki Beach, making it popular with surfers. Guest-only hammocks swing between palm trees. Volcanic rocks border the beach, while lush green mountains are visible in the distance. The Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club is right next to the Kiahuna Plantation and Koa Kea resorts, but it fronts an area of beach with slightly different conditions. A cove and sandbar create a shallow pool sheltered from the waves, and plenty of children play in the surf and the sand. The narrow stretch of beach doesn't feel quite as family-friendly as nearby Kiahuna Beach, though. A reef break generates larger waves for more experienced surfers. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa faces Kaanapali's four-mile stretch of white-sand beach. The resort provides free umbrellas and beach chairs on the beach. Wind and currents vary, but water sports, from kayaking and snorkeling to windsurfing and beginner's surfing lessons, are possible along the beach. The hotel sits on one of Ko Olina's four man-made lagoons, where calm waters are ideal for snorkeling. The still waters of the Ko Olina lagoons make the beaches great for families. The wide crescent-shaped beach directly in front of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel hotel is mostly swimmable (though currents can get strong) and far less crowded than much of Kaanapali Beach to the south, where the area's bigger resorts sit. The Grand Hyatt sits on its stretch of shore in the resort area of Poipu, and the beach runs a considerable distance along the property. Much of it goes unused, though, because of big rock formations. Guests stick to the small stretch of sand. The rough surf is good for skimboarding and boogie boarding, but not snorkeling or beginner's surfing. The more surfer-friendly Waiohai Beach is a few minutes away. Dangerous conditions keep swimmers close to the shore. No question, the beach in front of the hotel is great. The waters are calm enough for snorkeling and swimming, and the beach is empty compared to beaches farther south in Kaanapali near the large resorts. The waters are calm enough for snorkeling and swimming. The Kauai Marriott is the only hotel in Kauai that fronts versatile, kid-friendly Kalapaki Beach, to the northeast of Kiahuna Beach in Poipu. Kalapaki Beach is guarded from strong currents and undertows as it lies in its own separate cove, making it excellent for swimming, bodyboarding, and beginner's surfing. The impressively wide stretch of clean, soft sand is perfect for volleyball. Snorkelers should watch for the majestic sea turtles that abound in the lagoons of Ko Olina. One of the four man-made lagoons of Ko Olina. The Sheraton was built on and around Black Rock, and everyone staying at a resort on Kaanapali Beach is bound to end up there, whether it's for the excellent snorkeling or to witness the nightly cliff-diving ceremony. Black Rock is the busiest section of Kaanapali Beach, but for good reason. Turtles swim incredibly close to the shore. And the sunsets from Black Rock are incredible. All beaches in Hawaii are public, including the packed Waikiki beach. Yet the Royal Hawaiian has staked out a "private" plot of sand with low metal chains. Chairs are for hotel guests only. After the crowds thin out late in the day, beachcombers can find some peace and quiet on the usually packed Waikiki shores. Queen's Beach, the section of Waikiki Beach in front of the Royal Hawaiian, is always bustling. Kids of all ages can be found playing in the sand and surf. The Hilton Kauai's property sits on Nukolii, one of the island's longest beaches. The wide and uncrowded shore offers picturesque sunrises and plenty of space to explore and fly kites, but few dare to wade into the rough, rocky waters. Half a mile from the center of Waikiki, the Sans Souci Beach is calm, clean, and uncrowded. A coral reef near shore keeps the waters calm -- good for swimmers and novice snorkelers. This calm section of beach on the far eastern end of Waikiki where the New Otani sits attracts more locals than tourists. The Royal Lahaina sits in front of a northern section of Kaanapali Beach, just beyond the beach's landmark, Black Rock. But not many travelers realize there's another stretch of sand just beyond the lava outcropping, a much more tranquil shore with amazingly clear water and gentle surf. There's spectacular snorkeling at the table reef in front of Kahekili Beach Park, a five-minute walk north, or at Black Rock to the south. Snorkeling gear is avaialble at the resort's beach activities center for $15 a day. The Hilton Hawaiian Village sits on a half-mile stretch of Waikiki's beautiful turquoise beach known as Fort DeRussy. Protected by a coral reef, it's wider and calmer than the main beach. In addition to having access to an ocean beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village is home to the sandy shores of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. A lifeguard stand sits on the strip of Waikiki Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Families flock to the Hilton for its kid-friendly features, and beaches and pools can get crowded as a result. A view toward Waikiki beach and Diamond Head from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Even farther north on Kaanapali Beach, there's the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. It's much less crowded, but still has clear water, gentle surf, and terrific snorkeling opportunities. The beach at the Outrigger Waipouli is wider, cleaner and less steep than the shore in front of nearby Kapaa hotels like the Aston Islander on the Beach or the Kauai Coast, but it still can't match the fine south shore beaches at the Outrigger and Castle Kiahuna Plantation, Sheraton Kauai, Marriott Waiohai, or the Kauai Marriott. A lava-rock jetty creates a small calm pool where the clear water exposes the rocks that dot the sandy bottom. Outside Kaanapali Beach, there's Napili Bay. Its calm, clear waters and soft beige sand make it great for sunbathing and swimming. There are vibrant coral reefs about 50 feet from the shore, which make for great snorkeling. The hotel provides snorkels and masks, but for fins, you'll have to bring your own or rent from Snorkel Bob's, a five-minute walk away.