A grand resort featuring sprawling pools, a seaside chapel and a deliciously decadent spa.
Built on a 40-acre property by Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi, this $600-million resort is anchored by a 780-room/52-suite hotel. Guest rooms are attractively decorated in earthy Hawaiian tones; preferable are the Napua Tower rooms, which include a dedicated concierge and complimentary breakfast and cocktails. The hotel has changed hands more than once, and millions have been spent over the years spiffying up what everyone simply refers to as "the Grand." In the majestic public areas you will see a spectacular, $30-million art collection, including Fernando Botero and Ferdinand Leger sculptures and paintings by Zhou Ling and Yvonne Cheng (complimentary art tours are offered). Numerous restaurants and lounges vie for your appetite, including the crazily named, oceanfront Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, serving Hawaiian and Polynesian fare. For recreation there is the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool with six waterfalls, a whitewater rapids slide and the world’s first water elevator, and the 20,000-square-foot kids’ center. In the middle of all this is a replica of an old missionary chapel, ideal for weddings. The most dazzling attraction, though, is the 50,000-square-foot Spa Grande, a lavish facility with 40 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy circuit with a Roman tub and Japanese furo. For golfers, there is a choice of three 18-hole championship courses in Wailea.