SPG Resorts Hawaii Reinvests in its 11 Properties with Multimillion-Dollar Renovations
Spg Resorts Hawaii Reinvests In Its 11 Properties With Multimillion-dollar Renovations
HONOLULU—SPG Resorts Hawaii is reinvesting in its 11 properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii, the Big Island, representing four iconic Starwood brands – Sheraton, Westin, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis, with multi-million-dollar renovations. To meet the growing demand for high-caliber accommodations for the increasing flow of business and leisure travelers to the Hawaiian Islands, SPG Resorts Hawaii is enhancing its portfolio with revitalization plans that range from redesigned rooms and the debut of new food and beverage establishments to amenity upgrades and meeting space renovations, all to better serve the growing needs of its guests.
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The Sheraton Waikiki has reaffirmed its place as the leader in its class among Hawaii hotels with the completion of its renovation of 1,636 rooms with a theme of “contemporary Hawaiian sophistication.” The nearly $188 million comprehensive renewal starts at beach level and reaches to the top of the 31-floor structure, offering new guest rooms and suites, redesigned public areas with new landscaping and pools, renewed convention facilities, new and exhilarating food and beverage outlets, and new back-of-house equipment to increase service efficiency.
The resort introduced to Waikiki the first infinity-edge pool and the only oceanfront adult-only pool complete with a swim-up bar. Guests can enjoy family fun at the Helumoa Playground, which offers a 70-foot-long waterslide, two large whirlpools, and chaise water sunning benches spread around a 12,500-square-foot area. With the recent grand opening of the million-dollar Leahi Club, Sheraton Waikiki is home to Hawaii’s only Sheraton Club Lounge. It offers guests breathtaking panoramic views of Diamond Head and the Pacific, first-class service, and culinary creations with matchless local flair.
Sheraton Waikiki’s renovation also offered a chance to reinvent its food and beverage offerings with the birth of RumFire and Kai Market. RumFire has brought a new level of excitement and energy to Waikiki Beach with over 10,000 feet of pure energy and excitement while offering “social comfort food” by Chef Brett Vilarmia. Kai Market offers Hawaii’s only farm-to-table breakfast and dinner buffet experiences, providing patrons a taste of Hawaii’s different ethnic foods and a look into the culture and traditions of Hawaii’s plantation days.
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
After its $70 million renovation, the redesigned accommodations, ballrooms, restaurants and bar at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, combine rich imported fabrics with indigenous materials, cultural artifacts to reflect the hotel’s rich heritage, and culinary creativity that has guests coming back for more. Built in 1927, the 528-room resort features 35 suites including 18 oceanfront and six two-story exclusive suites, more than 66,000 square feet of beachfront space and world-class signature restaurants and lounges. The lobby and public areas have been enlivened with newly appointed Koa-wood desks, classic Hawaiian artwork by Herb Kane and Eugene Savage, and brilliant tropical botanicals. Guest rooms and suites are adorned with exquisite traditional Hawaiian furnishings and design elements in woven wicker with bamboo and rattan accents crafted by master artisans, creating a soothing yet luxurious setting for discerning global travelers.
Dining at The Royal Hawaiian indulges the senses with a diverse menu of authentic and exceptional culinary options. Azure, an oceanfront, dinner-only restaurant illuminated by candlelight and mother-of-pearl mosaics, offers locally caught fish selected each morning at the famed Hawaii Fish Auction. The Royal Hawaiian’s world-famous Mai Tai Bar has been completely restored to evoke the glamour of the innumerable Hollywood celebrities, jetsetters and diplomats who have enjoyed the bar’s magnificent views of the ocean and Diamond Head.
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
Moana Surfrider, re-branded as a Westin in June 2007 after receiving various enhancements to its rooms and public areas, announced the opening of bin1901, Waikiki’s newest wine bar and piano lounge located in the hotel’s main lobby of the Historic Wing beside the iconic Grand Staircase. bin1901 is creatively named after the commonly used Bottle Identification Number system to locate bottles of wine in large cellars and the “First Lady of Waikiki’s” inaugural year 1901.
