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Sheraton Keauhou $16M renewal near completion


Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa is seven months into a $16-million resort renewal, which will be complete late summer.

Keauhou means “new beginning” in the Hawaiian language and the Kona Coast’s most iconic resort is well on its way to reestablishing itself as the crown jewel of the community.

“We are passionate about Hawaii’s culture, history and community,” said Steve Lindburg, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa general manager. “We have invested considerable resources not only into revitalization of the resort’s physical plant but also into efforts to better connect our guests with this area’s rich history and culture so that we might share more meaningful, authentic experiences with them.”

To reintroduce Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa to visitors, the resort is offering a renewal special of just $129 (Mountain View) room per night for bookings made Aug. 4 through Sept. 30, 2012 for stays Aug. 4, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

This savings of at least 25% percent per stay means that families, honeymooners, friends and adventurers can enjoy all that Hawaii, the Big Island has to offer. Blackout dates apply and the offer is subject to availability.

Thoughtful consideration has been given to every planned detail of the resort’s ongoing transformation and each day, guests are witnessing the renewal first hand.

Significant enhancements to guestrooms, public areas and meeting spaces are being guided by culturally-based designs by Hawaii designer Sig Zane.

A new lobby arrival experience and activity center will soon compliment and add to the fun, excitement and ultimate experience that many already enjoy. Island adventures from swimming, snorkeling, hiking, exploring the volcano, island sightseeing, or simply relaxing around the resort’s extensive aquatic playground can be experienced during a stay at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa.

New oceanfront dining concepts will include Rays on the Bay opening Sept. 9.

With panoramic oceanfront sunset dinners Rays on the Bay will highlight chef-prepared dishes honoring farm-and-ocean to-table traditions.

Rays on the Bay will also be home to a Rum Bar, ‘the coldest beer in town,’ nightly entertainment, social gatherings around fire pits, and it will become the only restaurant in the world where diners can view manta ray that gather to feed most evenings just offshore.

Upon renewal completion, the resort will relaunch as Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay and also offer:

* Enhanced arrival experience, lush landscaping, refurbished port cochere, and the Silversword lobby bar which will host daily Sheraton Social Hour wine tastings

* Flying Fish retail and guest activity center which will be the portal for access to experiential island activities

* Ainakai bay view breakfast service daily. The improved space becomes available for afternoon and evening social gatherings, wedding receptions, meetings and group functions

* Paakai Point will be the ideal spot for leisure, relaxation, and elegant sunset events and weddings

* Refreshed guestrooms have new paint, carpeting, flat-screen TVs and are brightened with the addition of Sig Zane’s visual art inspired by the ulukekoiau, or breadfruit tree, which is also represented throughout the resort, woven into team member’s attire, and shared through daily cultural activities

* Additional 10 guest suites (for a total of 20)

* Meeting space is enlivened with colorful Zane-designed carpeting, state-of-the-arts Audio Visual equipment and new seating

The complimentary oceanfront Fitness Center has already been completed and now boasts Sheraton’s Core Performance brand standard equipment. Extensive cultural offerings are also in place through complimentary historical and cultural tours and activities providing guests more opportunity than ever to connect and feel Keauhou and depart island shores with a comforting sense of place.

On Sept. 1, when the resort’s name changes to Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, the renewed resort will have its own singular identity and be recognized for its unique geographical location and sense of place on the Kona Coast at Keauhou Bay.

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