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Built in 1991, the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, a Member of The Waldorf = Astoria
Collection, Continuing a $50 million dollar Restoration Project


WAILEA, Maui, Hawaii - April 15, 2008 - One of Hawaii’s grandest and most cherished resorts is getting even better. The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, a member of The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®, is pressing forward on its multi-million restoration project. From restaurants and lounges, beach and pool, spa and salon, fitness center, guest rooms and landscaping to internal operations, the Grand Wailea is committed to enhancing the remarkable features that already make it one of the best in its class. 

“The re-design and upgrade of our guest rooms and public areas will polish the shine on one of Maui’s true gems,” said Matt Bailey, managing director of the Grand Wailea. “A lot of time, effort and resources are being dedicated to the continuing enhancement and restoration of the Grand Wailea with the goal of elevating the guest experience and retaining our reputation as one of the premiere destinations in Hawai’i.” 

The newly renovated guest rooms will welcome guests with a tasteful blend of European and Polynesian décor, including new carpeting, freshly painted buttercup walls, beautiful dark wood furnishings, 37” flat-screen televisions and new soft goods. The bathrooms have been enhanced with new European frameless shower enclosures, upgraded fixtures, lighting and artwork, complimenting the existing oversized soaking tubs, marble vanities, and sinks and accessories. 

The guest room décor is designed to create a unique and luxurious residential experience consistent with The Waldorf =Astoria Collection. Local Hawaii artwork graces the rooms to enhance the sense of place, and fresh colors give the rooms a contemporary twist. 
Grand Wailea’s exclusive Napua Tower, the private, gated club situated at the center of the hotel, featuring 100 guestrooms with upgraded accommodations, dedicated concierge services, private check-in and lounges recently completed the restoration of its rooms allowing guests to experience the new amenities and upgrades. The property’s remaining 680 guest rooms are currently being upgraded and many are already available for guests to enjoy, with close to 400 slated for completion before summer. 

Built in 1991 the legendary Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, a member of The Waldorf = Astoria Collection, is continuing its $50 multi-million dollar restoration project to present guests with higher and more customized features and services to the Resort’s already outstanding guest rooms, meeting spaces and facilities.

By summer of 2008, guest rooms and suites will feature:

  • New bedding with luxurious pillow top mattress covers, new coverlets, higher thread count linen and colorful throw blankets
  • 37" flat screen TVs in all guest rooms
  • New furniture, carpet and paint throughout, including the lanai
Additional upgrades to the Grand Wailea Resort include:
  • New lobby design and furniture groups
  • A renovated Botero Bar
  • Arrival and Departure Lounge: a new service to accommodate guests with early arrival or late departure flights
  • Ho’olei at Grand Wailea: New private, luxury three-bedroom town home rentals with exclusive access to the fine amenities of the Grand Wailea Resort.

The Mobil Four Star-rated, 50,000-square-foot Spa Grande is also undergoing a make-over. Spa Grande, the largest and most elaborate spa in Hawaii uniting Thalassotherapy, Ancient Eastern and Hawaiian philosophies, is revamping its grand lobby with fresh carpet and upgraded furnishings. New carpet, furniture, equipment and lighting will also be installed throughout the Grand Image salon and Spa Grande shop. The completely remodeled fitness center will be the newest, most state-of-the-art fitness center in the state of Hawaii. With a total project cost of $500,000 the fitness center will include new flooring, painting and all new PRECOR fitness equipment, one of the leading and most trusted brands in fitness equipment, featuring the latest in integrated audio/visual systems. 

“Our goal is to build on the grandeur, remarkable setting and warm, welcoming service the Grand Wailea is known for while carefully updating our product and adding the new technology and conveniences our guests expect. It’s about creating lasting memories through comfort and pampering,” said Bailey. “We are excited to enhance what we feel is already a remarkable property.” 

Other completed projects throughout the Grand Wailea include the re-tiling of the famous mosaic Hibiscus Pool; comfortable and welcoming lobby furniture; new lighting and remodeling of the floating, thatched-roof restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and new furniture at the Botero Bar. 

The Grand Wailea has also introduced a new way to vacation with the addition of private luxury town homes called Ho’olei at Grand Wailea. Adjacent to the world-class resort, this is the first opportunity for guests to vacation in deluxe, three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath town homes and enjoy access to all the outstanding amenities of the Grand Wailea Resort, including the world-renowned Wailea Canyon Activity Pool and Camp Grande, a 20,000-square-foot children’s resort. 

About Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa 
A member of The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is classic elegance on a grand scale. The Grand Wailea is home to Spa Grande, an internationally renowned wellness spa; Wailea Canyon Activity Pool with nine separate pools, seven water slides, an adult-only pool and the world’s first water elevator; Camp Grande, a 20,000 sq. ft. children’s resort; Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, a thatched-roof restaurant floating on its own island lagoon with picture-perfect sunset views of the blue Pacific and neighboring islands; and an extensive collection of art from leading artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jan Fisher, and Fernando Botero. Overlooking the southern shores of Maui with an unrivaled beachfront location on Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea sits on 40 acres of lush, tropical surroundings providing open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty for romantic getaways and fun for the whole family. Since opening in 1991, the Grand Wailea consistently ranks among the world’s best resorts by leading travel consumer and industry reports. For more information, visit 

About The Waldorf=Astoria Collection 
The Waldorf=Astoria Collection includes some of the most extraordinary properties in spectacular destinations around the globe. Inspired by New York’s legendary Waldorf=Astoria, each hotel in the growing Collection has its own distinct character, timeless architecture and special history. Luxury spas, culinary excellence and world-class golf are featured at The Collection's current properties: the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, tropical Grand Wailea Resort hotel & Spa on the Isle of Maui, Hawaii, the historic La Quinta Resort & Club in Southern California, New York’s Waldorf=Astoria and the palace hotel Qasr Al Sharq in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Each guest encounter is a discovery of unique experiences designed to last a lifetime. For more information, please visit: 


Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
Christina Yumul, 808-891-3383

Also See: Matthew Bailey Named Managing Director of the 780-room Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui, Hawaii / September 2007
Hilton Hotels New Luxury Brand, The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, Adds Three CNL Owned Resorts - Grand Wailea Resort, Arizona Biltmore Resort and La Quinta Resort / January 2006


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