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Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Hawaii’s only all-suite luxury resort is a little slice of tropical paradise.
A three-year, $70 million renovation elevated this already luxurious property. Wailea’s white sand beach makes a breathtaking backdrop for this sprawling 22-acre oasis, complemented by lush landscaping, hammocks, a fire pit and oceanfront views. Guests are greeted with flower and kukui nut leis, setting the tone immediately for a stay distinguished by warm, Hawaiian hospitality. The hotel houses 413 modern one-bedroom suites and 37 private villas, all featuring new carpet, fresh tropical-themed décor, local art, plush pillow-top beds, complimentary local coffee, microwaves, refrigerators and spacious marble bathrooms. A wide choice of on-site amenities and activities includes three pools (one adults-only), kids’ club programming and shopping boutiques. In addition, guests have access to championship golf courses and beachfront recreation nearby. The 9,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa delivers a full menu of massages, facials and body treatments infused with indigenous Maui oils and herbs. To keep guests well fed, the resort offers numerous dining options, including signature Kō, serving dishes inspired by the golden age of Hawaii's sugar cane plantations.
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