Go Beach Hopping: One of the best ways to experience this area is to spend a day hopping from one gorgeous beach to the next, each with its own draws and advantages.
For families, we recommend Wailea Beach, which has gentle sloping sand and calmer waves than other beaches in the area.
For those looking to relax in an uncrowded beach paradise, we recommend Po’olenalena Beach or Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock. These are also good options for body surfing when conditions are right.
For ultimate sunset gazing, perhaps accompanied by a freshly made cocktail, we recommend Keawakapu Beach, just down from Sarento’s on the Beach and Five Palms Restaurant.
Shopping: Spenders beware! You could easily spend your whole vacation shopping here, although we don’t recommend it. The most popular shopping area is The Shops at Wailea, where you’ll find options such as L’Occitane, Prada, Gucci, Banana Republic, BCBGMaxAzaria and more, as well as jewelry stores, galleries, and specialty stores. Head here on Wednesday evenings to catch live music performances in the courtyard. Wailea Gateway Center, located just up the hill, also offers smaller specialty stores, foodie shops, and more.
Maui Film Festival: Held each year, the Maui Film Festival is one of the largest and most glamorous events of the year, drawing actors, directors, screenwriters and more from around the world. Watch prestigious film premieres under the moonlight on one of Wailea’s championship golf courses, and attend one of the many dining and cocktail events held during the festival, including the Taste of Chocolate, Taste of Summer, and Taste of Wailea.
Play Golf & Tennis: Choose from Wailea’s Emerald, Blue or Gold courses, all with spectacular views of the island, or go for a game of tennis at the Wailea Tennis Club.
Ono Grinds: Wailea has something for everyone when it comes to dining options. For a quick and easy early morning breakfast, consider the options at your resort, many of which offer a breakfast buffet or onsite store with pastries, coffee, and simple egg dishes.
For late breakfast or lunch, we love Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante at the Four Seasons Resort, as well as Longhi’s and Pita Paradise.
For happy hour and dinner options, head to Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz Resort, Capische at Hotel Wailea, or Nick’s Fishmarket Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani, all of which serve a variety of delicious, farm-to-table dishes. Morimoto Maui is also the place to go for sushi!
Wailea is one of the most popular choices when it comes to living large on Maui, and for good reason. We hope to show you more of Wailea from the ocean during your next vacation to paradise!