The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea Maui is a luxury resort. The entrance is beautiful, grand and open.
The resort is an all-suite hotel that includes luxury villas. The suites are spacious with great views and a tropical landscape. The living room, bedroom, and large bathroom are pure comfort. The resort is bright and expansive. The suite’s patio is perfect for sipping a cocktail at sunset.
The service at Kea Lani is excellent. This is an extremely family friendly hotel that includes a 140-foot waterslide, but they don’t leave the parents out… there is an adult pool. They have a kids club that allows for the adults and children to experience Maui like never before. The beach property is perfect for long walks and water activities.
The Kea Lani provides exceptional care and as well as being detail oriented. The staff is there to make sure your stay is the very best experience possible.
In regards to culinary selection, you have a vast selection to please your palette at the resort. The morning breakfast buffet has everything you could think of including macadamia nut gooey rolls which were fresh and delicious. You can also order items off the menu such as banana foster waffles, and island benedict. There is also a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Lovely Maui mornings begin here with indoor and outdoor seating.
We dined at one of the resort restaurants Ko, which is a name for sugar cane and to honor those who working in the sugar fields. Ko is located outdoors and although the resort is quite large, Ko felt quaint and comfortable. Ninety-five percent of the food served is sourced from local ingredients.
Diners start off with unique bread that comes with several dipping sauces. The sugar cane skewered prawns and scallops are served with savory pork and vegetable pancit noodles. The dish made my mouth water and tasted sweet and savory at the same time. The Plantation Traditions include vegetable fried rice, spicy buckwheat soba noodle stir-fry and zarzuela, which is a kettle of lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams and chorizo simmered in a rich saffron broth. Chap chae is another classic dish featured at Ko. Additional Ko specialties include grilled lamb chops with a mango mint salsa, coconut milk, soy sauce and a hint of curry to bring everything together elegantly. No matter the season of the menu, Ko impacts flavor and quality with every menu selection such as Ko Paella, bone in rib-eye steak or lavender honey macadamia nut shrimp.
Nick’s Fish Market is another highly recognized and popular restaurant at the resort with a wine cellar featuring over 2,000 bottles. It continues to earn the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
The executive sous chef, Richard Ramirez, shared how important it is at Kea Lani to provide healthy options for guests. He showed me the variety of menus including heart-healthy, sugar balanced, vegan, gluten-free, macrobiotic meals and raw selections. The wide variety makes it possible for any guest to come and enjoy really good food while taking care of their dietary needs.
Kea Lani also has Caffe Ciao Deli, where there were so many choices that I felt like a kid in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. We were driving to the other side of the Maui Island so a picnic of delights was to be had. The quinoa with dried tropical fruit was fresh and light. The roasted turkey Swiss sandwich with 9-grain bread was sandwich art. The chef prepared a chicken breast marinated in olive oil, rosemary, thyme and lemon, and also a kale salad with walnuts, cranberries and a scrumptious yuzu dressing. This was no ordinary chicken breast. Cooked just right and made with great care to please whoever received it. Hawaiian Toro Chips were a must; the roasted veggies blew my mind.
The macadamia gooey nut roll is a must, but the selection of homemade sweets made it hard to choose, so we also went with the chef’s special cheesecake which was creamy and luscious. The deli serves macadamia nut brownies, red velvet cake, flourless chocolate cake and carrot cake, which provided plenty of sweet offerings. There is also microwave popcorn and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and fruit bars to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Travel and Leisure Magazine voted Willows Stream Spa the top spa in Hawaii. It is an upscale, state of the art facility that provides luxury pampering at its finest. They provide mud and ash masks that make you feel wonderful after using them. They are available for you to purchase and take home with you, too. Their facials are personalized to make sure your skin gets the ultimate treatment and matches its needs. The aesthetician was very specific and provides soothing and beneficial products and techniques. Visiting the spa is a fabulous and relaxing experience and provided Hawaiian bliss.
Kea Lani is perfect for families; in fact it is an incredible resort to spend your family vacation. But, if you are more in the mood for romance or a girl’s get-a-way, there is plenty of room for everyone.
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