MAUI!! Hotel Wailea. Finally! We are back. So excited.
Our first trip to Maui, back in 2009, we stayed at Hotel Wailea and loved it so for our honeymoon we knew we had to go back. When we first stayed we thought the hotel was more than lovely. There this intangible peace and tranquility about the place. Oh, and those rooms, we adored the rooms. Large, well planned, providing everything you needed. The rooms had a full kitchen including an oven, stove top, and a full-size fridge (with freezer).
We were aware of a massive renovation and that the hotel had joined the
Hotel Wailea, yay, yay! Yay!
Removing the U shaped kitchen has enlarged the lounge space, and
You do have to request one of these full kitchen rooms. This type of room isn’t advertised. You have to know about them to know about them. You can contact the hotel directly or I can put that request in for you – if I do it you get some bonuses. That is, if cooking is a must have for you when on your vacation. Of course, given some dietary needs it is much easier for some people to be able to self cater than rely on eating out.
Oh how times have changed
The little things have also changed. Things I am probably not likely to notice on the day to day but those little touches have refined the resort. It is seen in every aspect of the hotel if you look for it. Even the email confirmations are refined and luxurious. Above is our original 2009 reservation confirmation email. I remember when Hotel Wailea was the single most expensive hotel we had ever stayed in. USD$162.67 per night, meaning we could only afford one night. One night of luxury, a splurge at the end of a holiday. They even updated – 2017 – reservation confirmation email is below.
There is, of course, a difference in seasons as well. When we first stayed at Hotel Wailea it was in offseason, this current stay is in the peak of high season. High season costs more. The pricing has increased over time and with the hotel renovation and updates but July has always been a more expensive time to travel than November. We did get a slight discount on this hotel. There wasn’t much room for a travel agent discount, the hotel was completely full. We did receive the returning guest welcome. If not for the Fairmont le Frontenac in Quebec, Hotel Wailea could still have been our single most expensive hotel.
It is wonderful to be back in such an enchanting place. After all of that driving we can now sit back and relax for a few glorious days.
Yay relaxing honeymoon. Who even remembers the road trip?
Honeymoon day thirteen was 2 August 2019
Originally published 13 January 2019
Updated 11 November 2019