Quintessential Hawaiian Luxe
As lovely as it sounds, “kea lani” is Hawaiian for “heavenly white.” Inspired by the fragrant white plumeria that dot the island’s shore, that’s what architect Jose Luis Ezquerra had in mind when he designed the signature luxury resort. Set on Maui’s sunny southwestern coast, it is the only one of beautiful Polo Beach. The Fairmont Kea Lani debuted in 1991, noteworthy for its Hawaiian cultural references and motifs, and homage to treasured native landmark buildings, such as the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and ‘Iolani Palace.
Interwoven around the resort’s white-washed villas and suite balconies are meandering turquoise pools and rushing fountains, fringed by lush gardens of native bamboo, yellow hibiscus, red lehua flowers, and purple Hawaiian lily. Chaise lounges line sprawling lawns under the swaying palms of the resort’s 22 oceanfront acres. In the distance, views frame the Molokini Crater, West Maui Mountains, Kaho’olawe and Lana’i islands.
Not surprisingly, Fairmont Kea Lani appears regularly at the top of prestigious rankings and award lists, most recently:
- Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards, Top 25 in Hawai’i
- BRIDES, 2017 Best Honeymoon Awards, Top 10 Resorts in Hawai’i
- USA 10Best Awards, Best Waterfront Resort
- Travel Weekly, Silver Magellan Award, Beach Resort/Hotel