Fall Changes at Fairmont Kea Lani

Maui’s “Heavenly White” resort offers specials, upgrades and dining enhancements

By: Dawna Robertson

September 22 may have marked the official end of summer, but visitors can still enjoy plenty of warmth this fall at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. To entice travelers, the resort has introduced a “More to Luxury” promotion. Guests reserving two “Sunnyside Deluxe Ocean View Suite” packages receive four buffet breakfasts daily plus an upgrade to a two-bedroom ocean view villa. Rates for this private villa package are from $680 nightly based on double occupancy, with the fifth night free.

According to Chris Ruane, Director of Sales for the property, response to the package has been “outstanding.” Ruane adds, “ This fall package provides our guests with the opportunity to experience a product that is in great demand during the previous nine months of the year.”

The Kea Lani has also been busy with a makeover program at The Villas. “We are delighted with the refurbishment,” remarks Ruane. “More than updating the look, we’ll be offering enhanced services and amenities as well as exclusive experiences.”

Upon completion in November, villa vacationers will relax in renovated two- and three-bedroom accommodations. They’ll also enjoy a private barbecue prepared by a resort chef in The Villa courtyard. Location is what makes The Villas so desirable, says Ruane. “Steps from the beach, The Villas offer an exclusive experience that is unique to Hawaii.” He adds, “You can choose from two and three bedrooms with amenities that include a plunge pool, private courtyard with great views, and even a convenience kitchen and deluxe barbecue.”

As testament to the property’s culinary merits, Executive Sous Chef Jake Belmonte was recently voted one of the Top 10 Young Chefs in Hawaii by the #1 hospitality and culinary magazine in the Islands. Belmonte credits the receipt of this award to Kea Lani’s culinary crew and his mentor, Executive Chef Tylun Pang. Visitors can taste the flavors created by this team in Italian influenced dishes with a Hawaiian flair at Caffe Ciao Restaurant, or with a private dinner under the stars.

“We’re extremely proud of Chef Jake’s recent honor,” notes Ruane. “It’s a perfect reflection of the outstanding work of Kea Lani’s culinary team. The fact that Chef Jake is from Maui makes this honor all the more special.”

There’s even more dining news from Kea Lani. The resort’s Caffe Ciao Deli has introduced two new programs for guests with active schedules. “Picnics to Go” is ideal for private picnics on the beach or for a full-day adventure to Hana. Guests can select from specialty sandwiches, salads, gourmet cheese and wines, or fresh baked baguettes and pastries - all packed and ready to go for a day of discovering Maui.

For the plane ride home, the “Food For Flight” program allows travelers to enjoy the flavors of a “home-cooked meal” right when they want it. A compact cooler fully-packed with Deli delights is easily hand-carried onto the plane and ready for enjoyment during the journey home.

“Caffe Ciao Deli is already a favorite place for guests and local residents,” Ruane explained, “and adding these programs enhance their experience. It made perfect sense that we provide guests with an easy way to take it with them.”