Spring Break to Maui: The Grand Wailea

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Emily:  Daraius surprised me with a stay at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.  I had never stayed in a Waldorf Astoria hotel (part of the Hilton chain), and was looking forward to our visit to see what the fuss was about! Daraius:  The Rough Guide says that “…minimalism is a dirty word” at the Grand Wailea.   And, boy, were they correct!
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Poolside at The Grand Wailea
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The Grand Wailea

Emily:  We pulled up to the entrance, and the staff took our luggage and parked our car.  Valet parking is mandatory and expensive at $30 per day.  Daraius couldn’t find any cheaper parking by the hotel, so we paid the valet fee.  But we didn’t have to pay the $25 resort fee since we booked the hotel using points and free night certificates from the Citi Hilton Reserve card.
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Grand Wailea Entrance

The building was painted in bright white and peach.

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Peach and White Grand Wailea

As you drove up, there was a waterfall with pretty flowers.

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The Waterfall

There was a very large lobby and in the center was a bar.

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Grand Wailea Resort Lobby

The hotel is very large and has several restaurants, a spa, seven pools, and more. I liked how it was not very crowded and quiet.

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Resort’s Interior

The open lobby and bar made the hotel look even larger.

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Open Lobby and Bar

There was even a painted ceiling in the bar and lots of sculpture, graphics, murals and artifacts everywhere.

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Artwork and Bar

We took a few pictures and then walked around the hotel.

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Picture Time!

There was an ornate bar.

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The Botero Bar

I loved how well-kept everything was.

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Beautiful Garden

There was a sculpture of Three Male Hula dancers.

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Daraius in Front of Three Male Hula Dancers

The hotel was as beautiful outside.

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Outside View

There were lots of palm trees and paths.

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Palm Trees and Marble Paths

I loved the little white canopies.  They were so pretty!

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White Canopies

There’s also a reflecting pool which is a great place to take a picture.

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Reflecting Pool
 
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The Reflecting Pool

To the right of the reflecting pool is a small chapel.

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Small Chapel

We went inside to see the stained glass.

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Chapel’s Front View

The chapel was open so we peaked inside.

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Stained Glass Interiors

Outside were the Nai’aKauhulu (Gathering of Dolphins) sculpture.

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Dancing Dolphins

The beach is also right by the hotel, providing an excellent view of the Pacific Ocean.

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By The Beach

There were lots of lounge chairs to enjoy the view.

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Lounge Chairs

The pool area, Wailea Canyon, includes everything from slides, jungle pools with a rope swing, waterfalls, caves, a sand beach, Jacuzzis, a swim-up bar, and a water elevator.

The pools are some of the best I have seen at a resort!  There are nine pools on six different levels.  The pools are connected by a river that carries swimmers along whitewater rapids and gentle currents.

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One of the Many Pools

The connecting river made the pools seems like one giant pool.

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River Connecting the Pools

There was an adults-only pool…

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Adults-only Pool
…a kids’ play area pool…
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Kids’ Play Area Pool
…a scuba dive training pool…
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Scuba Dive Training Pool
…a volleyball pool…
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Volleyball Pool
…a pool with a water elevator…
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Water Elevator
…a pool with a waterfall…
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Pool with Waterfall
…a kids’ pool with sand, to imitate a beach…
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Sand Beach Kiddie Pool
…a general pool…
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General Pool

There were more pools than we had time to try!

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A Pool a Day Keeps Daraius Happy
…a snake pool…
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Snake Pool
…pools with waterslides…
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Waterslides
…a pool with a bar…
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Pool with Bar
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Grotto Bar
..more snake pools and passageways…
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Snake Pools and Passageway
…and a bar/restaurant.
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Resort’s Bar and Restaurant

There was even a koi pond.

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Koi Pond

There was a concrete pathway which connected the Grand Wailea to the other hotels and condos in the area.

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Pathway
 

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