Fairmont Kea Lani Review

Maui resorts are recognized around the world for their beauty, tranquility and pristine views, and we’re happy to report that the Fairmont Kea Lani is no exception to the trend. We were thrilled by the invitation to tour the Kea Lani’s gorgeous property and all its unique amenities, outlined in detail below.

Fairmont Kea Lani Lagoon Signature

Make sure to visit this South Maui gem, located in the convenient area of Wailea, for top-notch views and a first class experience with aloha spirit.
at Maui has to offer. A hui hou!

Visual Guide

Fairmont Kea Lani

Fairmont Kea Lani Review - Visual Guide


A great lobby is the first sign of a great hotel, and what a view the Kea Lani has! One of the first things every guest notices about the Fairmont is its unique structure and stark white color, perfect against the backdrop of Haleakala’s cascading green hills, Wailea’s golden sand and the deep blue of the Pacific.

Stand at the top of the lobby staircase, adjacent to the beautiful bamboo garden, and experience what it’s like to stand in a postcard (hint: it’s incredible). The only all-suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort on Maui, the Fairmont has been attracting repeat visitors since its opening in 1991, and it’s no mystery as to why.

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Upper Pool

While not as flashy as some other South Maui resort pools, rest assured that it’s also not as hectic. With three separate pools, each with their own perks and amenities, the Fairmont ensures that a relaxing day at the pool isn’t too much to ask for in paradise.

Grab a complimentary poolside chair, relax in the whirlpools, and when you get thirsty enough, glide over to the best pool invention ever – the pool bar – for a well-deserved Chee Polo cocktail with Finlandia Vodka, Island-Grown Basil, Coconut Cream Pineapple and Fresh-Squeezed Lime.

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Lower Lagoon & Keiki Pool

If you’re bringing the kids along, or if you’ve had the proper amount of mai tais to kickstart your adventurous side, take the 140-foot water slide down to the Lower Lagoon Pool for a dip in pool heaven, complete with basketball hoop and pool toys. There is also a separate Keiki Pool area for the little ones.


Adult Pool

If pool bars and water slides aren’t your things, head over to the adjacent Adult Pool, available for guests 18 and over, relax in one of the complimentary poolside chairs, and celebrate the adult ways of pool fun with a cocktail and a smile.

Sunscreen and aloe are around the property, should you forget yours (or prefer theirs), as well as chilled water, juice, soda, fruit, and scented spritzers. If the urge to treat yourself occurs, book a massage at one of the three outdoor spa cabanas, located poolside, garden-side, and oceanside for your convenience.

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Polo Beach

Golden sand, turquoise water, and waves—if that sounds like your picture-perfect Maui day, you’re in luck. Polo Beach offers some of the most scenic views on the island, so reserve your complimentary beach chair and umbrella – 1 per suite, 2 per villa – and enjoy a perfect day of sun, sand, and scenery.

Should you decide to explore some of Maui’s fantastic ocean activities, the Fairmont offers excellent opportunities to do so with its Ocean Activity Program, including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) and scuba diving. Visit the Beach Activities Hut for details and reservations.

Walk along the Pacific Terrace to enjoy a magical Maui sunset, or grab a seat in the resort hammock for a midday nap.

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From sandcastles to strength training, Kea Lani offers a wide variety of activities to keep you on your toes.
The on-site Fitness Center, open 24-hours a day for guests 16 and older, offers the latest in cardiovascular and strength training equipment along with an assortment of complimentary daily fitness classes, including Yoga, Sunset Yoga, Body Contour Training, Boot Camp, Meditation Breathing, Water Workout, and Personal Training Fitness Classes.

The Keiki Lani Kid’s Club is an excellent way for your kids to enjoy a day in Maui while you indulge in much-needed relaxation. With activities like sandcastle building, coconut painting, hula lessons, building erupting volcanoes, arts and crafts, storytelling, games, Hawaiian language learning and tidepool exploring, it’s almost enough to make you want to join in, too. Keiki Lani is available daily for children ages 5 to 13, and reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.

