Kea Lani Hotel offers something for everyone

Hawaii bureau chief Doug Oakley spent a weekend at the Kea Lani Hotel in the Wailea area of Maui. His report follows:

WAILEA, Hawaii -- Whether your clients are seeking a vacation for rest or activities to fill their days -- or a combination of both -- the Kea Lani Hotel here is a perfect fit.

Guests can choose to lie on the couch and watch DVD movies or venture onto the beach at night to stargaze. They can dine on their balconies or eat out at the hotel's restaurant, Nick's Fish Market.

The all-white, Mediterranean-style building has 413 one-bedroom suites that accommodate up to four people and 37 villas with one- and two-bedroom configurations.

All of the suites are 840 square feet, and the villas range in size from 1,000 square feet to 2,200 square feet.

If guests decide to confine themselves in their quarters for a few days, there are plenty of in-room amenities to keep them entertained.

All of the Kea Lani's suites and villas feature two television sets, stereo systems and DVD players. The hotel has a library of DVDs that guests can rent.

Suites are broken down into six categories that range in price from $305 per night to $615 per night.

A fish pond as viewed from one of the suites at the Kea Lani Hotel on Maui. The categories are Kilohana Suites, deluxe oceanview, oceanview, poolview, gardenview and mountainview.

Suites have either two double beds or a king-size bed in addition to a queen-size sofa bed.

The suites also have doors that close off the living room so that those sleeping on the sofa bed have a private area.

Villa prices range from $1,450 per night to $2,050 per night.

The two-bedroom villas accommodate up to six people; the three-bedroom units hold up to eight.

Each villa has its own mini-swimming pool on the back lanai.

The villas' fully equipped kitchens are stocked with complimentary juices, soft drinks, milk, orange juice, coffee, crackers, cheese, fruit and potato chips.

In addition to the full kitchen, the villas have a gas barbecue on the lanai.

The hotel offers shopping services for guests who want to purchase food for a barbecue, with set prices for different types of meals. The property also will customize a shopping list for guests.

Guests who rent villas have a luxury car, minivan or convertible at their disposal during the length of their stay.

Once a guest decides to tear himself or herself away from the room, the Kea Lani has many activities to try out.

Free activities include introductory scuba diving lessons, lei-making lessons, a juggling act, aqua-aerobics and yoga.

For guests looking for some pampering, the resort offers the Spa Kea Lani.

I was the recipient of an incredible massage during my stay -- a one-and-a-half-hour Iliili Stone Therapy session, priced at $165.

Sunset from the Kea Lani Hotel on Maui with the island of Lanai in the distance. The massage therapist used hot, oiled stones collected from a streambed in Maui's Iao Valley during the session.

The spa offers nine kinds of massages that range in price from $55 to $165. Massages also can be given poolside.

It was recommended that guests book treatments one to two days in advance and up to a week in advance during holidays.

Other spa offerings include facials, fitness training and body treatments. The property also has a fitness center.

For families, the hotel provides a children's program.

Rates for the Keiki Lani program are $55 for the first child and $40 for each additional child in the same family.

The program offers a different activity each day. On Mondays, for example, kids learn about volcanoes and see a movie. On Saturdays, they are taken on a nature walk.

The property also features water sports. At the hotel's beach, guests can rent boogie boards, snorkel gear, kayaks and beach umbrellas.

The hotel also contains two pools, one with a water slide.

For reservations, call (800) 659-4100. For more information on the property, visit the Web site at www.kealani.com.

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