This is my third time to Maui, second time to the Fairmont Kea Lani. The first time I stayed at this hotel was about 8 years ago and I remembered it being an oasis of calm and beauty after the busy-ness of Honolulu. I was not mistaken.
After a long day of travelling, stressing over almost missing a connection and making it through a very bumpy landing (not my favorite), I walked outside the airport to meet my car service and 30 minutes later stepped out of the car to be greeted with a fresh orchid lei welcoming me to the Fairmont Kea Lani, a grand lady of a hotel that sits oceanfront in Wailea. She is a large, white, elegant and classy looking hotel, with sweeping green lawns, flowers everywhere you look and endless shiny marble floors, columns and staircases. She is really something to see.
As always, Fairmont provides exceptional service. I was checked in within a matter of minutes and they had all my preferences on file and even welcomed me back, knowing exactly when I had last been here. They sent me a text message so I would have that message on my phone and could just reply to the message if I needed any help with anything during my stay. Instead of having to go to the front desk to ask, I could text and they would come to me. WOW!
Due to the time change, it felt more like bedtime than dinner time when I arrived, but the Fairmont has a deli/bakery that is wonderful and allows you to pick up fruit, deli meats and salads, cereal, milk, yogurt, baked goods, wine, beer, etc. So, I picked up a few things and had an early night.
The rooms at the Fairmont Kea Lani are fantastic. For the most part, all rooms are one bedroom suites and very large. A full bedroom, large bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower and a living room with sofa bed, plus a beautiful large lanai with a sunbed and table and chairs. There is also a small fridge, microwave and coffee maker, allowing you to have a simple breakfast or small meal in your room, if you like. The breakfast items from the deli are perfect. I don’t usually eat a large breakfast, so there isn’t much point spending around $40 USD for a breakfast buffet when all I really want is toast or cereal!
There are three pools, one is adults only, one is geared for smaller children and one is more active and has a small water-slide. The beach has nice sand, but is smaller. There is some lava rock and some areas good for snorkeling. I spent some time at the beach and pool yesterday morning. They have cold water stations and towel stations throughout the property and I had no problems getting chairs at the beach or pool front, even at 9am. I had lunch of shrimp quesadillas and a delicious cocktail called a Hibiscus margarita – and the cocktails come with orchid flowers in them, instead of umbrellas….how can you not love that. The service around the pool was great, they were very quick to bring drinks and offer menus, etc.
We had a private dinner in one of the outdoor spaces last night. It was also well done – a Hawaiian Duo with a pair of hula dancers for entertainment and some buffet food stations with the best Hawaiian Poke I have had. It was a lovely day, in one of my favorite places. Until next time, Aloha!