For Maui-bound travelers in search of luxury accommodations offering all kinds of room to just spread out, it's awfully tough to top Wailea Beach Villas. During a recent stay, I opened the door to one of the property's 3,000-square-foot residences, left my luggage in the foyer and spent a solid 15 minutes exploring the cavernous condominium's three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms before eventually wandering into the gourmet kitchen.
Astonished by the scale of the place, I opened the enormous refrigerator and found myself telling a meticulously ordered troop of soft drinks and bottled waters that the villa was far too large for one person.
Built from the ground up in 2006, the property consists of 98 individually owned penthouses and villas ranging from 1,900 to 3,000 square feet, featuring either two- or three-bedroom layouts. About a third of those are part of a rental pool managed exclusively by Destination Resorts Hawaii.
"It's like a home away from home," said Joelle Arriola, Classic Vacations' product development manager for Hawaii and the South Pacific. "Except that you're in a $2 million villa with all kinds of luxury amenities and a gorgeous view."
Tucked discreetly into 11 beachfront acres, all of the Wailea Beach Villas vacation units include fully equipped kitchens; washers and dryers; ample lanais featuring Viking barbecues; flat-screen TVs; and complimentary WiFi.
Sandy Frewer, director of villa operations and marketing for the property, explained that Wailea Beach Villas guests are staying in homes, but homes that offer a range of hotel-type services. At home at a hotel
"We've got the beach and pool attendants that can set up everybody on the beach with umbrellas and chairs, [and] we've got the contract with Longhi's [a nearby restaurant] so we do room-service delivery," Frewer said. "We've got a concierge right on site who can book whatever it is people require. We even have personal trainers on call who will come and work out with people in the state-of-the-art fitness center."
Daily housekeeping, including nightly turndown service, comes standard, and guests looking to check in with a fully stocked fridge and cupboards can arrange for groceries to be delivered before arrival through the concierge. For those wanting to enjoy in-unit meals without cooking, the property also features a private chef service.
"We've got some gourmet chefs who will come in and do absolutely everything," Frewer said. "So if guests want to go out and enjoy Maui and then come back and have everything set up, cooked and cleaned up for them, they don't have to lift a finger."
According to Frewer, the property's privacy and tranquil atmosphere have also attracted a range of high-profile travelers looking to escape unwanted attention from the media.
"If you're in one of our rooms, there's nobody right next to you, and from the elevator you can only access your unit," she said. "The security aspect here is phenomenal."
Great for families looking to host reunions or multigenerational getaways, two-bedroom penthouse residences at Wailea Beach Villas begin at $1,100 a night, while three-bedroom villas start at $1,800.
"Right now, I would say we're kind of like the best-kept secret in Wailea," Frewer said. "But we would love to ramp up bookings from our travel partners. ... And I'd love to pay out more commissions to travel agents."