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Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

At a Glance

    Pros

  • for families, this is the best of the South Shore luxury resorts
  • on-site deli good for picnic fare

    Cons

  • some feel the architecture and design scream anything but Hawaii
  • great villas but price puts them out of range for many

Fodorite Reviews

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Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Review

Gleaming white spires and tiled archways are the hallmark of this stunning resort that's particularly good for families. The spacious suites have comfortable furnishings and come with microwaves, DVD players, and marble bathrooms. The villas are the real lure, though. Each is a two-story structure with a private plunge pool, two (or three) large bedrooms, a laundry room, and a fully equipped kitchen—barbecue and margarita blender included. Best of all, housekeepers do the dishes. A fantastic haven for families, the villas are side by side, creating a sort of miniature neighborhood. Request one on the end, with an upstairs sundeck. The resort has a small, almost private beach, and recently renovated its Ko restaurant, and new Willow Stream Spa, and other public spaces.

    Hotel Details

  • 413 suites, 37 villas.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-21-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Second stay, Second honeymoon and second to none!

    My wife and I recently returned to the Kea Lani for our 2nd honeymoon. Our first trip was in May of 2008. I'm happy to say it was just as nice (and maybe better) the second time around.

    The rooms are simply excellent. Spacious, comfortable, clean and (with an ocean view) a simply stunning view of the ocean. We got up @ dawn each morning to see the resort come to life from our terrace. The resort itself has simply magnificent views -- whether inside the lobby, the pool area, or down by the beach. It's the Maui you expect to see from the web sites and travel brochures.

    And the sunsets!! Sit in the lobby bar and watch the sun settle into the Pacific. A torch bearer comes by lighting tiki torches around the resort, blowing through a conch shell. It sounds a bit cheesy, but we loved it. The drinks are great too, and the Lounge Bar is a sneaky way to have dinner for less than $150 bucks (see below).

    The staff was wonderful (again). The #1 reason we came back to the Kea Lani was the staff. That's what we remembered most from our 2008 trip. And once again, they were warm, welcoming and friendly. We got into casual conversations with a number of people on the wait staff, and they new us by name by the time we left. Expect to be treated very well... like an old friend.

    The food was good... not great. We come from New York City, so we're a bit spoiled int he restaurants we frequent. We had no problems or complaints with the food we had. But neither did we think it was particularly special. In fairness, we weren't there for the food (ok, maybe the tropical fruit, which WAS wonderful.)

    Caveats:
    The food is VERY expensive. Breakfast, for example, can easily run you $70 for two, and dinner often costs $150 or more for two, including tip. You'll run through your food budget quickly if you're not careful. Fortunately each suit comes with a small fridge, and there's a Safeway about 15 minutes away where we got breakfast/ lunch stuff for a couple days.

    Wi-FI is not included with your room. It costs $15 for a 24 period. Given that laundry facilities are provided at no cost, I was surprised that something like Wi-Fi was not. You can get free Wi-Fi by joining their President's Club, but we didn't find that out until later.

    All in all, if you go understanding that food prices are very high, you'll have a wonderful experience. We absolutely plan to go again.

    by gregnny, 10/19/12
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    Glorious Open spaces

    The hotel rooms are huge and the bathrooms so large that 3 women managed to put on their make-up at the same time!!! The front desk does everything it can to make your stay special and the hotel restaurant "Cafe Ciao" could not be better. There is beautiful grassy spaces and the chairs/cabanas are not packed together as in the other hotels. Views are perfect. You won't be disappointed.

    by Collier, 8/21/07
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    Relaxing & Beautiful

    We love Hawaii. Second Trip to Maui. The resort was beautiful and the rooms were very nice, with large marble bathrooms. Scuba lessons at the pool were a hit. Separate pool for families was nice. Beach area was smaller than expected and often crowded. Everything you need is right there at the resort -including restaurants; however, food at the resort didn't live up to expectations. Princeville on Kauai is still our favorite. Would go back, but might try another resort next time.

    by leighf, 4/18/07
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    What's the point?

    For close to $500 you too can have a view of the parking lot. It was Christmas and we booked late but still. Another mega-resort crawling with people. If you're looking for quiet and contemplation in the mystical setting of Hawaii, this is not the place for you. small beach, small pool, crowded restaurants and really ugly architecture. However, it's near the mall -- which is where most of the guests have come from.

    by hullo, 1/25/07
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    Fabulous Ocean Views

    Loved everything but the fitness center which is way too small. The suites are wonderful with full ocean views and the food is delicious. Loved the little cafe for tea, sandwiches or whatever. Definitely will return soon.

    by Trisha1, 12/8/06
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    Relaxing, But Could Improve

    Hotel lobby is beautiful. Corridors to the rooms and the rooms themselves do not measure up to the lobby. Rooms are good size, but the furniture is a little worn. Rates are expensive, but what isn't on Maui. Onsite restaurant food is very good, but again expensive. Parking can be a bit tight. Hotel beach is OK, especially for little kids, but Big Beach down the road is much more scenic. Pool area is adequate, with a small water slide for the kids.

    by TravelTruth, 11/26/06

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