New years are all about fresh starts. And that's exactly what some of its Hawaiian properties are getting in 2018, according to Marriott International, which announced today that six Marriott and Autograph Collection hotels have finished significant renovations and improvements in the Aloha State.
Completed over the past 18 months, the renovations span all four Hawaiian islands and encompass enhancements to properties' rooms, pools, public spaces, and meeting facilities.
Marriott's newly updated Hawaiian hotels and resorts are:The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Waimea, Big Island):
Part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (pictured) has completed a $4.5 million renovation, the highlight of which are its new meetings spaces, including the Kauna'oa Ballroom, a new ballroom that's framed by views of Kauna'oa Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Also new is the Copper Bar, which specializes in hand-crafted cocktails, some of which include honey sourced from Mauna Kea Resort apiaries.
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu (Koloa, Kaua'i):
In March 2017, the Autograph Collection resort finished a multi-year, $110 million expansion that included a new, 12,000-square-foot grand ballroom and two outdoor lawns. The resort also features the newest pool complex in Hawaii, comprising a new saline lagoon-style pool with cabanas, swim-through grottos, and waterfalls, as well as a new poolside bar and grill conceived by celebrity chef Sam Choy.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (Honolulu, Oahu):
The resort has continued to unveil improvements followings its $22 million transformation in February 2016, including the Nanea Lobby and redesigned event spaces. The former features a carved wooden art piece by Hawaiian artist Kaiwi Yoon and dynamic areas for guests to mingle or work. The latter includes the transformed Kona Moku Ballroom, which features a glass-blown chandelier and a lanai overlooking the lobby's new water feature. Kuhio Beach Grill, a new bourbon bar featuring Waikiki's only prime rib buffet, also opened, and in 2018 the resort will begin redesigning its 1,310 guest rooms.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (Waikoloa, Big Island):
Completed in summer 2017, the property's multi-million-dollar investment includes a new arrival experience, premium guest rooms, and modern interiors. And coming in 2018 is a transformed luxury wing with new water-inspired furnishings and private open air showers on the lanais of ground floor rooms. Also new are Aka'ula Lanai, an espresso bar that becomes a cocktail lounge at sunset, and a refresh of the hotel's signature Hawaii Calls restaurant.
Kaua'i Marriott Resort (Lihue, Kaua'i):
Located on Kalapaki Beach, the resort recently installed waterfront fire pits from which guests can enjoy panoramic ocean views, and also debuted new guest experiences like the "Experience Kaua'i Outdoors" package, which allows guests to go tubing in Kaua'i's backcountry.
Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui (Wailea, Maui):
In December 2016, the property completed a $100 million reimagining that includes a new arrival experience; five pools, including one that features Hawaii's longest waterslide; a kids' club; a multigenerational game space; a movie house; an escape room; redesigned rooms and suites; a modernization of all indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces; and six new dining options, including an oceanfront juice bar and an onsite food truck.
"Our Marriott and Autograph Collection Hotels exceed our guests' every expectation as they continue to invest in enhancements and experiences that will delight the contemporary leisure traveler and destination meeting audience," said Harris Chan, vice president, operations, Hawaii and French Polynesia, Marriott International. "Throughout our transformations, our associates continue to deliver the same gracious hospitality and aloha they have always offered."Up your meetings-industry IQ. Check out the latest edition of 30 Seconds to Smart!