Grand Wailea's Spa Grande Named Four-Star Spa in 2015 Forbes Travel Guide

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Award Underscores Excellent Service at Largest Spa in Hawaii

Spa Grande's Terme Bath

A landmark in Maui for the past two decades, Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, announces Spa Grande has been named a Four-Star Spa in the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide. The 50,000 square-foot, two-story Spa Grande is the largest spa in Hawaii and unites Thalassotherapy and ancient Eastern and Hawaiian philosophies by offering more than 100 different beauty and body treatments.

The award-winning spa’s most distinctive feature is its elaborate Termé Wailea Hydrotherapy Circuit. Before every treatment, spa guests are invited to experience a unique haven of water therapies featuring a Roman tub, a Finnish sauna, cascading waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo, and five Hawaiian sea salt baths.

With a state-of-the-art fitness center, 40 treatment rooms and an extensive menu of soothing massage, facial and body care treatments, Spa Grande offers treatments that reflect a balance between the traditions of the East, West and ancient Hawaii, with the goal of uniting one’s inner wellness and outer beauty.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award for Spa Grande, recognizing it as a standard-setter in the world of resort spas,” said Sharon Ogawa, Director of Spa Grande. “This is a testament to our team’s strong dedication to offering the finest experience to our guests.”

Forbes Travel Guide’s Star Awards ratings process is based on a standardized criteria for hotels, restaurants and spas worldwide, making it the most rigorous and comprehensive in the industry. To achieve Forbes Travel Guide Four Star status, properties and spas must meet or exceed the bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by Forbes Travel Guide’s expert inspectors.

ABOUT GRAND WAILEA
Since opening in 1991, this majestic, landmark resort consistently ranks among the world’s best in leading travel consumer reports and by industry peers. Nestled on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, this Waldorf Astoria Resort provides a range of vacation experiences: open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty and seclusion for romantic getaways and family fun – ranging from a fully equipped camp for children and a teen lounge to rope swings and a jungle-style river pool.

Just 35 minutes from the Kahului airport, this idyllic Hawaiian resort features 22 elegant outdoor function spaces, seven unique event facilities – including an elaborate seaside wedding chapel – for remarkable events, business conferences and destination weddings.

With 8 different restaurant and bar outlets, including the thatched-roofed Humuhumunukunukuapua’a – built over its own oceanfront saltwater lagoon and voted "Maui's Best Resort Restaurant" by the readers of The Maui News – and the hotel’s stunning, open-air, art-filled lobby with its trompe l'oeil Botero Lounge. Guests also have access to the luxurious Spa Grande, a standard-setter in the world of resort spas, as well as five different world-class golf courses and the finest tennis facilities on the island. Accommodation options also include an enclave of 120 luxury villas called Ho’olei’ ranging from 3,200 to 4,000 square foot, which are located directly across the street from the resort.

Built to portray the riches of Hawaii’s culture, people and nature – especially via its $30 million art collection – Grand Wailea is the ultimate Hawaiian resort. For reservations and information, call 1-800-888-6100 or visit http://www.grandwailea.com

ABOUT WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 29 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world’s most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unforgettable moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal Concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at http://www.waldorfastoria.com or http://www.waldorfastoria.com/offers. Learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

ABOUT FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE
Forbes Travel Guide, deriving from a strategic partnership between Forbes Media LLC and Mobil Travel Guide formed in October 2009, offers the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications. This exclusive licensing agreement between two industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined experience transfers the hospitality industry's premier star rating and travel guide brand from ExxonMobil to Forbes, an award system which has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions.

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Kim Marshall                        
The Marshall Plan                
kim(at)themarshallplan(dot)com     
310-452-1234                    

Yvonne Biegel
Grand Wailea Resort
Yvonne.Biegel(at)waldorfastoria(dot)com
808-891-3383

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