Most luxury hotels have a good reputation, and some meet that reputation. Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea Maui truely exceeded all my expectations. In personal service, in location, in amenities, in attitude of the staff, I was overwhelmed by a sense that it was a great place to be and I felt welcomed to this stunning resort in tropical Maui.
But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, here are my impressions.
Is it enough to say that this one stay at the Kea Lani has restored my confidence in the Fairmont brand.
I’ve been a Fairmont President’s member for four years, and a Premier status for three years. It’s easy, there are four Fairmonts in Vancouver, and another three nearby in Whistler, Victoria and Seattle. Stay 4-6 weekends a year and I’m in Premier status. Once a year, I get my membership card in the post from Fairmont, but no other contact. Last year I didn’t stay with Fairmont, and they didn’t seem to notice. (This year as a Club member, I won’t even get an update in the post.)
But, this February I had some certificates to use up, some upgrades, complimentary night, and food or spa vouchers. In need of some sun and rejuvenation I decided to use them all at once on a stay in Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani, and book an Ocean View Villa. Yes, it is luxury, but actually was also great value! Here’s why.
Fairmont Kea Lani Resort – So Glad I Stayed
Service was impeccable. On arrival, the greeter eagerly delivered beautiful flower and kukui leis, and refreshing tropical juice. It hit the spot after the hot drive from Kahului, and set the tone. On checkin, we were driven to our Villa by cart and along the way got a personal tour of the entire resort and then a tour of the villa amenities.
The Villas are two story townhouse style. Upstairs had a deck that offered a beautiful place to enjoy coffee in the morning and watch the day begin with a beautiful sunrise. The Villa also each have a personal plunge pool for après beach and to enjoy the sunsets. The layout makes it easy to enjoy both quiet areas and noisy areas without any conflict.
A Welcome Basket for the kitchen was waiting with tropical fruits, local jams, fresh milk and bread, cheeses, snacks (macadamia nuts, chips), pancake and syrup, coffee and teas, and tropical muesli. A full kitchen is stocked (if you really want to cook) with le Creuset pans. The full size fridge is stocked with water and tropical drinks that were refreshed daily. In the lounge, the entertainment system included movies, tv, Wii Nintendo, books and old fashioned board games. Laundry room with full size washer and dryer. Also wireless internet access is free if you’re a Fairmont President’s Member.
Other perks with the Villas: The Villa guests receive daily breakfast buffet. When you go to the beautiful beach, villa guests get two beach umbrellas and lounge chairs per day. Villa guests get complimentary Valet parking, though we didn’t use our car once in the three days we stayed! A 3-bedroom villa easily sleeps up to 8 people – That can be a shared cost for two or three couples, or two families.
Polo Beach – is a big gorgeous stretch of fine sand beach in a sheltered cove that is serviced by the Resort (I mean they will stake out an umbrella and lounge chair, bring you the occasional glass of ice water, provide refreshed towels, ask if you want a drink…princess you). Though no beach in Hawaii is private, it is not crowed so it feels private. Plenty of snorkers and paddle boarders, and lots of children enjoyed the waters. I also noticed, there weren’t the strong afternoon winds that Ka’anapali gets, so we could enjoy the beach longer.
The Resort has a complex of multiple swimming pools that leave plenty of space and room to relax. Or if you’re like me, a place to feel like a kid, and ride the 140-foot pool slide multiple times per day. (Its fun for little kids too!)
One big innovation is the Kō Restaurant, recently (April 2012) refurbished. Kō, I’m told, is Hawaiian for Cane, and the restaurants cuisine reflects the cultures that came together to create Maui. Our menu includes dishes from Maui’s many cultures: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Portuguese and Hawaiian. If you are familiar with any of those cuisines (I have some Filipino foodie relatives, and love Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine), you’ll understand and appreciate the balance of flavours and ingredients that are presented in a unique way as a marvellous inspiration from Chef Tylun Pang. Kō also uses local fresh and sustainable Maui Grown ingredients, something a lot of the rest of Hawaiian Tourism should incorporate. I had the most amazing fresh and perfectly cooked MonChong fish (a local Hawaiian fish) caught the same day. It’s an open air space that naturally fits into the whole concept. (If you’re local, Kama’aina enjoy 50% off food and 25% off drinks all day, everyday when seated in Kō Bar)
The Caffe Ciao Deli is great for take away food! If you’re traveling with a food snob, even they can’t complain here. You can get an amazing array of prepared food, espresso patisserie, gourmet treats, gelatos and basic staples too! For a light lunch, I had the fresh made Chicken Caesar Salad a few times, it was $12. It certainly wasn’t cheaper at Foodland in Lahaina, but much better quality!
♥ Note: The Feature photo above, was a beautiful, calm couple who were getting married at sunset on Polo Beach at the Fairmont Kea Lani. By chance they asked me to take their photo, and even after having spent an hour previously at Kō Bar, I obliged happily. I hope they like the photographs, though probably not my most sober assignment. I wish them a very happy journey together! ♥
Fairmont Kea Lani is offering a Book Now, Save Later Package
(available at www.fairmont.com/kealani)
If you plan ahead, you can take advantage of reduced rates on luxurious one-bedroom suites and spacious 2- and 3- bedroom villas. When you book in March or April, you save 30% off the best available rates for spring and fall 2013.
Package Includes: Accommodations in a one-bedroom suite or a spacious 2- or 3-bedroom villa for stays between April 14 and July 6, 2013 and/or September 2 and December 21, 2013.
Rates start at $377/night USD based on double occupancy, plus taxes. (This rates reflect the 30% discount off our their available rate.)
This offer is only available for travel stays between April 14 and July 6, 2013 and/or September 2 and December 21, 2013. A one-night non-refundable deposit will be charged at the time of booking. May not be used in conjunction with any other offers, promotions or packages. All rates are based upon availability and do not include tax, gratuity or service charge. Blackout dates may apply.