The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui has completed a three-year, $70 million renovation project to create a “luxurious vacation experience for guests” of the 22-acre Wailea resort, according to an announcement. Project highlights include a $5.1 million renovation of the Ko restaurant, “which showcases the diverse culinary history of the sugar cane plantation era with innovative Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese dishes,” the announcement says. Also, all of the hotel’s 413 one-bedroom suites were renovated, featuring “a new tropical contemporary design.”
The new suites have a ceramic tile entry with granite countertop, as well as new carpet, furniture, decor, lighting and local artwork. Sleeper sofas and amenities, such as microwaves and mini-refrigerators, remain. The resort’s 37 two-story villas were “refreshed with new furniture, carpet, decor and lighting.” “Local art hangs in the recently remodeled kitchen, and the terrace with private plunge pool boasts new outdoor furniture,” the announcement says. “The resort is in better shape today than the day it opened,” said General Manager Charles Head. “The addition of a signature restaurant and an award-winning spa, coupled with refreshed suites and villas make for a top-notch resort experience.” The resort is offering guests a 20 percent-off, best-available rate for rooms through April. The hotel originally opened in 1991 as the Kea Lani Hotel. Fairmont took over operations of the hotel in 2001. The hotel is owned by Host Hotels & Resorts. For more information, go to fairmont.com/kealani.