Boutique Waikiki Hotel Renew Debuts Revamp

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Renew, a boutique hotel in Waikīkī, has completed a redesign and rebrand centered around local wellness. Formerly known as “Hotel Renew,” the 72-room property has been reimagined for the lifestyle-conscious traveler with modern guest rooms, corridors, lobby and lobby bar, in addition to new amenities and experiences designed to connect guests to the local wellness community. The hotel is at the eastern end of Waikīkī, close to O'ahu’s famous Waikīkī Beach.
Renew tapped Honolulu’s The Vanguard Theory to lead the property’s redesign and rebrand, which centers around a mid-century minimalist meets tropical modern design. Inspired by the natural colors of Hawai'i’s beaches and the simplicity of a modern apothecary, the interiors have an Earth tone palette of terra-cotta, rose quartz, ocean blues and sandy neutrals with contrasts of black. The spaces also aim to blend natural and refined materials, including custom-designed rattan furniture, American white oak paneling and deep lounge seating.
The hotel has also added a new Wellness Concierge to recommend wellness-minded restaurants, activities, shopping, parks and beaches to guests. The Wellness Concierge can arrange activities through local philanthropic partner Travel2Change that offer the opportunity to give back to the Island, including a bicycle tour and beach cleanup, a kayak and snorkel excursion to restore Kāneʻohe Bay, and reviving a historical fishpond, among others. Renew also offers a weekly series of complimentary rejuvenating activities, including astrology readings, mini aromatherapy facials and beach yoga.
Renew’s revamped lobby and bar is designed as a place for guests to gather before and after embarking on their wellness journeys, the property says. Mornings begin at the coffee bar, reVitalize, with a barista creating craft coffee and tea drinks while guests have access to healthy items from the grab-and-go station, reFuel, serving juices, remedy shots, overnight oats, wraps and fresh baked goods from local Bluetree Café

To improve sustainability, Renew says it will also eliminate the use of single-use plastics throughout the property. A new retail shop provides eco-friendly travel products and local mementos, including reef-safe Salt & Stone sunscreen and deodorant, local Oshan Essentials skincare, Hanalei Company beauty products, Mānoa chocolates, Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky and Renew-branded merchandise. For guests planning to visit the beach, the front desk provides chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gear and other essentials. 

In the evening at the hotel’s bar, reFresh, craft cocktails are prepared with local spirits and ingredients, including God Save The Bees, made with Old Pali Road whiskey, local Mānoa Honey, angostura bitters and orange bitters, and Coconut Water Colada, made with Kula Organic Rum, Mahina Clement Coconut Liqueur, house-made fresh sour, pineapple cubes and coconut water. Before retreating for the night, guests may visit the lobby’s reLax Station to create miniature bags of local lavender to enhance sleep.
In the rooms, guests have access to Korres cosmetics, as well as robes. The redesigned rooms offer views of the ocean or city, and select rooms have private lanais. Workout kits, which include resistance bands, weights, ab rollers, mini Pilates balls, Perfect Pushup rotating handles and yoga mats, are available in-room by request. Peloton Bikes also will be available soon by request. Before departure, guests receive a small jar of Mānoa Honey as a gift.
To celebrate Renew’s redesign debut, guests can take advantage of the “Rediscover Renew” travel package, which includes 20 percent off the best flexible rates, $50 lobby credit (valid at the reVitalize coffee bar, reFuel grab-and-go, reFresh bar or retail shop), and two drinks from reFresh bar. The package requires a four-night minimum stay and is available to book from July 16 to August 31, 2019, for stay dates from September 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Blackout dates apply. Book with promotion code RENEWREFRESH.
Renew is managed by OLS Hotels & Resorts.

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