Auberge Mauna Lani Resort Re-Opening Early 2020
Auberge Mauna Lani Resort is rapidly approaching it long-awaited re-opening as Auberge Mauna Lani. After 18 months of construction, the resort closed in October 2018 and will reopen by January 2020 as the first hotel in the luxury Auberge Resorts Collection in Hawaii.
Mauna Lani Bay sold the Hotel to new owners who closed the hotel for 18 months to make major construction renovations.
Noboru Gotoh, former chairman of Tokyu Corp., opened Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &Bungalows in February 1983 at a cost of $71 million. DiamondHead Land, a joint venture between San Francisco-based ProspectHill Group and Hawaii-based hotel executive Pat Fitzgerald, and another major institutional investor, purchased the 32-acre oceanfront property in August 2017 for $225 million.
The original budget has been doubled to $200 million in a major re-haul and reconstruction effort that reduces the hotel room count to 333 from 368, enlarging some rooms and adding more suites to 38 from previous 23.
The resort is expanding to three pools, adding a Keiki pool and an adults-only pool to its original family pool.
The signature Canoe House Restaurant with its fabulous oceanfront dining will continue to be the premier dining venue. Food and beverage offerings expand from two to five choices, adding the Halani, a breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, the Ha Bar with poolside drinks, The Surf Shack, a coastline eatery; and The Market, offering local merchandise and treats like coffee, gelato, and New York-style deli.
The Kainalu Academy will debut as a center for outdoor sports that includes: fitness, tennis, surf shack, dive center, paddling, boating, and outrigger canoe excursions. The House of Knowledge – a center for guests to learn about the living Hawaiian culture and history of Mauna Lani and the Kohala Coast from cultural historian Danny Akaka Jr. will continue.
There are already 50 employees on staff. He expects a fully staffed resort will mean increasing the employee count to about 600.
Now taking reservations for January 2020 with special rates to commemorate its reopening with a special Kama’aina rate of $299 per night which is significantly lower than the new rates which range from $550 to $10,000 per night.
Mauna Lani Resort eagerly awaits Auberge’s new luxury presence that will increase the overall property values and influence additional investments in the resort. Great news for Hawaii Island and Mauna Lani Resort!