Maui resort to undergo $250 million renovation
Posted on Saturday 14 April 2012
in Hotels, Hawai, Honolulu
By Sophia Choice
The Grand Wailea resort in Maui has enticed adventure travel-hungry Kiwis seeking awesome surf spots and tropical hikes, and beginning this year, these luxury accommodations will undergo a massive expansion. At least $250 million will go into the construction of additional rooms, restaurants, pools and other upgraded amenities. Those on flights to Honolulu may want to take a short trip to Maui as the renovations at the Grand Wailea commence in order to enjoy the many new expected features as they come.
Out with the old, in with the new
Built on 40 acres of beachfront property, the Grand Wailea has seen a number of small improvements over its 21-year life. With perfectly maintained lawns and tall-standing palm trees, this resort is a luxurious option for Kiwis travelling to the Hawaiian Islands.
Over the course of the next five years, the construction plans call for adding at least 300 rooms to the current 780, making the resort the largest property on the island. An entirely new structure will be added to the existing Molokini wing, which will feature a sparkling infinity pool, landscaped gardens and a grass roof top for sunbathers who want to get an even tan.
The wedding chapel situated on the resort's lagoon will be removed to make room for eight bungalow units for villa vacations and wedding parties seeking more private accommodations. Additionally, the lagoon itself will be extended toward the east.
Restaurants situated throughout the property will be greatly improved, allowing for more casual dining options for guests who want to enjoy brunch or an early dinner. The Grand Wailea's newest eatery, Amasia, by Hawaii's premier chef Alan Wong, is a perfect place to grab a bite to eat or a truly tropical cocktail before heading out to the nearby beaches.
Hawaiian cultural experiences
The hotel's nightclub was closed about six years ago when guests began to grow more interested in cultural experiences rather than Las Vegas-like parties. The space, which today is used for special events, will be converted into a cultural learning center where guests can gain a better understanding of authentic Hawaiian traditions.
Construction is expected to begin in the next year, with an initial focus on smaller restaurant renovations. Kiwis can enjoy a crane-free vacation for some time, as the major room expansions will not break ground for another few years.
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