Fairmont Kea Lani
Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
At a Glance
Great choice of restaurants throughout the resort including award-winning Ko
Super family friendly with its children's club and family pool
Three championship golf courses within a short drive
Excellent watersports opportunities
Maui's only all-suite and villa property
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Maui's West Coast is the sunniest part of Maui, and is a year round destination with a tropical climate, with the very best months being April to October. Temperatures are high throughout the year but never excessive, as humidity levels are manageable. There is a rainy season from December to March which is also ironically, the tourism high season, when the scenery is at its most lush and long, hot days break up the rainy spells.
To start planning your holiday to Fairmont Kea Lani
The family friendly Fairmont Kea Lani is an exclusive all-suite and villa resort overlooking Maui's stunning coastline and the white sands of Polo beach. Surrounded by 22 acres of tropical gardens It offers an range of onsite facilities and activities.
Fairmont Kea Lani is situated in the district of Wailea in Southern Maui which is the location of some of Maui's best beaches as well as the island's most exclusive resorts, real estate and shopping. The resort has a Moorish influence with its whitewashed walls, domes, archways and towering lobby set within acres of tropical gardens dotted with palm trees and encompassing lily ponds and a number of swimming pools.
The 413 suites are located in buildings which border the gardens: each has a wide balcony and a spacious separate living room with a Queen sofa-bed ideal for families with smaller children. For bigger parties and those seeking more privacy the 37 and two or three bedrooms villas are the real lure. Each is a two-storey domed structure with a private plunge pool less than thirty seconds walk from the beach.
Polo Beach is a small protected cove of white sand with full beach service and a range of watersports. In the grounds there are two large swimming pools, one which is adult-only and the other a lagoon-style pool ideal for families. Golfers are spoilt for choice in the Wailea area with three championship, 18-hole golf courses at the nearby Wailea Golf Club.
The spa at Kea Lani embraces the influence of the Hawaiian islands offering treatments such as Hawaiian salt scrubs, local seaweed wraps and the Maui Glow. A comprehensive fitness program is available including sunset Pilates & yoga, water aerobics and Cardio Blast.
The Keiki Lani Kid's camp ensures that the little ones are kept busy offering children from 5-11 years a daily program focusing on Hawaiian culture including volcano building, ukulele and hula hula lessons.
Restaurants at the Fairmont Kea Lani range from the award-winning Ko serving dishes inspired by Maui's plantation era, to the casual Polo Beach Grille and Nick's Fishmarket offering the best of the pacific, and for something to go there's the Caffe Ciao Bakery and Deli.
Fairmont Kea Lani has a range of luxury oceanfront suites and villas. The One-bedroom Suites are spacious at over 860 sq.ft and feature a separate living area and bedroom. There is a queen sofa bed in the living room which can accommodate extra guests, a beautiful marble bathroom and a lanai with wonderful sea views.
Just moments from the beach are the two and three bedroom villas. These are two stories high and boast panoramic ocean views. They have a private terrace, plunge pool, barbecue, full kitchen, separate bedrooms and a separate living area with a sofa bed. They are ideal if you are travelling as a family or group of friends.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Fairmont Kea Lani and the resort is very well suited to families. Cribs and interconnecting rooms are available. The Keiki Lani Kid's Club can keep your 5-13 year olds entertained during the day at the activity centre under the supervision of qualified staff to give you some rest and relaxation time. The Hawaiian Canoe Experience is a must if travelling as a family. This excursion teaches you the basics of paddling and the history behind it. There are child friendly menus in the restaurants and babysitting can also be arranged upon request if you want an evening out.
There is a variety of dining options at Fairmont Kea Lani, whether you want a formal fine dining setting or a more casual beach affair. The Ko restaurant has recently won several awards for its excellence. This fine dining restaurant offers family recipes from international cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Filipino and of course Hawaiian. The Kea Lani Restaurant is the best place to start your day with its breakfast buffet. Polo Beach Grille and Bar has a more laid back atmosphere with its poolside location serving American favourites. The onsite delhi is a great place to select a personalised picnic hamper for a day at the beach.
Willow Stream Spa is a new addition to the resort. The spa contains the latest technologies with state-of-the-art treatment tables, experience showers, and manicure and pedicure stations. Maui itself provides inspiration and ingredients for the treatments which take you into a world of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Polo Beach is a small protected cove of white sand with full beach service and watersports where guests can book beach entry scuba diving, surf & stand up paddle board lessons, kayak rentals and Hawaiian canoe experiences.
