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Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Maui, Hawaii, United States, North America: Nick's Fishmarket Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani
4100 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea , Hawaii
Tel: 800 659 4100 (toll-free)
Tel: 808 875 4100's insider take:

Celebrities may still flock to the more lavish Four Seasons next door, but there are many compelling reasons to choose this gorgeous Fairmont hotel over its competitor. For one, it feels friendlier and less pretentious, and what's more, there are no bad rooms here, since all of the 413 feng shui–styled guest quarters are full suites, many with balconies and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. If you want to splurge, the 37 two- and three-bedroom oceanfront villas (upward of $3,200 a night in high season, including rental car) feel like private beach houses. Your villa's stark white Mediterranean-style architecture may seem out of place at first, but you'll have no complaints about the private courtyard plunge pool, full kitchen and outdoor grill, or palm-shaded location steps from the sand. The Kō restaurant, which serves a menu culled from the culinary traditions of Hawaii's plantation workers, has significantly upgraded the Kealani's dining options. And like good plastic surgery, a light renovation in 2008 of the poolside furniture, spa, and restaurants has given the resort a lovely fresh face.—Cathay Che

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 89.3
  • Activities: 84.5
  • Design: 92.4
  • Food: 81.7
  • Location: 93.9
  • Rooms: 92.8
  • Service: 90.2
"Tropical-themed suites" at this resort start at 840 square feet and include balconies and sofa beds; oceanfront villas add private courtyards with plunge pools. Nick's Fishmarket is "worth the splurge" for the seafood menu and the choice of 2,000 bottles of wine. Staff "get to know guests quickly." Kids should take the "amazing complimentary snorkeling class." "Get up early, pick up breakfast at Caffe Ciao Deli, and secure a spot by one of the pools."

(450 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Water sports

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