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More luxury at Maui resort

Imagine what a Hawaii vacation would look like if money were no object. A beautiful villa with a fully-stocked kitchen, dining room and two bedrooms; a lanai steps from the ocean; chef-cooked meals and a free fitness center to work them off; a free area shuttle and use of a luxury car or SUV; golf clubs available so you don’t have to lug your own… if you can imagine an amenity, it’s probably offered at the The Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui. And now, one of Hawaii’s best resorts is even better. A multi-million dollar renovation project last fall spruced up room interiors and enhanced the pool area.

The resort has three main swimming pools: two lagoon-style pools connected by a 140-foot slide, and a separate adult pool. They are now surrounded by quartzite stone, a much more elegant finish than concrete. The lounge chairs, chairs with cushions, umbrellas and cabanas near the pools are also updated. Although adults have their own pool, kids aren’t overlooked. They hang out at the Keiki Lani — a kids camp with a craft area and computer stations, among other activities.

While the size of the rooms has not changed, they may seem larger. Technology has allowed furnishings to be down-sized. Rather than a large armoire, each room now features a high-definition flat-screen television and credenza. The Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury resort, so the accommodations are already spacious: one bedroom suites or two-three bedroom villas.

Erin Frank, Leisure Sales Manager, says the favorite room for many guests, though is the “expansive marble bathroom with double pedestal sinks, deep soaking tub, and open shower.” I feel relaxed just hearing about it. Erin says the resort has many return guests, couples and families, who come back year after year. They may notice the new couches or patio furniture. New visitors may be more impressed that there is no resort fee. There never was. “Our guests will pay $5,000 a night,” Erin says, “but they don’t like an extra resort fee tacked on.” That’s likely to strike a chord even with travelers who can only dream of spending their Hawaii vacations in such luxurious surroundings.

Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Feb 25, 2011