With awards season in full swing, you've been feverishly working on your best-of predictions. This week's Escape should top your list: Four nights at one of Maui's most lauded resorts.
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is set on 40 acres of lush, tropical beachfront on the island's southwestern shore and impresses the academy in multiple categories, from its perennial spot on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List to its consistent AAA Four Diamond rating.
You and your costar will get the celebrity treatment during your four-night stay in a King Ocean Room ($1,499), starting with your tropical lei greeting—who needs Harry Winston? The property scores points for art direction, too, with a $30 million collection that includes nine Oscar-dwarfing Botero sculptures in the open-air lobby pavilion.
Every movie star needs to log pool time, though you may need a personal assistant to determine your prime spot at the 25,700-square-foot aquatic complex: Float along the expansive lazy river, zip down one of four waterslides, ride the "water elevator" inside a multilevel volcano, or retreat to the ocean-view adults-only expanse for poolside bar service.
Also in your swag bag: a $100 resort credit, which you can use for a meal at one of five on-site restaurants or for a Volcanic Ash Cocoon or Awapuhi Salt Body Glow at the Spa Grande, Hawaii's largest and named its best by Travel + Leisure.
With this Escape, as in the Oscars race, timing is key: Early purchasers receive two one-day admission tickets for the Maui Ocean Center and two tickets for a dolphin-watching or sunrise whale-watching cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation.
The aquarium, a Zagat top-rated Hawaii attraction, wows visitors with its cast of thousands: indigenous fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays, and other creatures. On the Dolphin Watch, in the waters surrounding the island of Lanai, spot Flipper's cousins swimming along a backdrop of red-rock sea cliffs. Or whale watch at sunrise on Maui's top-rated two-hour tour. For even more entertainment, GoHawaii has ideas for local excursions and recommendations for local outfitters.
They say it's an honor just to be nominated, but that doesn't matter: With your Escape to the Grand Wailea, you're sure to come out a winner.
Call the Pacific Whale Foundation at 808.856.8376 for cruise reservations.
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Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
A Four-Night Stay for Two in a King Ocean Room with a $100 Resort Credit
- from $1,499