Where To Stay In Maui: The Fairmont Kea Lani Review

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This post contains affiliate links and is in partnership with The Fairmont Kea Lani. All experiences, thoughts, and opinions are my own.


It’s finally here! Bringing back a little mix of Wedding Wednesday AND Wanderlust Wednesday for you guys with this first post from our Hawaiian Honeymoon!! I am so excited to start this off on a high note with a review of our stay in Maui at The Fairmont Kea Lani!

While we loved Kauai, where we stayed was pretty terrible (more on that later). We also had terrible flights from Cali to Kauai then Kauai to Maui. So by the time we got to Maui, I was definitely needing some serious pampering to destress from the bad hospitality experiences… and let me tell you, The Fairmont Kea Lani was exactly what I needed!

Arrival

We pulled up to the resort and were immediately greeted with valet, taking our bags, welcome leis and fresh guava and fruit juice. All of the staff was so welcoming and warm, it honestly felt like a different universe after our last hotel. This is what I envisioned Hawaii to be.

Next Deb gave us a golf cart tour of the grounds and took us to our room. I have to shout Deb out here, she was beyondddd amazing, both in her warmth and hospitality but also in her knowledge of the island. She immediately started asking us what we wanted to do and eat while on the island and took the time to write down all of her recommendations. She saved us some serious time and mistakes!

Swimming With Sea Turtles

For instance, I had gotten recommendations to grab a charter boat to Molokini to snorkel with sea turtles – but she said not to waste our time and just go to the beach that our hotel was on. She said that Molokini had become such a tourist spot, and so many people don’t use reef safe sunscreen, that the reef is actually dying and thus the fishes are becoming fewer and further between. Plus daily snorkel rentals are included in the resort fee of the hotel and there are plenty of sea turtle right there!

This little guy was coming right at me, and even though sea turtles are nice, I was totally scared when I found myself face to face haha!

The Villa:

We stayed in a beautiful two story villa. The top floor was a master bedroom, bathroom and closet. The bottom floor was a similar layout for the bedroom and bathroom, but with a smaller closet to leave room for a laundry room and kitchen. Downstairs also had a dining area and living room that led out to a little patio with a pool. We decided to stay in the top floor room since we could see the ocean from bed.

The bathrooms were an absolute dream. A deep and extra large tub, an open showers= with amazing water pressure, and Supergoop products!

 

The Back Yard:

Was complete with a little table, lounge chairs with an umbrella, and a little dipping pool.

When going out the back door we were only steps from the beach and lounge chairs.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Villa

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This spot is where we posted up most days. I love the beach and being on the sand, but I also am weirdly obsessed with grass and the ocean in the same view. It’s a big reason why we chose our wedding venue even! Something about the garden meeting the sea just really melts my heart. This spot was also rarely crowded and I never felt like I was “on top” of anyone. It was also a great spot to people watch since the path up from the beach forks around this little slice of heaven:

Quick heads up for people looking to stay here: they haven’t upgraded the TV’s in the rooms (at least not in ours) to internet TVs yet. Which isn’t a big deal, just pack your apple tv or roku and you’re all set! Even if you forget it, there’s a Target on the way from the airport to the hotel where you can pick up a Roku Express for $35.

Activities:

Truthfully, we had a hard time leaving the resort most days to explore the island, because they really do have everything on site that you could want/need for a wonderful vacation!

Like I mentioned, you get daily snorkel gear included in your resort fee.

Bikini Top

They also have several workouts classes each day included in the resort fee and a full gym.

The resort has three pools. One adult pool, one pool with a swim up bar and water slide, which feeds into a pool below. Honestly, this waterslide is SO fun! We started each morning with a slide down before hitting the beach!

Bikini Top

Around the pools are plenty of umbrellas, which you can ask attendants to reserve for you. Or you can rent a poolside cabana for more space and privacy.

There is a little walking trail along the ocean from The Fairmont Kea Lani down through a bunch of the other resorts in Wailea. While it was fun seeing some other beaches and the backside of other resorts, we didn’t walk the entire thing because we quickly realized we had the best view of the sunset at The Fairmont and we liked how quiet our little Polo Beach was compared to the others we saw.

Hawaiian Sunset, fairmont kea lani

Along Polo Beach you can also rent paddle boards or that’s where you’ll grab your canoe experience (reservations through the resort, but fee is included in your resort fee). There are tons of other things happening at the hotel, like hula or ukulele lessons, a nightly torch lighting ceremony and so much more. Check out all the activities here.

