At first blush, this blinding-white complex of Arabian turrets looks a tad out of place—but once you enter the orchid-filled lobby and see the big blue Pacific outside, there’s no doubt you’re in Hawaii. For the price of a regular room at the neighboring resorts, you get an entire suite here. Each unit in the all-suites hotel has a kitchenette with granite countertop, living room with sofabed (great for families), spacious bedroom, marble bathroom (head immediately for the deep soaking tub), and large lanai with views of the pools, lawns, and Pacific Ocean. The two-story beachfront villas are perfect for families or couples traveling together: Each of the 37 units has two or three bedrooms, a high-end kitchen, washer/dryer, and private plunge pool just steps from the white sand. They come stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks; breakfast buffet is included and you can order room service, fixings to barbecue yourself, or a meal prepared by a chef onsite (free valet parking is another perk). Polo Beach is public, but feels private and secluded. Huge murals and artifacts decorate the resort’s manicured property, which is home to two top restaurants (Ko and Nick’s Fishmarket), a fun lounge with great cocktails and craft beer, an excellent bakery and gourmet deli, and the Willow Stream Spa. Escape into this heavenly retreat to experience the rain showers, steam rooms, and warm lava-stone foot beds. Youngsters can build volcanoes in the kids’ club or practice swimming with a mono-fin in “Mermaid University,” while the entire family can get into rhythm paddling a Hawaiian outrigger canoe.
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
4100 Wailea Alanui Dr
Our Rating Neighborhood Wailea Phone 866/540-4456, 808/875-4100 Prices Suites $560–$1,309; villas $1,218– $2,419. $40 resort fee. Valet parking $35; free self-parking. Amenities 4 restaurants; gourmet bakery & deli; 3 bars; babysitting; children’s program; concierge; 24-hr. fitness center; use of Wailea Golf Club’s 3 18-hole courses; 2 large family pools; adults-only pool; 140-ft. water slide and swim-up bar, 24-hr. room service; luxury spa and salon; use of Wailea Tennis Center’s 11 courts; watersports -equipment rentals; free WiFi. Units 450 units Web site Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Map4100 Wailea Alanui Dr Maui
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