Mauna Kea Resorts has announced it has signed a franchise agreement with Westin Hotels & Resorts to debut the brand on the Island of Hawaii, with the $46 million renovation and conversion of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to become The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in February of 2018. The hotel will remain part of Prince Resorts Hawaii.
"Well-being is a big part of the local culture here, so we couldn't be more excited to bring the Westin brand to the island of Hawaii," said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii, in a written statement. "With longtime Westin-veteran Craig Anderson at the helm, we're confident that his leadership will allow us to leverage the brand's successful lifestyle positioning and elevate the guest experience."
Travel Agent thinks Westin picked a great spot to make its debut on Hawaii Island. We believe Hapuna Beach is one of the best kept secrets in all of Hawaii. We last stayed at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel a few years ago and while we were amazed at the balcony views, the rest of our room was a bit dated and in need of an upgrade, so we expect that $46 million to be put to good use.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel opened in 1994. As the second phase in Laurence S. Rockefeller's creation of Mauna Kea Resort, the hotel property shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the first resort on the island built in 1965 by Rockefeller. The historic and storied hotel, now part of Autograph Collection Hotels, offers two championship golf courses, luxury residences, town homes and villas.
Visit www.princeresortshawaii.com and keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for all your latest travel news. Be sure to follow Travel Agent’s Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike and Instagram @pike5260.