Clients can live out their windsurfing fantasies during one of Four Seasons’ Unforgettable Events. // © 2014 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Feature image (above): Fairmont Kea Lani is remodeling all its suites and villas. // © 2014 Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Wailea Resort Association has been upgrading with a variety of projects, ranging from the creation of an extended-stay hotel to renovations on existing properties and the addition of new retailers and events.
Check out these noteworthy news briefs from the Wailea Resort community, whose upscale accommodations, shopping, golf, tennis and beaches are located in southwest Maui.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Renovation
Work on a floor-to-ceiling renovation of The Fairmont Kea Lani’s suites is wrapping up, and the property’s villas will be remodeled by mid-December. From improved carpets and lighting to designer desks and countertops, the units will look as fresh as when the hotel first opened. The accommodation overhaul comes on the heels of a three-year resort renovation that included the reworking of Ko restaurant and launch of the new Willow Stream Spa.
Grand Wailea Upgrades Rooms, Website
At the 40-acre Grand Wailea, all guest rooms are getting new furniture, carpeting, artwork, linens and 55-inch flat-screen televisions, as well as bathroom enhancements. Its adults-only Hibiscus Pool has been retiled, and a new deck surrounds the resort’s Wailea Canyon Activity Pool. Grand Wailea’s new website, which made its debut in early July, includes full information on the property and features a blog by hotel employees.
Property Preview: Wailea Residence Inn by Marriott
Designed for travelers on long visits, the new Wailea Residence Inn by Marriott is slated to open in December 2015 in an off-the-water location. With 200 rooms (including studios and one- and two-bedroom suites), the four-story complex will feature full kitchens in every unit and hotel-style benefits such as daily housekeeping, a pool and spa, exercise room, meeting space, an outdoor sports court and a barbecue area. The projected room rates will start at $249 per night.
Refreshed Rooms and Amenities at Hotel Wailea
Set on a hillside 300 feet above sea level, Hotel Wailea has refurbished its 72 suites with a decor billed as “barefoot luxury.” All units offer private lanais with ocean and island views. Its pool has been upgraded, including new cabanas and lounge chairs, and whether it’s before or after taking a dip, guests can now order all-natural cocktails using island-sourced fruits, herbs and homemade syrups. Watch for the hotel’s new spa opening in spring 2015.
The Shops at Wailea Expands
Wailea’s fashionable shopping emporium The Shops at Wailea has expanded to make room for new tenants.
One such tenant, Cariloha, sells clothing and accessories made from renewable bamboo. Another new store, Fustini's Oils and Vinegars, touts gourmet cooking ingredients. And scheduled to open in summer 2015, the 16,000-square-foot Island Country Market will present shoppers with options to buy wines and artisan cheeses. Visitors will also be able to purchase meats at its world-class deli and enjoy its outdoor wine bar.
New “Unforgettable Events” at Four Seasons Maui
Active lifestyle clients can indulge in fantasy camps during a series of special programs at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Called Unforgettable Events, the line-up includes a windsurfing clinic, tennis camp and cycling camp with top pros in November and December. Also on the docket: a weekend in December with wine and food experts, paired with a performance of the 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius by virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn.