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September 5, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Following an authentic Hawaiian blessing ceremony presided over by cultural practitioner Kahuna Nui Kapono’ai Molitau, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa has officially opened its doors and is welcoming guests to experience its impressive design, amenities, approachable service, and beachfront destination.

The opening of Andaz Maui at Wailea marks the 10th hotel to join the Andaz brand and is the first Andaz hotel located in a resort destination. As with all Andaz properties, the hotel will create inspiring experiences through culturally rich offerings that help guests feel more like locals.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors today to bring the Andaz brand to a beautiful resort destination like Maui,” said Michael Stephens, general manager of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa. “As we welcome guests from around the world, we aim to connect them to Wailea’s rich history through unique, local experiences that truly make for an unforgettable stay.”Cordato

“The most important characteristic of Andaz is to be deeply rooted in the local culture, infusing it throughout the guest experience. Andaz hotels in resort locations will continue to bring this to life,” said Sara Kearney, senior vice president of brands for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Maui provides a great preview for what guests can expect from upcoming Andaz hotels in resort destinations, including Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica, which will open later this year.”

Stay Experience

Designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea reflects the pure simplicity and beauty of its lush surroundings. Rockwell Group created a series of architectural interventions to open the resort’s buildings to Maui’s extraordinary landscape while using a palette of natural materials that reflect the warmth of Hawaiian hospitality.

Guests are welcomed by an awe-inspiring entryway bridge of glowing Ambrato stone, framed in mahogany over an infinity-edge pool. Once inside, guests find themselves in the airy Andaz Lounge that features a pitched roof with natural sunlight, accented by a central sandpit where guests can sink their toes into the sand during a hassle-free check-in process with an Andaz host. Andaz hosts in Wailea use a computerized tablet to check guests into their rooms. Just beyond the Andaz Lounge are stunning views of multiple infinity-edge swimming pools with the picturesque beaches of Wailea serving as a dramatic backdrop.

The resort’s 297 thoughtfully appointed spacious guestrooms and suites, which include seven luxurious villas with two to four bedrooms, were designed to further connect guests to Wailea’s local beaches and the ocean. Each room consists of custom-designed furniture that includes platform beds with side tables in a walnut finish and teak wood slat vanities. The bathrooms feature shuttered wooden screens in a white-washed oak finish that open to the bedroom, maintaining the light and airy quality found throughout the room, with floors made of lava stone. In all guestrooms, guests will enjoy complimentary Internet access, local phone calls, non-alcoholic beverages, and locally sourced snacks that are replenished daily.

Built with the environment in mind, Andaz Maui at Wailea has made a commitment to adhere to the latest standards in green technology and design and is aiming to be a LEED® certified resort under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Local “Flavor”

The resort has assembled the world’s top talent to deliver farm-fresh, seasonal and sophisticated food utilizing the unforgettable, rich island flavors of Maui. Serving breakfast and lunch, Ka’ana Kitchen’s unique, residential-style setting offers views of the infinity-edge pool, lagoon and ocean and provides a culinary experience that reflects the rich heritage of Hawaii. The resort’s second full-service restaurant, Morimoto Maui, by acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, focuses on the seamless integration of Japanese, Western and Hawaiian traditions to create a memorable island dining experience. Two poolside cocktail lounges, Bumbye Beach Bar and Lehua Lounge, offer hand-crafted cocktails made with premium spirits and fresh juices, created by New York mixologist and Hawaiian native Julie Reiner. A 24-hour market is fully stocked with local snacks and beverages from the Hawaiian Islands.

Amenities and Services

Andaz Maui at Wailea conceived a Hawaiian apothecary concept for the `Āwili Spa and Salon to incorporate indigenous herbs into customized treatments. The 14,000-square-foot spa features ten treatment rooms, a full-service salon, three relaxation rooms, a 24-hour fitness center and a private adult spa pool. Adorned with tall, custom cabinets to store herbs and organic products such as Malie, Salt of the Earth, Tammy Fender and SkinCeuticals, the spa lounge features a large walnut table where Andaz Apothecary Consultants mix freshly picked herbs and other organic items to create teas, lotions and oils for guests’ treatments.

For weddings and group events, the resort features more than 15,000 square feet of elegant indoor and outdoor event space, including five indoor Andaz Studios and three outdoor beachfront event lawns with unparalleled views of the ocean and Wailea’s pristine Mokapu Beach. Each of the Andaz Studios offer incomparable functionality and state-of-the-art technology, all designed in a residential seaside style.

Any time spent in Maui will include outdoor adventure, beach-time and relaxation. The resort’s dedicated hosts can assist in planning a number of offsite and beachside experiential excursions that will immerse guests in the local culture, including canoe paddling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surf lessons, golf privileges at several local courses, or an exhilarating helicopter ride or zip line adventure.

Andaz Brand and Corporate Responsibility Programs

Andaz has created the Andaz Salon, a series of local cultural events and partnerships with emerging talent in areas such as music, fashion, food, and film. Andaz Salon provides a way for like-minded individuals to share their passions, become inspired, and connect with up-and-coming cultural insiders who share their world, their interests, and knowledge of their industry. The Andaz Salon allows guests and locals to learn something new, spark their personal creativity, explore their own talents, and fuel their passion for life.

Andaz Maui at Wailea will be hosting regular Andaz Salon events. For more information on Andaz Maui’s Salon events and to experience Andaz Salon online, please visit

Andaz Maui at Wailea is immersing itself in the local community through its work with Kihei Elementary School. In support of Hyatt’s corporate responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, Andaz Maui at Wailea has adopted the elementary school and has already started its volunteer work, helping to develop a peer-nominated, performance-based monthly rewards program, as well as installing a much-needed refrigerator in the school’s faculty lounge. Andaz Maui at Wailea will continue its work with Kihei Elementary School to strengthen education and personal advancement within the local community.

To learn more about Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa, or to make a reservation, please click here.

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