Andaz Maui at Wailea

The Andaz Maui at Wailea project is a complete renovation of the old Renaissance Hotel which sat vacant for a number of years. The renovation, a product of a joint venture between Hyatt Hotels and Starwood Capital Group, was started at the end of 2011 and completed in 2014. The hotel opened in September 2013.

The first beach resort for Hyatt’s Andaz brand of luxury hotels, the design is a clean, crisp, modern interpretation of beachfront casual. The design team imagined the resort as a lavish beach house welcoming guests as friends. No typical front desk here, check-in happens throughout the modern lobby seating areas, included a sandbox seating area by associates with ipads. The guestrooms with white painted wood and stone tile throughout feature large showers with sliding plantation shutters that opens the shower to the guest room and views beyond. An incredible wood spiral grand staircase was fabricated in New York, disassembled, shipped and then reassembled on site. Public areas feature residential style meeting spaces with fully equipped kitchens that lets the chefs interact with attendees.

The entry drive was relocated and a new porte cochere was constructed. The previously dark and enclosed lobby area was completely demolished to create an open and airy lobby area highlighted by the entry water feature that enhances the resorts connection to the outdoors. The design of the swimming pools takes advantage of the large grade drop of 24’ from the lobby to the lowest grade. From the lobby three cascading infinity edge pools take you down to the salt water lagoon pool. The five pool complex of tiered terraces is interspersed with grassy lawns, chaise lounges and cabanas with dramatic sea views. The renovation included a substantial demolition of the existing hotel down to the concrete slab and all of the buildings internal components including mechanical, plumbing and electrical were completely replaced and upgraded.

The resort also includes five new condominium buildings along the shoreline with a total of 12 units comprising of 2-4 bedrooms. The renovation also included a new spa, fitness center, ballroom, meeting rooms/studios, Mokapu Market (retail store), Ka‘ana Kitchen (3-meal restaurant), and Morimoto’s Maui restaurant.

  • Location: Wailea, Maui, Hawai‘i
  • Client: Wailea Hotel & Beach Resort, LLC
  • Project Team: WCIT Architecture, Rockwell Group
  • Program: 38 Condo, 289 Hotel Units
  • Site: 15.58 Acres Ocean Front
  • Status: Complete

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