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