A Hawaiian island of black sand beaches, vicarious hibiscus, terrifying surf breaks, friendly locals and jaw dropping scenery. Consistently voted #1 by Conde Nast Traveller as the best island in the world , it’s not difficult to see why Maui is “no ka oi” (the best!).
Stepping off the plane in Maui for the first time, having experienced high adrenaline Honolulu with it’s crowds, shopping and stunning hotel scene, There were no leis at the airport and no signs in Japanese. It was strange.
We were staying at the Fairmong Kea Lani in Wailea and in the taxi enroute to the hotel, I was thinking “take me back to Waikiki”. Upon first impressions, Maui seemed alittle downmarket and dull compared to the bright lights of the Waikiki boardwalk. But as soon as we reached Wailea, which is like a gated community on the West side of the Island ,with it’s copious boganvillea and luxury hotels (this is where the Four Seasons, Grand Wailea etc live) and “panties in paradise” shops, we knew we were home.
Stepping into the vast Moorish inspired entrance with stunning views of the sparkling Pacific ocean and a cavernous lobby, we were entranced by how vast Maui is and how unpopulated it is compared to Oahu. This is truly the island to come to if you’re wanting to soak up sun, sand and have a little adventure.
Our suite was a one bedroom massive apartment with a deck that looked out over the property grounds and pools. Nescafe coffee machine and Le Labo bathroom products completed what was a very ooh la la moment.
The Fairmont Kea Lani boasts plentiful amenities such as 7 pools, Willow Stream spa, Hawaiian culture lessons and two amazing dining spots; Nick’s Fish Market Maui and Ko.