Hawaii's Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to Become a Westin

Mauna Kea Resort Hawaii

Following a $46 million renovation and conversion, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on Hawaii's Big Island will become The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, owner Prince Hotels & Resorts announced yesterday.

The hotel -- which will continue to be operated by current operator Prince Resorts Hawaii -- will complete its transformation in February 2018, but will begin participating next month in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program, of which Westin is a part.

Along with a new name, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel -- which is part of the Big Island's famed Mauna Kea Resort -- will boast "reimagined guest rooms, fresh new food and beverage concepts, and invigorating wellness options," according to its website. Highlights will include a new lobby design featuring interactive check-in pods instead of a traditional front desk, a new lobby bar, a recast breakfast restaurant, a new adults-only swimming pool, and a new wellness center with a Crossfit studio, a gym, and a spa.

The resort's meeting space, totaling over 18,000 square feet, already was updated with new carpeting, wall sconces, wallcoverings, and banquet seating last year.

The hotel said its ethos perfectly complements that of the Westin brand, whose focus is health and wellness.

"Westin's history of delivering a best-in-class product is perfectly suited for Hapuna and will reposition the hotel as a top competitor on the Kohala Coast," said Craig Anderson, vice president of operations at Mauna Kea Resort.

"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," added Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii. "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."

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