Hands down, Maui is my favorite place on earth. I’ve been there twice and it was magical each time. For this trip, I stayed at the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui and I was really happy with my choice. Overall, I thought this was a beautiful resort in a great location and I would be happy to stay here again.
So why is this review better than all those other Marriott Wailea Beach Resort reviews? Because I’ll show you everything you need to know about this resort including:
- Check-in process
- Hotel Grounds and Amenities
- The Aloha sign Maui (yes, it’s at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort)
- Resort Fees
- How to use Marriott points for your stay
- Nearby restaurants and activities
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Wailea Beach Resort – Marriot, Maui: At a Glance
Location: 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Hawaii 96753
Type of Resort: Luxury, family-friendly
Price Range: $400-$1,000 per night
Marriott Rewards: Category 7 (50,000-70,000 points per night)
Resort Fee: $38 plus tax per night
Parking Fee: $30 daily
Amenities: 3 pool areas, waterslides, luau, spa, fitness center, golf, yoga, fitness classes, games, kid’s area, photography, oceanfront cabanas, movies, and more!
Dining: 8 dining and bar options
Distance from Kahului (OGG) airport: 30 minutes (Click here for a shared airport transfer)
Awards and Ratings:
- AAA Four Diamond
- Forbes Travel Guide Recommended
- Travel + Leisure 2019 “The Top 15 Resort Hotels in Hawaii”
- Conde Nast Traveler 2019 “13 Best Resorts in Maui”
Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Review: Check-In
The staff even gave a stuffed whale to my daughter.
Marriott Wailea Beach Resort: Rooms
The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort offers 547 rooms including 56 suites that ranging from a basic garden view room to a 2 bedroom presidential suite.
Every room at the Wailea Beach Resort has a private balcony or lanai plus basic amenities including:
- Air conditioning
- Coffee maker
- Mini fridge
- Pull out sofa bed
Marriott Wailea Restaurants and Bars
There are plenty of places to eat at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. Choose from any of these options:
- HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN by Roy Yamaguchi
- Mo Bettah Food Truck
- NAUL Pool Bar
- KAPA Bar & Grill
- Oceanfront and Cabana candlelight dining
- Sunsets Bar
- Te Au Moana Luau (offered Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
- Whale’s Tale
Here’s a little more about my 2 favorite places to dine at the Wailea Beach Resort.
This little breakfast and lunch spot is located on the walkway by the ocean, so it’s accessible even if you aren’t staying at the Wailea Marriott. It’s a great spot for breakfast with a view of the Pacific.
They offer juices, smoothies, and coffee, plus things like breakfast sandwiches and french toast sticks. Try the “maca-wow” — it’s the best acai bowl I have ever had (admittedly, this was my first, but I have since had a bunch and it’s still my favorite).
KAPA Bar & Grill
This open-air restaurant overlooks one of the resort’s beautiful pools. It’s a nice spot for lunch or dinner. The food was fresh and the cocktails were excellent.
Pro Tip: Hawaii has voted to ban the sale of certain sunscreens that are harmful to the coral reefs. So, while you are enjoying your day at the beach or taking part in water activities, don’t forget to bring Hawaii-approved reef-safe sunscreen.
Hotel Grounds and Amenities at the Marriott Wailea
The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort is absolutely beautiful. It’s lush and tropical with gorgeous ocean views — everything you would want from a fancy Hawaiian resort.
Pools At The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort
The pools at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort are absolutely stunning.
The NALU Adventure Pool is geared towards kids and families. It’s perfect for young kids because of the zero entry with animal sculptures and splash area. Plus, the NALU pool has 2 small waterslides. My 4-year-old was in heaven.
There are also 2 larger waterslides, including the longest waterslide in Maui at 325 feet, at the far end of this pool that the adults enjoyed.
There are 2 oceanfront ‘Ohi Pools that are for suitable all ages and offer hot tubs and cabanas. Plus there is a fantastic adults-only infinity pool, the Maluhia Serenity Pool, that offers cushy lounge chairs and quiet luxury.
The resort also has a dive pool so you can learn how to scuba dive on your vacation.
Marriott Wailea Beach
The Marriott Wailea is located right on the ocean between 2 beaches. So while there’s not a beach directly in front of the resort, there are beaches on either side. This isn’t uncommon in Hawaii since the coastline can be so rugged in places.
