A Tale of Two Fairmonts

Kathryn Drury Wagner | October 10, 2017 | Story Travel

Of the many glittering gems in Hawaii’s luxury resort collection, two of them go by the name Fairmont—one in serene Wailea on Maui’s South Shore, the other perched on Hawaii Island’s dramatic Kohala Coast. What distinguishes these properties as much as their stunning views is the concierge team: Well in advance of your visit, a Fairmont representative will reach out to help tailor a custom itinerary suited to your tastes and desires. Think of it as bespoke vacationing. Here are a few recently added experiences to garnish a Fairmont double-dip.

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Traveling with children? Enroll them in Mermaid University. The classes ($120 to $190) transform landlubbing little ones into bona fide sirens of the sea—complete with a surf-slapping tail, an official diploma and a Hawaiian mermaid name. Adults in search of a physical transformation of their own can try the new Kiakahi Maui Class, an oceanfront workout rooted in concepts from Polynesian culture. Prefer to vacation like Mick Jagger? Book a day on board Satisfaction, a 58-foot Sunseeker yacht offered through Maui Yacht Charters. Your captain will set course for a day of snorkeling, cocktail sipping and fine dining as you trawl the waters around Molokini, Lanai and Molokai (24 hours for $10,000). Shopping fans, browse the recently debuted Le Surf Wailea. The decadent boutique hosts frequent trunk shows from brands like Jemma Sands, Maui Mari and Oliver Peoples. Wrap things up with a tipple at Luana Lounge’s Project Cocktail, held each second Friday of the month.
Suite rates from $489 per night, 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, 808.875.4100

Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Island
The Big Island, like many big things, is best appreciated from above. Book a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters ($464 to $579 for two-hour flight) and witness the Kilauea volcano’s epic lava trifecta: In addition to the ongoing eruption at Puʻu Oʻo, a lava lake is forming in the Halemaumau Crater, and the red stuff is flowing dramatically into the sea, sending up towering plumes of steam. Flush with a feeling of accomplishment after soaring godlike over the Kilauea’s primordial grandeur, unwind with a dragon fruit and orchid honey smoothie off the newly unveiled spa menu at Spa Without Walls. A first for the resort, the menu was developed by executive chef Hubert Des Marais and offers gluten-free, macrobiotic and vegan options; tonics and teas; and wine and Champagne. Talk about locally sourced: The honey comes from hives on the property. The sweet stuff has made its way into Bee’s Knees and mint julep cocktails at the Luana Lounge and may soon appear in treatments at Spa Without Walls.
Room and suite rates $299-$3,000 per night, 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, 808.885.2000

Originally published in the September/October issue of Silicon Valley

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