While there are many advantages to staying at a vacation rental, you do miss out on the resort pool. Oh, don’t get me wrong, most condo complexes (all of ours) have pools and hot tubs for your enjoyment. And they are nice! But…. there is something about that resort pool feel.
Way back in the ‘good old days’ (you know, when your parents walked uphill 20 miles to school, both ways), some resorts offered day passes, allowing outside guests to use pools and amenities. Over time these went away. However as Maui reopened after the initial Covid shut-down, resorts came up with a new system – the Resortpass.
Resortpass is a website where resorts can offer day passes for purchase. You go on the website, type in the location you are looking at (Wailea or Kaanapali), add your preferred date, and find out what’s available and at what price. As of today I am seeing the Andaz Maui (a Hyatt hotel) and the Fairmont Kea Lani (both in Wailea) offering day passes.
Is it worth it?
I guess it depends on you. It’s not cheap…. but if you enjoy lounging at the pool, being served drinks and food…. Perhaps if you combined it with a spa day…. Both the Andaz and the Fairmont have spas…. you could do an all-day pampering thing. The Andaz is the first hotel as you enter Wailea – located on the southern end of Keawakapu beach. The Fairmont is the last hotel in Wailea, down at Polo beach. We walk the Wailea beach walk between the two hotels weekly, a habit we picked up during Covid.