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A Stay at the Andaz Maui at Wailea

The adults-only pool at the Andaz Maui lit up at night

I recently visited the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii for the first time. The Andaz definitely caters to a younger/hipper crowd than some of the other high end hotels in the area. If you’re looking for in-your-face Hawaiiana, look elsewhere. The Andaz Maui has warm, zen minimalist vibe.

The Modern Facade of the Andaz Maui

My husband and I arrived before check in time, and our room (we booked a suite) was not yet ready. The Andaz host suggested we head the Bumbye Beach Bar to wait until she came to escort us to the room. The bar had wifi access (no password required), great views of the lagoon pool and Mokapu Beach, and particularly delicious Mai Tais. After two rounds, our host showed us to our suite, room 640.

The resort’s open and airy entry

The staff at the Andaz was friendly and top notch. I was particularly impressed with the concierge. She remembered my food allergies and made sure they were passed on to restaurants, even when we changed restaurant picks or re-scheduled reservations.

The seating area in living room of suite 640

Suite 640 was spacious, well laid out, and technology friendly– great for a modern day couple who both work remotely. 

Left: the work desk in room 640 Right: The dining room table in 640

There were several pools, including an adult/no kids one and several cabanas for hire, which was nice. Loved the wifi access (even at the beach) and I always appreciate the no password required. Every hotel should be this tech friendly.

The welcome amenity and lei

If I had to nitpick, I thought the ukelele player in the Lehua Lounge could have bothered to wear an aloha shirt. I also noticed a few room service trays lingered in the hallways a bit longer than the should have. Minor complaints for an otherwise fabulous stay.

The patio was filled with modern furniture and comfortable

One of the Andaz’s most amazing features is Morimoto Maui restaurant, which is FANTASTIC. My husband and I almost always get tired of every hotel’s restaurants after three days. Not so with Morimoto. We dined there four times during our stay and I’ve been missing it since I got back. Even if you choose to stay somewhere else in Wailea, don’t miss heading to the Andaz Maui for dinner at Morimoto Maui.

Left: the window seat in room 640 Right: a reading nook in the bedroom

The room’s king sized bed has sliding doors that can open to the shower windows

The walk-thru shower and soaker tub in Suite 640

My husband thought the furniture in our suite could have been more comfortable, however I had no issues with it. I LOVED the bathroom’s huge shower and soaker tub. The room was quiet and I slept well in the king bed.

The hanging chair on the patio was a great place to watch the Wailea sunset

The Lagoon Pool at the Andaz Maui

How fun is this indoor sandbox in the reception area of the Andaz Maui?

Yogurt with granola on the breakfast buffet at Ka’ana Kitchen

The breakfast spread served at Ka’ana Kitchen was amazing. Since my husband is a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Member member, our breakfast was included. The staff went out of there way to clarify which menu items were not included so there were no surprises on the bill. (Note: The Breakfast Amenity for Diamond Gold Passport members was recently downgraded.) The mimosa made with passionfruit and guava is not to be missed.

Delicious Mai Tai served at Lehua Lounge

The view from Bumbye Beach Bar

Obligatory selfie in sunglasses of the Andaz Beach Crew

The Andaz Beach Crew was very helpful and also has a great instagram account @andazbeachcrew.

Gorgeous sunset as seen from room 640 at Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

3550 Wailea Alanui Drive

Wailea, Hawaii, USA, 96753

Tel: +1 808 573 1234

Rates start at $423.00

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Time-Lapse Video of the Sydney Opera House at Sunset

A View of the Sydney Opera House from Room 114 at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

A View of the Sydney Opera House from my Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

There are some views I will never get bored of and looking at the Sydney’s iconic Opera House is one of them.

This is my view from my Opera House Deluxe room at the Park Hyatt Sydney, which I think is the best located city hotel in the world. I’m lucky to staying here for a few days this week. It’s a view that can be appreciated even through the foggiest of jet lag.

I’ve stayed at this property quite a few times but this is my first time back since it was completely renovated in 2011. Honestly, I didn’t think the hotel needed much of renovation, but after seeing the new property I’ve been blown away. The improvements are sublime. I will know  (and share) more after I get the proper hotel tour later during my stay..

The Opera House is a popular background for wedding photos in Sydney

The Opera House is a popular background for wedding photos in Sydney

What I do know is that the view of The Sydney Opera house is gorgeous day and night– perhaps that’s why I’ve seen no fewer than 3 wedding couples take photos in front of it and a even a full-blown magazine photo shoot happen right out side my window.

I hope you enjoy this  time-lapse video I made of the Sydney Opera House at sunset using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone 5.

Sydney Opera House Time Lapse at Sunset

View of Sydney from Opera House Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

Another View of Sydney from Opera House Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

The view in the other direction isn’t too bad either. Stay tuned for more posts about this amazing property.

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Tel: +61 2 9256 1234

Fax: +61 2 9256 1555

Email: sydney.park@hyatt.com

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