One activity that every guest should take advantage of is the complimentary Hawaiian Canoe Experience, a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe outing where guests learn the basics of paddling, historical significance, and examples of native chants used during this ancient sport. Available Monday through Friday for guests ten years and older, this is the perfect way to experience an authentic Hawaiian activity while enjoying some of the best snorkeling spots and views on Maui.

The Fairmont also offers an assortment of unique cultural events. Including the ‘Ōlelo Hawaii Session for guests interested in talking story and increasing their Hawaiian language speaking skills, a Hawaiian Cultural Tour of native plant life, legends of Maui and information about neighbor islands, as well as the new Ocean Discovery Program, perfect for those interested in the unique marine life found in Maui.

Contact the Concierge Team for information about some of the island’s most popular attractions, including Hawaiian Sailing Canoe adventures, mountain biking down Haleakala Volcano, sportfishing, and more. Guests are also encouraged to check the Events Calendar for a list of the latest onsite attractions.

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Bar & Dining Options

Luana Lounge: Located just downstairs from the lobby, the Luana Lounge overlooks the pool, garden, and ocean, and is the perfect place to enjoy a happy hour cocktail, pupus and live music entertainment. Try the Wanna Luana signature martini with Ocean Vodka, ginger, mango, and lemonade, and thank us later. Open daily from 3 – 11 pm, Happy Hour available from 3 – 5 pm and 9 – 11 pm.

Nick’s Fishmarket: Winner of Maui Magazine’s Best Special Occasion Restaurant, Best Service and Top Maui Restaurant Hale Aina Award, Nick’s Fishmarket is an excellent option for onsite dining with a view. Grab a seat on the lanai, a glass of wine from the award-winning wine bar, and enjoy the flaming strawberries dessert with family and friends. Open nightly for dinner from 5:30 – 10 pm, Happy Hour available at the bar from 5 – 7 pm.

Ama Bar & Grill: Located poolside, visit the Ama Bar & Grill for relaxed lunch options with a local flare, including poke bowls, plate lunches, salads, burgers, wraps and more. If you can’t decide what to order, a Moloka’i Mule from the swim-up bar is always a good option. Bar open daily from 10:30 am – 6 pm, Grill open daily from 11 am – 5 pm.

Kō: Voted 2013’s Maui Restaurant of the Year, Kō’s design and cuisine takes inspiration from Hawaii’s sugarcane plantation era and features a mix of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese menu items.

Executive Chef Tylun Pang has created a fantastic menu and offers special Twilight Dinners for guests who prefer to experience a private four-course dinner in a cabana on the Adult Pool deck, complete with a private server and wine pairings. For local Maui residents, Kō was named as Maui Dish’s Best Kama’aina Deal with buy one, get one free entree with proof of residence. Bar open daily from 11 am – 10 pm, Lunch daily from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Dinner daily from 5:30 – 9 pm, and Happy Hour available from 3 – 5 pm.

Caffe Ciao Bakery & Deli: For a quick meal on-the-go, head to Kea Lani’s Caffe Ciao, featuring a delicious assortment of salads, sandwiches, produce, pastries, coffee drinks, beer, wine and more. Picnic baskets are available for those who plan on enjoying a day at the beach, and Food for Flight meals are available if you’d rather avoid stale airplane sandwiches on your flight home. Open daily from 6:30 am – 9 pm.

Kea Lani Restaurant: Why shouldn’t the most important meal of the day also be your favorite? The Kea Lani Restaurant offers a delicious assortment of à la carte breakfast items as well as a full breakfast buffet, including an omelet station, fresh fruit, freshly baked pastries, Asian-style breakfast items like miso soup, and a create-your-own bloody mary bar with Ocean Vodka. And bacon! There’s no better place than paradise to discover that breakfast rocks the most. Open daily from 6:30 – 11 am.

In-Room Dining: Should you want to indulge in a meal on your private lanai (and who doesn’t?), in-room dining is available 24 hours a day. Enjoy the garden, mountain, or ocean views, put on your favorite soundtrack, wear whatever you want, and relax with a delicious Maui-made meal!

