I received a discounted media rate during my stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani as well complimentary breakfast and cabana rental. But of course, I only recommend my absolute favorites to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Hulaland possible.
Wailea, an upscale resort area in south Maui is one of my favorite spots in all of Hawaii. The resorts are fabulous, the beaches gorgeous, and it just feels like 24/7 vacation. On my latest trip to Maui, I spent a few days at the Fairmont Kea Lani (one of the crown jewels of Wailea) soaking up the sun at a poolside cabana, strolling along the beachwalk, and wading through the tidepools on Polo Beach.
The Fairmont Kea Lani is a posh resort located on 22 beachfront acres in Wailea about 30 minutes from Kahului Airport. With a prime spot on Polo Beach at the start of the Wailea Beach Walk, three pools (including a water slide!), numerous restaurants, an award winning spa, and plenty of golf, tennis, shopping, and dining nearby, you’ll be torn between reading and sleeping the day away in a beach lounger and taking advantage of all of the fun!
In this post, I’m going to share a travelogue of my stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani, give you a list of 15 things to do at the resort, and finish up with tips for enjoying your stay.
But first, check out this video of my stay:
On this trip to Maui, I was lucky enough to be traveling with a couple of first time visitors to Hawaii. There’s nothing better than seeing one of your favorite places through new eyes! We spent the first part of our trip on Ka’anapali Beach and after checking out on the west side and grabbing acai bowls at WowWow Lemonade in Kihei, we checked into the Fairmont Kea Lani.
From the moment we pulled up, it was a first class experience. The portico and lobby are so grand and sweeping, and they perfectly frame the ocean in the distance. We got checked in very quickly, and our room was ready early so we went right up and they had our luggage delivered before we even finished looking around the suite!
I was blow away by the view from the balcony! We had a full on ocean view. While there are a few garden or mountain view rooms, it seems like the resort is laid out so that the majority of the rooms have ocean or partial ocean views.
RELATED: Not very familiar with Maui? Read up on the lay of the is(land) and where to stay plus my favorite beach resorts, budget hotels, Airbnbs, honeymoon resorts, family friendly resorts, luxury resorts, and boutique hotels plus my area specific guides (including where to stay, eat, and things to do) for Wailea and Ka’anapali.
The Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaii’s only oceanfront all-suite and villa resort which makes it a perfect option for families or couples who want more room to spread out. Pricewise, it’s on the lower end of the surrounding resorts in Wailea, but you practically get double the space!
After we got settled, we packed up our beach and pool gear (when you’re staying at a place like this you really only need a bikini, sunglasses, and a book!) and headed out to explore the resort. We settled at the pool near the slide and spent the late morning hours swimming, lounging, and going down the slide!
Once those acai bowls from the morning started to wear off, we went in search for food and ended up at Ama, which is the pool bar and is a similar menu to what the poolside attendants offer. I had a great mahi mahi sandwich and we also tried out one of the cocktails of the day (each day they had a special one at a discounted price).
During our stay, the resort was undergoing some construction which impacted the dining options, but the Makana Market and Café was scheduled to open soon which will give guests the added option of quicker/more convenient food and sundries.