 

The Spa

Alright, so you guys know I am a bit of a spa junkie and believe in managing expectations. So if you are looking for a heavy therapeutic spa experience that leaves your brain feeling like mush and body limp like a wet noodle, then skip this one. But if you are looking to really relax and totally zen out, then definitely have a visit!

How to get the most out of the spa:

Before I jump in, I should note the men and women’s areas are not identical here. The following is based solely on the women’s lounge offerings, to see what the men’s lounge is comprised of, click here.

Start with the complimentary Pālolo (mud) treatment. They have a little station with lavender or eucalyptus based mud. You put in on, let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse. They have a warm sitting area you can sit on while the mud does it’s thing. Make sure to hit the relaxation room before sitting on the bench, grab yourself a cup of lavender tea, and some delicious protein bites!

You can also sit in the steam room with the mud treatment on, which is what I did. I use a three towel method when I go to steam rooms. I lay one down flat, keep one around me, then have one rolled up for under my neck and then just lay down and relax. This is a great place to do some stretches too if you’re up for it!

Once your done with the mud and steam, you can enjoy the showers! They have three showers here: the first shower was Ua Noe Morning Mist, the middle shower is the Ua Nāulu Afternoon Rain, and the far shower is Ua Hekili Evening Storm. All three were cool, but my favorite was the last “evening storm”. You can do the pre-set themes or you can switch over to manual mode and turn on the jets you like the most.

My biggest suggestion to people in these showers is MOVE! Seriously! It’s a large private room (you can totally go in with friends – but no stranger would dare go in with you, at least no sane stranger lol), with  a fogged glass door that you close. The showers were relaxing, but like I mentioned, I typically go for more therapeutic deep penetrating relief. So I decided to get into the hard to reach areas by doing some yoga poses and stretching, and thats when the shower jets started to really melt some of the tension away! I recommend doing some standing modified cat-cows and eagle arms while you’re in there!

The Hawaiian Pa‘akai Treatment:

After the showers, I went to the relaxation room to wait for my therapist. Honestly, I was so blissed out from the showers by this point that I don’t even remember her name, but she was amazing! She was really sweet and walked me through what to expect for the Hawaiian Pa‘akai treatment. You see, I had developed a gnarly heart rash on my upper arm and she offered to switch treatments since the one I was getting was a lot of warm water and steam and exfoliating. We talked about the pros and cons and what to expect and ultimately I decided to leave my treatment, but skip the exfoliation on the rash, and it was absolutely blissful!

This was my first ever experience on a Vichy table. It was SO cool! You are basically on a water bed, with a shower above you. She exfoliated the skin, used the shower to rinse it, then created a tent of steam I was in!

It was such a cool experience and definitely worth doing! My skin has never felt so good and I felt so relaxed afterward! Like I was floating on a cloud! It was exactly what I needed to slow down and just unwind.

The Food

While I’ve heard amazing reviews about all of the restaurants on site, we actually only ate breakfast here each day, which was delicious! But by the time the evening rolled around we were usually out for dinner already or were so tired that we just ate leftovers from the night before.

We also picked up some of the most delicious kombucha I’ve ever had at the market on the property. If you ever find Valley Isle Kombucha BUY IT! I am praying they will ship to FL some day!

Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better place to enjoy our honeymoon or bring our future family to for years to come! It’s the perfect getaway on a beautiful island.

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  • Oh my word. These pictures are stunning! Your trip looks amazing and I’m totally itching for a vacation now.

  • What an amazing vacay! The shots of the sea turtles look so pretty but I can imagine being a bit intimidated face to face haha. Glad you all enjoyed your trip and your hotel looks beautiful!

  • Sounds like such a relaxing stay! We got married on Maui so I have such a special place in my heart for the island. We took our wedding photos not too far from there! We did both Molikini and snorkeling on our own and I think they both have advantages. I did have a tough time swimming at the crater though because the waves were so rough!

  • katie Mondulick

    Oh wow that looks like an amazing trip!! Maui is one of my dream vacations! The pictures look so beautiful, girl. Thanks for sharing!!

  • What a wonderful vacation! I’m in the process of saving and planning for a trip to Hawaii! Thank you for the suggestions 🙂 This place looks amazing

  • Meli

    What a gorgeous location! I have stayed multiple times at the Fairmont Orchid Kona on the Big island but this might have to be the next spot we stop! Thanks for sharing!

  • Katherine

    Well I know where I’m staying next time we’re in Maui!!! Your villa was AMAZING & it had a dipping pool – whaaat!? Your trip looked absolutely amazing! I have to admit, in January the water was so cool (for this Florida girl) we didn’t snorkel too long, so I didn’t see turtles! So jealous.

