Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced that its largest brand, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and its owners invested over $230 million to refurbish its four Hawaiian properties. The large-scale, multi-year project was completed with the recent unveiling of the Sheraton Kona Resort.
The revitalization projects include the $188-million renewal of the Sheraton Waikiki, the $6.5-million renovation of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, a $16-million upgrade to the Sheraton Kauai Resort and a $20-million refresh of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
The Sheraton completed its nearly $188-million renovation of Sheraton Waikiki’s 1,636 rooms with a theme of “contemporary Hawaiian sophistication.” The renewal starts at beach level and reaches to the top of the 31-floor structure, offering new guest rooms and suites, redesigned public areas with new landscaping and pools, renewed convention facilities, new restaurants and bars, and a new back-of-house equipment to increase service efficiency.
The resort introduced to Waikiki the first infinity-edge pool and the only oceanfront adult-only pool, complete with a swim-up bar. Guests can enjoy family fun at the Helumoa Playground, which offers a 70-foot-long waterslide, two whirlpools, and chaise water sunning benches spread around a 12,500-square-foot area. With the recent grand opening of the million-dollar Leahi Club, Sheraton Waikiki is home to Hawaii’s only Sheraton Club Lounge, offering guests views of Diamond Head and the Pacific.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
In December 2011, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, anchored by the Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock), introduced a new sense of Hawaiian luxury to the Ka‘anapali Resort with the redesign and renovation of its guestrooms. The $6.5-million renewal introduced Hawaiian colors, textiles and prints to the location of the 508-room resort. The property incorporated traditional Hawaiian artwork, light hues, carpeting and drapery and new tropical furnishings. There is now wireless Internet in every guestroom. The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has also taken several steps toward sustainability with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the parking structure.
Sheraton Kauai Resort, nestled into 20 acres along Kauai’s Poipu Beach, completed its $16 million revitalization in April. Upon arriving at the 394-room resort, guests are greeted by a refurbished and modern porte-cochere and the upgraded Ocean Lobby. The lobby opens into a new, open-air Ocean Courtyard that is landscaped and adorned with tiki torches. It features six seating areas, three of which have fire pits. An added breezeway provides direct access to the resort’s expanded and tiered Ocean Pool, lined with eight private, bungalows sitting on the shore. The hotel’s Rum Fire restaurant is the island’s newest hotspot and offers 180-degree ocean views from its 240-seat restaurant and lounge. For venue for meetings, banquets or special celebrations, the new Luana Kai room overlooks Poipu Beach and is the only oceanfront indoor function space on Kauai.
The newly renamed Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa (formerly Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa) completed a $20-million resort renewal in September 2012. Enhancements to guestrooms, public areas and meeting spaces include culturally inspired designs by Hawaii designer Sig Zane. A new lobby arrival experience and Flying Fish activity outfitters were added. New oceanfront dining concepts include Rays on the Bay, touted as the only restaurant in the world with manta ray viewing.
Sheraton Kauai Resort