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Just How Dominant Are Waikiki and Honolulu When it Comes to Hawaii’s Hotel Scene?

December 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM | by | Comment (1)

When we think of visiting Hawaii, it is usually beaches and palm trees that come to mind, not crowds and concrete. But anyone who has visited the south side of Oahu knows that it is extremely different from the rest of the Hawaiian Islands in terms of its development. While any fool can surmise what we mean from the photo above, we decided to dig a little deeper and take a look at the numbers as it relates to the hotel scene.

Using the most recent numbers from the 2012 report, the Hawaiian Islands have 144 traditional hotels with a total of 43,151 rooms (not including B&Bs or hostels). The breakdown across the islands shows that Oahu has the most with 68 hotels and 26,186 rooms; Hawaii Island has 32 hotels with 6,785 rooms; Maui has 26 with 7,172 rooms; 15 and 2,660 for Kauai; and Lanai has 3 hotels with 348 rooms. According to the report, Molokai had no properties that qualified as a hotel.

The total number of units for the state of Hawaii, including hotels, B&Bs, hostels, rental condos and apartments, timeshares, and other rentable inventory is 74,650. Of that total, Oahu has 35,126 units; Maui has 19,659; Hawaii Island has 10,794; Kauai has 8,289; Molokai has 429; and Lanai has 353. This means that in terms of places to stay in Hawaii, Oahu and Maui harbor about 73% of them with 47% and 26%, respectively.

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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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Morimoto Anticipates October Opening for Restaurant at Andaz Maui

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, Hawaii, United States, 96753
September 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may not be able to tell from this laid-back photo, but chef Masaharu Morimoto really is hard at work preparing for the opening of his second Hawaiian restaurant Morimoto Maui, now scheduled for October at the Andaz Maui at Wailea.

When we visited the resort for its grand opening on September 1st, we'd hoped to get a sneak peak at the restaurant too, but we were shut down on all fronts. In fact, the teak wood and black-stone tile restaurant is currently hidden behind a huge tent that's been lovingly called "Cirque du Sushi".

Morimoto did allow for a candid shot and we gotta say, he looks super cool outside the chefs whites, right?

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All Across America...There Are Hotel Deals (And Here are 4 We Like)

September 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)


· Bear Down Package at The Amalfi Hotel, Chicago: This one's for Da Bears...fans and enemies. The Amalfi Hotel's "Bear Down Package" includes overnight accommodations, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast before the Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field, a CTA pass (optional), a bucket of 6 domestic beers to celebrate (or mourn), a signature snack trio and a nightly manager's reception with complimentary Italian hors d'oeuvres. The package is available through January 4th. Go here to book or call the hotel at 312.395.9000 (Toll Free: 877.262.5341.) Use code BEAR-DOWN to book. Oh and here's the Chicago Bears home schedule just in case. We found a room for $294 next weekend when they take on the New Orleans Saints.

· Wander & Wonder at the Hotel Monaco San Francisco: The newly redesigned Hotel Monaco has a new Cal Academy package to go along with their new look. In addition to a pretty new room, the hotel will give you two adult general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences to check out the penguins, parrots and the albino alligator named Claude. Also included is two 3-day MUNI passes and a 20 percent discount off food at the Grand Cafe, adjacent to the hotel lobby. Go here to book an use promo code WANDER. The deal is valid until December 31st but a two-night minimum stay is required.

· Moment in Time at The Plantation Inn, Maui: The 19-room Plantation Inn is the sister B&B to the Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, which features turn of the century architecture with modern amenities such as air conditioning and soundproofing. Plus, it's just two blocks from the beach. Now, the inn is offering a "Moment in Time" package that includes three nights in a Lanai category room, daily breakfast for two, dinner for two at Gerard's Restaurant, a bottle of champagne on arrival, his and hers Hawaiian robe keepsake and daily compact car rental (rental policy here.) The total for the package is $877 which is a savings of $237. But it's only available through December 19th. Go here to book.

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The Coolest Customer at the Andaz Maui Is...

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, Hawaii, United States, 96753
September 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

..this little guy! We've never seen such a cool looking kid decked out in the finest resort wear. The boy was one of the Andaz Maui at Wailea first guests (with his family, of course) when the hip hotel opened on September 1st. Check out our first look here.

Although the Andaz isn't your typical family resort--you won't find water slides, game rooms or a kid's club, they do support the area's local youth and have adopted the nearby Kihei Elementary School.

Part of the corporation's responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, the hotel has already started volunteer work at the school, developed a monthly rewards program, and even installed a new refrigerator in the school’s faculty lounge.

The hotel's goal is to help strengthen education at the school and personal advancement within the local community. That's part of the Hawaii's ohana (family) spirit, and one of the reasons we love the islands so much.

[Photo: Trevor Durham/Andaz Maui at Wailea]

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The Best Room To Book at the New Andaz Maui at Wailea

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, Hawaii, United States, 96753
September 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

It finally happened. At 2pm on September 1st, the highly anticipated Andaz Maui at Wailea finally opened for business, after being delayed from their original August 15th debut date.

