The Fairmont Kea Lani is poised on a beautiful 22-acre oceanfront Wailea property, its exotic architecture and vivid white coloration like a beacon to the eyes of whoever passes by. The hotel just completed its three-year, $70-million renovation. Now, all of the 413 one-bedroom suites have a new, tropical contemporary design. The 37 two-story villas have been fitted with new furniture, decor, carpet and lighting.
Vacationers who stay at the Kea Lani tend to gush praises of their experience, reflecting a staff that is committed to excellence and an aesthetic that is difficult to match. This was all true before the renovation. The hotel is part of a broader luxury resort theme in this part of the island, which provides a significant draw for the people who search for South Maui real estate. Visitors who have amazing hotel experiences are also among the likeliest to fall in love with the island itself, and subsequently choose to buy a Maui home.
This trend looks like it will continue through the Kea Lani. Their $9 million Willow Stream Spa was voted the top spa in Hawaii by Travel + Leisure Magazine after just six months of its opening in January of last year. The hotel renovation also included a rebuilding of its Ko restaurant, which came with a $5.1 million price tag. The restaurant features a mix of ethnic dishes inspired by the sugarcane plantation era of Maui’s rich historical past. Their menu boasts over 90 percent local produce, fish and beef, which allows visitors to support Maui’s economy in that way as well.
According to Charles Head, the general manager of the Kea Lani, the hotel has only improved since the day it opened. That’s a worthy goal for Maui home owners as well. If the day comes when you would like to sell your property, your upkeep and renovations are likely to pay off, if the market is healthy. Just remember that you’ll benefit the most from renovated kitchens and bathrooms, and the least from pools and gazebos. On that note, if you need any Maui real estate assistance, you’ll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!