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There’s plenty of good uses for the concierge, but what we’re looking for is something above and beyond. That’s where Four Seasons comes in, as they’re taking the title of concierge and taking it to the next level of fancy.
At Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu on the Big Island of Hawaii the hotel has introduced something they’re calling Oceanfront Concierge Service—um, yes please. Basically the concierge team will be roaming about the beaches and pools in hopes of helping you plan this, that, or the other thing. Between 8am and 5pm you'll get assistance with the typical like dining reservations, but they’re also up for creating customized adventures and all kinds of ocean activities.
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There is no escaping the modern day scale of development when you’re in Waikiki, but inside the 1927 historic wing of The Royal Hawaiian, we found a few things that remind you of a different age. One of them was this sign: the "Bather’s Elevator”. Despite 1920s bathing suits leaving the minimum amount of skin exposed, it was considered improper to take the normal guest elevators between room and swimming pool / beach. The solution: a dedicated elevator.
Perhaps you’ve heard the hype: the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort on Poipu Beach in Kauai has kind of an “It” status as a cool boutique alternative to the larger resorts on the island. In Hawaiian, koa kea translates to "white coral,” and the name is a tribute to the life-giving power of the coral reefs. We recently went to check it out for ourselves to see if the buzz was well-deserved and here’s what we learned:
The Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui debuted last year – and it’s everything one expects from the Montage brand and more. The seaside setting on Maui’s west side is idyllic as are the grounds, service and accommodations. Since opening, its ranking on Trip Advisor has vacillated between number one and two for all of Maui, rivaled only by the Four Seasons Maui in Wailea. We recently had the opportunity to visit and here’s what we found:
At 45,000-sq.ft., it’s the largest on Kauai and each treatment suite opens up into its own tropical garden. So while you are being massaged, polished and scrubbed, the birds are chirping, the breeze is blowing and you actually know you are in Hawaii, unlike some staid, common spa treatment rooms where you can’t tell if you're in Hawaii or North Dakota.
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“Families look no further than the Grand Wailea”, we said last year when we listed our Must Stay Hotels for Wailea, Maui. The vast resort has an almost overwhelming list of pools, activity slides (including this, which looks terrifying) and other things on its 40 acres of grounds to keep the kids happy.
In order to keep things fresh as well, a major renovation project kicked off last October, which will last throughout this year. Those pools and activity slides were re-tiled in December, and all rooms are getting an overhaul – above, the end result.
The 356-room Kauai Marriott in Lihue starts out on the right foot: with a free shuttle right from the airport, not a service many resorts on the island offer. Within six minutes, guests are beachfront on Kalapaki Beach, widely considered the most swimmable resort beach in Kauai.
The pool is magnificent and is the largest single-level pool on the island. The keiki (kids) pool has a slide that lands in shallow water which is for children under 12. The renovated oceanfront king room we stayed in was pretty and comfy with a large balcony with views of both the massive pool and the gorgeous beach.
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So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!
· Conrad Chicago, shown above, will cease to be a part of Hilton Hotels later this fall and will instead join Starwood's Luxury Collection group. No word yet on what the new name will be. [Source: Hotel News Resource]
· Fresh off opening their New York property, EDITION Hotels will open next year in Sanya, China; Thailand and Abu Dhabi with Shanghai and Times Square to happen in 2017 and West Hollywood in 2018. Paris has inexplicably dropped off the website although Edition folk say it is still happening. Also happening that's not yet listed? The Reijavkik Edition in Iceland. We cannot wait. [Source: Edition Hotels website]
· The 342-room JW Marriott Minneapolis, which will have direct access to the Mall of America, is set to open in November. However, the website is accepting reservations right now for stays from January 1, 2016 and beyond. [Source: JW Marriott Hotels]
· A tipster wrote into tell us that the W Retreat Kanai in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which last we heard was opening in July 2015, is now opening in January 2018, according to the W Hotels website. Yup, that seems about right for W Hotels. [Source: Tipster and W Hotels]
· After announcing a Hilton Garden Inn for Hawaii, Hilton is now going to install their DoubleTree by Hilton brand in the iconic Hilo Naniloa Hotel and Golf Club on the Big Island. The hotel is currently closed as it goes under a $16 million renovation. It should reopen as DoubleTree later this year. [Source: Pacific Business News]
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UPDATE: A rep for the Four Seasons Resorts on Lanai has told us that while the hotels are closed for renovations, the island itself is still open for exploration. Guests can visit the shops, restaurants, a newly renovated movie theater as well as play on the Manele Golf Course. A Summer Golf Special will be offered starting on June 1, which includes 18-ocean-view holes, club rental, prix fixe lunch at VIEWS restaurant and transportation to and from the harbor for only $325. But the rooms are not available for overnight stays.
When we last left you on Lanai, the plan was for some serious renovation and refurbishment to take place at the island’s two main hotels— Four Seasons' two properties, the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay. Well the time has come, so you'd better hit up Airbnb if you’re looking for accommodation on the Pineapple Isle. Because it's only going to get worse from here.
If you have $200 million to spend, why not invest it all in a new hotel project over in Hawaii? That’s exactly what one group is doing according to the folks over at Pacific Business News. Pacific Links Hawaii will set up shop on Oahu, taking over the turf formerly home to the Mahaka Hotel & Resort.
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Always wanted to visit all fifty states, but didn’t know where to stay? Hilton Garden Inn now has you covered, as they’re happy to announce that they’re in the works to have a property in each and every one of those in the nifty fifty.
The final one for the Hilton folks will be over in Hawaii, as the chain just signed the paperwork to get down to business over in Hawaii. They’re skipping right over Waikiki and Oahu, as the plan is to head right into Kauai with the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay. They’re partnering up with the locals over at Aston Hotels and Resorts to manage things, and the 216-room beachfront spot will open its doors in 2016.
This won’t be new construction, but a full renovation and remodel will take place before the place starts flying the Hilton Garden Inn flag. Room rates and other details still haven’t been released, but we’d hope things would be a little more affordable than other spots on the island—saving you some cash for that helicopter tour.
[Photo: Hilton Garden Inn / Facebook]
Naturally, the resort fee--from a property who once prided themselves on standing out from their competitors by not having a resort fee--has caused a bit of a stir in the comments section. And it should.