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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel embarks on $30 million renovation


The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is working with leading design consultant for the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, WATG/Wimberly Interiors, on a hotel renovation scheduled for 2013.

The vision is to restore Mauna Lani Bay to its original glory in a style of understated Hawaiian elegance.

Hotel General Manager Robert Grant said, “The renovation will heighten the authentic, timeless Hawaiian experience that our guests have come to enjoy since we opened our doors almost 30 years ago. Preserving and sharing the history and culture of Hawaii will remain a large part of our resort experience.”

The Bungalows are currently being extensively renovated and the new look will be completed in December 2012. Award-winning Hawaii interior designer, Gina Willman created a “Hawaiian home away from home.”

Two of the Bungalows are set in cool blues, turquoise and aqua drawing inspiration from the crystal blue Pacific. The remaining three Bungalows feature the rich, warm tones of burnt orange and yellow inspired by the spectacular sunsets that the Kohala Coast is famous for.

The living space of each Bungalow will invite ultimate relaxation with indoor and outdoor living featuring locally-inspired artworks by Hawaiian artists and stylish Koa and coconut McGuire Furniture.

A cozy punee (day bed) brimming with decorative cushions will be a highly sought-after lounging area. The private outdoor Jacuzzi and heated swimming pool create a laidback setting for socializing or quiet enjoyment.

Each Bungalow bedroom will feature a romantic four post bed that heightens the atmosphere of sophisticated island living. The headboards will showcase a custom carving of the Hawaiian flower that each Bungalow is named after: Orchid, Bird of Paradise, Hibiscus, Plumeria and Heliconia.

The two master bathrooms each include a private tropical garden with a rain shower, stand-alone tub and washlet. Other enhancements to the Bungalows include Tiger Wood and Koa floors, wool carpets and a state-of-the-art entertainment system with a 65” LED HD television and the latest Apple iMac.

While in close proximity to the main hotel structure, the Bungalows come with their own private entrance. Guests can indulge in the seclusion of the space, or enjoy full access to the resort’s services and amenities.

Bungalow rates are from $4,000 per night (plus tax) for Ocean View and $4,500 for Ocean Front (excluding the holiday season).

The hotel guestroom design will harmonize with the stately architecture and will recapture the vision of the hotel’s original architect. WATG’s design concept will return to simple beauty in respect for the historic site of Kalahuipua’a, home to Mauna Lani Bay.

Revitalized colors complement the stunning views of the mountain, ocean and sky. Guests will be inspired by the spirit of place from entering the hotel to reaching their private guestroom oasis, while experiencing the truly authentic unifying theme.

Light fresh and contemporary elements will enhance the overall look while allowing guests to enjoy the splendor of modern day pleasures with enhanced technological features. Delicacy in the details of the furniture and decorative LED backlit grillwork will be reinterpreted to recall the beauty of hand-woven lauhala mats, a notable Hawaiian art form of the area.

Quilted bedspreads with a crisp linen finish will lighten the room and punees will allow guests to wistfully lay back and dream under a clear blue sky. New ceiling fans will gently dance above and the plantation wooden shutters will be refreshed to the original handsome finish.

Custom art glass vanity lights and delicately scaled mirrors in the bathrooms will shimmer above new residential-styled mahogany cabinetry. Rich European stone tiles and upscale plumbing fixtures will offer rejuvenating bathing experiences.

Being mindful to the environmental stewardship of the property, the new woven carpet is Green Label certified for the lowest emitting VOC’s. New lighting throughout the room will feature energy efficient properties as the hotel wishes to stay true as the caretakers of the environment.

Mauna Lani Bay will share the images of the model rooms and details as they are completed, along with the scheduled start and completion date of the renovation.

The first phase will touch the guestrooms followed by new landscaping and a new pool experience set for completion in late 2013.

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