Sheraton Spends $230 Million to Upgrade Hawaiian Resorts

Its largest brand, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, has invested more than $230 million to refurbish its four Hawaiian properties — the Sheraton Waikiki, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, the Sheraton Kauai Resort and the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay — Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced last week.

"The large-scale, multi-year project was completed with the recent unveiling of the Sheraton Kona Resort and meets the increased demand for high-quality accommodations as business and leisure travel to the Hawaiian Islands continues to grow," Starwood said in a news release.

At the Sheraton Waikiki in Oahu, renovations totaled nearly $188 million and encompassed each of the hotel's 1,636 guest rooms, which were updated with a theme of "contemporary Hawaiian sophistication." Also included in the renovation was a redesign of all public areas with new landscaping and pools, renewed convention facilities, new restaurants and bars, and new back-of-house equipment to increase service efficiency, not to mention Waikiki's first infinity-edge pool and its only oceanfront adult-only pool. Recently, it also opened the Leahi Club, Hawaii's only Sheraton Club Lounge.

Completed in December 2011, the renovation of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa totaled $6.5 million and included a redesign of all 508 guest rooms, all of which now offer wireless Internet access. The resort also took a step toward sustainability by installing electric vehicle charging stations in its parking structure.

Sheraton Kauai Resort, located on Kauai's famed Poipu Beach, completed its renovation in April. Totaling $16 million, it included a refurbished porte-cochere and an upgraded lobby that includes a new, open-air courtyard and six intimate seating areas, three of which have fire pits. Other additions include a newly expanded and tiered swimming pool lined with eight private bungalows, a new restaurant offering 180-degree ocean views, and a new meeting space — the Luana Kai room, which overlooks Poipu Beach and is the only oceanfront indoor function space on Kauai.

Last to complete renovations was the newly renamed Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Formerly the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, it completed a $20 million resort renewal in September that included enhancements to guest rooms, public areas and meeting spaces, not to mention a new oceanfront restaurant that is being touted as the only restaurant in the world with manta ray viewing.

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