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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Wailea

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Maui, Hawaii, United States, North America: Fountain Pool surrounded by cabanas at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea on Maui,
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea , Hawaii
Tel: 800 334 6284 (toll-free)
Tel: 808 874 8000's insider take:

The Four Seasons Maui is like a vacation home for the celebrity A-list crowd, which explains why the paparazzi are permanently camped out on the beach. The 370 rooms and suites combine the best of Four Seasons's traditions—European luxury bedding and spacious marble baths—with energizing textiles in the reds, blues, and greens of the Hawaiian landscape, creating a harmony between the stunning beach views and the inner sanctum (now with HDTV and wireless). The new infinity-edged adult pool has mellowed the cutthroat jockeying for first-come, first-served cabanas at the main pool. Both pools offer mini spa treatments that take place in your lounger; free snacks, such as frozen fruit spears, are served on the hour. Spago, with its colorful wallpaper murals of giant sea anemones, is fun for cocktails, but there's also the newer Duo restaurant, which serves juicy aged steaks and fresh local seafood. And while the spa is less renowned than the one at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea, it's still the best in Wailea for the quality and diversity of its treatments (such as the sexy "Couples Water Journey" that includes rejuvenating male and female elixirs). Overall, it's utterly charming to see a hotel that, while it really doesn't have to try that hard (it rarely has unoccupied rooms), still feels the need to thrill and surprise its guests.—Cathay Che

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 95.0
  • Activities: 94.9
  • Design: 93.9
  • Food: 94.1
  • Location: 96.9
  • Rooms: 94.1
  • Service: 96.1
It's impossible to find a mediocre view from this U-shaped "flower- and art-filled resort." Staff greet guests with "champagne, a cold towel, and a lei" at check-in. Rooms, in tones of blue, coral, and gold, have koa furniture and receive "twice-daily service, with orchids left here and there." Ferraro's has "phenomenal Italian cuisine," and its beach attendants serve complimentary ice water and pineapple. Also free are activities such as outrigger paddling.

(380 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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