Top-to-bottom upgrades to Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort earned it the title of Best New Resort / Major Renovation in Hawai’i at the TravelAge West 2021 WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards Ceremony which s ‘is held on October 7 in Marina del Rey, California.
The resort brand proudly accepted the accolade for the $ 80 million investment that transformed the flagship resort into a contemporary seaside retreat rooted in Hawaiian music and culture. Property upgrades include upscale residential-style rooms and suites, chic poolside experiences, and a completely redesigned Kani Ka Pila grill and stage, the homeland of Hawaiian music.
âWhen we started designing the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort with award-winning design firm Hart Howerton, our inspiration was to create an artistic and contemporary resort steeped in barefoot luxury and authentic Hawaiian culture,â said Markus Krebs, General Manager, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. âAs we began to plan the design features, we knew it was important to emphasize our historical connection to authentic Polynesian culture while fostering a sense of well-being and relaxation with the spirit of Aloha. “
The resort’s expansive grounds include three distinct accommodations: the Ocean Tower, the Pacific Tower and the Diamond Head Tower, a five-story oceanfront building that will be converted into 23 brand-new and spacious luxury rooms / suites, including one sumptuous Diamond Head Ocean Penthouse, key count to 658. The exclusive Navigator Floor features five bedrooms for up to 18 people, totaling 3,750 square feet plus WaikÄ«kÄ«’s largest private lÄnai at 4,000 square feet. A strategic trail called the ‘Ae Kai, runs the length of the complex and connects the elements of the property in a harmonious balance.
âThe Reef is one of the first mid-century hotels built along iconic WaikÄ«kÄ« Beach in Honolulu, and we wanted to honor that history through our design,â Krebs said. âThroughout the property, guests have the opportunity to see a seamless transition from timeless local history to newer, more modern elements. The resort’s location is recognized as a place of healing and is one of seven true beachfront properties on WaikÄ«kÄ« Beach, making it the perfect luxury getaway for anyone wishing to experience a Hawaiian vacation. really authentic. â
The design of the complex was led by Hart Howerton, an award-winning architectural and design firm known for their thoughtful and innovative work.
âAs a company, we fully understand that design must connect travelers not just to one destination, but to an entire brand, as they embark on new journeys,â said David Rau, Partner, Hart Howerton . âEvery hotel has a story to tell and connecting travelers to Outrigger’s story was essential when developing the design elements. From the brand’s long history of honoring surf culture to its partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, we’ve infused the old and the new to create a cohesive and sophisticated design. As you walk around the resort you can see the first design elements of modern skyscrapers that really make the resort one of a kind.
With contributions from leading practitioners of Hawaiian culture, the architects merged the unique splendor of Hawaii’s past with the contemporary comforts of today. From the canoe haul arrival experience lit by traditional fishing basket lanterns to artfully appointed accommodations, the resort design emulates an elegant Hawaiian beach house, warmly welcoming guests to their homes.
âThe Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures were an influence and inspiration for our design, as we were looking for a way to allow travelers and guests to connect with the unique culture of the place. To create the most authentic design, we worked with Hawaiian Elders to make sure we captured the authentic heritage of iconic WaikÄ«kÄ« Beach correctly. As the architect, landscaper and interior designer of the resort, we found the location and culture to be truly inspiring, which made it such a rewarding experience, âsaid Rau.
The common thread running through the entire resort is the historic connection to travel and navigation, said Krebs, which is reinforced by Outrigger’s long-standing partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
âThis union plays a leading role on the property as we continue to honor our local heritage,â said Krebs, adding that the 18th floor of the Pacific Tower is known as The Navigator Floor, each of the suites in luxury being named in honor of his Pwo. Browsers.
âAs you walk through the property, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in our history by stopping at the Cultural Center, which celebrates our heritage through digital exhibits and unique and handcrafted works of art,â Krebs said.
Art was equally important to Rau in the design and layout of the property. âFor us, it was clear – the local artwork was a fundamental part of telling the story of the Hawaiian and Polynesian orientation throughout the property,â said Rau. âUpon arrival, customers encounter a 30-foot original. HÅkÅ«le’a mural painted by Polynesian Voyaging Society co-founder Herb KÄne.
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman will be the resort’s flagship restaurant in a 12,000 square foot space. oceanfront space, which is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2022. With celebrity chef Peter Merriman at the helm, the artisan restaurant is poised to deliver a world-class experience in the premier waterfront location. Wed Monkeypod Kitchen is a modern, relaxed, chef-led concept based on a passion for the art of craftsmanship. Every item on the menu demonstrates a commitment to high quality local cuisine, creative preparations and impeccable execution.