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A Look Inside Little Ole' Kauai's Largest Resort

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  Site Where: 1571 Poipu Road [map], Kauai , Hawaii, United States
November 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although Kauai and the word "big" would never be used in the same sentence to describe its size, it does have a surprisingly large property in the form of the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is located on 50-acres with over 600 guest rooms, an outdoor spa, seven restaurants and a golf course.

It's a resort in every sense of the word, but it certainly is a beautiful property. It recently renovated its 37 suites and committed itself to green initiatives, the coolest of which is a design aspect that says no building can be higher than the tallest coconut tree, ensuring that the natural environment remains a main attraction despite it being a sprawling resort.

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This Resort Awaits at the End of the Road to Hana

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  Site Where: 5031 Hana Hwy [map], Hana, Hawaii , United States, 96713
November 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

This HotelChatter contributor learned a valuable lesson and enjoyed a red-sand beach along the Road to Hana, but more importantly, he discovered that driving back to "civilization" on the same day would be foolish given the hotel that awaits travelers. Despite being a small, sleepy town, Hana is home to one (and only one) rather incredible resort, the Travaasa Hana.

Formerly the Hotel Hana Maui, the deal here is that you are transported back to the "old Hawaii," a place before all the concrete and cars showed up. While we know that sounds odd since we're talking about a resort, we were impressed by how well-incorporated it was into the landscape. Other than the floors of the buildings, the only concrete to be found was the path that led from the lobby to the rooms and the small walkway around the edge of the infinity pool. Otherwise, it's green grass, palm trees, and ocean views.

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What Sort of Hotel Should the Adventurous Be Looking for in Hawaii?

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  Site Where: Wailea [map], Maui, Hawaii, United States
November 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

There is definitely a market out there, especially when it comes to Hawaii, of people who simply want to pull up a chair on the beach and plop down for a week, with no interest whatsoever in exploration outside of the resort walls. Give them the ocean and the sand and a couple rum punches followed by a decent dinner, and they're happy little Hawaiian campers.

But what if you like the sound of the above, yet also consider yourself somewhat of an adventurous person - maybe not someone who will walk into any dive bar in any small town, but one who wants to venture off property during the day and return to a beautifully maintained resort to relax? Just because you enjoy staying at hotels doesn't mean you have to close yourself off completely to your surrounding environment, and we found the 72-room all suite Hotel Wailea in Maui to be a perfect example of the type of hotel the adventurous should be after.

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Add the New Boutique Vive Hotel Waikiki to the List of Oahu Budget Hotels

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  Site Where: 2426 Kuhio Avenue [map], Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96815
August 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago we dished on a few Oahu properties for those traveling to Hawaii on a budget, featuring hotels we thought were a value with rates under $200. It looks like we have another promising one to add to the list, as the new 125-room boutique Vive Hotel Waikiki recently opened its doors last month with rates starting at $189.

And from the looks of the photos and the list of amenities, it seems like it's going to fit right in with its location two blocks from Waikiki Beach. The rooms either have a view of the ocean, the mountains or Diamond Head, and the hotel provides complimentary daily continental breakfast as well as complimentary WiFi.

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Andaz Maui Will Open on August 15 at $509 a Night

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
July 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

In our sneak peek of the Andaz Maui in May, we were given plenty of details about the eagerly anticipated Andaz resort, from the high-end Rockwell Group Design to the private beach, the Hawaiian apothecary spa, a new restaurant from Chef Morimoto, two outdoor bars and the seriously chic guest rooms. Except there was no confirmed opening date. Well, now we finally have one.

The Andaz Maui will open on August 15. Aloha! However, right now, we can't actually seem to make a reservation for that day. We tried various dates in August on the website (as well as over on Expedia) but everything was coming up as Sold Out. We hope that it's just a minor issue with the reservations system and that we can start reserving rooms soon.

However, we were able to find a room on September 9 for $509 a night for an Andaz Garden King. Ocean views were not available but will presumably cost more. Also the Morimoto restaurant is expected to open later in the fall. But at least the WiFi is free!

[Photo: Rockwell Group]

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The New Andaz Maui Will Make You Go Wowie

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
May 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

A traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony was all it took to ensure that the much-anticipated Andaz Maui at Wailea actually opened on time, unlike so many of its peers.

The 297-room paradisiacal hotel, which will debut in late Summer, is well on its way to becoming our most anticipated hotel opening of the year (literally), for its private beach, free WiFi, and signature restaurant, Morimoto Maui. Sure, that's a big statement. But we dare you to disagree after taking a look at these images, straight from the offices of the property's designer, David Rockwell:

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5 Things We Learned From Assouline's New 'Luxury Collection' Book

May 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're feeling wistful this weekend, a good way to kick back and set out on a magical hotel journey—without ever leaving your home—is to flip through Assouline's new 160-page Luxury Collection book, which is part of their Hotel Stories series.

The Luxury Collection: Hotel Stories devotes a mini-chapter to each of the 80+ hotels under Starwood's chi-chi Luxury Collection brand. There's history, and celebrity interviews, and design details—but you can technically find those things anywhere on the internet. What really makes the book stand out are the photos. Rich, full-color, splashy images of ITC Mughal, Gritti Palace, Al Maha and tons more.

While drooling over the images, we managed to scan a bit of text too. Here are five takeaway facts about Luxury Collection we didn't previously know:

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What’s Out, What’s In: The Takeaway

May 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Hotel-branded pens and notepads as keepsakes

What’s In: Souvenirs inspired by the history and culture of the hotel

Fess up: The last time you stayed in a hotel, did you take the little pad of paper and pen with the hotel’s name on it? Everyone takes the toiletries, but if you’re a serious hotel geek, that cheap pen disappeared too. We get it. And so do hotels.

