Why You Should Stay at Fairmont Kea Lani for Your Maui Vacation
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Maui has no shortage of luxurious hotels, but Fairmont Kea Lani on the Wailea coast is a cut above the rest on all fronts. Whether you’re looking for spacious accommodation, top-notch dining options, or Hawai‘ian cultural activities, Fairmont Kea Lani will bring the wow factor to the experience and make your vacation extra special, without breaking the bank! On our recent trip to Maui, we had the joy of staying at Fairmont Kea Lani and regretted not booking for longer. Below are the 5 things that made us fall in love with it!
o1| Finding Comfort in the Stylishly Designed and Spacious Suite
At Hawai‘i’s only all-suite and villa resort, we were pleased to find oceanfront luxury and comfort in our spacious one-bedroom suite. The 860 sq. ft. space has everything we could ever dream of, including a separate living room and bedroom, plus a generously sized bathroom with double sinks, separate shower, and bathtub. On top of that, the recent renovation has given the room a crisp, clean look and contemporary furnishings throughout.
The private lanai, without question, was my favourite aspect, providing a beautiful, unobstructed view of the ocean! From the balcony, it would be hard to miss the glistening Mediterranean white exterior, which aptly reflects the hotel’s name “Kea Lani,” meaning “white heaven” in Hawai‘ian.
02| Only Steps Away From the Ocean
Simply step outside your door and you’ll find yourself right on the white sands of Polo Beach, looking out to the turquoise ocean. The beach, protected by lava rocks at both ends, has calm, shallow waters, excellent for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Hawai‘ian Green Sea Turtles, along with other incredible tropical marine life, are commonly seen in this area. During winter months, Polo Beach is an ideal location for whale watching!
And, in my opinion, it is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Maui!
Read more: Why You Should Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Maui
Pro-tip: Many items are provided complimentary for your convenience, including beach umbrellas, snorkel equipment, and GoPro! Make sure you take advantage of it!
03| Getting Up-Close and Personal with Hawai‘ian Culture
At Fairmont Kea Lani, it is all about connecting to the Hawai‘ian culture. The resort offers various complimentary activities to enrich your experience during the stay. You can go on an outrigger canoe excursion, pick up the basics of the Hawai‘ian language, learn hula dancing, or join a Hawai‘ian cultural tour!
If you have any question about Maui, or Hawai‘i in general, feel free to ask away! Fairmont Kea Lani has a cultural ambassador on-site to share insider tips for things to see and on the island!
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04| Being Pampered and Spoiled at Willow Stream Spa
While at Fairmont Kea Lani, you cannot miss out on the award-winning Willow Stream Spa, which has been voted “The Best Hotel Spa in Hawai‘i” by Travel + Leisure. Prides itself in providing locally-inspired experiences with ancient Hawaiian tradition, this luxury spa is the place to go if you want to play kings and queens for a day. To alleviate deep-seated tension and muscular stress, we booked a one-hour couple’s massage, after which we felt revitalized from head to toe.
Also worth mentioning is Willow Stream Spa’s hi-tech amenities such as heated stone lounges, inhalation steam rooms, sauna, a soothing pālolo (mud) bar, and full sensory experience showers inspired by Maui rain! showers and a soothing pālolo (mud) bar. You can even treat yourself to a special massage on the WaveMotion table, which tilts, rotates and rocks to create a weightless sensation, or rejuvenate your body with the Vichy shower treatment!
05| Indulging in a Tempting Range of Dining Options
Looking to satisfy your hunger cravings? No need to venture far! You have an array of choices at your fingertips: sumptuous breakfast buffet at Kea Lani Restaurant; home-made sandwiches, salads, and snacks at Caffe Ciao Bakery; sashimi, poke bowls, and bento boxes at Ama Bar and Grill; freshly caught seafood at Nick’s Fishmarket Maui; and well-crafted cocktails with spectacular ocean and sunset views at Luana.
But it is the dinner at Kō that we couldn’t get enough of. Voted as Maui’s Restaurant of the Year in 2013, this award-winning restaurant will blow your mind away with its innovative plantation-inspired cuisine, featuring Hawai‘ian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese dishes. The Ahi On the Rock ($25) is my favorite, where I got to enjoy the fun of searing the shichimi spiced tuna cubes on the heated stone before dipping them in orange-ginger miso sauce. The intensely flavoured Zarzuela ($47), a seafood stew packed with lobster, shrimp, scallops, and chorizo simmered in rich saffron broth, is a real treat!
Our stay at Fairmont Kea Lani left us with an authentic sense of aloha and in complete relaxation. You can sure experience a relaxing yet enriching island holiday here at Kea Lani!
About Fairmont Kea Lani
Address: 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui
Polo beach sounds like the place for me with all it’s whale watching! I would also love to learn hula dance someday. The scenic view from Fairmont Kea Lani is hard to beat! <3
What an amazing place to stay! I love Fairmont hotels and this one looks so amazing! Love the pool and definitely being able to see a gorgeous sunset view right outside your window sounds perfect!
What a gorgeous view from your hotel! I’ve never been to Hawaii — but it’s high on my list of places to go. Your post would definitely put the Fairmont on my itinerary. I love all-suite hotels; it’s just more comfortable to have the living space, especially when I’m doing some laptop work.
I just HAVE to add this to my bucketlist now. The pool looks amazing and I just know my son would love to spend time there playing and splashing. The weather looks great too
Hawaii is always on my wishlist. This hotel has amazing pool. Also the amazing location with beautiful building of hotel.
