Fairmont Kea Lani
4100 Wailea Alanui Drive
My Rating: 97%
Price Rating: $$$$$
Summary of Stay: It’s been a long time I’ve had a hotel stay that has been this satisfying. From arrival and being ‘leigh-ed’ and offered a refreshing pineapple scented towel and mango drink to having the staff address me by name on the first day, the Kea Lani exceeded all expectations. The staff are noticeably more friendly than at other Wailea hotels I have visited. Another benefit is that all rooms are suites - separate bedrooms, large balconies, mini kitchenettes, massive washrooms, and state-of-the-art entertainment centre. The hotel also offers several wonderful dining options - from fine dining at KO to more relaxed fare poolside or at their bistro. Considering the calibre of the resort, dining was relatively inexpensive. The pool area - both family pools and slide as well as an adult only pool, are both very well maintained and serviced. But if the pool isn’t your thing, hit their beach which is quiet and clean. The hotel is an unassuming gem in Wailea for those with discerning tastes.
Highlight of the room: It is all about the small touches. From the welcome ammenity waiting for me in the room to returning to the room with charming Hawaiian music softly playing in the background. The room is appointed with the ultimate in comfort in mind.
Highlight of the hotel: The pool areas at the Kea Lani are a magical place. While some could argue that the Grand Wailea has more opulent facilities, you also need to tolerate screaming children, wear wrist bands, and deal with guests who are looking to party, drink and go wild. The Kea Lani is a place of relaxation. While usually my tolerance for children is usually on the short end, we continued to spend most of our time at the family pools and slide. Even the children were well behaved and orderly while having fun. The pool staff took extra care in looking after me and my guests. One of the best perks was the pineapple scented cool towels and fresh pineapple served to guests while enjoying the sun. Plus for a very special treat, book a villa and get your very own private hot tub.
Highlight of the stay: The Hawaiian canoe experience, which is a complimentary perk at the hotel, will be a memory that I’ll always remember. Out on the water, we got an education in Hawaiian culture and got to see whales breeching. Great guides and my only complaint was that the experience did not last longer. A definite must-do.
Drawbacks: The resort is an expensive treat, though worth every penny. Because of the location, a car is a must have - though this can be said of all of Maui.