STAMFORD, Conn.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced that Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and its owners invested more than $230 million to refurbish 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 Waikiki’s renewal starts at beach level and reaches to the top of the 31-floor structure, offering new guestrooms and suites, redesigned public areas with new landscaping and pools, renewed convention facilities, new restaurants and bars, and 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 large 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.
In December 2011, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa redesigned and renovated its guest rooms. The $6.5 million renewal introduced warm Hawaiian colors, textiles, and prints to the 508-room resort. With wireless Internet now in every guest room, the resort now enables guests to remain connected. 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 completed a $16 million revitalization in April. Upon arriving at the 394-room resort, guests are greeted by a refurbished 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 newly expanded and tiered Ocean Pool, lined with eight private bungalows.
The newly renamed Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (formerly Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa) completed a $20 million resort renewal in September 2012.
Significant enhancements to guestrooms, public areas, and meeting spaces include culturally inspired designs by Hawaii designer Sig Zane. New oceanfront dining concepts include Rays on the Bay, touted as the only restaurant in the world with manta ray viewing.