The Maui Five: Steve, Jen, Doris, Tim and James. (07/05/07)
Maui is the second largest of the eight major Hawaiian islands, and the third most populous. It is often called "the Valley Isle" because of the narrow plain between the 10,000-ft.+ Haleakalā volcano and the West Maui mountains.
An amazing Maui sunset. (07/05/07)
For the Maui leg of our vacation, we stayed at the Grand Wailea, on the Southwest coast. The Grand Wailea has to be one of the Top 3 resorts on the Island. It was simply amazing.
Our room at the Grand Wailea. (07/02/07)
We were there at the same time as our friends Doris and Jen. Doris is the meeting planner for a major technology company that was having a sales incentive meeting there. Even though we're not affiliated with the company, she hooked us up at their sweet group rate (you rock, Doris). Also joining us was Steve, our friend from Virginia.
Our balcony view of the ocean, Molokini and Kahoolawe. (07/02/07)
Everything about the resort was awesome, especially the waterpark complex. This multi-faceted, 2,000 foot long, 25,700 total square foot, 770,000 gallon pool consists of nine free-form pools at six levels, beginning at 40 feet and dropping to sea level. The pools are connected by a river that carries swimmers along at varying speeds, from white water rapids to lazy currents.
An overall view of the property (from their website)
The water park included four jungle pools, four tile slides, two long water slides, a white water rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, the world's only water elevator (seriously, a water elevator!), a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, a sauna, an infant pool, and a swim-up bar that we "accidentally" found ourselves in on occasion. They even had a deep scuba pool where Tim and Jen took lessons.
Jen and Tim during their scuba diving lesson. (07/03/07)
The lobby was a huge open-air complex, with the Botero Bar in the center. It was a nice place to enjoy drinks and pupus amid the hotel's collection of sculptures by acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
The lobby of the Grand Wailea. (07/04/07)
The other great feature was the Spa Grande, which is included with any massage treatment. It had everything, including two huge Roman Jacuzzi tubs, two cold-plunge pools, Swiss jet showers, regular showers, a eucalyptus steam room, a redwood sauna, a cascading waterfall massage, and five aromatic baths to soak in.
Plus, the spa attendant provides you a complimentary body scrub of Hawaiian exfoliants. I couldn't take pictures since it's clothing optional (separate men and women facilities, of course), so you'll have to settle for one from the resort website.
The Termé Wailea Hydrotherapy baths (from their website).
It was such a nice place, it's no wonder that we only really left the property two or three times during our entire five-day stay.