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Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii [Master Thread]

Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii [Master Thread]

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Has an Arrival/Departure Lounge, where travelers can unwind after a long flight. Personal showers and lockers in the lounge also are available to those who need to check out of their rooms before leaving the resort.

Has an amazing view from the Adult Only Infinity Pool

Daily resort fee USD 30 plus tax will be added to rate. As of 2018, the resort fee benefits were as listed below. However, this list came from a card labeled "Resort Fees & Amenities: Elite", and it's not clear which ones are different for or apply only to elites. There's also a disclaimer: "The Resort Fee includes a variety of amenities for our guests. Please note some amenities are subject to availability."
  • Complimentary daily internet
  • Unlimited US Domestic, long distance & local phone calls
  • Outgoing domestic US fax service (up to 20 pages)
  • 15% on Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • 30-minute personal photo session and package upgrade
  • Daily Fitness Classes
  • Daily Hawaiian Cultural Activities
  • 1 hour bicycle rental (2 bicycles per stay)
  • Bottled Water (2 per day)
  • Welcome shell lei greeting upon arrival
  • Courtesy rides within the Wailea Resort (upon availability)
  • Beach Chair Rental (2 per day)
  • Cabana Rentals: 10% discount on full-day cabana rentals at 'Ohi pools, Maluhia pools & NALU adventure pool. Dial 'At Your Service' for reservations
  • Mandara Spa: 10% discount on 50-minute service (excludes special promotions and events)
  • Ocean Concierge & Activities: 20% discount on weekly paddle board rental; complimentary fish identification card; complimentary introductory morning scuba lesson. Visit the 'Ohio Pools for reservations.
  • The Movie House: complimentary movie screenings. View the weekly schedule for showtimes.
  • GameSpace: complimentary access to GameSapce, featuring foosball, billiards, shuffleboard, vintage arcade and Xbox games [for those who haven't been back since the renovation, this is an indoor gaming area they added as part of the renovations. It's at the far end of the lobby opposite the Starbucks.]
  • Akamai Business Center: 20% discount on FedEx & UPS Shipping
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Old May 21, 10, 8:57 pm
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I just have to ask....

Originally Posted by CSBM View Post
We are using points for a stay for our family this summer.
Is there a safe in the room and will my husband's laptop fit in it?

Is there a refrigerator in the room? We would like one to keep breakfast items for the week.

Is there anyplace in the hotel where they have free coffee in the morning?

Any tidbits about the hotel would be great appreciated


We've been all over the world with my laptop. I just have to ask...I do not mean to offend. My intention is to really try and understand.

Why does it even cross someone's mind to want to put a laptop in the hotel room safe? Is it because you think a housekeeper will steal it...or some other hotel staff (really....is YOUR computer that great over all the other 100's they see on a daily basis)?

Or....is it because you have some incredibly personal data/pictures on the laptop that, should the data/pictures get distributed, there will be some h*ll to pay? Or, perhaps some really confidential information (perhaps work) and because of HIPAA regulations, you don't want to be in violation of the laws regarding HIPAA?

I'm really not trying to be a smart *ss.....I truly want to understand the fasination of wanting to be able to lock your laptop.

Not for a second has it ever occurred to either me or my husband that we need to lock our laptop up....not in any country we've ever been to.

What gives? My guess with all the personal information, it may be a HIPAA thing. I once saw some really horrific pictures that a lawyer inadvertantly left on a public computer in the business center of a hotel....no doubt they were involved in a lawsuit for a surgery gone bad...they were disgusting and my guess is that he didn't realize he left the imagines behind.

And we use the safe all the time....I have a little plastic bag that I keep cash and passports, credit cards/driver's license, rental agreements, confirmations, receipts, etc. But we never actually lock the safe....it is just a convenient place to keep it while we are vacationing!

Anyway, just curious....

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Old May 21, 10, 9:22 pm
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I agree with you about not locking up your laptop, too much trouble, and I have been all around the world with mine too, no issues in any hotel.

However, the idea of leaving cash, credit cards, passports, and driver's license in an unlocked safe is positively mind boglingly scary! Do you realize the incredible risk you are taking? Leaving your passport and d.l. in an unlocked hotel safe might even make you a national security risk!
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Old May 21, 10, 9:25 pm
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My husband is a DOD contractor and losing his computer would be a major headache for himself and his company. It is always, always in the safe.
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Old May 22, 10, 12:08 am
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Bookmarking this thread for future reference.
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Old May 24, 10, 2:09 pm
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For those without MR insiders access:

Maui and the Movies, by Kevin Dale

Living in the island paradise of Maui has a lot of benefits; white soft sand beaches, warm weather year round, palm trees swaying in the breeze, dramatic rainbows and fiery sunsets. Visitors from around the world flock to Maui to enjoy the natural and cultural wonders that have made Maui the “Best Island in the World” according to Conde Naste Traveler.

Once a year, for 5 days in June, Maui becomes the center of the world for the film industry when we host the Maui Film Festival in Wailea and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Every year I anxiously await the opportunity to watch screenings under the stars on the 50 foot outdoor “theater” that they call the “Celestial Cinema” located on one of Wailea Resorts pristine golf courses. Seating over 3,000 people, the location has premiered movies like Whale Rider and The Notebook.

Typically, an evening at the Festival opens with Harriet Witt, a local astronomer, describing something incredible about the constellations overhead. She always focuses on the stars that guided the first humans to Hawaii hundreds of years ago.

