For The Examiner | The much-anticipated opening of Hyatt’s newest Hawaiian property has finally arrived, and Andaz Maui seems to be quickly winning the hearts of both the locals and the guests. Often referred to as the “Magic Isle,” Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, but with only a very small population, it’s a magical getaway from absolutely everything. It may not posses the excitement of Oahu and the Waikiki area, but Maui has a way of captivating everyone who visits with its pure, natural beauty.
THE GUEST EXPERIENCE:
This is the 10th hotel for the Andaz brand, and following an authentic Hawaiian blessing ceremony by cultural practitioner Kahuna Nui Kapono’ai Molitau; the doors have officially opened to guests. An awe-inspiring entryway bridge of glowing Ambrato stone welcomes guests, framed in mahogany, over an infinity-edge pool. Inside, the Andaz Lounge features a pitched roof with natural sunlight, accented by a central sandpit where guests can sink their toes into the sand during a hassle-free check-in process on a computerized tablet with an Andaz host. The amazing views steal the spotlight as you look out of the Andaz Lounge and beyond the multiple infinity-edge swimming pools to focus on the pristine beaches of Wailea.
“We are thrilled to be opening our doors to bring the Andaz brand to a beautiful resort destination like Maui,” said Michael Stephens, general manager of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa. “As we welcome guests from around the world, we aim to connect them to Wailea’s rich history through unique, local experiences that truly make for an unforgettable stay.”
THE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE:
Andaz Salon is a series of local cultural events and partnerships with emerging talent in areas such as music, fashion, food, and film, which provides a way for like-minded individuals to share their passions, become inspired, and connect with up-and-coming cultural insiders. The Andaz Salon allows guests and locals to learn something new, spark their personal creativity, explore their own talents, and fuel their passion for life.
Andaz Maui at Wailea is immersing itself in the local community through its work with Kihei Elementary School. In support of Hyatt’s corporate responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, the Andaz Salon Maui has already adopted the elementary school and has started its volunteer work, helping to develop a peer-nominated, performance-based monthly rewards program, as well as installing a much-needed refrigerator in the school’s faculty lounge. Andaz Maui at Wailea will continue its work with Kihei Elementary School to strengthen education and personal advancement within the local community.
THE OVERALL ANDAZ EXPERIENCE:
“The most important characteristic of Andaz is to be deeply rooted in the local culture, infusing it throughout the guest experience. Andaz hotels in resort locations will continue to bring this to life,” said Sara Kearney, senior vice president of brands for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Maui provides a great preview for what guests can expect from upcoming Andaz hotels in resort destinations, including Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica, which will open later this year.”
Situated on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre beachfront Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa features 297 guestrooms and suites, including seven luxurious two- to four-bedroom residential villas along with cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 14,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adults-only pool, apothecary retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space and two highly acclaimed full service restaurants, including Morimoto Maui by acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Designed by world-renowned architects, Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea captures the spirit and feel of today’s Hawaii. The property and staff holds true to one of the brand’s core elements – maintaining a connection and relationship with its neighborhood and hosting Andaz Salon programs showcasing emerging talents. For more information, please visit http://maui.andaz.hyatt.com.
Source: The Hyatt Corporation