Generally when I return from a vacation I am sad to see it go but ready to get home….until I left the Andaz Maui. Never has a hotel felt more like home, if home was my fantasy of endless infinity pools spilling into the sunset, frosty tropical drinks waiting at the bar, long walks on the soft sandy beach, plush beds and deep soaking tubs, body surfing in crystal clear warm water, and savoring melt-in-your mouth fresh fish caught daily. That kind of home!
As a Cultural Insider for the Andaz Hotels I naturally spend a lot of time luv-ing up on their properties, but when it came time to plan my own vacation I couldn’t resist mixing business with pleasure and booking a getaway to their resort in Maui. From the moment we arrived and were welcomed with fresh flowering leis, lavender lemonade and a quick and seamless iPad check in, we canceled our rental car and basically all of our plans that would require us to leave the property. For a full week we literally just went from the pool to the beach, to the bar to the restaurants to bed and couldn’t have been more thrilled or relaxed! With all the amenities of a large hotel but with a boutique hotel feel, this was the perfect place for all types: families and couples tended to gravitate towards different areas with something for everyone. There was so many choices of locations to enjoy and endless seats and staff to tend to your every whim. Below I list some of my #WhenInAndaz tips for the Maui property and my vacation snaps. I am already looking to plan my next trip there, care to join me?!
ANDAZ MAUI MAGIC (Highlights!):
–Acai Bowls for Breakfast from the Deli
–Ipad Lobby Check in
–Lobster Grilled Cheese from the Pool Bar
–Whispering Angel Rosé poolside
–Ginger Buck Mocktail Poolside
–Snorkeling on the beach ($10 Rentals!)
-Farm to Table cuisine from Chef Isaac B at Ka’ana Kitchen (Ahi Tataki & Coconut Sundae= yum!)
-Tuna pizza and Hamachi Tacos at Morimoto
–Courtesy Shuttle around Wailea at your service
–Sugarfina candy to go at the Deli
–Gluten Free options at the Deli
–Maui Brewing Co Bikini Blonde Lager served on Property
-View of beach from entering Hotel Lobby
-Lobby indoor ‘sandbox’ sitting room
–Kayak rentals (go between 7-9am for whale spotting!)
–Awaken Body Scrub at Spa: Local Maui Coffee & Fruit Body Scrub
-Adults gravitate to the upper two pools or the Tranquility Pool while kids favor the bottom pool with a beach entry
-Off property Highlights: MonkeyPod & Matteo’s restaurants: take courtesy Shuttle!