On our stay at the Hyatt Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, we were blown away by what must be the best swimming pools in Hawaii!
Andaz Maui Pools
If you’ve read some of our trip reports that document our travels, you know that Zuzu & I are beach people. But while we love the beach, we were amazed by the six incredible pools at the Andaz Maui!
Since this luxury Hyatt hotel is on the side of a hill, the designers created four pools that stair step down toward Mokapu Beach.
To round out the 6 pools, there’s also an adults only pool and a swim out pool along one of the hotel’s towers.
Three Infinity Pools & Lagoon
The most stunningly beautiful aspect of the Andaz Pool collection is that 4 of the swimming pools cascade down toward the beach.
That also means that there are A LOT OF STAIRS from the hotel down to the beach! Just going up and down from your room to the swimming pools and Mokapu Beach, you’ll definitely get a work out.
Working your way down from the top pool, the 4 pools at the Andaz Maui are:
- Lehua Bar Pool
- Wahena Lounging Pool
- Nohea Hot Tub Pool
- Bumbye Zero Entry Pool (Family Friendly)
The top 3 pools were infinity pools with water splashing over a dark stone wall.
Tables & seats for Lehua Lounge took up most of the space at the top pool. This Lehua pool was never very busy while we were there. I assume that was because there are few pool chairs and no cabanas.
Most of the action was at the Wahena (2nd), Nohea (3rd) & Bumbye (4th) pools.
The second pool from the top was backed by this incredible black stone wall with water splashing over the infinity edge of the Lehua pool above it.
Unlike the Lehua pool which was mostly eye candy for the bar at Lehua Lounge, the Wahena pool had plenty of pool seating so there were always people in it.
There were about 10 large white umbrellas to provide shade for the lounging chairs. There were also 8 cabanas for rent at the Wahena pool.
The Wahena pool was our pick for the most relaxing pool during our free, 3 night stay at the Andaz hotel in Maui.
The 3rd pool from the top (Nohea pool) had twice as many pool chairs as the Wahena pool. Nohea also had the the most pool cabanas for rent (including what we thought was the best cabana at the Andaz).
There was also a very large hot tub built into the Nohea pool.
Because of the extra seating and the hot tub, Nohea was the most crowded of the 3 infinity pools.
I don’t think we ever saw a keiki at the Nohea pool, just adults. Families with children were almost exclusively at the bottom lagoon pool, nearest the beach.
The family friendly Bumbye Pool (Cascading Pool #4) was nearest the beach and was a zero entry pool (aka walk in pool) with no steps. The Bumbye Bar with drinks and food was just a few steps from the water.
If you’ve got a small child, this is a great choice where you can easily keep an eye your keiki in this shallow lagoon pool.
The Lagoon Pool stayed busy but it never seemed too crazy as we passed on our way to & from the beach.
2 Hidden Andaz Pools
In addition to the 4 pools that cascade down from the Andaz hotel to the beach, there are 2 other pools that are a little more hidden.
Adult Only Pool
Near the Andaz Hawaii Spa and the hotel’s gym, there was an adults only pool with an infinity edge.
There were 2 reasons that we never hung out in the Andaz adult only pool:
- It didn’t have a good view of the beach or the ocean.
- There just weren’t many kids at any pool besides the Bumbye pool.
Swim Up Room Pool
Next to the adult only pool, there were 3 Pool Side Suites.
There’s something really cool about being able to just step out of your room and immediately get into your own semi-private pool. But it looked like these pool side suites did not have a view of much besides the adult pool.
Not worth it for us but if it’s something that you’d like, you can book these pool rooms online.
Every shared pool at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort had an accessible pool lift for guests with disabilities.
Pretty much every pool had a station with pool towels, sunscreen and water.
For the best pool experience, you’ll want to rent a cabana. At the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, cabanas & day beds are available to rent from $150-$500 per day. You can rent the cabanas online at Poolside.com.
