A hotel group taking over an existing property is nothing new, but when Outrigger Hotels & Resorts took over management of the Kapalua Villas on Maui a few months back, we took notice. The Kapalua Villas have been a hidden gem of a getaway for years, and their Gold Villas recently underwent some major refurbishments (think remodeled kitchens and baths and new granite counter tops).
But despite the renovations, TJ Oesterling, The Kapalua Villas’ general manager, said that Outrigger is not planning on making many big changes to the property. “Outrigger’s management culture has been one of adapting to the indigenous host culture,” he explained. “When we assumed the [Kapalua] portfolio, we came in with same ethos in mind.”
Instead, he says Outrigger will use its reach and distribution capabilities in sales and marketing to help promote the Villas, and will make small changes at the room level rather than big overhauls. (He stayed mum on clues, but mentioned new in-room amenities.)
The best rooms to book are the Kapalua Gold Villas— one, two- and three-bedroom condominium units located in enclaves throughout the resort. (These suites stretch out up to 2,400 square feet.) Gold Oceanfront Villas offer panoramic ocean and bay views and the island of Moloka‘i from inside the Villa and on the lanai, and are a short walk to Kapalua Bay and Oneloa Bay beaches.
Guests of the Kapalua Villas get some nice perks, like resort-wide charging privileges and on-demand shuttle service, preferred tee times on the golf courses, discounted golf rates, and free tennis.
Agents can contact Dina McCallion, director of sales ([email protected], 866-976-6138).