Hotel Wailea Unveils Multimillion-Dollar Redesign

MAUI, HI—Hotel Wailea, a former Japanese private members club, has completed a $15 million renovation. Perched 300-feet above sea level with dramatic ocean views, Hotel Wailea boasts a beach-house design in all 72 one-bedroom suites, a newly finished pool with private residential-style cabanas and an orchard-to-glass apothecary bar. Honolulu-based interior designer Marion Philpotts-Miller led the project. 

Hotel Wailea is set across 15 acres with 72 spacious suites that offer views of lush gardens, three neighboring Hawaiian islands and the Maui coastline, according to the company. Inside the contemporary suites, architectural elements such as coral and limestone walls, smoked white oak floors, and custom-crafted Hawaiian Ohia cabinetry are fused with island aesthetics including artwork by local big-wave surfer-turned-artist Pete Cabrinha. Each suite includes a separate living room, oversized lanai and Sub-Zero & Wolf kitchen amenities. 

“Today’s refined luxury consumer desires privacy and relaxation above all, a challenging commodity to find in a 300-room beachfront resort,” said Jonathan McManus, owner of Hotel Wailea. “Hotel Wailea delivers on the promise of effortless island luxury—a very private escape where guests experience a high degree of attentive but relaxed service—putting Hotel Wailea among an extraordinary set of high-caliber hotels.  We strive for guests to remember our staff instead of a hotel brand; it’s by design that our staff is the Hotel Wailea brand.”

Guests can dine at Capische?, the hotel’s restaurant that blends Southern Mediterranean flavors and artisanal Hawaiian products, under the guidance of Executive Chef Brian Etheredge and Chef de Cuisine Chris Kulis.

The new poolside lounge—The Cabanas—is a day-to-night experience where raw food chef-turned-mixologist Kerry Mekeel brings her knowledge to the apothecary-style bar, where she creates custom cocktails with a wide selection of premium liquors, fresh-pressed juices, organic hydrosols and tropical infusions. A series of oversized cabanas surround the pool deck furnished with Dedon lounge seating, sun chaises, aqua loungers and circular pod daybeds. A built-in fire pit sits center stage, while hanging lights, tiki torches and lanterns evoke a romantic mood under the Hawaiian moonlight, according to the hotel.

Hotel Wailea is beginning its next phase of upgrades, which includes an ocean-view treehouse where guests can experience private spa treatments within the mango tree canopies. Expected to be completed in spring 2015 is a new spa concept by spa developer Tracy Lee.