In the near future, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has plans to open a spa boutique on the first floor of the Tower Wing, and also renovate its rooms in the Tower and Diamond Wings.
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
With 1,142 rooms, including 10 suites, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani offers value-friendly accommodations in the heart of Waikiki directly across from Waikiki Beach with sweeping views of Oahu’s lush mountains and the blue Pacific. With its recently completed renovation, the hotel continues to offer guests delightful accommodations featuring the famed Sheraton Sweet Sleeper mattress in every room, interactive cultural experiences and activities, and easy access to major visitor attractions. All renovated guest rooms are now fully equipped with new flat-screen televisions, bedding and carpeting. The Princess Kaiulani has also opened the new Sheraton Link, in the Main Lobby of the Princess Wing next to the Front Desk, and re-opened the Fitness Center, equipped with new machines, on the second floor of the Ainahau Tower, as well as food and beverage offerings.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
In December 2011, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, anchored by the legendary Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock), introduced a new sense of Hawaiian luxury to the Ka‘anapali Resort with the redesign and renovation of its guest rooms. The $6.5 million renewal introduced warm Hawaiian colors, textiles and prints to the legendary location of the 508-room resort. Incorporating traditional Hawaiian artwork, light hues, plush carpeting and drapery, and new tropical furnishings the resort has created a comfortable setting for guests. With wireless Internet now in every guest room, the resort now offers an elevated in-room experience that enables guests to remain connected with what matters most. The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has also taken several steps toward sustainability with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the parking structure.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
Situated on 12 oceanfront acres along famed Ka‘anapali Beach, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa recently refreshed its amenities, allowing guests to enjoy the revitalized Westin Workout furnished with new Life Fitness equipment, the modern Business Center with easy access to the main lobby, the “Celebrations of Aloha” wedding center, Halawai Lounge and Tropica Restaurant & Bar with its exciting features and new oceanfront seating for couples. Encouraging guests to enjoy a sense of wellness while on travel, the resort’s award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin™ launched a brand new Mind & Body Studio.
The resort also redesigned its Presidential Suite, which offers ultra-spacious comfort, ocean views from multiple lanai and state-of-the-art amenities. The design team’s theme of Mauka (mountain) and Makai (sea) roots guests in the native culture and inspires them with the Westin difference.
Meeting planners and bridal couples will find the multi-million-dollar enhancements of the oceanfront Aloha Pavilion idyllic for unique themed settings and a tropical destination wedding. Sprawling over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the new touches include two innovative meeting rooms with panoramic ocean views, just mere steps away from the legendary Ka‘anapali Beach.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa has also installed electric vehicle charging stations in its parking areas. In addition, an innovative lighting experience has been incorporated into the resort, with the hallways, lobby and all public areas retrofitted with LED bulbs, which are over 80 percent more energy-efficient than traditional lighting, as well as an upgrade in back-of-the-house fluorescent lighting to fixtures that are 30 to 50 percent more energy efficient.
The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Offering 1,021 studio and one-bedroom villas, The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas has completed renovations across the 26-acre resort that include enhancements to the South Lobby, an update to the South guest rooms, including the installation of flat-screen, high-definition televisions and new light fixtures. Other upgrades and enhancements designed for guest enjoyment include a new children’s playground on the pirate ship lawn, movie screenings on the North Ocean Lawn, refurbished tennis courts, and casual picnic outings with five new gas barbeque grills, making a total of 24 grills throughout the Four-Diamond resort.
The Westin Workout Center has also been revitalized with refreshed interiors and fitted with new Life Fitness equipment. Other renovated spaces include the new Kai Lani Lawn, which was transformed into an intimate oceanfront venue for weddings, and an outdoor relaxation lounge at Spa Helani, A Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Additionally, new shuttles for Lahaina and inter-resort service have been provided, which feature both user-friendly ADA lifts and clean-burning diesel engines.
The resort was most recently recognized for its completion of an extensive energy-efficiency program. The $385,353 project saves the resort an estimated 1,914,958 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually, which equals $608,956 in savings. Key features included the replacement of over 9,500 incandescent lamps with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified LEDs, reducing electricity use related to lighting by over 80 percent. The resort also added a control system that monitors the carbon monoxide levels in the garage, operating the ventilation fans only when needed and reducing energy consumption by over 99 percent.
