GRAND WAILEA, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT, OPENS A NEW ERA WITH THE FIRST PROPERTY-WIDE REFRESH
In addition to launching its refreshed spaces, Grand Wailea is celebrating a new look with experiential programming on the property throughout 2022, with continued partnerships with iconic wine brands Kosta Browne and La Fête du Rosé, an art installation by a world renowned multimedia artist. Michael Pendryand more.
“We are thrilled to update the classic charm of the Grand Wailea, while enhancing the luxury and heritage it is known for, and to commemorate this new chapter with so many exciting activations and partnerships,” said JP Oliver, Managing Director. “We look forward to finalizing all of the redesigned spaces and ultimately offering guests a product enriched with authentic Hawaiian experiences in our idyllic maui setting.”
A look inside the iconic Grand Wailea refresh
The new revitalized Botero Lounge features a selection of artwork from Grand Wailea’s impressive 900-room open-air art museum, equipped with nine bronze sculptures by renowned contemporary artists, Fernando Boteroeach from Italy over 30 years ago to adorn the space. Home to the largest private collection of Botero sculpture in the world, the Grand Wailea has restored pieces to their original form part of a wider revitalization, making it a sought-after destination for aesthetes around the world. New menus are bursting with fresh sushi prepared live by Chef Moony, paired with specialty cocktails brimming with Japanese and local influences. The Botero Lounge will also host the resort’s comprehensive new “The Art of…” series, featuring guest-centric workshops such as “The Art of Sushi-Making”, “The Art of Whisky” and “The Art of Cocktail Mixing”. . – all taught by experts in their respective fields.
Great Wailea Napua brings harmony to the resort as the focal point of the property. An exclusive enclave of hotel rooms and suites, located in a dedicated “tower” at the heart of the resort and featuring a private lounge for guests, Napua debuted in June after an extensive renovation. Showcasing an impressive collection of modern and post-modern art, the rooms and suites have been reimagined by Nina Chiappa Interiors. Design elements reflect a contemporary, abstract Hawaiian theme revolving around land and water to create a rich visual palette that immerses guests in the laid-back pace of island life, with contemporary interiors and luxurious finishes. Guests of the reimagined Napua will enjoy a private concierge and the exclusive Napua Lounge with food and drink, plus fun daily activations including chef stations, drink tastings, live entertainment, spa and wellness, and more. Napua will also feature an exclusive, curated collection of fashion editor-favorite resort wear at certain times of the year.
‘IKENA AND LOULU
Two of the resort’s former dining venues debuted with fresh and innovative concepts this summer:
‘Ikena translated from Hawaiian can mean view, see, or know, fitting the indoor-outdoor venue that offers sea and sky views from every table. The natural sights and sounds of maui are present throughout Ikena’s expansive exterior terrace and slender interior, adorned with large-scale chandelier lanterns and a custom screen frieze. Every Saturday, ‘Ikena will host a rosé brunch in partnership with upscale black-owned rosé label, La Fête du Rosé, featuring local favorites such as Maui honey-fried chicken and waffles, Hawaiian French toast and Benedict Kona Egg Crab Cake.
Cafe-craft market concept Lulu was named after the only native Hawaiian palm species that can be found throughout the property. The market has been refurbished with fresh and vibrant colours, raised counter seating and patio doors with garden views and offers a selection of health and wellness food and drink including pizzas crafts, handcrafted acai bowls and fresh produce. local brewed coffee. True to its feel-good theme, Loulu is the only place on the island to offer exclusive celebrity items, organic Los Angelesgrocer-based, Erewhon, such as Chilli Lime Dried Mango, Spirulina Popcorn, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Currently undergoing a transformation, Grand Wailea’s 50,000 square foot wellness sanctuary, Great Spawill grace the property next year with a host of elevated experiences, each inspired by nature and honed to reflect authentic healing practices rooted in the soul and spirit of maui. In the meantime, Mōhalu by Spa Grande offers an intimate spa experience and personal escape, inspired by the same heritage and traditions of Spa Grande.
Also on the property is the biostationÔ, the first facility of its kind in Hawaii, offering personalized treatment plans with proven, effective and safe anti-aging solutions. Grand Wailea customers can now experience the most advanced methods to prevent and treat age-related issues, including highly advanced testing, bio-identical hormone therapy, nutrition therapy, sexual health programs, l medical aesthetics, weight loss and much more.
The original developer of Grand Wailea, Takeshi Sekiguchi, envisioned a cultural asset for the community and a place of serenity for travelers and residents. To provide a visual story, Sekiguchi worked to personify his vision by creating a luxury resort inspired by six cultural and environmental influences from maui: water, light, sounds, flowers, trees and art. In this latest refresh, each of these elements is highlighted under three pillars that balance Grand Wailea: sky, land and sea. Guests can find their own heavenly experience through light and art, which he is to look at the magnificent maui sunset from their rooms or enjoy the captivating art scattered throughout the property. Strolling through the lush gardens or sampling fresh, local ingredients at one of the many restaurants, guests can find a strong connection to the land. With the serene sounds of waterfalls or escaping into one of the activity pools, guests can leave their cares at the door and move with the ebb and flow of the sea.
For more information or to book, go to www.grandwailea.com.
About Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The iconic resort is consistently ranked among the best in the world in major travel and consumer reports. Nestled on 40 acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking Wailea Beach, The Grand Wailea offers an array of vacation experiences: open spaces for active vacationers, beauty and seclusion for romantic getaways, and entertainment in family with rope swings and a jungle-style pool. Guests also have access to a new intimate spa experience Mōhalu by Spa Grande, as well as eight restaurants, including the award-winning “Best of Maui” Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Accommodation options include Grand Wailea’s 776 rooms and suites and an enclave of 51 Ho`olei Luxury Villas at Grand Wailea ranging from 3,200 to 4,000 square feet, located nearby with access to Grand Wailea’s amenities. For reservations and information on what is currently available/open at the property, please call 1-800-888-6100 or visit www.grandwailea.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
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