A question we're frequently asked is "when was the hotel last renovated?". This can be an important question as typically the more recent the renovation the fresher and more modern the accommodations will feel. Below are some properties which have either recently been renovated or, in some cases, completely new all together.
Honua Kai - Alright, so this property hasn't been renovated recently. That's because it was just built in 2009. Upon opening it quickly became one of Maui's most popular accommodations. All of their rooms are suites - from a roomy studio with approximately 595 sq. ft. to a palatial 2,650 sq. ft. specialty suite. Each suite features a private bathroom for each bedroom and so many more unexpected luxuries, such as the stone entryway welcoming you as it sets the stage for the natural teak and travertine you'll find throughout the spacious residence. The professionally equipped gourmet kitchen gleams with high-end Bosch appliances. Every fixture, every furnishing, every feature of the open floor plan has been designed to take Maui luxury accommodations to an entirely new level.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa - Back in February Maui’s first destination resort, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa announced today the completion of its extensive $15 million renovation, including $10 million for guestrooms renovation. As part of the renovation, Hyatt Regency Maui’s restaurant, Cascades, received a $5 million redesign to reveal Japengo, a sophisticated dining destination that draws on Hawaii’s freshest, locally-grown products and exotic ingredients from neighboring Pacific Rim countries to create a culinary adventure showcasing modern Asian-inspired flavors with Hawaiian flair. The $10 million and 806 guestrooms and 31 suites renovation was spearheaded by CRA, a leading designer of up-scale hospitality properties. The hotel's accommodations have been renovated with a sleek, contemporary Hawaiian design billed as "both comfortable and sophisticated." The new room decor draws directly from the natural beauty of the surrounding blue ocean, red clay soil, green plantations and the vivid yellows and oranges of the island sun. A new graphic carpet and white bedding on the plantation-style platform bed set off vibrantly-colored textiles.
Hilton Hawaiian Village's Rainbow Tower - Easily the most family-friendly hotel in Waikiki (the previously mentioned Aulani is about 30 minutes outside of the city), the Hilton's renovations to their oceanfront Rainbow Tower are well underway. The work is scheduled to be done by December, though there are already newly renovated rooms available. Every room has contemporary styling of furniture and architectural detailing. Comfortable modern furnishings, ergonomic desk and chair, wireless internet connectivity, contemporary Hawaiian artwork, all offset by clean white bedding. Bathrooms feature beautiful tiling, curved shower curtains and hand-held shower heads.
Sheraton Kauai - Next month the Sheraton Kauai is set to wrap up a major $16 million renovation of their lobby, restaurants and oceanfront pool. Some of the highlights include enhancing the arrival experience with refurbishment of the port cochere and main lobby and the addition of a courtyard lounge with fire pits and Link Cafe with oceanfront vistas. As for the restaurants, lava's and Rum Fire (the hotel's two oceanfront restaurants) have been enhanced to create the resort's new signature dining experience. In addition, the oceanfront pool and lava's Poolside Bar & Grill will be transformed and expanded. While there haven't been major changes to the rooms the bathrooms in the Garden Wing have been refurbished as well.
Grand Hyatt Kauai - The Grand Hyatt recently finished up a massive $45 million room renovation (that's about $75,000 per room). The work included adding marble-tiled entryways, walk-in rainforest showers, mahogany furniture, new carpeting and wall and window coverings. All that and the rooms were already among the largest hotel rooms on the island.
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel - Back in 2008 King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (or the King Kam as it's affectionately known) announced a massive renovation would be beginning. Two years and $35 million later the King Kam once again shines as one of the best places to stay in historic Kona. This was by far the biggest upgrade the hotel had received since opening in 1976. All 452 rooms have been completely redone. Hardwood furnishings are enhanced with embossed Polynesian tattoo patterns and subtle hints of the colors and texture of lava complement the overall design. Spacious bathrooms have brand new bathtubs, sinks, furniture and fixtures. New in-room amenities include Bath & Body Works bath products, iron/ironing board, flat screen television, coffee (and coffee makers), complimentary wireless Internet, and new mini refrigerators. A new infinity-edged pool with Billfish Bar, lava-rock whirlpool with very cool underwater red lights and a renovated dining room also greet guests. More than a dozen retail shops fill out the gallery, including an expanded ABC Store.