Monday Design Daydream: Andaz Maui at Wailea

(Photo courtesy of Andaz Maui at Wailea) On today's Monday Design Daydream, we examine the hotel entrance. After all, you can learn a lot about your stay the moment you step through the front door. Of course, in the case of the Andaz Maui at Wailea, the mere lack of a front door speaks volumes: before you even cross the threshold, cerulean waves beckon from beyond the lobby area, letting you know right off the bat that a stylish beachy respite is in your immediate future.

(Photo courtesy of Andaz Maui at Wailea)In fact, the outdoors figure heavily into the design and ethos of the resort—Andaz's first—set on 15 breathtaking acres along Maui's Mokapu Beach, on the pristine southwestern coast. Sustainably designed by the Rockwell Group, it will become Hawaii's first LEED-certified resort when it opens on September 1. While environmentalists will love its energy-efficient lighting and water conserving practices, design afficionados will find plenty to inspire in the 297 bedrooms, which feature soothing white walls, flooring made with locally sourced stone, and beachy accents (fish prints; azure throw pillows). Foodies will also find reason to make the trip thanks to chef Masaharu Morimoto's intimate dining room.

(Photo courtesy of Andaz Maui at Wailea)And bookworms like me will appreciate the apothecary-inspired spa, which looks like it's filled with card catalogs from some ultra-stylish local library. We can't wait to see more of this place!
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