For my 32nd birthday, my wife Michelle swept me away to Maui’s luxurious Grand Wailea. The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is known for its winding paths, world-renown collection of art, and open-air architecture.
We arrived in Maui late in the evening, and by the time we reached the the Grand Wailea, it was already dark. The first thing that catches your eye is a large sweeping waterfall to the right of the main lobby. To the left, is a large statue of King Kamehameha by local legend, Herb Kane. Both Michelle and I were eager to jump out of our Dodge Charger to check out what the resort had to offer. I was especially excited to see what our room looked like.
The Grand Wailea’s main lobby is expansive. As you make your way to the guest counter, you pass an intricate garden pool that is lined with Hawaiian inspired sculptures. The open-air lobby really makes the resort feel larger-than-life. We were greeted by a friendly hotel representative at the registration counter. When asked if were celebrating a special occasion, Michelle responded with, “Yes, it’s his birthday.” He wished me a happy birthday and then gave us a certificate for a free bottle of champagne, to be used at one of them any restaurants located on the resort. This made us very happy.
After settling into our room, Michelle and I had dinner at Alan Wong’s newest restaurant, Amasia. It was good, but I still prefer the chef’s signature Alan Wong’s Restaurant on King Street. The sushi at Amasia was enjoyable and tasty, but not mind-blowing amazing. Full and satisfied, we retreated back to our room. I mentioned to Michelle that I wanted to go out and take some night shots for a bit. Turns out that after taking a nice, hot shower, you really don’t want to go out to take night shots.
Instead, we woke up at around 4am to walk around the hotel and take a few photos. In retrospect, I wish I had walked around and explored the grounds more, at night. There’s so much to see and discover at the Grand Wailea, that I only captured .05% of it during my early morning walkabout. Nonetheless, we had fun and enjoyed ourselves. Not if, but when we return, I will definitely spend more time exploring the Grand Wailea by night.
Jetsetters: Coty Gonzales and Michelle Sagucio