We were front and center for the emotional blessing ceremony led by the respected Kahuna Nui, Kapono'ai Molitau. The kahuna told us he's particular about the places he'll perform his chants, and felt the Andaz's space was very special.

Indeed, there's history here. The hotel was once a Renaissance Hotel that was beloved by long-time vacationers. After sitting empty for many years, the Hyatt group came in and decided to turn it into one of the hottest hotel brands today.

The Andaz Maui is the 10th of its kind to open, and there are more on the way. But right now let's focus on this gallery of first looks at this resort that's made a huge effort to embody the spirit of Hawaiian aloha.

Plus, we'll tell you which is the Best Room to Book, after the jump.

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Andaz Hotels to Open in Papagayo in December

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
August 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Andaz Hotels was supposed to open their Maui property yesterday but alas, that's been pushed back to September 1st.

The good news is room rates have dropped a bit from $509 to $409 a night.. We hope this new opening date sticks. But in the meantime, we'll be fantasizing about the next Andaz to open--Andaz Papagayo.

Reservations for this Costa Rican resort will start in December. The property is planning 153 guest rooms along with 21 funky luxury suites and should feature "modern designs with touches of local character." There will also be three restaurants, a bar, two swimming pools, a private beach and an 11,000-sq.ft. spa, along with other amenities. No word on room rates but we should hope think it will be cheaper than Maui.

[Photo: Andaz Papagayo]

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Here's What Montage Hotels Has Planned for Kapalua Bay

August 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, Montage Hotels officially announced their plans to take over The Residences at Kapalua Bay in Maui. We had heard that Montage would be taking over the residential property but we weren't quite sure what the plans were for the hotel side of things. Well, now we know. Here's what they are planning:

The expansive resort, set atop the world-class, picturesque Kapalua Bay, will undergo a multi-million dollar improvement program beginning this fall, with plans including 56 Montage branded residences offered for sale and the introduction of a 50 room all-suite Montage hotel.

Those hotel suites will feature spacious living rooms, large private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, elegant master suites and luxurious bathrooms. Sounds like heaven.

Montage Hotels has already assumed management of the property yet it will continue to be known as The Residences at Kapalua Bay on an interim basis. As the spot gets closer to unveiling their 50 hotel suites, that's probably when a name change will happen. In the meantime, you can keep up with their hotel's new website here.

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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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Montage is Making Moves in Maui and Mexico

July 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Montage Hotels may be super luxurious but with only three hotels (in Laguna Beach, Beverly Hills and Deer Valley), they aren't exactly everywhere you want to go. However, that may change after they open in two huge vacation destinations--Mexico and Maui.

Right now, Montage is building a beachfront resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Here's an idea of the vibe they're working on:

All of our Los Cabos, Mexico hotel's public spaces, guestrooms and suites will celebrate the area's tradition of indoor/outdoor living.Gracious tiled terraces, shaded courtyards, balconies and expansive windows will offer stunning views of sea, sky and the surrounding Baja desert landscape. Our hotel's guestrooms and suites will feature elegant, hacienda-style furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. A central gathering spot, complete with landscaped terraces, is designed for comfortable conversation and relaxation over morning coffee or sunset cocktails.

The resort will also have "multiple" dining options" , a full-service spa with fitness center, a rotating schedule of wellness classes and year-round leisure activities such as snorkeling in the Santa Maria Bay, diving, boating, golf on a Fred Couples signature golf course, tennis, guided hikes, biking and more. Plus, the hotel will offer "indoor" leisure pursuits as well such as wine tasting and culinary classes. In other words, it's going to be a montage of Montage amenities and services. Can't go wrong with that.

But before Montage opens in Mexico (which doesn't have an opening date), it will actually open in Maui first.

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Spring is Blooming with Hotel Deals

April 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)


· Taxes are a Beach in Miami Beach: The Sagamore Hotel in Miami has put together a "Taxes are a Beach" vacation package that is run by the hotel's own IRS (Internal Rejuvenation Services.) The minimum two-night stay deal includes tax-free accommodations in a Sagamore Suite, $25 daily stimulus (i.e. a hotel credit that can even be used to deduct from the room rate), daily breakfast for two, daily beach chairs for two and complimentary WiFi. The deal represents an overall savings of 20 percent. Rates start at $320 a night. The deal is only valid for April stays. Go here to book.

· Hilton's LGBT Deal is Back: The Stay Hilton. Go Out package is back. The deal includes high-speed internet (wahoo!), one-year digital subscription to OUT magazine, two welcome beverages and late checkout, where and when available. Guests who plan on staying with Hilton during the Gay Pride season can also download and print an LGBT event calendar from Hilton's Go Out website as well as sign up for the Hilton LGBT travel newsletter for travel ideas, upcoming events and special offers. Go here to book.

· Spring for a Springtime Hawaiian Getaway : Love Hawaii but hate the crowds? Avoid the summer rush and go this spring instead. Stay at the 43-room Ka'anapali Beach Hotel in western Maui and book their Spring Bonus package. The deal is good from now through May 31 and includes pool view accommodations, daily buffet breakfast for two and a compact rental car. Rates start at $215 a night. Go here to book.

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