Fairmont Kea Lani Review | Oceanfront Resort In Maui
Keen to check out a few different spots in Hawaii, we found ourselves on the road again after a few days in Kapalua Bay towards our next destination; Fairmont Kea Lani. This hotel is situated amongst a strip of luxury resorts in the Wailea area and boasts being Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa oceanfront resort.The place was huge and had a large, open reception area with a fitting tropical vibe to it. The staff at the front desk were super friendly and welcoming when we checked in, and we were shown to our room quickly which was a pretty long walk from reception but was through a nice outdoor corridor.
The room itself was also pretty big and felt more like a traditional Hawaiian style room rather than a modern resort room. It still felt quite premium though and everything we needed was provided. The living area was separate to the bedroom which made it feel a bit more homely and less like staying in a hotel. The bathroom looked and felt quite luxurious as it had a bath, oversized shower and, much to my girlfriend’s delight, separate his and hers sinks.The balcony of our room had a stunning view overlooking the resort; the vivid green landscape contrasted with the crystal blue waters of the pools underneath us and made it feel like we were looking at a TV screen instead of a real place. To say it was picturesque would be an understatement!
After dumping our luggage and quickly getting acquainted with the room, we went back downstairs to check out the pools. The first one we tried had a swim-up bar which made it hard to want to leave to check out the rest of the stuff that the hotel had to offer. We ended up mostly hanging out at the adults only pool which was usually pretty quiet and always hard to leave! Fairmont Kea Lani leads down to Polo Beach, which was a nice, small beach with a good vibe. You can access the beach right from the resort through some winding paths past the pools, and waiting for you on the sand are lines of beach beds and a hut which had bodyboards, sunscreen and other amenities you might need on the beach. Trust me when I say you will need that sunscreen, and lots of it! We learned our lesson on our first day in Hawaii when we got absolutely scorched by the sun, even with sunscreen on! The beach beds were perfect to lay back on and just watch the waves roll in but we decided to get amongst the waves and went out into the water for a while to work up our appetites for dinner later on.There are a fair few dining options at the resort, and on our first night we opted for Nick’s Fishmarket Maui. The restaurant was amazing, and as the name suggests offered mostly fresh seafood. It also had quite a thorough wine list which we definitely explored at length. The atmosphere was pretty fancy but it still had a relaxed island feel. We found that there was mostly couples remaining in the restaurant as it got later in the evening, which added to its mature vibe and was a contrast to the louder pool areas with where there were plenty of kids during the day. The food and drinks were on the pricier side but that was to be expected at a luxury resort, although they do have some happy hour specials which we made sure not to miss.Overall Fairmont Kea Lani was a great place to spend some time in Maui. It was the perfect spot to take a break from exploring and just spend time relaxing, swimming, tanning, eating and drinking. What more could you want from a tropical Hawaiian holiday?