This looks so amazing! That view – wow. I love a hotel that is right on the beach, and it’s so cool that they give you complimentary access to snorkel equipment and even a go pro! I’m totally sold 🙂
what a beautiful resort! I would love to have 800+ square feet of space. thats octuple the amount of space in my flat in london haha
I love being able to walk to the beach with my snorkel gear and just start exploring. The fact that you get to return to a piece of heaven would make it that much better. How awesome would it be to explore the oceans, return for a massage and then eat spicy seafood soup. Sounds like paradise to me.
I love hawaii! It’s been too long since I’ve been and this hotel looks amazing. It’s great that it’s so close to the beach for that sunset view and paddle boarding. I need to get back to Hawaii!
Maui seems so gorgeous. My aunt stays in California since past 30 years. She recently shared pictures of her road trip to Maui. I was hooked for life. This property looks like a great choice. It is grand and seems ultra luxurious.
The Fairmount looks like a lovely property to stay in, with its stunning rooms and mesmerizing views from the rooms. Paddleboarding looks like a fun thing to do specially in places as beautiful as Maui.
The pool bar is the coolest place to hangout during the day.
Wow! That steam spa looks amazing. And they lend you a GoPro? Now that is something I have never come across. I sure would take advantage of it!
What a beautiful spot that seems to have everything you could possible need or want all in one location! Love it! We visited the big island last year and had a wonderful time. The rest of the Hawaiian islands are on our bucket list!
The Fairmont Kea Lani looks like the perfect place to stay in Maui. The location, steps from the ocean is perfect and that sunset is fantastic. The various eating options within the resort sound perfect!
Perfect timing, I’m planning a trip there in September! Love the idea of outrigger canoe excursion and the pool looks fabulous
This hotel looks so beautiful and convenient and I love that you can also learn about Hawaiian culture. You definitely had me at the first reason! So I am bookmarking this hotel 🙂
This looks completely perfect! My family often get together for vacations in Hawaii, would love to check this place out. I still haven’t tried paddle boarding though, will add that to my list!
It looks like a beautiful hotel! The cultural and sports activities look like so much fun!
Wow this is so exclusive and beautiful. I’ve never been to Hawaii before as I’m not a top fan of beach and sea activities. I think it’s worth to go nevertheless!
This hotel is so beautiful! The beach is gorgeous and I’d love to try the spa too! Hope to visit Hawaii soon!
You had me at “wow factor without breaking the bank!” Polo beach looks stunning and I can’t believe it’s just steps away from the hotel. I’d definitely take advantage of the complimentary gear and spend my days snorkeling in the calm water. I think the rest of the time would be spent in the pool, that pool bar is looking pretty inviting! Thanks for putting Fairmont Kea Lani on my radar, I won’t hesitate to stay there when planning a trip to Maui.
I don’t get to stay in places this nice very often — what a treat it would be! The views are amazing, the amenities so nice, and I’m sure you felt like you’d died and gone to heaven! This is pampering at its best!
Definitely some great reasons to stay at Fairmont Kea Lani–it looks like an amazing resort! I love the pool and the rooms look gorgeous too. I would love to relax at the beach and in the spa for a couple of days–it sounds like heaven!
The best thing for me was that the hotel is located just steps away from the ocean! I would keep hopping between the pool at the hotel and the ocean all day long 🙂
The rooms are also rather plush and inviting…
Wow! This place looks fantastic! I would love the lanai, too, but even more appealing to me is the cultural aspects they bring into the stay. I would love to learn hula dancing and all the other aspects of Hawaiian culture that they share. The Fairmont is definitely going on my list of places to check out.
You’ve really made me want to stay here, it sounds like the hotel has so many advantages! I love the fact that they lend you a GoPro. It’s a great idea that they have a Cultural Ambassador too. The WaveMotion table in the spa must be fun.
Crystal blue water, sunny day, and a luxurious resort, a perfect combination for a vacation. Thanks for sharing and I am glad that you had a great experience! @ knycx.journeying
Wow the Fairmont Kea Lani looks like a great place to stay! It is cool that it’s close to the ocean where you can do swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. I love water (sports)! Your photos also looks amazing!!
Oh I love the Fairmont. Such amazing hotels around the world. This bed looks so delightful.
A hotel that provides a complimentary service including a Go-pro!!! You sold me on that aspect. I love staying in Ocean resorts around the world and I would love to stay at the Fairmont Maui one as well. I also love how they are trying to incorporate Hawaian cultural aspects in the whole experience.
I love how close the Kea Lani hotel is to the water and the activities on offer there. It is so cool that they even offer free Go-Pro hire! The sunset shots are spectacular and I’d be keen to have one of the ocean-view rooms there! It makes me want to take advantage of the sales to Hawaii at the moment!
What an amazing place to stay! The view from your room is fantastic and I love how close the hotel is to the beach. What really impressed me though was the fact that they provide you with a Go Pro. I would love to stay in this resort on my visit to Maui.
That swimming pool complex is absolutely off the charts! Can I get me some of that?!
This is a place i really want to go some day 🙂 And here i see 5 excellent reasons to go soon!
I’ve been wanting to try stand up paddle boarding, and this looks like the perfect place. And I think it’s really cool that they provide a GoPro!
I think this is where my in-laws are staying later this year. I’ve not been to Maui yet, nor do I think this would be where we would be able to afford, but it looks AMAZING! I love the look of their spa and I wouldn’t have any issues finding a tasty place to eat, it seems!
omg I totally loved this place,specially the pool.I hope you had really fun
Wow! This place is exceptional, Cat!