Some people might say just being in Hawaii is luxury enough, but hotels there don’t take their unique appeal for granted. Two properties, on the islands of Maui and Oahu, offer new takes on luxury in their programming and meeting spaces.
Andaz Maui at Wailea
Luxury is intensely personal at Andaz Maui at Wailea. “Luxury is defined by the individual,” says General Manager Michael Stephens. “We welcome our guests to create an experience specific to their taste, and we provide options that are relevant to the local culture. Our non-traditional approach to luxury brings a refreshing new way to experience a destination as well-known as Maui.”
Groups have 15,000 sf of meeting area, including indoor, outdoor and poolside spaces. The most inspiring spaces may be the Andaz Studios, which are five indoor studios totaling 10,000 sf. Equipped with the latest technology and modular meeting desks, the studios are designed for corporate meetings, luncheons and special occasions. They have a pre-function space and offer inspiration from the view of a nearby tropical garden.
Andaz adds a creative touch to the group experience with the Studio Kitchen. “It’s perfect for interactive sessions with the chef for any meal events,” Stephens says. “The concept is really to take a regular meeting or event and add a customization portion to it by having the chefs interact with guests in a residential-style kitchen.”
Andaz-style luxury also means enabling groups to share broader cultural trends. The hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant Kaana Kitchen gives a literal taste of local culture.
The Westin hotel company poured nearly $21 million into a major renovation of Moana Surfrider on the island of Oahu. Completed in December 2013, the project refreshed 36 suites and 522 guest rooms of the 793-room property. It also added a new restaurant and updated the poolside snack area.
As “the First Lady of Waikiki,” the Moana Surfrider presents a stately look and feel that calls to mind Hawaii’s Colonial days, with hardwood floors and a luxurious view of the Pacific and the Ko’olau Mountains. The renovation also added a penthouse to the top—21 floors above famous Waikiki Beach—the Beach Club, a casual island-style restaurant with a community table for large groups, and an upgrade to the poolside snack shop renamed the Surfrider Café.
Large groups can meet in a 10,782-sf conference area with a ballroom, parlor and boardroom, but less formal opportunities abound. The historic banyan tree in the spacious Banyan Courtyard is an inspiring spot for brainstorming. Between meetings, groups can relax at the Moana Lani Spa, try one of several restaurants or refresh with one of the many exciting watersports.
“One of our goals,” says General Manager Craig Anderson, “is to ensure that our guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. The Moana Surfrider has a lot of nostalgic charm. Together with the personal and intuitive service by our associates, we think the property will help to create many memorable experiences.”