AC Hotels says aloha to guests with new Maui property

by | 05 Jun 2021 | Hotel Openings, Projects

The opening of AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea marks the entry of Marriott International’s design-led lifestyle brand to the sun-soaked Hawaiian Islands.

Marriott International has introduced a dynamic new property to the picturesque island of Maui.

Capturing the traditional Hawaiian spirit

Situated on the south-west coast, AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea spans three acres of land, with stunning views from every vantage point. This connection to nature runs through all aspects of the property, and is married with an artistic design that captures the traditional Hawaiian spirit.

Kaleo Kenui, dual general manager for AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea and Residence Inn Maui Wailea, said: “Our new hotel seamlessly blends the AC brand’s signature amenities with Maui’s naturally inspiring landscape, people and aesthetics. The overall design is an artistic rendition based on genuine Hawaiian experiences blending with modern life and a recognition of the diverse cultures forming Maui’s remarkable melting pot of humanity.”

Celebrating its ocean setting

Visitors to AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea will immediately be greeted by nods to the ocean, which is central to life on the Hawaiian Islands. The entrance, for example, is flanked by glass panels featuring wave forms that are lit up to mirror the sea.

Meanwhile, local materials such as lava stone, shells and native timber are worked into decorative features that celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander communities and their traditions and crafts. Of particular note are the 100 strands of lei made from dried seeds, berries and flowers, which are traditionally gifted as a symbol of aloha, that have been woven into two incredible tapestries located in the lobby.

An impressive array of amenities

The property, AC Hotels’ inaugural site in the Hawaiian Islands, features 110 guestrooms with 12 suites. It also boasts an infinity pool with a hot tub and cabanas, and two onsite F&B options – AC Kitchen and KAI, a signature restaurant and tiki-themed pool bar respectively – as well as meeting and remote-working facilities, the 24-hour AC Fitness Centre and the upscale AC Library.

Wailea, Ulua, Mōkapu and Keawakapu beaches are within walking distance of the hotel, as are retail hubs Wailea Village, Wailea Gateway and The Shops at Wailea.

Kenui added: “While the new hotel offers more options for visitors, it also allows us to continue supporting our local economy by infusing as much locally produced art, crafts and culinary creations as we can and creating more jobs.”

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