In the grounds there are two large swimming pools, one which is adult-only and the other a lagoon-style pool with a 140ft water slide which families love and for tinies there is a separate toddler pool. Golfers are spoilt for choice in the Wailea area with three championship, 18-hole golf courses at the nearby Wailea Golf Club.
Health and wellness are a big focus with the Spa Kea Lani and the well-equipped fitness centre plus sunset yoga and Pilates, water aerobics and Hula hoop fitness and other classes on offer.
For those with an interest in Hawaiian culture, there is a daily Hawaiian canoe experience, a walking cultural tour and lessons in Hawaiian language.
Within a short distance of the resort are the Shops at Wailea with 70 distinct boutiques, shops, restaurants and art galleries.
Maui offers an incredible choice of activities, from horseback riding to adventure hiking, ziplines to surfing and sailing, helicopter tours over the island and nearby Molokoi and during the winter months (December to April) humpback whales migrate to the warm Hawaiian waters and can often be spotted from shore.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
Following a $70 million renovation, this particular Fairmont was recently named the top hotel in The Fairmont brand and I can definitely see why. There is a tranquil white theme throughout the entire property, 80% of the rooms have coastal views due to the clever design of the building, all rooms are either suites or villas and the standard of facilities are worthy of their 5 star rating!
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
On prime beachfront in the exclusive Wailea area of Maui, the Fairmont Kea Lani really does tick a lot of the boxes for a family holiday for guests looking for everything on tap. It is a larger hotel and set in a horseshoe shape so that all the suites have at least a partial view of the ocean and of course, the fabulous sunsets over the ocean. The main benefit of the hotel is that it is all suite. The rooms were refurbished in 2014 and offer spacious accommodation true to the Hawaiian style. The resort does feel quite buzzy and busy although it's quite nicely laid out so that there are more family orientated areas as well as adult only with a more tranquil pool. The lawns also ensure plenty of space for sun loungers too. For those wanting more space, there are townhouse style villas down toward the beach. These give a more home from home feel with built in kitchens and private terraces with plunge pools. The beach is only a few strides away.
Whilst not being the most exclusive hotel, the Fairmont Kea Lani offers very good value for money and of course, there is the Fairmont Gold Club floor which offers more exclusivity and the private lounge, I would recommend that for guests who would like a little more privacy.
Bike the Haleakala Volcano
Enjoy an exhilarating 26 mile downhill bike ride from the summit of Maui's highest volcano, Haleakala. Head up early to watch sunrise from the top or spend longer with a more relaxed day experience, guided or non-guided available and equipment provided.
Hana Rainforest Experience
This incredible helicopter flight takes you on a round trip voyage of Maui, flying over the highest peak on the island, across the Hana Rainforest with a landing in an exclusive remote spot and sweeping through lush canyons and waterfalls.
Kite Surfing in Maui
The North shore of Maui is the "go to" place for beginner and advanced kite surfers alike. Join the Kite Surfing School of Maui for a private lesson, from 2-hour tasters through to 9-hour intensive courses. It's a thrilling way to spend a day!
Learn to surf
Enjoy the thrill of Surfing in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii, the birthplace of Surfing. Whether you're a complete beginner or a wannabe Kelly Slater, we can arrange for you to have lessons or take you to the ultimate big wave spots.
Molokai Voyage Helicopter Experience
Explore the beauty and scenery of two Hawaiian Islands on this multi-island expedition. Fly over Molokai's waterfalls, and get a birds eye view of the remote north shore, over Maui's tropical rainforest, volcanic landscapes and thundering Honokohau Falls!
Sunset Odyssey Helicopter Experience
Soar over Hawaii on this sunset helicopter cruise, taking in spectacular aerial views over Maui, Molokai and Lanai in the late afternoon, perfectly timed to catch the sunset over the stunning coastline of Wailea and Kihei.
The Road to Hana
A truly epic coastal drive, the Road to Hana consists of 617 hairpin bends and 54 single track bridges accompanied by magnificent scenery with opportunities to swim under waterfalls, hike to viewpoints and picnic on deserted beaches.
Location & directions
Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
Fairmont Kea Lani i is located in Wailea Beach, on the south west coast of Maui, which is the second largest of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.
How to get there
It is a 19-hour flight via Los Angeles to Kahului Airport, followed by a 30-minute transfer.
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