  • Nikki Gwin

    I have been in the process of planning a Hawaii vacation for several months now and I needed this so much! Also…. I really need information about your bad experiences too so that I don’t do those! Do you have a post about that or could you email that to me?? I’d appreciate it so much. I really enjoyed this post and am so looking forward to our trip next year.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Working on the post now! It’ll probably be out next week – but if you visit Kauai do NOT stay at Koloa Landing! — Also manage your expectations for Hawaiian airlines! For some reason our first 2 flights with them were planes from the 90s that still had ashtrays in the bathroom, and were FALLING a part! the staff was SO rude and it was just like going to a third world country. – on the way from Maui to CA our flight was lovely with them though so it seems like luck of the draw!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Okay this place looks amazing!! I want to book a flight to Hawaii just to stay there!

  • Wow, this place looks amazing! If we ever make it back to Maui, I’m totally looking into this hotel.

  • Patricia Conte

    Ahhh! I’m melting away just looking at your pix! And swimming with sea turtles! Love it. What a beautiful spot!

  • McKennableu

    Amazing! Maui is on my bucket list. I will definitely check this place out.

  • Yolanda

    Looks like you had such an amazing trip. It’s gorgeous there and I hope to go someday 🙂

  • Ah! I’ve been wondering when you were going to be sharing details about your honeymoon. The photos are amazing! Love the ones with the sea turtles and of you guys snorkeling. And don’t even get me started on the two story villa + the huge bathroom. One of my best friends lives in Hawaii and I’ve been dying to go visit her. Maybe if I plan a trip I’ll have to make a pit stop at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

  • This looks so beautiful! I’ve only been in Honolulu. But Maui looks so pretty and amazing! I really want to Go!

  • Sounds amazing! It’s so crazy what the RIGHT hotel can do compared to others. For me, good service can trump SO much.

    • YES! That’s honestly why our hotel in Kauai was so bad! The hotel in Kauai I mention at the start of would say they’d call us back and never did, just totally unresponsive and rude on a number of things. They even charged a little girls family for ICE who slipped by the pool! #SMH – coming to the Fairmont was a NEEDED change of pace and so wonderful!

  • Whitney H

    This sounds like the absolute perfect honeymoon! We have been considering a trip to Hawaii and I would love to stay here. It sounds so relaxing!

  • Taylor Smith

    THIS IS AMAZING AND GORGEOUS! I know where I want to go now.

  • Wow this place looks amazing!! So glad you were able to get such a great place after having a bad experience elsewhere – a great hotel/resort can make or break a trip! And so cool that you got to snorkel with turtles – I went scuba diving in Dubai and saw one at the reef, and they are such gorgeous creatures!

  • Ahhhh this sounds so relaxing. Even reading about the spa I could feel myself relaxing! If I’m ever in Hawaii I’m definitely checking this place out.

  • Um so NOW I really want to go here. This looks beautiful. I’ve never been to a spa before, and I really want to do this now! Also the check in looks like it would make my night!

  • That spa looks awesome! I want to go back to HI like now haha.

  • I’ve stayed at a handful of Fairmont’s and I’ve never ever had a bad experience and the food is always so good! This trip sounds like a dream and I’m so happy you guys finally got to take your honeymoon!

    • The food is SO good! And I really can’t get over how amazing the staff is too! Like they all genuinely seemed happy to be at work and happy to answer any question and just one of the most hospitable experiences I’ve ever had!

  • Gery G.

    Love, love , love this! I hope I will visit someday, that’s one of my dream destinations 🙂

  • Ahh isn’t it the best!? I hope you can visit soon!

  • Thank you!! Haha no way! Where did you go/stay?

  • Robin @ And Then We Tried

    I did the same itinerary earlier this year- California > Kauai > Maui. Everything is just so beautiful and laid back. Glad you had a great time!

  • I love Hawaii! I haven’t actually been to Maui but I’ve visited Kauai, Oahu and the big island. I want to go back so badly, and now your post has me dying to book a trip to Maui. Your hotel looks so lovely, I would love to spend a day in that spa!

  • Audrey Knizek

    The resort sounds like an absolute dream! I was starting to feel relaxed just by reading about the spa treatments. The Vichy table sounds really interesting.

  • Ash Neverson

    Ah this place looks like a total blast! love all your pictures…and the food looks like a delight

  • Amy

    Ugh, this makes me want to go back to Hawaii SO badly! This resort looks amazing!

  • Greta Hollar

    This resort looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Maui.

  • This looks so amazing! I love all your shots of the water and turtles and the spa looks like heaven. I don’t typically stay at many resorts but this one seems like I need it in my life.

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