Hotel Wailea Presents First Ever Wellness Retreat in Partnership with Uplift Maui

Hotel Wailea, voted # 1 Hotel in Hawaii by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2017, launches its first ever wellness retreat in partnership with renowned wellness provider, Uplift Maui.

Hotel Wailea. Courtesy: Hotel Wailea

Appropriately titled “Awaken,” the immersive wellness retreat scheduled for May 13 to 17, 2018 will focus on unwinding, recharging, and reconnecting with one’s self to achieve a sound body and mind, opening up to infinite possibilities. The program is designed with heart-opening and mind-expanding exercises held both inside the ocean facing wellness studio as well as outdoors within Hotel Wailea’s genteel grounds with sweeping ocean views, majestic mountain scenery, Zen-inspired landscaped gardens and cascading waterfalls.

Aerial yoga with Uplift Maui instructor. Courtesy: Uplift Maui

In addition, the five-day rejuvenation experience includes excursions that encourage guests to connect with nature. To complete the wellness experience, healthy menus designed to restore balance and inner harmony will be available to participants.

Founded by Andrea Fors (a.k.a. Dre), an experienced yoga certified instructor, Uplift Maui strives to be an elite provider of services for enhancing, enriching, and uplifting the health and lives of individuals and the community through unique movement such as aerial yoga, aerial dance, as well as yoga and other forms of fitness, nutrition, and holistic healing for the body, mind, and spirit.

Specifically built as a serene sanctuary, Hotel Wailea’s luxury boutique hotel and breathtaking surroundings make an ideal location for this wellness journey while Uplift Maui’s experienced yoga instructors led by Fors complement the experience with their expertise in guided movement and awareness exercises.

The retreat package price starts at $4,375 (inclusive of fees and taxes) and includes five-night luxury accommodations at Hotel Wailea, daily guided meditations, yoga exercises, aerial yoga practice, aromatherapy experiences, turtle sail/snorkeling and Haleakala volcano excursions (transportation provided), in-room lomi lomi massage, fresh and healthy breakfasts and lunches, plus a full-course gourmet dinner at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea during the closing party.

“This unique wellness retreat package fortifies our mission as a Relais & Châteaux hotel property,” said Hotel Wailea general manager Markus Schale. “Not only do we strive to offer that quintessential destination for a relaxing getaway, we want to emphasize holistic experiences. Being in tune with the increasing interest in wellness tourism, we’re definitely proud to present this to our guests and wellness seekers.”

Hotel Wailea, an independently owned and operated, all-suite hotel, was also voted as the #1 Hotel on Maui by 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. For reservations or to learn more about Awaken Wellness Retreat, visit or call 866-970-4167.

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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