Fairmont vs. Grand Wailea + other options?
In 2006, the Fairmont was clearly the better choice for dining for someone who is NOT into driving anywhere from the Grand Wailea. Plus I remember there was someplace better to the north, too. We'll be there for six days, so we need good advice on how to avoid the Grand Wailea for many meals.
Not sure I understand. You are at the GW, but want to eat somewhere close?
Four Seasons is next to GW and has a Spago, Duo and an Italian place I can't remember the name of.
There's a Ruth's Chris, Tommy Bahama, and a Lohngi's on the other side of GW.
Mulligan's is at the Blue golf course and Gannon's at the Gold GC, neither are walkable but GW has a shuttle.
So you are staying at the Grand Wailea, but you don't like the restaurants there?
In addition to Bistro Molokini, Cafe Kula, the Grand Dining Room, and Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, there is also the newly opened Alan Wong's Amasia.
If cost is your concern, you can order carefully at Amasia and not drive the total cost too high. We enjoyed his signature Li Hing Mui whole tomato salad, as well as the grilled kalua pork and foie gras cheese sandwich served with tomato soup, or maybe the shoyu duck buns. Five small plates and a dessert is probably adequate for a meal.
You can see prices here online:
There's only 5 places to eat at the Shops at Wailea. Cheeseburger Island Style, KAI Wailea, Longhi’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Overall, they are very "chain restaurant" feeling.
Another option is to go up the hill from the Shops at Wailea to the Wailea Gateway Plaza to Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman. There's also a wine/cheese shop in the same plaza, as well as Pita Paradise.
I haven't been to Amasia yet, but the whole tomato salad with li hing mui vinaigrette from Alan Wong's Oahu is the single best salad I've ever had.
There is also Mala Wailea at the Marriott Wailea in addition to the places already mentioned.