THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI

A view from our Fairmont balcony, the pool and the restaurants in the background.

A view from our Fairmont balcony, the pool and the restaurants in the background.

JACKIE: We want to Talk about the mystique of Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani, the last stop on our multi-celebration for David’s Birthday, our upcoming 10th Anniversary and my 80th year. Our gift to each other was this first stay on the Wailea side of Maui.

DAVID: It is indisputable that most every mile of Maui is enchanting. From the energetic Kahalui, home of the International airport, to the gorgeous beaches with heavenly blue ocean to the bustling Lahaina Town, in short –all!

For our last three days in Maui, we chose the fashionable Wailea region populated by posh and impressive hotels. Ours was the Fairmont Kea Lani, a luxury resort that sprawls like a white Arabian Nights palace.

JACKIE: The look of the Fairmont, with its sweeping archways and spiraling towers are uniquely Hawaiian influences, inspired by The Royal Hawaiian and the ‘Iolani Palace on O’ahu. But it does have the Arabian Nights romanticism. Arriving at our suite, a theatrical entrance had been arranged. I could almost hear background music (“Something’s coming, I don’t know / what it is / but it is gonna be great!”) Regards, Mr. Sondheim; it was great. The massive door opened to the living room, the carpet strewn with orchid petals that formed an exotic trail to the bedroom. In front of the bed was a tall champagne bucket, with cold bubbly and welcoming cards from General Manager Charles Head and PR Director Megan Haertling. And on the bed was a tray with the most dazzling giant chocolate-dipped strawberries, soon followed by an array of baby cupcakes fragrant and fabulous. Little treats mean a lot.

The petals that made a trail for the door to the bedroom led to a tall champagne bucket and this tray of treats.

The petals that made a trail for the door to the bedroom led to a tall champagne bucket and this tray of treats.

DAVID: And bigger things too! Our suite with its rich wood floor entry revealed a kitchenette with fridge, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker complete with a variety of coffees. Thick carpet in the living room with its large couch opposite an Entertainment center: big screen flat TV, stereo system with CD, DVD player, and tuner with excellent speakers. And a work center with WiFi. Beautifully crafted tropical furniture and a lazy fan overhead. Glass doors lead out to a wraparound terrace for al fresco dining and a view to kill for: swaying palms, crystal pools, and of course the ocean in a zillion shades of blue. At the terrace end, another glass door led back into the huge bedroom with lots of closets and drawers, another big TV, and overhead fan. Then the enormous bathroom with dual sinks and a marbled walk-in shower.

JACKIE: More ladies stuff. The pools were warm and offered free lemon water, three skin protectors, and aloe for burns. (The private villas have their own private pools). And chaise lounges and sun umbrellas are great amenities at their perfect private beach. Here is where I implore you to get on the internet and view for yourself the glamorous essence. And see the food….

I dream of the Fairmont’s restaurant KO. Tylun Pang, award-winning chef, is KO. Much admired by major Maui Chefs, he prepares authentic Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese with a contemporary twist. The menu includes island family recipes that have been passed down for generations and are made with the freshest ingredients from Maui’s farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. Our hats off to Dillon David Dray, the Ko manager that evening. He cheerfully led us to the superb choices. I now bow my head and dream of reserving a plane in order to re-experience the spicy Tuna Poke Bowl. It looks like a snowball, tastes like Hawaii. Or Macadamia Nut Shrimp served Crisp with Kula Ali’i Lavender Honey Sauce and Candied Macadamia Nuts. Truly excellent!

DAVID: In fact, Perfect; the dining, the swimming, the strolling, the luxury digs. Mahalo to the Fairmont for making this a memorable celebration.

JACKIE: The sweet memories linger. And — We’ll Travel….

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