Philpotts Interiors

Hotel Wailea Lobby Bar

Bird Cage Bar + Lounge

Wailea, Maui

As Hawaii’s only luxury, adult-only resort overlooking Maui’s southern coastline, Hotel Wailea is a truly unique property. Adding to its allure, Marion Philpotts-Miller of Philpotts Interiors and her team recently designed the hotel’s new bar and lounge, Bird Cage. Philpotts-Miller has been working with Jonathan McManus, Hotel Wailea founder, to transform the hotel since its inception with the most recent renovation being the large, previously underutilized lobby.

Inside the aptly named space, where birds have always fluttered in and out, large custom-designed, cage-like light fixtures set the tone, while a hand-crafted bar by Maui Custom Woodworks activates the space. Philpotts-Miller also took inspiration from the glamour and style of New York City bars and restaurants to create a timeless and alluring lounge. Jewel-toned textiles, bold prints, and textures along with eclectic furnishings such as peacock chairs and bird feet tables, set an enchanting feel. Luxury meets tropical in the decadent space fitted with natural teak wood bar stools, opulent velvet, and faux Crocodile leather tufted sofas and black marble tables, and more.

While the hotel and newly designed space embody a fresh and whimsical vibe, the design process and time period was anything but, hampered by the pandemic. Yet, instead of halting the project, McManus pushed forward and took the opportunity of an empty hotel to install new large slab granite flooring and make other upgrades. Shelter-in-Place orders throughout the world made it difficult for the team to receive containers of furniture and custom pieces made in Bali. Fortunately, though, the design team did not have to change the layout or design.
Hotel Wailea naturally lends itself to a COVID-safe experience with detached rooms and open-air walkways and dining. To that end, Bird Cage is fully open to the outdoors with amply spaced lounge seating and tables, offering guests a safe and luxurious option for both dining and relaxation.

Click here for more on Hotel Wailea’s COVID-safe amenities and experiences, as well as information on the hire of their newest Executive Chef Jonathan de Paz.

About Philpotts Interiors

Philpotts Interiors, a Honolulu-based interiors firm with projects that reach across the US mainland and the Pacific. Founded over 50 years ago, the firm is known for its reputation for infusing good design with island culture and creating a true sense of place for their residential and commercial clients. The founding designer, Mary Philpotts McGrath, drew upon her island home’s rich heritage, landscape and spirit.

About Hotel Wailea

The first and only Relais & Châteaux property in the state of Hawaii, Hotel Wailea offers travelers an ultra-private elegance infused with relaxed island luxury. Independently owned and operated by Private Label Collection, a full-service luxury hospitality management company founded by Honolulu native Jonathan McManus, the all-suite hotel is an intimate adults-only escape with 72 oversized suites and a pool, overlooking three Hawaiian Islands with residential style cabanas and an apothecary pool bar. The ideal island escape for couples recognized as “Top 21 Most Romantic Hotels in the World” byCondé Nast Traveler in 2019, Hotel Wailea boasts an unprecedented level of intimacy, privacy and exclusivity in Hawaii. Personalized guest programming is tailored to couples and centered on unique island experiences that embody adventure, romance, and laid-back luxury. Hotel Wailea’s continually evolving culinary program boasts a unique take on seasonal dining with Hawaiian staples and Maui-grown ingredients, including from the hotel’s own organic garden. For more information, please visit