aerial view of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort pool terraces with island in the distance

Say Aloha to Your Destination Wedding Dreams at Andaz Maui


May 24, 2024
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of various

Touching down in Maui is like entering an alternate universe where your only obligation is to take in the beauty of the Pacific waters and diverse island ecosystem. Who wouldn’t want this to be the situation for their destination wedding? 

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to experience one of Maui‘s newly renovated treasures for ourselves. Here’s why we believe the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is the ideal wedding venue for couples who wish to experience relaxation, endless luxury, knock-your-socks-off amenities and cuisine, perpetual ocean views, and moving cultural experiences. 

lobby and rooms of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Nestled on Maui’s coveted Wailea coast, Andaz Maui boasts a beachfront setting unlike any other. Say “Aloha” to forever under the warm Hawaiian sun, with the iconic island of Kaho’olawe gracing the horizon. 

The first thing we fell in love with about this locale was the inviting atmosphere. Walking into the open-air lobby you get an immediate view of the sparkling waters and the pampering begins right away with a welcome lei and cocktail. After being ushered up to your upscale room, couples and their guests will find a sanctuary coated in natural textures, complete with ocean views, and brand-new Nespresso machines to enjoy the sunrises with a little boost.

A Spectrum of Wedding Venues: From Oceanfront Bliss to Lush Lawns

wedding ceremony setups and reception setups across various Andaz Maui event lawns

Whether you envision an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, Andaz Maui has a stunning venue to match your vision: 

  • Oceanfront Bliss: Exchange vows with the waves as your witness on one of the property’s picturesque lawns. Imagine the turquoise water sparkling in the background as you pledge your love.
  • Serene Lawns: Opt for the Nohea Terrace, a spacious outdoor venue with breathtaking ocean views, perfect for a relaxed reception under the Maui sky.
  • Luxurious Indoor Spaces: For a more intimate setting, consider the indoor venues like the Honolua Room or the Kupu Terrace. These beautifully appointed spaces offer a sophisticated ambiance and flexibility for a seated dinner or a dance floor.

collage of Andaz Maui restaurants and food and drinks

Beyond the Ceremony: A Culinary Symphony to Delight Every Palate

After the ceremony, celebrate your love story with a feast fit for royalty. Andaz Maui offers a variety of restaurants, each a culinary gem. Including, but not limited to…

  • Ka’ana Kitchen: Savor fresh, local flavors with a focus on farm-to-table cuisine. Imagine clinking glasses with your new spouse under the Maui sky, indulging in locally sourced seafood and prime cuts, all prepared with a touch of island inspiration.
  • Lehua Lounge: An open-air, casual restaurant offering light bites and handcrafted cocktails, perfect for a relaxed lunch by the pool.
  • Morimoto Maui: Treat yourselves and your guests to an unforgettable culinary experience at Morimoto Maui, the renowned restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Savor innovative dishes that blend Japanese influences with fresh, local ingredients, creating a unique and memorable dining experience.

man teaching lei making, man holding ukulele, chef slicing poke fish, people in an outrigger canoe on ocean

Unforgettable Experiences: Immersing Yourselves in the Culture

Andaz Maui goes beyond just stunning scenery. They offer a variety of cultural experiences that will enrich your stay and create lasting memories:

  • Ukulele Serenade: Learn to serenade each other with a ukulele lesson for two or for your entire group by the world-class ‘ukulele virtuoso, Derick Sebastian. Imagine being able to strum a sweet Hawaiian melody, a delightful souvenir of your island adventure.
  • Lei Making: Discover the ancient art of Hawaiian lei making. With vibrant flowers and fragrant leaves, craft beautiful leis to adorn yourselves and your guests, adding a touch of authenticity to your wedding celebration.
  • Outrigger Canoe (Wa’a) Rides: Feel the rhythm of the waves as you paddle a traditional outrigger canoe together. This adventurous activity offers a unique way to bond with your partner and connect with your guests as you experience the beauty of Maui’s coastline from a different perspective.
  • Poke-Making Class: Dive into the world of Hawaiian cuisine with a fun and interactive poke-making class. Learn the secrets of creating this delicious dish, a crowd-pleaser you can incorporate into your wedding reception.
  • Feast at Mokapu: Embark on a journey through Hawaiian history with an exclusive beachfront luau. This isn’t your average tourist luau; here, you’ll be treated to a three-course, plated dinner featuring local ingredients, while dancers and storytellers weave tales of Maui’s rich cultural heritage and resilience. 

wide angle shots of the Andaz Maui pools including a private plunge poolaerial view of andaz maui resort at night, shot of pool and outdoor cantina, fire pit with chairs, large pool during the day

Privacy and Exclusivity: Your Own Hawaiian Villa

For an extra touch of luxury and intimacy, consider renting out one of the Andaz Maui private villas. Imagine having your entire wedding party or closest family members under one roof, creating lasting memories before, during, and after the wedding.

various shots of the spa including the reception area, locker room hot tub and sauna, and a treatment room with two massage tables

Indulge in Pre-Wedding Rejuvenation at the World-Class Spa

Let the stress of planning melt away at the award-winning `Āwili Spa and Salon. This world-class spa offers a variety of treatments inspired by Hawaiian traditions, from massages with local botanicals to rejuvenating facials. Treat yourselves to pre-wedding pampering sessions, ensuring you arrive on your special day feeling radiant and relaxed.

couple walk hand in hand on lawn near beach with palm trees swaying in the breeze

Andaz Maui: Where Every Detail Tells Your Story

The dedicated wedding team at Andaz Maui will ensure your special day unfolds flawlessly. From breathtaking venues to exceptional cuisine and immersive cultural experiences, they’ll help craft a wedding that reflects your unique love story.

So why settle for ordinary? Let Andaz Maui transform your wedding into an extraordinary Hawaiian adventure, a celebration of love and culture that will stay with you forever.

wedding ceremony setup with tropical florals on wooden arch at sunset

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance; from top to bottom, left to right): Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (1-5, 9-13, 18-28, 30); Lauren Ertl (14-17); Dmitri & Sandra Photography (6-8, 29)

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