Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea

The Andaz Maui was the first hotel we stayed at on our around-the-world honeymoon.  We stayed four nights at this chic and trendy but not too over-the-top spot.  It turned out to be a great spot for honeymooners.

The entrance to the hotel is unique and fun.  You walk down a really cool-looking corridor towards the open-air lobby.

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This “hallway” leads from the vehicle drop-off area to the open-air lobby. Pulling up to this entrance definitely makes you feel like you’ve arrived at a special place.

We were welcomed with fresh leis and fruit-infused waters.  Then check-in was performed by a hotel agent on an iPad as we sat with her on the couch in the lobby looking out at the Pacific Ocean waves.

The guest rooms at the Andaz are very nice though a bit quirky.  The toilet was in a very small, closet-like room within the bathroom.  The shower area was large and separated from the bedroom by glass with curtains that could be opened or closed.  We requested, and received, a small fridge for the room, which we put to great use.

My sister’s wedding gift to us was a welcome package at each of the various hotels we stayed at on our honeymoon.  At the Andaz Maui that turned out to be a mai tai experience.  A friendly hotel employee brought a cart with mai tai ingredients into the room and prepared us fresh mai tais!  It was a fun experience unlike any other we experienced on the trip.

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This friendly Andaz Maui employee prepared us fresh mai tais in our room!

The beach by the Andaz was very nice and offered good snorkeling around a reef/jetty with a variety of fish.  We didn’t spot any sea turtles at that location but did hear others report that they did.

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During one of our beach walks we came across this impressive sand work!

The view from the hotel was spectacular – palm trees, beach and the northwestern part of Maui.  The hotel looked good during the day and at night.

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This is the view as you leave the Andaz Maui pool area and head towards the beach. The land mass in the distance is actually the northwestern part of Maui.
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Dusk falls on the Andaz Maui…
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The Andaz Maui from the beach, at night.
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The view towards the setting sun over the Pacific, from the Andaz.

One of our favorite experiences at the Andaz was the outrigger ride.  Though it was a hassle to get on the schedule for the free rides (which I think have been replaced by paid rides) we eventually got locked in and did the excursion one morning.  It was an early outing – perhaps 7:30AM – but it was well worth an early rising.  We saw a lot of fish and some sea turtles and heard a great history briefing from our guide as we paddled the outrigger around for about 30 minutes.

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A ride on a Hawaiian outrigger was among our favorite activities at the Andaz Maui. We got a history brief from our guide and saw lots of fish and a sea turtle or two up close.

The Summary

The Andaz Maui isn’t perfect but it has some great features.  Service was good to great.  The grounds were fun and practical.  Location is excellent.  Rooms are interesting and unique though a bit impractical in a few ways.  Overall, it’s a hotel most honeymooners will love and reminisce about, so The Honeymoon Guy awards it a Honeymoon Suitability Rating (HSR) of 14 out of 17!

Update (01 Apr 2015): Since we stayed at the Andaz Maui, the management team has implemented new policies that decrease the allure of the hotel in my opinion.  One of those changes is the institution of a $40/day resort fee, on top of a $30/day valet parking fee.  Hyatts don’t charge resort fees on award bookings, but this fee is obviously relevant for stays which aren’t award stays.  This change, along with a change reducing the breakfast offering for Diamond members, results in a drop of a full point in my rating for the hotel.  My updated Honeymoon Suitability Rating for the Andaz Maui at Wailea is 13 out of 17.

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