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Sheraton Kauai Resort, nestled into 20 acres along Kauai’s world-renowned Poipu Beach, completed a $16 million revitalization in April. Upon arriving at the 394-room resort – Poipu’s newest playground – guests are greeted by a refurbished and modern porte-cochere and the beautifully upgraded Ocean Lobby. The lobby opens into a new, open-air Ocean Courtyard that is elegantly landscaped and adorned with tiki torches. It features six intimate seating areas, three of which have fire pits. An added breezeway provides direct access to the resort’s newly expanded and tiered Ocean Pool, lined with eight private, vibrant bungalows sitting just above the pristine shore. For those seeking the consummate venue for meetings, banquets or special celebrations, the new Luana Kai room overlooks Poipu Beach and is the only oceanfront indoor function space on Kauai.
In addition to public gathering places, the Sheraton Kauai’s $16 million renovation included an overhaul of the resort’s dining venues. RumFire Poipu Beach, the resort’s 240-seat restaurant and lounge, offers 180 degrees of spectacular, unobstructed views of the Pacific. Its menu artfully blends Hawaiian-inspired cuisine with global influences. Lava’s on Poipu Beach is the resort’s casual, open-air restaurant and beach bar, located next to the Ocean Pool and steps away from the sand. The Link@Sheraton Café at the Ocean Courtyard offers Starbucks coffee, beverages, snacks and sandwiches for those on the go, and is the perfect place to meet, connect and relax.
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas sits two hundred feet above breathtaking Anini beach and blends into the serene surroundings of Kauai’s north shore. A $165-million new construction revealed this revitalizing resort in May 2008, featuring 346 villas with all the comforts of home – including a kitchen or kitchenette, washer and dryer and whirlpool tub in each spacious villa. Four rejuvenating pools, award-winning dining options and an array of cultural and experiential activities delight guests of all ages.
Recent upgrades to The Westin Princeville include the installation of four electric car-charging stations and upgrades to the existing high-speed Internet Access points throughout the 19-acre property to improve guest room and public area connectivity. New poolside thatched umbrellas, replacement of BBQ grills and new shuttle buses for complimentary transfer in the Princeville area are the first among many ongoing renewal initiatives at the resort.
The Big Island
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa At Keauhou Bay
The newly renamed Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (formerly Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa) completed a $20 million resort renewal in September 2012. The Kona Coast’s most iconic resort is well on its way to re-establishing itself as the crown jewel of the community. Considerable resources have been invested not only in physical revitalization but also into efforts to better connect guests with Keauhou’s rich history by offering more meaningful, culturally authentic experiences.
Significant enhancements to guestrooms, public areas and meeting spaces include culturally inspired designs by Hawaii designer Sig Zane. A new lobby arrival experience and Flying Fish activity outfitters complement and add to the fun, excitement and ultimate experience that many already enjoy. New oceanfront dining concepts include Rays on the Bay. With panoramic oceanfront sunset dinners, Rays on the Bay highlights dishes embodying the best farm-and-ocean-to-table tradition.
It is also home to a Rum Bar, “the coldest beer in town,” nightly entertainment, social gatherings around fire pits, and is touted as the only restaurant in the world with manta ray viewing.
Upgrades to other areas include the Ainakai restaurant for bay view daily breakfast service and afternoon and evening gatherings, wedding receptions, meetings and group functions; Paakai Point for leisure, relaxation, and sunset receptions; 10 new guest suites; Fitness Center upgrades to Sheraton’s Core Performance® brand standard equipment; and refreshed meeting space framed by Zane-designed carpeting. Guestrooms have been refreshed with new paint, carpeting, flat-screen TV’s and brightened with the addition of Zane’s visual art inspired by the ulu, or breadfruit tree, which is represented throughout the resort, woven into team members’ attire, and shared in daily cultural activities.
Extensive cultural offerings are in place through complimentary historical and cultural tours and activities that provide guests more opportunity than ever to connect with and feel Keauhou and depart island shores with a comforting sense of place.