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There are a few things you'll want to pack to make the most of your stay at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Don't forget to toss these items in your suitcase:
1. Workout gear. You will actually want to work out in the gym while staying at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort. It's a lovely open-air space with a canopy and all the latest equipment. You'll also find pretty jogging paths around the grounds and neighborhood, so pack your gym shoes and workout clothes. (A good pair of sneakers or hiking boots will also come in handy if you plan to see the sunrise from the top of Haleakala, which we recommend you do. On that note, also bring some layers to wear for this activity, as you'll have to get up very early in the morning to join the other sleepy-eyed folks who gather to see the spectacular sunrise over Maui's dormant volcano.)
2. Two or three swimsuits. You wouldn't come to Hawaii without a swimsuit, but you may want to consider bringing extra swimwear. The pool area at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is one of our favorites anywhere. It's both relaxing and upbeat, and you will spend more time here than you might have anticipated. Pool attendants lavish you with amenities — Evian spritzes, snacks, cucumber slices for your eyes, ice cream, you name it. They will even clean your sunglasses for you and lend you a Kindle to read (the list of titles keeps growing from previous guests). Then, of course, there's the beach, where you can go snorkeling, try paddle boarding or just soak up the sun. For walks on the beach, there's a path that goes through Wailea, so you can easily visit the other resorts, so be sure to bring shoes.
3. Camera. There are no bad views from any room, restaurant or bar on the grounds. From your furnished lanai, you'll be able to see Wailea Beach, Lana'i and the West Maui mountain range. If your room isn't facing the ocean, you'll discover stellar views of the majestic Haleakala. Two of the most popular activities on the island — seeing the sunrise from Haleakala and driving the road to Hana — also call for lots of pictures.
4. Binoculars. If you happen to be staying at this South Maui resort between the months of December and May, you will likely see migrating humpback whales, which come to the warm waters of the island to breed and give birth to new calves. This is a sight you won't want to miss.
5. Golf clubs. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort is affiliated with three neighboring world-class golf courses that are both challenging and picturesque. The par-72 Wailea Blue Course, designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, sits on the lowest slopes of Haleakala, with its fairways meandering through much of Wailea's natural ocean and volcanic wonders. The more rugged par-72 Wailea Gold Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, has hosted the Wendy's Champions Skins Game and the LPGA Skins Game. The course measures more than 7,000 yards through Wailea's stunning scenery. The scenic par-72 Wailea Emerald Course, also designed by Jones, is another standout course.