Grand Wailea, Maui is magnificent for families
This kid-friendly resort on Hawaii’s Valley Isle, Maui, has something to please everyone in the family.
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort offers an incredible array of family-fun activities, engaging entertainment and delectable dining options spanning 16 lush, tropical hectares. The resort overlooks Wailea Beach on the southwest coast of Maui, making for a most magical backdrop for a family holiday in paradise. This resort is certainly a place to relax, unwind and reenergise and embrace the Aloha magic.
For those seeking pool time fun, the resort’s Wailea Canyon Activity Pool offers nine separate pools over six levels, which are all connected by a river that you can float freely down, relaxing and enjoying the water rapids and gentle currents. This is a water playground at its best, complete with a Tarzan-style pool with rope swing, slides, waterfalls, caves, Jacuzzis, sand beach pool for the littlies, as well as the world’s first water elevator.
Workshops beside the pool are held each day, suitable for all ages. We found these to be a fun and wonderful way to learn about Hawaiian culture and an opportunity to create our very own Maui keepsakes. Some of the activities include making orchid and eyelash leis, kukui nut (candlenut) necklaces and ‘Sandy Candy’ to name a few.
No visit to Hawaii is complete without indulging in shave ice, which you can also find poolside. Shave ice is a refreshing treat, with loads of fruity fun flavours to choose from. Our kids loved making different combinations and creating a kaleidoscope of colour.
Whether you enjoy making sandcastles, relaxing under beach umbrellas and cabanas or seek some beach adventure, there is plenty to do on Wailea Beach. With an array of water activities from stand-up paddleboarding to snorkelling, you’ll find something to fulfil each member of the family.
Kids’ and teens’ club
The kids and teens in the family will certainly enjoy The Rock (Recreation Outlet Center for Kids). This is every child’s haven. The Rock is a mini-resort for young guests aged from five to 17 (four-year-olds and below are allowed in the Rainbow Room when accompanied by an adult), sprawling over a whopping 1858 square metres. This kid-friendly facility is home to the Camp Grande for little ones, Ohana Hale for a smorgasbord of games, and The Spot for teens. Among the endless list of fun activities to be found here are a Hawaiian scavenger hunt, hula and lei-making classes, sand sculpting and volcanoes, and even wilderness survival.
The kids’ club is not only full of wonderful and fun activities to keep the kids entertained; it is also a fantastic way for your little travellers to meet children from all over the world.
Without a doubt, Maui sunsets would have to be some of the most spectacular we have ever encountered. The resort’s idyllic location overlooking Wailea Beach makes for a perfect viewing point.
Each evening, our children were captivated by the phenomenon, totally intrigued by how different each one was and fascinated by the ever-changing colours of the sky.
As a family we love sitting back and admiring an incredible sunset, and Maui for us has been a destination that had both of our children sold on these natural displays. We love that something as simple as this can hold a very special memory for our children.
Time to unwind
Spa Grande is the place to indulge in some much-deserved pampering. With 40 treatment rooms over 4645 square metres, it is the largest spa in Hawaii. The menu is extensive, including the Healing Waters of Maui, a hydrotherapy circuit, and a haven of water therapies featuring a Roman tub, waterfalls and specialty tubs to just name a few highlights.
Time to dine
Anyone travelling with fussy eaters knows all too well how important it is to ensure there are plenty of dining options to satisfy hungry little tummies when on holiday.
With seven restaurants within the resort, there is certain to be something to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Whether it’s in-room dining, poolside snacks and cocktails, early morning coffee or a gelato at the café, casual dining with the family enjoying spectacular sunsets at the artistic Botero Lounge or date night at the award-winning Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (aka Humu Humu) all appetites will be sated.
There are also plenty of dining options only a short walking distance from the resort. The resort is located only moments away from The Shops at Wailea with a selection of over 70 shops and restaurants.
Catch some zzzs
Choose from garden- and ocean-view guest rooms, or opt for suites with living rooms and spectacular views.
For those who like a few extras included in their stay, the 100 rooms in the club-like Napua Tower include continental breakfast daily, cocktails and hors d’œuvres each day of your stay. We find this great value as a family and always choose to stay in the tower.
Should you like to have the comforts of home, Grand Wailea also offers private villas in a residential-style enclave, Ho’olei at Grand Wailea. These holiday villas are located adjacent to the resort with beautifully appointed interiors and full kitchen facilities, and all the comforts and facilities of the hotel just across the street.
Having worked in the travel industry for over 20 years - including 15 years mostly spent at 12,000 metres as an international flight attendant - Coralie's obsession with travel and curiosity about the world continues to thrive as she now embarks on exciting adventures with her family. She enjoys sharing these discoveries on her blog Family Travel Blogger, curating a resource that is insightful, useful and, most of all, inspiring.