Hotel Wailea Unveils $15M Redesign

WAILEA, MAUI—Hotel Wailea has completed a $15 million renovation.

The hotel, owned by Jonathan McManus, now features a beach-house design in all 72 one-bedroom suites, a newly finished pool with private residential-style cabanas and an orchard-to-glass apothecary bar.

Honolulu-based interior designer Marion Philpotts-Miller led the project, blending “indigenous island character with modern sensibility.”

Inside the suites, architectural elements such as coral and limestone walls, smoked white oak floors, and custom-crafted Hawaiian Ohia cabinetry are fused with island aesthetics, including artwork by Pete Cabrinha. Each suite has a separate living room and oversize lanai.

Capische? is the hotel’s restaurant, blending Southern Mediterranean flavors and artisanal Hawaiian products via Executive Chef Brian Etheredge and Chef de Cuisine Chris Kulis. 

The new poolside lounge, named The Cabanas, is a day-to-night experience where guests may gather to drink, dine and relax. Mixologist Kerry Mekeel creates custom cocktails with a wide selection of premium liquors, fresh-pressed juices, organic hydrosols and tropical infusions. A series of oversize cabanas surround the pool deck are furnished with lounge seating, chaises, aqua loungers and circular pod daybeds. A built-in fire pit sits center stage together with hanging lights, tiki torches and lanterns.

Hotel Wailea is beginning its next phase of upgrades, which includes an ocean view treehouse where guests can experience private spa treatments within the mango tree canopies. Projected for completion in spring is a new spa by luxury spa developer Tracy Lee offering a menu of signature treatments and massages.

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