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really feel like you've arrived at an oasis,"
Sullivan says.
"Travelers want to feel connected to the
local environment," adds David Rockwell,
founder and president of Rockwell Group.
"Wailea's stunning topography, beautiful
flora and fauna, and amazing climate
provided us with much inspiration for
Andaz Maui."
Built on the site that once housed the
Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort Maui,
designers were challenged to streamline what
Sullivan called a "bulky" property constructed
in a different era. Showcasing a "heroic and
beautiful view of the ocean" throughout the
resort-from the stunningly backdropped
lobby through the four infinity-edge pools
set on descending terraces and into the
guestrooms-was paramount for Sullivan.
Removing a number of existing structures
created airy public spaces that connect to the
area's natural beauty.
The 297 guestrooms-including seven
villas of two to four bedrooms-are done
in a neutral palette with custom-designed
furniture including walnut-finished bedside
tables and teak wood-slat vanities. The
use of natural materials continues into the
lava-stone-floored bathrooms enclosed by
shuttered wooden screens in whitewashed
oak that open into the bedroom, bringing in
natural light and ocean views.
Located below the lobby, the familystyle Ka'ana Kitchen has doors that stack
and slide open, affording guests views of
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designers created a series of islands clad
in wood and local stone where guests can
interact with chefs as their food is prepared.
"The materials and look and feel are
inspired by somebody's residence," Sullivan
says. "They are islands like you might have
in your kitchen at home."
Morimoto is the property's small
signature restaurant helmed by chef
Masaharu Morimoto, which sits closer to
the ocean than any other space. Designed
with a "Japanese beach house" aesthetic,
Sullivan and the team installed French
doors on three sides that expose guests to the
sweeping views, but can be closed when it
rains. "We tried to choose textiles and simple
stones that reflected a reclaimed spirit and
honest representation of Japanese style,"
says Sullivan.
To move away from what can often be

the "typical" Hawaiian artwork found in
hotel spaces, Rockwell Group sourced the
property's pieces from contemporary local
artists. "We found some younger, edgier
artists" residing in the islands, and some
who relocated to other states, Sullivan
explains. "We worked to make some of the
architecture artwork too," he elaborates,
including a winding lobby staircase that
mimics the shape of a canoe.
Ultimately, Sullivan's goal was to make
the hotel feel like a personal space connected
to the locality-and to break down the
barrier between the indoors and outdoors.
"The designs were about this experience first
and foremost," he says, "and then we created
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