If you want a more lasting or glam souvenir though, these hotels have what you need.

The Washington School House hotel in Park City, Utah was a former school built in 1889 that even has its own motto: "Where old school is the new cool". As a playful nod and a wink to their educational roots, guests will find a notebook and pencil set waiting when they check in.

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown recently completed a $65 million transformation that included the opening of Market – a self-serve, around-the-clock stop for all your snacking needs (including a fancy-dancy touch-screen soda fountain that dispenses 126 different drinks). Food in Georgia trends towards down-home goodness, and the Executive Chef’s homemade BBQ rub, at $5 a pop in Market, lets you experience that Southern comfort all over again.

The sleek Yabu Pushelberg-designed Modern Honolulu likes to serve a little quirk with its chic. The hotel leaves complimentary sarongs and ukuleles in each guest room for you to use during your stay. But if you like them so much you can’t live without them, the sarongs and ukuleles are available for purchase so you can strum away ‘til your heart’s content.

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What’s Out, What’s In: What’s SUP? Wet Workouts.

April 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Windsurfing and jet skis

What’s In: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

As synchronized swimming fell out of favor after the 1950s and windsurfing mania waned in the 1990s, another wet trend has emerged: Paddle boarding. And with so many hotels getting in on the action and upping the game (yoga paddle boarding, anyone?), we think it may just be here for awhile.

For the luxury crowd, Raffles Praslin Seychelles offers complimentary stand up paddle boarding so guests can take in the stunning Indian Ocean scenery. If your main goal is to simply enjoy the Seychelles' waters aboveboard and not below, the resort also launched hourly lessons for new users, with an expert teaching you the proper way to stand on the board, keep balance and paddle (what -- all at the same time??).

Another luxe resort, the Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand offers straight-up SUP, but then raises the challenge level by combining stand up paddle boarding with yoga. Their “Yoga on the Ocean” program begins at sunrise or sunset when you paddle your board out on the indigo Andaman Sea and enjoy a yoga class floating on your watery yoga mat.

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JDV Gets Lei'd Again with The Shoreline Waikiki Hotel

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  Site Where: 342 Seaside Avenue [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
April 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

We labeled it one of ten hotel openings we were psyched about and voila, the previously unnamed JDV Hotel in Hawaii is now open.

The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki opened its doors on April Fool's Day but it is serious about welcoming new guests. The 70s-inspired boutique hotel sits in the middle of some of Diamond Head's best shopping and restaurants. (The actual ocean shoreline is just under a mile away.)

While the vibe may be 70s inspired, the 135 rooms are outfitted with some of today's best modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Rounding out the amenities are a Cha Cha Cha Mexican restaurant and bar, 24-hour front desk hosts and a Welcome Lei upon arrival.

And rates are totally affordable too. The hotel is celebrating its opening with a special room rate of $159 a night. Regular room rates won't be that much more starting at $195 a night. Go here to book.

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What’s Out, What’s In: Your Roots Are Showing

March 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Hotel-recommended city tours

What’s In: Hotel-led cultural immersions

Hotels are taking a lead in ensuring guests remember that they’re actually in a foreign city when they travel. Except for some solid holdouts, gone are the days when you walk into your hotel in Amsterdam, say, and you could just as easily be in Istanbul or Portland. Whether through design details, cuisine or cultural tours, hotels are proudly showing their roots.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui offers guests a full gamut of authentic Hawaiian experiences led by the hotel’s full-time Cultural Coach. Not only can you explore some historical sites, you can learn the basics of Hawaiian paddling and the canoe's importance to the culture, the uses of native and non-native plants by the Hawaiian people, plus the history of the Hawaiian language, which you can then try to pronounce what seems to be unpronounceable. Rates at the resort start at $519.

The Goring –- the hotel with the Royal Warrant –- is launching their High Days and Holidays walking tours. Six tailor-made tours, all celebrating special occasions (or High Days in London-speak), were designed by Art History UK’s founder Rose Balston. Art’s on the menu but, as Rose says, “Think juicy tales, conversation, challenging ideas and plenty of hidden corners of London, past and present…” We’re talking tours that include dragons, pagan rituals, ghosts and treason. Does it get any better? Rates for the package start at 595 GBP ($902).

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Jennifer Lawrence Blows Off Oscar Steam (cough) At Hawaii Hotel

March 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

We try not to judge or debate legalities when it comes to weed use in the celebrity world, but damn if it hasn't seemed like a trend lately. You've got Justin Bieber photo'd puffing (but seemingly not passin'--duuuude), Rihanna being unapologetically blunted in various Instagram and Twitter feeds, and then there's Lil Wayne who doesn't GAF about anything except "Good Kush and alcohol". And these are just the new jacks. We won't even talk about Snoop Dogg Lion, Willie Nelson, and other celebs who celebrate Mary Jane like a Rick James track.

But what about this gal Jennifer Lawrence? The 22-year old gal who's been the darling of the screen lately, and especially the film awards circuit? She recently won an Academy Award, took a spill at the ceremony, and then days later, the picture above comes out of her drinking red wine and smoking a "hand-rolled cigarette" while relaxin' at a Hawaii hotel.

Naturally, everyone went batshit crazy with this info. HC? We just wanna know the hotel where this downtime took place. We stay in our proper gossipy lane! So, we got a bit nosey (that we don't apologize for) and went on the hunt for the location.

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