Marion Philpotts-Miller leads redesign of Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea, a former Japanese private members club in Hawaii, unveiled a $15-million makeover. 

Perched 300 feet above sea level with ocean views, Hotel Wailea has a beach house design in all 72 one-bedroom suites, a newly finished pool with private residential-style cabanas and an orchard-to-glass apothecary bar. 

Honolulu-based interior designer Marion Philpotts-Miller led the project blending together indigenous island character with modern designs. Hotel Wailea is set across 15 acres with 72 suites and views of gardens, three neighboring Hawaiian islands and the Maui coastline. Inside the suites, architectural elements such as coral and limestone walls, smoked white oak floors and custom-crafted Hawaiian Ohia cabinetry are fused with island aesthetics, including artwork by Pete Cabrinha. Each suite has a separate living room, oversized lanai and Sub-Zero & Wolf kitchen amenities.


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The property has a new poolside lounge named The Cabanas. A series of oversized cabanas surround the pool deck furnished with DEDON lounge seating, sun chaises, aqua loungers and circular pod daybeds. A built-in fire pit sits center stage.

Hotel Wailea is also beginning its next phase of upgrades, which includes an ocean view treehouse where guests can experience private spa treatments within the mango tree canopies. Projected for completion in spring 2015 is a new spa conceptualized by Tracy Lee.


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