An Authentic Island Experience at the Fairmont Kea Lani

Perched directly in front of Polo Beach, one of the best beaches in the world and home to the most spectacular sunsets around, the Fairmont Kea Lani offers a world-class experience. The all-suite hotel, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Jose Ascada, is spaciously laid out over a 22-acre property and has all the ingredients for both the perfect Hawaiian vacation and a relaxing kamaaina stay-cation.

“The architect’s original inspiration was Hawaiian palaces,” says Wendy Harvey, Kea Lani’s director of public relations. “While he is known for all-white buildings, one of the reasons he particularly wanted to do that here is that the brilliant Wailea sunsets are so colorful, that when you look back at the building, it actually absorbs the pinks, oranges and yellows. It is just beautiful.”

Working to complement the natural environment surrounding the hotel, the building’s timeless design uses only curved angles and features expansive archways shaped to frame the picturesque ocean views that can be seen from the hotel’s grand lobby and most of its guest suites.

“The property is comprised of 450 guest suites, 37 of which are two- and three-bedroom villas located just steps from Polo Beach,” says director of operations Matthew Blackmore. “We are a resort that is both family-friendly (and) a romantic getaway for couples, and the room product certainly helps that. For a couple it is spacious, and for a family it becomes more economical to put four or five people in one suite, rather than having two or three rooms.”

The resort’s gorgeous property also helps to seamlessly accommodate families while maintaining the privacy and luxury many couples look for in a vacation or romantic escape. With three pools, one featuring a keiki pool and water slide, and another more serene “adults only” pool, the resort has something for everyone. The Keiki Lani Kid’s Camp features full-day, half-day and night programs for children of all ages to ensure parents have ample time to visit the resort’s full-service spa, scuba dive, shop or just walk the beachfront path that connects all the resorts in Wailea.

To experience the Kea Lani the way many celebrities, dignitaries and high-end executives have, book a free-standing hacienda-style villa. Ranging from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet, the villa experience at the Kea Lani offers the privacy and seclusion of a rented home with all of the amenities of a world-class resort at your fingertips. Each unit is outfitted with a full kitchen, personal plunge pool and private lanai with barbecue grills, and is overseen by its own dedicated villa manager. Complete with a complimentary luxury car rental and lavish welcome basket full of the Island’s best delicacies, the villas at the Kea Lani are pure luxury.

While there is a range of in-room dining options available to villa guests, the private sunset villa barbecue is an experience that is not to be missed. Leave the planning to the resort chefs and simply sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail in the courtyard of your villa. Your personal chef prepares a feast with Maui’s freshest ingredients. Choose from freshly caught walu or opah, or Maui Cattle Company beef, served with an array of grilled Upcountry Maui vegetables, fresh produce, cheeses from a local dairy and warm taro or Portuguese sweet rolls.

If you are going to force yourself to leave the luxury of your villa for just one evening, a night dining under the stars at the hotel’s newly opened Ko restaurant is well worth it. Offering truly authentic cuisine inspired by the plantation days on Maui, Ko’s mouth-watering cuisine tells the story of how everything on Maui came to be.

“Ko means ‘sugar cane,’ and the restaurant features a mix of all the different cultures that came together to work on the plantations and harvest the sugar cane – Filipino, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese,” Blackmore says. “The menu is comprised of a bunch of different recipes from those cultures. Even our executive chef has one of his own secret family recipes included on the menu. It’s fabulous and truly one-of-a-kind.”

The resort’s effort to incorporate the culture of the Islands into the hotel experience does not stop at Ko. Sticking closely to the Fairmont’s philosophy of working to “be authentically local,” Hawaiian themes and educational experiences are woven throughout the property and its activities, giving travelers many ways to connect their stay with the Hawaiian culture.

“We offer a complimentary Hawaiian Cultural Canoe Experience almost daily, which takes our guests on the ocean and teaches the basics of paddling and its importance to Hawaiian heritage,” Harvey says. “We also offer a Cultural Property Tour that takes guests around the property, to understand native plants and their cultural significance to the Hawaiians. We have taken it one step further and have embraced the Hawaiian theme of ‘Malama Ka ‘Aina,’ to ‘take care of the land,’ and I can safely say we are the ‘greenest’ hotel on Maui.”

With more than 50 environmentally friendly initiatives in place, the Kea Lani has developed a “Green Team” to ensure that the hotel’s operation has the lowest possible impact on the environment. As an environmental leader on the island, the Kea Lani has an extensive recycling program, uses only recycled, easily decomposable food containers, contributes significantly to local charities and works to serve sustainable cuisine using the freshest locally grown ingredients from the land and sea.

Even a short weekend stay at the Kea Lani is sure to leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and eager to return. With all the offerings of a full-service resort and spa situated in front of one of the best beaches in the world, all you need for a perfectly pampered stay is right at your fingertips. And best of all, the spectacular evening sunsets – the resort’s best amenity – are completely free.

Booking Information: www.fairmont.com/kealani (800) 257-7544