Rolling blissful beaches up with swaying palm trees and vivid blue skies, Maui is one of those locations so blessed by Mother Nature that it’s near impossible for any architectural feat to compete with its natural beauty. Whilst it’s no simple task to stand out in this picture-perfect destination, there is a manmade wonder that’s managed to hit the beauty benchmark set by the incredible natural scenery and make the temptation to visit the island even more irresistible.
This wonder goes by the familiar name of the Four Seasons Resort Maui and is nestled on Wailea beach at the crescent of Maui’s southwest coast. The resort has been a major player on the Hawaiian hospitality scene since opening in 1990 and has recently enhanced its allure with a full renovation of its presidential suites.
Although it’s located on Hawaii’s second largest island, the hotel refuses to come runner-up in any other department which makes it a regular haunt for A-list stars and films producers. It wins the prestigious title of Hawaii’s only Forbes five-star hotel and also boasts home to the largest guest rooms and bathrooms on the island, indicating that it really is a cut above the rest.
On immediate arrival, it’s clear the resort is swathed with an exotic aura inside and out. Silken-soft white sand and gentle salty waves lay at its feet while the peaks of the East Maui volcano Haleakalā form an impressive backdrop, bringing a postcard paradise to life for guests. Regardless of these out-of-this-world sights and the experiences delivered by the hotel, it still comes with the plush comfort, second-to-none facilities and round-the-clock customer service you’d expect from a Four Seasons resort.
There are three type of accommodation to choose from: guest bedrooms, suites and the club floor. Despite being the entry level accommodation, the guest bedrooms don’t hold back on luxury and are equipped with grand four poster beds, exquisite marbled bathrooms and relaxed yet refined sitting areas. Suites take the glamour up a notch and separate beautiful bedrooms from impressive spaces for entertaining with plantation-style doors. Finally, the club floor offers guests a hotel-within-a-hotel experience with access to their own concierge team, who can anticipate their needs and organise personalised experiences. The privilege of having your very own concierge team – or the Complete Suite Experience as the Four Seasons call it – can also be enjoyed by guests staying in residential or ocean-front rooms.
When it comes to stepping inside the rooms, each differs in shape and character but every one is united by an unwavering feeling of luxury. Maui’s paradisal surroundings are matched by subtly tropical-inspired interiors with an emphasis on exotic colours. Note the use of sandy brown hues, coral accents and hints of ocean blue in this shot of the Lokelani three-bedroom presidential suite designed by Brayton Hughes Design Studio.
From its beach shells to its fragrant Plumeria trees, the interiors also pay tribute to the islands natural characteristics by peppering pearlescent mother of pearl touches and instances of petrified wood throughout the hotel. And it’s not only the interiors that have been thoughtfully considered to create the ultimate experience for guests – the very structure of the building itself has been angled to give as many rooms as possible panoramic ocean views.
The escape also gives guests the opportunity to bask in the sun in true style with their Missoni-clad outdoor areas. Founder Rosita Missoni put her creative hand to paper to design bespoke patterns for the cabanas at the Four Seasons’ serenity pool. “Rosita Missoni wanted to create an environment that is reflective and inspired by the lush and dynamic landscape of the area around Four Seasons Resort Maui,” explains Christopher Philips, Brand Manager for Missoni Home. “Guests will see large, bold kaleidoscopic and leafy florals representing the botanicals, tied in and coordinated with our classic Missoni stripes and zigzags which represent the jagged rocks and the sea.”
It’s worth noting that the hotel isn’t just for the fashion-savvy; there’s something for every type of traveller. A guided art tour, top of the range spa facilities and in-house restaurants, serving everything from fine steak to fresh sushi, are just some of the other extras that come with staying at the hotel. And when nightfall finally calls, the atmospheric gardens offer a perfect end to the day and a retreat for you to sit back with a signature cocktail while the hips of hula dancers sway to live Hawaiian music.
If travelling from the UK, the hours spent travelling will undoubtedly reach double figures before you’re safely deposited on the island, but this lengthy journey is a small price to pay for the unforgettable sights and treasured memories that Maui promises. The Four Seasons has a long-standing reputation for providing travellers with the ultimate home away from home, however its Maui resort does it with a difference. Completely at one with its idyllic surroundings, the resort has an ethereal spirit that sets it apart from its sister hotels and gives guests a new-found realisation of just how good luxury can be for the mind, body and soul.