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To make the most of your Hawaiian getaway, there are few things you should know about Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Here's the 411 on this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. Wailea is an active resort community. This is not a remote hotel where folks hole up in their rooms and order room service. Four Seasons Maui at Wailea has a great energy. The lobby is a lively spot for an evening cocktail, the pools are upbeat and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's Spago is a fun place for dinner. The resort is elegant but not at all stuffy. Guests here are constantly on the move — golfing, snorkeling, taking Pilates classes, playing table tennis in the gaming area and exploring the island.
2. There are no bungalows. Unlike some of Four Seasons' other Hawaiian hotels, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort at Wailea is a six-story structure with no bungalows. It's a multi-story, U-shaped building, a design that gives most rooms full ocean views. It's also spread out, so it doesn't feel like guests are on top of each other. But you won't be able to hole up in a secluded bungalow by the beach — Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu on the Big Island has that.
3. All Maui beaches are public. State law in Hawaii requires that all counties provide public access to beaches — including those in Wailea. So be prepared to share the towel space with residents and others, especially on weekends and during holidays, though the crescent beach here is never overcrowded.
4. There are no beachfront rooms. Even the most expensive, most luxurious accommodations — the 5,000-square-foot Maile Suite — don't have direct access to the beach. To get to the water, you'll need to walk across the hotel lobby, past the pools and down a right-of-way to the warm sand and crashing waves.
5. Wailea Beach doesn't allow motorized sports. Unfortunately, this means no Jet Skis or motorboats are allowed here. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the ocean. The resort offers a variety of non-motorized ocean activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and outrigger canoeing.