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Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
At a Glance
- you can meet every vacation need without ever leaving the property
- many shops
- at these prices, service should be extraordinary, but isn't always up to par
- extra charges for resort fee, parking, and more
- sometimes too much is too much
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Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa Review
"Grand" is no exaggeration for this opulent, sunny, 40-acre resort—either astounding or over the top, depending on your point of view—with elaborate water features such as a "canyon riverpool" with slides, caves, a Tarzan swing, and a water elevator. Tropical garden paths meander past artwork by Léger, Botero, and noted Hawaiian artists—sculptures even hide in waterfalls. Spacious ocean-view rooms are outfitted with stuffed chaises, comfortable desks, and oversize marble bathrooms. Spa Grande is the island's most comprehensive spa facility, offering everything from mineral baths to massage. For kids, Camp Grande has a game room and movie theater. Among the hotel's restaurants, Alan Wong's Amasia offers cuisine that Wong descibes as "East meets West meets Hawaii." The Grand Wailea is definitely not the place to go for a quiet retreat or for attentive service.
Go huge or go home, as the saying goes. This place is more than a pool—it's a water park. The Grand Wailea has nine pools on six levels and water features that kids adore, including slides, caves, a water swing, waterfalls, and a "river" that connects several pools. The excellent—and equally over-the-top—lodgings and facilities at this resort make it one of the best on Maui.
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