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Making the Most of Maui: Fairmont Kea Lani

Making the Most of Maui: Fairmont Kea Lani

When your sun-deprived self arrives in Maui, your first inclination might be to rush outside to the beach, pausing just long enough to grab a mai tai from the bar on the way. But that’s before you see your stunning suite at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

Some would say that it just isn’t fair to line a bathroom with so much marble or to offer a tub so generous and deep that you could start to wonder why you need to go to the pool at all. Sleek contemporary leather furniture in the living area begs you to sit, flick on the giant TV screen and to pour yourself a little something from the stocked mini bar. But it’s the bed that really isn’t playing fair. Draped in soft, silky sheets and piled high with pillows that not only look sink-in-downy but actually are, that bed calls to your jet-lagged soul, saying, “Just lie down for an hour…”

Suite bedroom

Then stroll onto your balcony. Overlooking the pool, this will be your own breezy nest in the sky, where you can loll on the chaise and survey the action below until you’re ready to join in the fun.

When that moment arrives, you could opt simply to bask poolside but the aloha spirit is infectious so why not try one of the huge line-up of cultural programs on offer? The Hawaiian Canoe experience will let you see what it’s like to paddle a six-person outrigger, or learn a few words in the Hawaiian language at the ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i session. Your real dream is to be a mermaid? That too, can happen at the Fairmont Kea Lani, where they will not only tell you tales of the mermaids of Hawaii, but they’ll actually provide you with a monofin so resort experts can teach you how to swim in it.


If all that fun sounds like it might require effort, then sink into a traditional Hawaiian treatment at the Willow Stream Spa or perhaps create your own spa moments in the steam rooms, sauna, “experience showers” and Palolo (mud) bar. When you’re thoroughly relaxed, lie on the heated stone bench and reflect on the fact that when it comes to making your every dream come true, the Fairmont Kea Lani has it all.

Written by Liz Fleming. Originally published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles Winter/Spring 2019 issue. Photos courtesy of Fairmont Kea Lani.