After three years and over $28 million in renovations, 2012 guests at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui hotel enjoyed enhanced public areas and landscaping, along with updated suites, villas and pool decks. These improvements, coupled with Fairmont's service, resulted in high marks from Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure readers. Travel experts such as Orbitz.com, Travel Weekly, Ensemble Travel, Apple Vacations and Meetings Focus West Magazine also awarded the luxury resort with impressive accolades, such as Hotel of the Year in North America (Ensemble Travel).
While resort-wide improvements contributed to the enhanced vacation experience, guest offerings were also praised. Spa Kea Lani, the hotel's full-service boutique spa, was voted among the Top Resort Spas in Hawai'i by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Spafinder.com also deemed the Maui spa as one of the Best Beach Spas in the state. The 5,500-square-foot spa added two outdoor cabanas in 2012. Additionally, readers of The Maui News voted the hotel's Hawaiian Cultural Program as the best on Maui. Led by full-time certified Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, the program not only offers complementary guest activities such as outrigger canoe paddling, Hawaiian language and history, it also includes extensive training of hotel employees on Hawaiian culture and the value of ho'okipa, or hospitality.
Ko, the resort's signature restaurant, opened in April after a $5.3 million rebuild. Ko, translates to "sugarcane" in Hawaiian, and showcases the culinary history of the island's sugarcane plantation era and includes Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese favorites. The unique culinary concept earned Ko restaurant four Aipono Awards by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine readers, including Best Menu for a Small Planet. Executive Chef Tylun Pang was also presented with the coveted 2012 Friend of Agriculture award by the Maui County Farm Bureau for the restaurant's menu, which includes over 85 percent locally sourced ingredients.
After three years and over $28 million in renovations, the luxury Wailea hotel earned many accolades from travel experts.
Photo: Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Visit Fairmont.com/KeaLani or call (800) 798-4552. Information on the award-winning Ko restaurant is available at KoRestaurant.com.