Mommy Needs A Mai Tai

Last Updated on October 17, 2023 by Florabeth Coble

A photo of a woman drinking a tropical drink by a resort pool that reads: "Fairmont Kea Lani, A Mom's Honest Review"

As moms, we know the struggles of finding the perfect family-friendly destination that caters to our needs and our little ones. I’m happy to report that the Fairmont Kea Lani checks all the boxes and then some. This honest review is based on visiting the Fairmont Kea Lani with my six-year-old in October 2023.

[ Note: Renovations were ongoing during our stay and are said to be complete by December 2023. One hot tub was closed, and the main lobby was completely inaccessible. However, our experience was not majorly disrupted in any way. We did have to walk a bit further than expected. ]

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A boy holding a coloring book at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

From the moment we arrived at Fairmont Kea Lani, we were greeted with warm smiles and genuine aloha.

We arrived before check-in, and the team was happy to hold our bags so we could explore the pools. A smiling woman placed a beautiful lei around my neck and even gave Wilder a coloring book and a turtle necklace. This made his day! 

We’ve stayed in many different Hawaii resorts, and the difference lies in the little details. I knew we were going to have a fantastic stay.

Sunset on Polo Beach in Maui, Hawaii

Location: Paradise Found

The Fairmont Kea Lani is located on the Southside of Maui in the resort community of Wailea. With its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and abundant activities, Wailea has you covered.

I love that Fairmont Kea Lani is located just off Wailea’s famous walking path. This gives you access to The Shoppes at Wailea, three kid-friendly beaches, and various Wailea resorts (and their restaurants!)

Fairmont Kea Lani overlooks Polo Beach, a quaint beach with small waves, which made our list of the Best Maui Beaches for Families.

A beautiful, spacious living room in one of the suites at Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

Rooms: Spacious Sanctuary for the Whole Fam

You know how hotels will often use a wide-angle lens to make the rooms look bigger than they actually are? This drives me crazy! I was relieved that Fairmont Kea Lani’s rooms were as dreamy as advertised. 

Two beds with an ocean view at Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

The accommodations are what set the resort apart from others in Wailea. All 413 rooms are spacious suites! (And 37 two-story private villas.) The separate living area allowed me some much-needed space to unwind after a day in the sun while Wilder slept peacefully in the next room.

Hello privacy, I remember you…

A spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub at Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

I also appreciated the spacious bathroom with a massive soaking tub and Le Labo products available. I’m a hairstylist by trade, which means I’m PICKY about shampoo, so it means something that I barely unpacked my toiletries during our stay.

Sunset from the lani at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

In addition, every room comes with a private lanai, giving you even more room to spread out! We chose one with a partial ocean view, which did not disappoint. The sunsets were unreal.

A full-sized crib and baby products are available by request for no additional fee.

The swim up bar at Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

Pools: Splish, Splash, and Heck Yes (to the Swim Up Bar)!

We’ve heard great things about Fairmont’s pool area and were looking forward to spending a whole day playing and soaking up the sun. Well, one pool day quickly turned into two. We didn’t want to leave!

Adult pool at sunset at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

Fairmont Kea Lani offers three separate pool zones. There’s a dreamy adult-only pool with a large hot tub. (Take advantage of the kids club if you can! More on that later.) A separate lagoon-style pool that’s perfect for the whole family, offering a basketball hoop and a small wading pool for toddlers. Lastly, an upper-level deck with a 140-foot waterslide and a swim-up bar for mom. It was a match made in heaven.

Cabana in the lagoon at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

The cabanas are a great way to take breaks from the midday sun, although they do come with another hefty price tag (there’s a slight chance you could score one for free during slow season). 

Two tropical drinks and a platter. of poke nachos at the pool in Fairmont Kea Lani.

The cocktails were delicious (try the spicy mango margarita!), and the poke nachos served on wontons were to die for. 

Toddler wading pool in the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii.

Note: While most hotel pools close at a particular hour, the Fairmont Kea Lani’s are open 24 hours. This little detail could save the day if you wake up with some very awake, jet-laggy kids. This could also be a bummer, as the noise could disrupt you late at night. This is why I never travel without my kid’s sound machines!

A boy wearing goggles, about to go down a water slide at Fairmont Kea Lani.

Activities: Adventure Awaits

Fairmont Kea Lani has their own outrigger canoe to take out into the ocean, which is rare. They also have a beach kiosk with gear rentals like stand up paddleboards that you can take out on your own. In addition, the resort offers a torch lighting ceremony, koi fish feedings, a 24-hour fitness center, and various fitness classes. They recently added a “keiki (kids) ninja zone!”

The Fairmont Kea Lani requires you to pay a resort fee, but I’m willing to do so if it provides activities we can all partake in. 

