Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
What We Love
- Activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and canoeing
- Thoughtful perks, like free use of washers and dryers on each floor
- Easily accessible beach path is ideal for walking and running
- One of the few all-suite hotels in Hawaii; great for families
What To Know
- A $30 (plus tax) per night resort fee will be collected on property
- Wailea is a high-end resort area — so expect high-end resort prices at restaurants and bars
- Some rooms face the parking lot
- Lagoon pools can get crowded with kids
- The resort recently completed renovation of the pool area, restaurant and suites
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When you stay at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Wailea Blue Golf Course and Polo Beach. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Wailea Beach and Wailea Emerald Golf Course.
Make yourself at home in one of the 450 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed, and all rooms are furnished with queen sofa beds. Rooms have private lanais. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 indoor and 3 outdoor swimming pools and a 24-hour health club. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 3.00 mi.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 4 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. When you are in need of a refreshing drink, visit a swim-up bar or one of 2 bars/lounges, or 2 poolside bars. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Wailea? This resort has facilities measuring 36000 square feet (3344 square meters), including meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Just back from a very enjoyable week at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
The property is beautiful (and spotless). The staff is extraordinarily well-trained, hospitable and kind. The beach is fantastic, and is a wonderful less-used portion of the resort.
Saw a lot of inconsistencies in previous reviews, so wanted to help address some of those directly.
1. The rooms are fantastic. We chose the Fairmont because of the suites, and they were perfect for our family of four, which includes two teens. The suites are large and comfortable. Our son loved the living room sofa bed. We all slept well. The bathroom is huge, and we had good family-fun with the four us brushing our teeth together in there.
I was concerned about a number of references to the rooms and furniture been worn, but did not find that to be the case at all. The living room sofa is a bit funky, but I think that they needed to find durable furniture that can hold up to a barrage of wet bathing suits.
Few people have talked about the great lanais, which are large and have a nice 4-top table and chaise lounge. We thoroughly enjoyed lunch and cocktails out there on a daily basis. We could still see a sliver of ocean from our garden view suite (though rooms on the inland/parking lot side of the building are probably not so lucky.)
2. We were very concerned about crowds here and thus chose to come at a somewhat off-peak time. I suspect the resort was about 2/3 full yet still felt reasonably busy. The pools get crowded and we had a 20 minute wait for breakfast one day, but otherwise it wasn't much of an issue. (The Grand Wailea looked much more uncomfortably packed with people.) The hotel has a lot of rooms though, and I don't think I would be writing as positive of a review if we'd come during a busier time.
3. Everything at the Fairmont is VERY expensive. Examples: $18 pool drinks (+ tax + tip), $7 lattes, $40 for an hour on a paddle board, $50 entrees at the restaurants. You just have to shake your head and pay for it when you want convenience, or do a little planning to save substantially. Food at the resort is very average.
There are plenty of cheap/reasonable eats within a 15 minute drive and the rooms have a full mini-fridge and microwave if you want to do a little shopping. (Buying a couple bottles of wine at the ABC store probably saved us $200.) On-site prices are definitely approaching obscene, but not out of whack with the other resorts. (Oh yeah and don't forget about everyone's favorite $40 daily resort fee).
On the flip side, we booked our trip through Costco Travel for a whopping $2,000 less than we what we saw listed everywhere else and also enjoyed free valet parking and a day in a pool cabana, both of which were delightful.
4. We saw many warnings about construction at the buffet restaurant and new fitness center. Never heard a sound and had zero inconvenience from this. The current gym is dismal and dated, so a new one will be a significant improvement.
Overall, we all had a good time and would recommend the property. It's a half-step below other Fairmonts we've stayed at, but still provides for a great vacation.
This review is specifically for the canoe experienced at Fairmont Kea Lani. While the resort was beautiful, the highlight of our stay (and indeed for the entire trip!) was the canoe/outrigger experience.
We booked two months in advance but only managed to get the 6am timeslot. Initially I was a bit hesitant to do it since it was so early but it worked perfectly in our favor - the sun had risen but still low over the horizon so we the entire sky had beautiful orange and blue hues in the background. It wasn’t too hot at that time and the water was just slightly warm.
Ralph and Sol led us on the canoe and I couldn’t have wished for better guides. My son had wanted to see turtles and fish but our snorkeling expedition the day before that did not yield much results. I wasn’t expecting the be able to snorkel during the canoe ride but surprise surprise, we were given the option to snorkel in the calm, clear waters. And we saw two huge turtles which was definitely a highlight. Ralph also dived down to get sea urchins for us to hold and take photos with.
Suffice to say that it was a magical experience. I wish it was longer than an hour but t was complimentary so I guess I can’t complain.
Thank you Ralph and Sol for an amazing experience that we will not forget!
In Wailea, I've stayed at the Four Seasons, The Grand Wailea, and the Fairmont. The Fairmont is the best of all worlds--grand without being pretentious. Price-wise, there are many offers to trim the bill (like 5th night free promotions). The vibe is friendly--employees greet guests warmly in the halls, and every problem I've ever experienced (there were a few, like a shower knob that fell off) were quickly solved. If you have a special request & they can accommodate you, they will. Beds are comfortable, & the Willow Stream Spa is amazing. Kō is a great restaurant (try the tempeh fried rice) though extremely pricey. It's clean & well-kept, and there are self-service laundry facilities which allow you to pack light (a giant perk for me). If you're a repeat visitor, you'll be treated like an old friend.
We (my wife and I, plus our 4 and 6 year old boys) are currently staying at the Fairmont, day 8/10 and overall the experience has been fantastic. Full hotel review to follow in a few days.
Today, we took the complimentary canoe excursion with Ralph and Saul. The experience is absolutely fantastic, and we would highly recommend signing up for this once you book your stay. The outrigger seats 4 guests, and Ralph and Saul are not only experts on the water, but make the experience fun and educational. The snorkeling is great (we swam with a turtle, saw plenty of fish, and were able to hold 2 types of sea urchins with guidance). Even without the snorkeling, it is a great way to spend 1.5 hours of the morning in Maui on the open waters. I highly recommend this experience to anyone. Thank you!
Our first morning at the Fairmont, we signed up for a hotel sponsored canoe trip. It was a gorgeous morning( like they are on Maui) for us to wait on the beach for our turn to go out on the outrigger with Ralph and Sal It was Hawaii time so we were reminded to relax on the beach, and wait for them to come in to shore. What a super fun morning it turned out to be paddling and snorkeling with Ralph and Sal. They taught us what we needed to know for a successful trip, supplied the gear, and helped us with snorkeling in shallow areas. I loved the outrigger trip and would certainly say, "Sign up for it!"