At the Maui Film Festival, you are actually among the stars as well – Pierce Brosnan, Clint Eastwood, Woody Harrelson, Helen Hunt, Felicity Huffman and many more have all been honored for their contributions to the film industry.

I love movies so much I actually produced an award winning independent feature film entitled Let Me Die Quietly. I currently have an exciting new short film in post production starring the legendary Joan Collins and Charles Casillo entitled “Fetish” that I hope to enter into the Maui Film Festival this year.

When I’m not making movies, I work at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The hotel is centrally located for many activities of the Festival and has screened some movies in the past on our Pacific Terrace and Film Maker Forums under the shade of our gigantic banyan trees.

I would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family and friends to come out to Maui to experience the best and most unique film festival in the world. The Maui Film Festival takes place this year from June 16 – June 20, 2010. For the 1st time this year, the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is now a category 6 Marriott Rewards Hotel, so can redeem your stay for fewer points! We also have an exclusive offer for Marriott Rewards Members who wish to attend the festival. We have secured access to Maui Film Festival passes before they are available to the general public and have packaged these with a room and breakfast (just request promotional code **EDITED**). I hope to see you under the stars at the beautiful Wailea Resort in Maui this June.
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Old Jun 13, 10, 7:40 am
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madera Spa at Wailea marriott

Does anyone have any recent experience with this spa?
I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it to buy a spa certificate with points.

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Old Jun 13, 10, 11:08 am
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Looked nice when we were there; however the Hilton Grand Wailea property is next door, and that's where Mrs. Cargojon elected to have her spa "stuff" done. Depends on the cost (in points) and what you want.
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Old Jun 13, 10, 6:16 pm
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The Mandara Spa at the Wailea Marriott is perfectly acceptable, but is a fairly standard resort spa. If you're staying at the Marriott and want to use points, and don't mind an experience like a spa you'd get almost anywhere else, I can certainly recommend it.

The Spa Grande next door at the Grand Wailea is in a whole different class. It is regularly voted as the best spa on Maui, if not Hawaii, and one of the best in the world.
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Old Jun 17, 10, 11:30 am
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Wailea Marriott - Beach Access

I booked a stay at the Wailea Marriott, and I know it's not on a beach itself. How much of a pain is it to walk to the neighboring beaches? Are any of them much nicer or not as nice? (which way should we walk)

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Old Jun 17, 10, 12:21 pm
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It is a short walk. As you are on the hotel's property and looking at the ocean, walk along the beach path to your right.
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Old Jun 17, 10, 2:17 pm
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Actually the Marriott is in between two beaches. If you go right like DL-DON suggested, you will come to Ulua beach. If you go left, you will come to Wailea beach. Both beaches are very nice; however, when we where there last summer we experienced some undertows at Ulua. So we liked Waikea better. Wailea beach is right in front of the Grand Wailea Hotel. Since the Wailea Marriott Hotel Complex is very spread out, which beach is closer will depend on your particular room assignment. Regardless it is an easy walk to both of them. Wailea is great! I wish we were going back this summer. Have a great triip!


P.S. If you continue past Wailea beach on the beach walk, you will come to some other nice beaches.
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Old Jun 17, 10, 3:35 pm
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This hotel is a wonderful location, however:

1. The beds are terrible - I got a horrible backache.
2. Bar service is awful (i.e. slow) - only 1 bartender available to wait on a pool area full of people.
3. Food is also terrible.

Its really a shame, because the grounds are wonderful.
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Old Jun 17, 10, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by freeupgrade View Post
Its really a shame, because the grounds are wonderful.
I agree. The location is one of the most spectacular in the world--with rock formations in front of the hotel along the ocean that enhance the beauty.

There are also any number of spots where you can pull up deck chairs (always easy to find) to laze away the day listening to the waves with views to die for.

And best of all is the walking/jogging path along the ocean--I have never come across anything quite like it anywhere in the world. The Marriott is right in the middle of this path that stretches from the Kea Lani in the south to the private residence community (next door to the Renaissacne) in the north.

It's about five minutes to beaches walking on this path either way from the Marriott.
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Old Jun 17, 10, 8:24 pm
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Originally Posted by freeupgrade View Post
This hotel is a wonderful location, however:

1. The beds are terrible - I got a horrible backache.
2. Bar service is awful (i.e. slow) - only 1 bartender available to wait on a pool area full of people.
3. Food is also terrible.

Its really a shame, because the grounds are wonderful.
Bummer. We're checking in there next Friday.
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Old Jun 18, 10, 5:00 am
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Must have been a bad day...

I spent a week there recently, yes service at the poolside can be a little slow but once the waitress got to know us, our drinks arrived on cue.

I thought the beds were fine, regular Marriott beds, they were low to the ground.

daytime food was average fare. We ate in the Mala restaurant a couple of times and it was amongst the best food we'd had on the island (mahi mahi was delicious).

Other than that, be sure to:
1. check out some of the other beaches. There's a couple of good beaches not to far from the Marriott. The Ultimate Maui is a great guidebook btw.
3. Go to the luau (if you do the timeshare it's free and you get 10k points, otherwise it's overpriced)
4. Drive the road to hana
5. Make sure your room isn't in the new tower facing away from the property, as delivery vans arrive all day from quite early and the noise carries

Have a great stay...wish I was there ;-)

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