The real sell for parents is the Kid’s Club, available for ages 5-12 and is included in the resort fee. You can choose a 1/2 day session in the morning or afternoon. Once your little one is happily playing or making a craft, run-don’t walk-to the spa! 

Fairmont Kea Lani offers a full-service spa, including massage therapy and luxurious facials. They also offer a steam room and various “Hawaiian showers” to relax in before or after your treatment. 

A beautifully prepared mai tai with foam at Nick's Seafood Restaurant on Maui.

Dining: Foodie Heaven for the Whole Crew

As moms, we know how important good food is when traveling with little ones. Give me ALL the options. With a range of dining alternatives that cater to even the pickiest eaters, there’s something for everyone. From casual poolside bites to elegant fine dining, I was impressed.

Fairmont Kea Lani offers numerous dining options for the whole family: 

A plate of crusted mahi mahi, smashed purple sweet potatoes, and asparagus at Nick's Seafood Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii.

Nick’s Fishmarket

For a special occasion or simply a delicious meal, Nick’s Fishmarket is worth checking out. The freshly caught seafood is prepared with various authentic Maui flavors.

I was worried that Nick’s wouldn’t be very kid-friendly, but I was delightfully surprised when they went out of their way to make Wilder feel comfortable. The bartender even sent over a fancy kid’s drink within five minutes of being seated. 

The mahi was fresh (although I think they overdid the panko breading), and Wilder loved the spaghetti and meatballs off the kid’s menu (not just because it included a scoop of ice cream). The purple sweet potato mash was to die for, and the real show-stopper for us was the charred octopus! Their mai tai is STRONG. I couldn’t even finish mine. 

A boy touches a charred octopus tentacle at Nick's Seafood Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii.

Ko

This poolside restaurant offers local dishes with a modern twist. Ko is a bit more casual than Nicks, but I still consider it a nice restaurant. Start with the lavender honey shrimp! It’s so good! They have a fun children’s menu, including fish and chips and stir-fried egg noodles. Kids five and under eat free.

The dining room busting during dinner at Ko Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii.

Luana Lounge

For a relaxed evening, head to the Luana Lounge. Here, you can enjoy tropical drinks while listening to music or watching sports on the screen. They don’t have much to offer picky kiddos, but they have great sushi!

Kea Lani Restaurant

Kea Lani Restaurant is Fairmont’s beautiful breakfast buffet with many options to choose from. You can also order a la carte. Kids five and under eat free.

Ama Bar & Grill

This restaurant is attached to the swim-up bar by the upper pool area. I got a juicy burger made-to-order, and Wilder ordered the Mac and Cheese, which looked pretty basic, but he kept exclaiming that it “tasted homemade!” Kids five and under eat free.

A burger and mac and cheese served poolside at Fairmont Kea Lani.

Makana Market & Cafe

For a quick lunch or coffee pick-me-up, Makana Market & Cafe is your spot. They have an extensive array of items ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade ice cream sandwiches. This is also a great spot to grab high-quality local souvenirs for family back home. 

A boy wearing a towel poncho looks at ice cream flavors at Makana Market and Cafe in Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui.

Fairmont Kea Lani Additional Info 

Fairmont Kea Lani is considered a luxury resort. While staying here may not be the cheapest option, it could be the best deal for your family, considering the size of the suites. 

-Fairmont Kea Lani offers a courtesy car that will take you to various locations around Wailea. Wondering if you should rent a car on Maui?

-All of the beaches in Hawaii are public. This means that any beaches via the 1.6-mile walking path in front of the Kea Lani are free for you to use. Rent a wagon or a stroller if you have little ones so you can explore the area on foot!

-The Fairmont Kea Lani is the most removed from the rest of the hotels in Wailea. In my book, this is a good thing. However, walking to The Shoppes at Wailea or various restaurants can take longer.

Is the Fairmont Kea Lani worth it? 

From the spacious accommodations to the endless activities and delicious dining options, The Fairmont Kea Lani truly understands the needs of moms who need a mai tai break. I also really appreciated the little details (like ice cream and step stools) around the resort that made Wilder feel special. So, yes. The Fairmont Kea Lani is absolutely worth it in my book.

Pack your bags, grab the kiddos, and get ready for an unforgettable Fairmont Kea Lani getaway. Until then, keep exploring and cherishing those special moments with your little ones. Hawaii awaits!

Bookmark this page to revisit when you're here! Cheers, Mama!
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Aloha, I'm Florabeth Coble

Most people call me Flo. I'm a busy mama raising two young boys in Hawaii. We share our adventures, travel tips, itineraries, and honest reviews so that you can plan your own family-friendly trip to Hawaii.