Built before current construction rules, the Marriott's rooms sit much closer to the crashing surf than the rooms at most resorts, and a stay here promises not only close proximity to the water but also luxurious amenities, spacious accommodations, and golf and tennis priveleges nearby. Guest rooms, all with private lanai, have a sleek, contemporary, residential feel. Wailea Beach is a few steps away, as are the Shops at Wailea. On-site, the 10,000-square-foot Mandara Spa is elegant and peaceful, and the gorgeous, adults-only "Serenity" pool has an unobstructed panoramic ocean view from almost every lounge chair. The dining choices are superb, with Food & Wine magazine award winner and "Top Chef" finalist Sheldon Simeon's new Migrant restaurant drawing rave reviews, and Maui celebrity chef Mark Ellman's tony restaurant, Mala Wailea, taking full advantage of the ocean view.