It’s been about 7 months since my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Hawaii on the islands of Maui and Oahu. Our stay in Maui was at the brand new Andaz Maui at Wailea, which is a beautiful boutique hotel in Hyatt’s new Andaz collection.

The Andaz Maui at Wailea is a large, 15 acre beachfront resort located in the Wailea area of Maui. It is about a 20 minute drive from the airport and is located next to many of the other premier resorts on the island.

Basic rooms go for $500 to $600 a night, with suites running for two and three times that amount. Alexandra and were able to get 4 free nights with our Hyatt Credit Card free night certificates, which covered the entire cost of our stay.

As with most of my hotel stays, the only money I paid out of pocket was for poolside cocktails and valet parking, which was $30 a day and required for all guests.

I’m not a fan of these sorts of hidden fees, but the rest of my experience more than compensated for that minor inconvenience. There are certainly worse things than having a team of people ready to help you with baggage, directions, and even restaurant recommendations.

Besides, it gave me a chance to show off my electric green Mustang rental, which was affectionately referred to as “Mountain Dew” by the valet staff.

The Mustang was booked with points from my Barclays Arrival Plus credit card.

Checking In

You enter the hotel through a long, beautiful covered walkway that leads straight to the lobby.

The open air lobby is large and very modern, with a sand garden and no traditional “front desk” in sight. We were approached by hotel staff immediately who were able to check us in while we sat and sipped complimentary cocktails.

The views from the lobby were breathtaking. 

The Room

We were given a complimentary upgrade to an Ocean View King Room on the third floor. Everything I have read about this hotel leads me to believe that these sorts of upgrades are quite common.

The room was not incredibly spacious but it was very modern and had a great view.

Those shutter doors behind the bed can be opened to reveal the shower, allowing you to enjoy the ocean view while bathing.

Or closed for a little more privacy. Which made the shower feel a bit cramped.

Like the rest of the room, the bathroom was small but stylish. It was complete with modern fixtures, a spacious closet, and separate room for the toilet.

There was also a motion sensor nightlight under the sink that made for easy navigation in the dark.

The Property

The Andaz Maui has 3 infinity pools that lead from the lobby to the beach, each with an adequate supply of lounge chairs, tables, and umbrellas.

There are also 2 poolside bars with gracious servers who were more than willing to bring our cocktails poolside while we soaked up some sun.

And best of all, the Andaz Maui has its own private beach complete with friendly staff to help you set up a beach umbrella, borrow a kayak, or photo bomb your photos.

Bottom Line

World-class service, a stunning property, and a great location make the Andaz Maui at Wailea is one of the premier resorts in Maui. Staying here is a must, especially if you can do so with points.

Happy Travels,