Hotel Roundup

From the brand new to a redo, hotels in Hawaii make improvements

By: Marty Wentzel

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa
Poolside cabanas at Grand Wailea
Resort Hotel & Spa
As the Prince-ville Resort on Kauai moves toward rebranding as a St. Regis, the property is closing for renovations Sept. 19 and reopening April 19, 2009.

“Recent economic conditions have impacted our business levels, prompting our decision,” said Princeville Resort general manager Kelly Hoen. “This approach will not only complete the renovation faster, but also get our associates back to work sooner.”

The multi-million-dollar project includes a redesign of all 252 guestrooms and meeting function space, renovated public areas from the lobby to the swimming pool, new restaurant concepts, redesigned exterior landscaping, the addition of an on-site luxury spa and the incorporation of signature St. Regis butler service.

Hotel Renew
Hotel Renew guestroom
Hotel Renew
In Waikiki, Aqua Hotels and Resorts announced that Hotel Renew is cutting rack rates by one-third for visits through April 30, resulting in nightly rates from $199 at the boutique property.

“Completion of the lobby has been delayed, so we are offering travelers an incentive for booking during this time,” said Aqua sales and marketing vice president Elizabeth Churchill. “Work takes place during the day so guest inconvenience is minimized.”

Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet and 32-inch, flat-screen televisions in high definition. Rates start at $300 once lobby work wraps up. In other news, the currently closed Aqua Coconut Plaza plans to reopen on June 1 as the Coconut Waikiki Hotel.

Grand Wailea
As it pitches its seventh-night-free promotion from now until June 18, the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa on Maui is making progress on its $50 million renovation. The 780-room hotel has already retiled its Hibiscus pool, remodeled its Napua Tower guestrooms and redesigned the Cafe Kula, in addition to refurnishing the lobby, Botero Bar and Spa Grande. Plans call for renovations of remaining guestrooms and suites; upgrades to Humuhumunukunukuapuaa restaurant, reception area and Grande Salon; and creation of a new arrival and departure lounge.

Through June 5, agents can get reacquainted with the property by booking the Grand Mahalo package, which is available through Pleasant Holidays (, code TA16AN). Starting at $335 per person, the three-night deal includes roundtrip air from the West Coast.

Koloa Landing
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, under construction on Kauai’s south shore, has picked Outrigger Enterprises Group as its management firm. Opening its first phase in 2009, the 24-acre resort condominium promises 323 air-conditioned two-, three- and four-bedroom accommodations many with ocean views. The rooms boast kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and bathrooms with two-person soaker tubs. Grounds will feature streams, waterfalls, thatched-roof cabanas, hammocks, tiki-torch-lit paths, and four lagoon-type pools with a swim-through grotto and a waterslide. The first major seaside real-estate development in the area since 1990, the $285 million project is Outrigger’s fourth resort condominium on Kauai.

Sheraton Waikiki
The lobby of the Sheraton Waikiki feels like Surf City these days thanks to Discover Surf, a new interactive surf simulator providing an unconventional way to hang ten. A 60-inch plasma television displays a massive wave on screen, while a surfboard that’s connected via wireless technology makes clients feel like they’re maneuvering a 30-foot wave amid great white sharks.

“Discover Surf allows people who have never surfed before a chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave,” said Sheraton Waikiki general manager Kelly Sanders. Open daily, except Tuesday and Saturday from 3-5 p.m., it’s free for Sheraton Waikiki guests.