After a very disappointing experience on Oahu at the Royal Hawaiian a few months ago, it was refreshing to see Hawaii done flawlessly. I can't think of anything that could have been done better, and we truly enjoyed our stay!
Wonderful hotel with very accommodating staff. We traveled to many other resorts in the area and none had the beauty as the Grand Wailea. Kids loved the pool and all of the beach sports that are avail. Sea turtles swam up close to shore one day and we snorkeled on the reef by the beach and saw sting rays. Truly amazing. Part of the hotel is going through a renovation but it did not affect our stay. Gorgeous!!
We had driven by the Palms may times and finally decided to book a one bedroom for 10 days. The condo is spacious and private. We had lots of room to spread out. Unlike the "motel" like condos with many people walking past your door and bedroom window chatting, you have a private entrance so no voices and footsteps from other parties coming home late or leaving early. TV channels were very limited so we would take a cord to connect our tablet to the TV next time. The condo had a bar-b-que on the lanai (not shared between units). The grounds are spacious and we were able to find a dark enough spot on the resort grounds to catch site of a few falling stars from the Geminid meteor shower! The main drawback was that the garden sprinklers came on every night around midnight and they hiss quite loudly when pressuring up. I would wake up but my Husband was able to sleep through this sound. Of course, you can also sleep with the windows closed as there is AC in the bedroom (or bring ear plugs).
We had a great experience, would consider it a solid 3.5 star property and recommend this resort.
Golf, golf, and more golf: the Wailea Golf Club’s three courses are a main attraction. Particularly, its Emerald Course is renowned for being one of the most friendly for women. Because the club is seaside, golfers can squeeze in seasonal whale watching during tee time. Shoppers can spend a few greenbacks at The Shops at Wailea, an upscale galleria with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co.
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