Hoku Lani Dinner: For a truly lavish experience, consider booking a private dinner under the stars, served oceanside on the Pacific Terrace. With tiki torches, private servers, and a top-notch four-course dinner, if this isn’t the way to say “I Love You,” we don’t know what is. Great idea for a romantic honeymoon celebration. Available every evening, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

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Suites & Villas

As we mentioned earlier, the Fairmont Kea Lani is Maui’s only all-suite and villa oceanfront resort. With an assortment of 413 one-bedroom suites and 37 two and three-bedroom villas, renovated every 4 to 7 years to include the latest and best amenities, it’s clear why so many people consider these some of the best accommodations (and views) on the island.

All suites and villas include private lanais with table and chairs, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment centers, iPod/MP3 player docks, high-speed wireless internet, granite countertops, microwaves, compact refrigerators, coffee makers, Queen sofa beds, deep soaking tubs, walk-in stone showers, twin sinks, ceiling fans, a private safe and air conditioning. Suites and Specialty Rooms include the Kilohana Signature Suite, Deluxe Ocean View, Ocean View, Partial Ocean View, Poolside Suite, Garden View, Mountainside, and Fairmont Suite. We especially love the beautiful views available from the Ocean View lanai, including those of Molokini Crater, Kahoolawe, the West Maui Mountains, and sprawling ocean views. The perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or Maui sunset!

In each of the 37 villas, additional comforts include customized welcome amenities, full kitchen with upgraded appliances, dining area, full entertainment system, private washer and dryer, and private lanai grill. Perhaps best of all, your private courtyard with a plunge pool is only steps away from the ocean! All villas are beautifully decorated, face the ocean, and sit very close to the beautiful Polo Beach, perfect for viewing a calm sunrise or enjoying a stunning Maui sunset. For families planning on visiting Maui or for those of you who value extra space when you’re on vacation, villas provide the perfect amount of room to spread out and enjoy the privacy of your unit.

Villa Options include Oceanfront 2 Bedroom, Oceanfront 3 Bedroom, Ocean View 2 Bedroom, and Ocean View 3 Bedroom.

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Willow Stream Spa

We love a good spa, and chances are you do too. Enter Willow Stream Spa, voted by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the Top Spa in Hawaii based on a combination of ambiance, treatments, service, facilities, and value. This 9,000 square foot spa recently celebrated its grand opening in January 2014 and has already impressed quite a few of its visitors.

Guests at the Willow Stream Spa can choose from a variety of luxurious services. Including full makeup applications, manicures, and pedicures at the Nail Spa, Men’s and Women’s locker and lounge areas with steam room, Hawaiian rain showers, sauna, mud bar, hot lava stone footbed, heated stone mud bench and footbed, heated lounge chairs and a flat-screen TV. Ahh…

Special spa facilities include a state-of-the-art wavetable that simulates the feeling of floating, a Vichy rain shower, and spa treatments grouped into categories of Relieve, Restore, and Results. Our favorites include the ‘Awa Remedy for tension relief, Honey & Ginger Body Elixir, Lomilomi Massage, The Wave for deep relaxation, and Natural Hawaiian Journey. Whatever you decide to do in Maui, make sure to take some time for yourself to relax. You’re on Maui time.

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Resort Extras

If you enjoy shopping, make sure to stop by the Fairmont Store, which offers a wide variety of Maui-made products, from swimwear to sunglasses, as well as books, jewelry, clothing, and more. The staff is amiable and helpful and can point you in the right direction of anything for which you’re looking.

Stop by the Culinary Garden to see and smell some of the best ingredients used throughout the resort by chefs and bartenders, and take time to tour Kea Lani’s many photo-worthy locations.

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Maui comes in many shapes and sizes, from the rugged coastlines and jungle of Hana to the lava fields of La Perouse Bay, but the Fairmont Kea Lani has found its home on 22 acres of tropical paradise. We suggest you visit on your next trip to Maui, and please let us know what you love about the resort in the comments below!