You’ll find Wailea Beach next door at the Grand Wailea (a Hilton resort). It’s an easy walk along a short path to access this beach. On the other side of the hotel is the smaller and quieter Ulua Beach.
>>Not sure what to pack? Use this family beach vacation packing list printable for some guidance.
Aloha Sign Maui
If you’re looking for the Aloha Sign Maui, you’re in luck because it’s located at the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui! You’ll find the Aloha sign in the courtyard area by the front lobby — you can’t miss it!
Activities At The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort
There are different activities offered throughout the day at the Wailea Marriott. I loved the morning yoga classes. The instructor took us out to a shaded, grassy area overlooking the water. It was a breathtaking way to keep active while on vacation.
Here are some of the activities and amenities you can expect:
- 24-hour fitness center
- Beachside jogging path
- Beauty shop
- Daily fitness and yoga classes
- Game room
- Giant Chess and Connect 4
- Golf on-site
- Kids club and game room
- Koi pond
- Mandara Spa
- On-site photographer
- Submerged Maui: A High-Tech Escape Room Experience
Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Fee
Man, I hate resort fees. They are such BS. I really wish hotels would just charge more and include all of the extras for “free”….sigh.
The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort charges a resort fee of $38 per night. According to Marriott, this fee covers “internet, bike rentals, intro to scuba classes, and more”.
You will still have to pay the resort fee even if you’re paying for your entire stay with points.
Pro Tip: If you want a hotel that you can pay for with points AND avoid a resort fee, look to Hyatt. They waive resort fees on all award bookings! We loved our stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai sans resort fees!
How To Use Points To Stay At The Marriott Wailea
Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui is a category 7 property, requiring 50,000-70,000 Marriott points per night.
The good news is that if you stay 4 nights on points, your 5th night is free! That means you can stay for 5 nights at Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui for only 200,000 points during standard times.
That might seem like a lot of points, but there are so many ways to earn them that it’s a very achievable figure.
The key to earning lots of Marriott points fast is having the right credit card.
Marriott Credit Cards
These Marriott branded credit cards will help you earn plenty of points for a luxury Hawaii vacation.
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase: 50,000 Bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first 3 months.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card: 75,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card: 75,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Pro Tip: For all of the most up-to-date information, check out my best credit card offers page.
Chase Credit Cards
You can also use credit cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Chase points transfer to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio, so in essence, earning a Chase point is just like earning a Marriott point.
Chase Freedom Unlimited®: Special offer! $200 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus this card has No Annual Fee!! (You must also have a premium Chase card to be able to transfer these points to Marriott.)
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card: 60,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
Chase Sapphire Reserve®: 50,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
Pro Tip: Don’t forget about all of the bonus points you can earn through shopping and dining programs. These points can be earned regardless of what credit card you have.
Local Attractions and Dining
While the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort is a fantastic place, you’ll probably want to explore the local area too. Here are some attractions that are close by:
- Shops at Wailea
- Maui Ocean Center
- Kihei Town
- Alii Kula Lavender Farm
- Maui Tropical Plantation
- Maui Wines
Looking for something to eat? These restaurants are close to the Wailea Beach Marriott:
- Matteo’s Osteria
- Moneypod Kitchen (go here for one of the best Mai Tais on Maui!)
- Manoli’s Pizza Company
- Ka’ana Kitchen
- Pita Paradise
- Humu Humu
- Tommy Bahama Restaurant
Marriott Wailea Beach Resort FAQs
Q: How far is the Wailea Marriott from the airport?
A: The Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui is 14 miles from Kahului airport (OGG). It’s about a 30-minute drive.
Q: Is the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort right on the beach?
A: The Marriott Wailea Resort is located right on the ocean, but the beach access is next door at the Grand Wailea.
Q: How many restaurants are at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort?
A: The Marriott Wailea has 6 restaurants and bars on the property. Plus there are lots of restaurants close by.
Q: How many Marriott Points does it cost for 1 night at the Marriott Wailea Resort?
A: The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort costs 50K-70K Marriott points per night.
Q: Is The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort good for families with kids?
A: Yes! The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort is excellent for families with kids. There is a great zero-entry pool with fountains and small slides that are perfect for little travelers.
Q: Where is the Aloha Sign in Maui?
A: The popular Aloha sign is located in the open-air lobby of the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. Look in the grassy area by the koi pond for this fun photo opp!
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