My wife, my mother, and my six month old son just returned from a successful week long visit to Maui, where we stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani. We're new parents and the purpose of the trip was to relax and have some family time.
The resort is very large, and perfectly manicured - it's a joy to walk around. I don't think the resort was at capacity when we were there because there were always places near the pool to sit at. The cabana rental system did not seem to be successful because they were largely unused and took up some of the best spots. Also, the sand at the beach was probably the nicest I've ever walked in.
Upon check-in, my wife felt that she was aggressively pressured to move to a better room/view, but not offered a good deal to do so. "You've already prepaid for your stay, so what does it matter if you to pay more now?" Befuddling logic.
We found our room to be large enough for us all to be comfortable the entire trip. The bathroom was especially huge, with double sinks, a large bath, and a shower.
The cleaning staff was especially great - super fast, and really nice to our baby. We liked them. Part of the reason we chose the resort was that we were travelling with a baby. The only criticism I have was that the crib provided was not suitable for a small baby. I'm 6 foot 1 and could not set the sleeping baby down properly, because the walls of the crib were so tall. Every time we tried to put the baby down it would be woken up. We asked for an alternative but there wasn't one.
Parking at the resort was, at times, a war zone. The spots are all about a foot too small, and it was very common to see inconsiderate parkers completely blocking other vehicles in. Walk through the parking lot and you'll say "That person isn't getting into their car... neither are they..."
We had a lot of fun by the pools, and found the 3-5pm happy hour to be well worth getting drinks poolside, or snacks at Ko. Ko is simply delicious - I loved everything from there, especially the Poke bowl, and the wine list on the iPad.
We took advantage of Ciao Cafe daily for coffee and light snacks at reasonable-for-a-resort prices. They have some good dinner options like pizza and pasta that we'd take to our room.
The complimentary laundry and dryer was great - and the Ciao Cafe sells detergent and dryer sheets for just a couple bucks.
Overall - we loved our stay, and I would eagerly return. Just remember to get the insurance on your rental car - you're going to get banged in the parking lot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the essence of Maui at Fairmont Kea Lani, Hawaii's only all-suite and villa luxury resort. Nestled on the golden sands of Wailea's Polo Beach, this award-winning oceanfront paradise redefines luxury with a state-of-the-art spa, island inspired cuisine and authentic cultural experiences. Fairmont Kea Lani is the ideal island getaway with four unique restaurants, three swimming pools including an adult-only pool, a comprehensive fitness and wellness program and unrivaled access to the best adventures across the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Hotel Wailea
- Fairmont Hotel Wailea
- Fairmont Maui
- Fairmont Wailea
- Wailea Fairmont
- The Fairmont Kea Lani
- Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Wailea