Wellness is the Word of the Day at Grand Wailea

Reimagined experiences at this Waldorf Astoria Resort will help guests focus on the things that make them healthy and happy in 2021.
Grand Wailea
A home-away-from-home office, an open-air fitness classroom, a private luxury spa experience— Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, can be whatever guests need it to be. Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

For as much as people roll their eyes at the cliché of New Year’s fitness resolutions that include new gym memberships and meal delivery services, among other fads and subscription services, we think everyone gets a pass in 2021. Health and wellness shouldn’t be viewed as gimmicks and trends this year, not when so many of us desperately need a push up onto that Peloton bike to work off pandemic pounds, holiday calories, and really just feel better about ourselves.

But for those of us looking to escape the home office/fitness studio, where else would you turn for the ultimate health and wellness experience than the home of the largest spa in Hawaii? Having reopened its doors on November 15, Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, also debuted its new wellness and happiness concept, The Grand Life.

Located on 40 acres of stunning gardens that rest next to Maui’s Wailea Beach, this resort has always been a focus of daydreams, but now it wants to ensure that guests will emerge from those dreams feeling refreshed and renewed. That begins with the Wellness Ambassador, who will not only help with coordinating on-site activities, but also walk guests through Grand Wailea’s new health and safety protocols and Maui’s overall travel guidelines.


In order to ensure the success of the Grand Life concept, hotel staff has gone above and beyond in implementing strategies that focus on physical distancing without affecting Spa Grande’s signature treatments. In this 55,000-sq. ft. space guests will experience therapies and rituals that might blow their minds. Each visit begins with the new welcome hand-cleansing ritual, and from there it’s a matter of desire.

The Hawaiian Healing Escape, for example, is a half-day session that incorporates herbal plant medicine from the region’s rainforests with traditional healing practices and massage therapies. Or, for anyone seeking something shorter but still very effective, the Ho’omalie healing treatment combines a pohaku (warm stone) and rhythmic lomilomi massages. There’s even a Hawaiian Superfood Crystal Facial that simply sounds divine.

What makes the Live Grande wellness experience so enticing, though, is the à la carte approach that allows guests to personalize every aspect. A half-day session? Done. A three-day retreat that includes workshops, reiki and chakra balancing, and nutrition lessons? Absolutely, and that’s just the beginning. Guests who really want to emphasize distance can also take advantage of open-air treatments in poolside cabanas and in-room experiences as well.


Fitness enthusiasts also have access to private gym pods that provide state-of-the-art equipment like Peloton bikes, and the Live Grande Reset Package provides daily access to Tonal smart fitness gear, which uses A.I. technology to create an on-demand personal trainer with just a single digital weight system for ultimate convenience.

Best of all, Grand Wailea’s impressive creativity and forward thinking includes the realization that Maui isn’t a pack-and-go destination. So, why settle for a week when guests can bring their obligations to Hawaii for a longer stay? The resort will provide a “home office” setup for the ideal workation experience, and an IT professional is on standby to help create a virtual school setting for any kids who can’t miss a lesson. The Grand Passport experience also encourages kids to ditch their screens and receive an unforgettable education on Hawaiian culture and history.

Before booking and traveling, please read Grand Wailea’s complete health and safety guidelines, as well as Hawaii’s overall travel requirements. Remember to pack and wear your masks for whenever they are required.


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