Since we were so busy with other things to do on Maui during our 3 night stay, we didn’t rent a cabana. But there was 1 spot that we thought would have been perfect if we had an extra day to relax in this Hawaiian paradise.
Best Ocean View Cabana
If you want the best view of the ocean, there were 3 cabanas to rent at the end of the Nohea pool deck (pool #3) with awesome, unobstructed views of the oceanfront.
Classified as a Medium Daybed Cabana, they had room for 2 people. These cabanas rented for $200 per day when were were there in February. In the peak season, they were $400 to rent per day.
Prices for cabanas and day bed rentals while we were at the only Andaz in Hawaii in the off season were:
- Adult Pool Cabanas $300
- Waena Pool Cabanas $200
- Waena Pool Day Beds $150
- Nohea Pool Cabanas $300
- Nohea Pool Day Beds $150
- Bumbye Pool Day Beds $200
- Bumbye Pool Cabanas $300
During peak season dates like June or July, cabana costs jumped up by $150-200:
- Adult Pool Cabanas $500
- Waena Pool Cabanas $400
- Waena Pool Day Beds $300
- Nohea Pool Cabanas $400
- Nohea Pool Day Beds $300
- Bumbye Pool Day Beds $400
- Bumbye Pool Cabanas $500
While most of the day beds and cabanas were right next to one of the Andaz Maui pools, there were several cabanas which were more secluded.
The cabana in this picture is near one of the Andaz Maui Villa buildings.
Cabana Booking Tips
If you’re booking the Andaz Muai with small children, you will want to consider a cabana at the Bumbye Pool.
One thing to note, the family friendly cabanas and day beds at the Bumbye Lagoon Pool are only available to book 2 days out on the rental website.
Bumbye pool seating is in high demand since this is the walk in, zero entry pool with no steps where you’ll find most of the children swimming and playing.
I have no idea if that policy will change so try calling the hotel early to see if they can help you reserve a pool cabana when you visit the Andaz Maui.
Just make sure you call and don’t email them. The Andaz Maui really screwed up our plans because 6 Hyatt individuals ignored my 3 different emails asking for help prior to our visit.
The only pool with a built in hot tub is the Nohea Pool. Although seats were hard to get at Nohea, there was always plenty of room for us in this hot tub.
Despite the hot tub never being full, I think this added to making the Nohea pool the best pool for adults at the Andaz Maui.
Food and Drinks
It was easy to get food and drinks at the Andaz Maui pools.
Even though there weren’t many hotel guests swimming at the top Lehua pool, there were quite a few people who ate at the Lehua Lounge.
Just like everything about our 3 night stay at the Andaz Maui (which we got for FREE), the food and drinks were expensive but fantastic.
We only ate once at the Lehua Lounge but the $38 Lobster Grilled Cheese (yes, $38!!) was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!
Bumbye Beach Bar
Families at the zero entry lagoon pool only had a few steps to get food and drinks at the Bumbye Beach Bar.
There were a few seats and tables near the bar but most of their business was from the families who were enjoying the Bumbye Pool with their little ones.
No Pool Playground
While the walk in Bumbye Pool looked great for kids, there is no water slide at the Andaz Maui. There’s also no lazy river or waterfall to splash under.
If you want to find a lazy river in Maui, try the Hyatt Regency Maui. While not exactly a lazy river, the HR Maui does have some connected pools which give a similar experience to a lazy river.
Andaz Pools Bottom Line
Even though we were already expecting a 5 star experience at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, the pools were even better than we had hoped.
How We Stayed for Free at the Andaz Maui
Just 2 short years ago, a luxury vacation at the Andaz Maui was a ridiculous dream to Zuzu & me. Seriously, who could afford to pay $6,390 for 3 nights at a hotel? Even for a place as posh as the Andaz Maui?
But then we discovered how to stay at luxury hotels for free and we’ve been stacking up wonderful memories ever since!
If you want to learn the exact process that we used to get this luxury stay for free, read our Guide to Free Luxury Hotel Stays by clicking here.
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