Fodor's Expert Review Wailea Elua Village

3600 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, Hawaii, 96753, USA See on Map

Located on Ulua Beach, one of the island's most beloved snorkeling spots, these upscale one-, two-, and three-bedroom condo suites have spectacular views and 24 acres of manicured lawns and gardens. They are along the scenic 1.5-mile Wailea Beach Walk, which wanders the south coastline through stunning sandy beaches, points of interest, multimillion-dollar seaside homes, and the luxury condo resorts of Wailea. Units have custom appliances and furnishings and, befitting the million-dollar locale, there is 24-hour security. For a nominal fee, the concierge will stock your refrigerator with groceries, including hard-to-find items for those with dietary restrictions.

The Alii Resorts website has a great property map that shows you where the buildings are on this large property. Combine that with other websites with great interior shots (different companies represent different units) to find the perfect condo for your needs.

room

Wailea Elua offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villa rentals on its large property. Each unit differs in furnishings and decor, as each are individually owned, but the Destination Residences website does a nice job of letting guests get a good view of each unit online. Each unit includes air conditioning, full kitchen, washer/dryer, free Wi-Fi, grill, and ocean views. Some include private lanai.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some (though not many) of the units are showing wear. Be sure to do a full virtual tour before committing to a unit

bathroom

Bathrooms also vary in decor and fixtures, based on owner, but are a nice size for a condo. Each master bedroom has an en suite bath.

lobby

There is no lobby at this condo hotel. Check-in is at an offsite location.

pool

The medium-sized rectangular pool is surrounded by a small sun deck, loungers, a grassy area, and palm trees, with views of the ocean.

gym

The fitness room is quite small, where the few cardio and weight machines feel like they are stacked upon one another.

LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow). Free self parking is available. There is also a free Wailea shuttle service provided that just happens to be a Tesla X.

Restaurants

Dining at The Mill House (24-min drive) should top any Maui itinerary, giving guests the chance to enjoy innovative, beautiful, locally sourced dishes. Add to the food a variety of fun cocktails and a massive wine list all wrapped up with clever, beautiful styling, and it’s hard to pull yourself away. An extensive happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. gives guests the chance to try a variety of small plates and drinks. The views of the clouds wisping by the west Maui mountains and the fun duck pond off the patio makes the dining experience even more special.


Decadent, delicious, and relaxing Duo Steak and Seafood (2-min drive) makes open-air fine dining fun. The seafood and steak focused menu gives guests a chance to choose their own dining adventure with various combinations, sauces, and sides. Fun touches like live music, beautiful cocktails, and a plate full of cotton candy to finish off the meal make the dining experience memorable and charming.

Bars

Though Monkeypod (2-min drive) has some really great food, it’s also a fun place to enjoy a cocktail or two. Visit their Wailea location during one of their two daily happy hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. for some beautifully handcrafted culinary cocktails, a variety of wines by the glass, and an array of craft beers, including seasonal and specialty selections. Enjoy live music most days while sipping your drink -- performances start at 1, 4, and 7 p.m.


MauiWine (61-min drive) offers some truly memorable drinking experiences. For those looking for a simple visit, a quick trip to their tasting room in King’s Cottage (with optional tour) is a great way to get to know these wines. For a truly special treat, the Old Jail Tasting allows guests to gain more in-depth knowledge of the winemaking process and taste four select wines (often specialty or unreleased wines) along with taste pairings, all while hanging out in an old jail.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Beautiful grounds, great views,and clean accommodations are just a few of the great points about Wailea Elua. Its location on a great beach (with protected reef, great for snorkeling) and close to shopping and restaurants are another big draw. Daily housekeeping is also a very nice treat at a condo property.

QUICK FACTS

Resort
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Sophisticated
On the beach
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-891–6249;800-367–5246

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