Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Maui’s newest luxury beach resort, is set to open January 2009 on Kaanapali’s North Beach.
Developed by Maui Beach Resort Limited Partnership, a joint venture of Intrawest, Ledcor and J.P. Morgan, and managed by Intrawest Hospitality Management, Honua Kai Resort & Spa offers a uniquely contemporary Hawaiian experience.
The full service resort and spa is gently placed oceanfront amid lush gardens, water-rich landscaping, and a beach walking path offering resort amenities and services. Nearby activities include convenient access to championship golf courses, restaurants, ocean sports and cultural attractions.
Situated on 38 oceanfront acres of pristine North Beach Kaanapali, one of the island’s best snorkeling and dive beaches, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is a master plan of resort accommodations situated in two
U-shaped buildings with ocean and mountain views, lush landscaping and expansive open spaces. The openness is mirrored in each of the 628 one-, two- and three-bedroom guest suites that are fully-equipped, spacious and homelike with luxury resort services. More than 70 percent of the suites have ocean views spanning the islands of Lanai and Molokai across the ocean channel.
Two interior color schemes reflect the contemporary Hawaiian style architecture and décor. The cool, restful shades or the warm, textural earth tones inspired by Hawaii’s natural beauty establish a vision for the new and well-appointed accommodations including full luxury kitchens featuring granite slab countertops, stainless steel BOSCH appliances and warm, hard-wood cabinetry. The kitchen is stocked with housewares. A full-size stacked washer and dryer is located near the kitchen.
The living space has a queen sofa sleeper, lounge chair, 42” flat screen television with Bluray DVD player, wireless internet access, dining table and chairs. In the bedroom, a king bed is topped with plush white linens and a decorative bed runner where custom bedside tables and a woven headboard capture the spirit of island décor. A 37” television in the rooms make for lively entertainment, while frameless glass shower enclosures and granite countertops in the bathrooms are quality finishing touches. Contemporary wall art and lighting fixtures complete the look.
The living areas are enhanced with expansive covered lanai separated from the indoor space with the NanaWall system of sliding glass walls that open up the room views and when pushed back erase the boundary between interior and exterior areas for true island living.
“While Honua Kai Resort & Spa’s design is open and generous in space, the guest experience will be friendly and warm-welcoming,” said Ed Sowers, general manager. “We know Honua Kai guests want a connection and a real experience on vacation. Our guests will be treated to surprises and memorable encounters with our staff and host culture.”
“Many of the programs we have in place will provide an interactive vacation experience. Our dunes preservation program and artist initiative are creative, and we are in the process of redefining luxury-level room service with noted Maui chef James McDonald. We look forward to sharing these innovative experiences with Honua Kai guests.”
Honua Kai Resort & Spa will open in two phases as follows:
January 2009 – Hokulani building opens (318 guest suites, lobby café, pool, fitness center)
Spring 2010 – Konea building opens (310 guest suites, lobby café, beachside restaurant, two pools, spa)
A Playground Diverse in Recreation and Relaxation
With 38 acres to work with, designers had room to be creative. An imaginative aqua network of pools, hot tubs, natural pond bridges, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains designed by Pacific Aquascapes in conjunction with landscaper PBR Hawaii allows for privacy and play.
The formal pool has an infinity-edge lap pool with featured terraced lounge seating and semi-submerged aqua lounge chairs and jacuzzi. The family pool has a sandy bottom, one-hundred-and-twenty-foot waterslide and cascading waterfall. Natural lava rock forms an elevated jacuzzi. The third pool, the river pool, features a meandering “river” that flows through smaller swimming holes and playful waterfalls. Two quiet zones have aqua lounges and covered cabana areas for relaxation. All pools have ocean views.
From tall coconut palms to fragrant gardens bursting with flowers for the picking, 38 acres of lush landscaping establishes Honua Kai’s distinctive character. Many varieties of tropical and native Hawaiian plants and trees provide color, fragrance and beauty to the Resort’s tranquil setting. Mature coconut palms and colorful flowering trees such as gardenias and plumeria dot the landscape surrounding the property. And green space is maximized for a sense of grandeur.
Onsite Activities, Amenities and Services
Hokulani Building – 318 guest suites
Valet, bellman, check-in/out desk
Maui celebrity chef James McDonald of Pacific`O and I`o in Lahaina opens a new casual concept gourmet café
Beach Activities Maui, a full-service concierge desk with ability to book restaurant and activity reservations, as well as assist with travel arrangements, etc.
Two of the four meeting rooms house a contemporary fine art gallery/studio concept
Underground and above ground parking for guests
Keiki (children) camp
Konea Building –310 guest suites (open spring 2010)
Valet, bellman, check-in/out desk
Two additional free-form pools at 3000 square feet
7000-square-foot spa and fitness center
Second keiki (children) camp
4200-square-foot beachside restaurant and bar
A beach walking path along the property connects to a one-half mile Kaanapali Beach path
Eight (8) barbeque grills available to guests
Expansive side lawn for lawn games
Towel/set-up service and shaded cabanas poolside
Honua Kai Resort & Spa’s design team includes architects Watanabe Chung Iopa Takaki (Hawaii) and Ray Letkeman & Associates (Vancouver); interior designers ADI Design Group (Hawaii) and
Co-Ordinated Hotel Interiors – CHIL (Vancouver); and landscape designer PBR Hawaii.
Published rates for 2009 begin at $400 per night for the “Ohana” room category at 590 square feet. Special 2009 rates and promotions will be announced. For reservations and information, please contact a travel professional, or call the Resort directly at 1-888-718-5789 from 7 a.m. to
7 p.m. Hawaii Time, or visit www.honuakaimaui.com.
Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The company has interests in ten resorts in North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Intrawest network also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest—a private resort club with locations throughout North America. In addition, Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com