Arrival/Check-In: I arrived in Maui after a few days of business on Oahu, ready for a relaxing weekend. After a quick, 25- minute taxi to Wailea, I arrived at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. I was ushered down a tranquil outdoor walkway surrounded by water, leading into the open-air, expansive lobby. The lobby, on the top floor, offers views of several pools, restaurants and guestrooms in cascading levels all the way to the beach. Check-in was easy, with a kind front desk member showing me to a couch with a view of the water while I waited.
Guest Quarters: My room on the third floor offered a partial view of the ocean and the private, adults-only pool area with lush foliage. My room exuded an open, fresh ambience with its white stone floor, white couch and lighting accents facing wide glass doors leading to a nice-sized balcony. My comfortable, kingsized bed offered views and sounds of the ocean when I kept my doors open in the evenings. A flat-screen TV faced a small living space with a desk sitting adjacent. The mini fridge was stocked with water, juice and local craft soft drinks, free for guests and refilled daily.
The bathroom sat behind the bed and made great use of the limited space. Dark stone floors accented a long, single-sink vanity with excellent lighting and a chair tucked under the vanity. White doors flush with the wall opened to a large closet and separate water closet. A floor-to-ceiling mirror gave an open feeling to the space as well. The shower, with several jets and rain shower options, ran the entire length of the bathroom. It also looked over the bedroom if you opened the blinds — a nice touch for honeymooners.
Services/Amenities: Exploring the resort is an adventure in itself. Three separate pools and an expansive grass area for playing or lounging lead to the property’s beach. Hotel crew stand by to provide lounge chairs and umbrellas for the afternoon. It is one of the best beaches of the Wailea resorts — perfect sand, swimming and snorkeling. I spent most of my time here. If you are up for a real adventure, the beach crew offers group outrigger tours, standup paddle boarding and kayak tours. I braved SUP for the first time and found it a great experience, even though I fell off about six times. The concierge also helped arrange a sunrise snorkeling tour at Molokini Crater.
The Andaz Maui offers great dining options, which I enjoyed with a mai tai. For casual dining by the pool, try Bumbye Beach Bar. If you can get a reservation, I suggest sitting at the chef ’s table tasting at Ka’ana Kitchen, the farm-to-table restaurant. The bartenders can create custom cocktails to accompany any of the chef ’s creations — try the grilled octopus. My bartender extraordinaire, Archer, added to a great experience and offered a nice twist on the cocktails with flower- and herb-infused ice cubes, something I’d never seen.
◆ Andaz Maui’s private beach is a perfect location for lying in the sun, snorkeling and enjoying the views. The resort’s free daily activities are perfect for adult travelers, including paddle boarding, snorkeling and outrigger tours.
◆ The expansive property has a boutique feel and didn’t seem overcrowded even in the high tourism season.
◆ Dining options are superb, from great Japanese and Hawai’ian items to custom cocktails. You cannot go wrong for brunch, lunch or a romantic dinner.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
3550 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, HI 96753
tel 808 573 1234
JetBlue Vacations recently relaunched, offering travelers bundled experiences and allowing them to purchase flights, hotel stays, car rentals and more in one spot for one price. Bundles now include additional benefits, such as free in-flight beverages, earlier flight boarding and no change fees.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Ahead of its 20th anniversary, JetBlue will make several changes to its schedule and routes. This means new flights to Guatemala City, more flights in popular JetBlue markets and routes and adjustments to Caribbean and West Coast flights.
The Westin New Orleans recently completed a massive, $30 million revitalization, touching on every part of the hotel. Major renovations were made to guestrooms, social spaces and meeting and event spaces. New dining establishments and meeting venues were added as well.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Istanbul Airport added 25 sleeping cabins for passengers to nap between flights. The IGA Sleepod rents out cabins for €6 ($6.50) an hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and for €9 ($9.70) an hour between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
United Airlines recently announced the approval of 24 additional gates at Denver International Airport. United plans to grow its Denver hub from 500 daily flights to as many as 700 by 2025. The additional gates are part of the airport’s $1.5 billion concourse expansion and are planned for Concourses A and B. United will add a new United Club on Concourse A, as well as expand existing United Clubs at the airport.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.