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Wailea is a gilded, two-mile, tropical oasis where Beverly Hills goes to the beach. Everything about Wailea is swell-weather, beaches, surf, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf, even guests. You may find Tony Bennett in the $10,000-a-night, 5,500-square foot Grand Waillea penthouse, Clint Eastwood sinking a putt at Wailea's Gold Course. (he has a $7.5 million beach shack down the street), or Paris Hilton sipping champagne at Four Seasons Wailea. Celebrities love the Maui Film Festival which screens flics al fresco by the sea. Wailea also hosts Maui Writers Festival, and nationally televised PGA Senior Skins game. Actors, writers, ...

Wailea is a gilded, two-mile, tropical oasis where Beverly Hills goes to the beach. Everything about Wailea is swell-weather, beaches, surf, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf, even guests. You may find Tony Bennett in the $10,000-a-night, 5,500-square foot Grand Waillea penthouse, Clint Eastwood sinking a putt at Wailea's Gold Course. (he has a $7.5 million beach shack down the street), or Paris Hilton sipping champagne at Four Seasons Wailea. Celebrities love the Maui Film Festival which screens flics al fresco by the sea. Wailea also hosts Maui Writers Festival, and nationally televised PGA Senior Skins game. Actors, writers, duffers-there's room for all who can afford to stay in four fantasy hotels set along five beaches with three championship 18-hole golf courses and two world-class spas.Those who crave privacy, like Jack Nicholson, bunk in the Villas at Kea Lani, an all-white architectual confection akin to Las Hadas. After lunch at Wolfgang Pucks' Spago, get a hot lava rock massage at Spa Grande, Hawaii's largest; pick up a little something at The Shops of Wailea; check out $30 million worth of art (Boteros are everywhere) at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, where grand becomes grandiose. Sports snorkel Molokini, the fish magnet islet offshore. Or kick back on mile-long gold sand Wailea Beach, and wonder what other folks do. Worst thing about Wailea' The day you leave.

Rick Carroll
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Rick Carroll has written dozens of articles on Hawaii and the Pacific. His books include Great Outdoor Adventures of Hawaii, Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii's Fire Goddess, and Travelers' Tales Hawaii.

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