Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has unveiled its $80 million renovation. The project upgraded the beachfront hotel's 1,310 guest rooms, Nanea Lobby, Royal Kaila Spa and meeting space.
The centerpiece of the renovation is the new Queensbreak pool and amenity deck, which overlooks Queens, the famous surf break on Waikiki. The open-air pool deck offers three distinct spaces: a family area overlooking Waikiki Beach with a pool, chaise longues and cabanas, a kids' splash pad, lawn games and fire pits; the Queensbreak open-air restaurant with a stage for live music and entertainment; and a separate adults pool with a poolside bar, private cabanas and a hot tub. The deck area accommodates 750 attendees for private events.
The guest rooms have been transformed by interior design firm CRA Architecture and reflect the white sands, as well as the bohemian lifestyle and surf culture of the legendary Waikiki beach boys, a group of local men who worked and surfed the beaches when the area was growing into Hawaii's first premier destination. The rooms' balconies, which look out over the Pacific Ocean, also have been refreshed.
The resort's 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Kona Moku Ballroom and 16
breakout rooms, have been redone, adding new lighting and
Hawaiian artifacts and artwork on display throughout the property pay homage to local Hawaiian culture and the property’s historic location, which was once the summer home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Guests can enjoy the open spaces and modern seating of the refreshed Nanea Lobby, which features a dramatic 60-by-20-foot carved wooden piece called Ka Maka Hinu (The Bright Face) by local artist Kaiwi Nui Yoon.
In addition to the new Queensbreak open-air restaurant, four dining outlets are located within the resort: Arancino di Mare, D.K. Steak House, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, and the Kuhio Beach Grill.