Travel Agent got our hands on the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau's "What's New in the Hawaiian Islands" newsletter for November/December and pulled out the most notable hotel news for Hawaii specialists.
The Resort Group, one of Hawaii's largest landowners of resort developments; Westbank, Canada’s premier luxury hotel and residential developer; and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have confirmed plans for Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, an integrated luxury beach resort and private residences that will be the jewel in the crown of the master-planned Ko Olina development. Visit www.FourSeasons.com.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa on Oahu began work on $100 million in extensive renovations to 1,230 guest rooms. Completed in phases, three floors at a time, the expected guest room remodel is slated for completion in March 2015. Enhancements will include luxury pillow-top beds, bidet-style toilets, a refreshed color scheme, and modern Hawaiian décor. Waikiki. Visit www.Hyatt.com.
Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach completed a $50 million enhancement and will finalize renovation updates to its Kauai and Puna Ballrooms at the end of 2014. The largest on the island, the Kauai Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,200 for receptions and 1,000 for banquets, whereas the Puna Ballroom provides 3,150 square feet of flexible meeting space. Additionally, all guest rooms and suites at Kauai Marriott Resort have been furnished with a modern interior design inspired by the ocean and garden surroundings. Visit www.MarriottHawaii.com/Kauai.
Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore officially completed resort-wide renovations including upgrades to all 410 main building guest rooms and hallways, installation of 1,500 solar panels on its roof, and opening an 11,000-square-foot Nalu Kinetic Spa and two restaurants–North Shore Kula Grill and Paakai and Surfer, The Bar. Additionally, the resort launched its new lineup of experiences and activities such as stand-up paddling (SUP), snorkeling, on-site helicopter tours and horseback riding, and hot hula led by certified personal trainers. Visit www.TurtleBayResort.com.
Sitting on 15 acres of Maui countryside, Hotel Wailea a former Japanese private members club, wrapped up a multi-million dollar renovation. The 72 one-bedroom suites feature a beach house design with a new pool and private residential-style cabanas, and an orchard-to-glass apothecary bar. Inside the contemporary suites, architectural elements such as coral and limestone walls, smoked white oak floors, and custom-crafted Hawaiian ohia cabinetry are fused with island aesthetics. Visit www.HotelWailea.com.
Undergoing an extensive renovation, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui will replenish its 780 guest rooms, 100,000 square feet of meeting space, spa, and swimming pools with new furniture, artwork, televisions, LED lighting, and a fiber optic Wi-Fi upgrade throughout the resort. Scheduled for completion in early 2015, the grand refresh will provide a new room product that is contemporary and meets guests’ needs. Visit www.GrandWailea.com.