• Grand Wailea Gets a Grand Refresh

     
    POSTED September 26, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
  • Grand Wailea Gets a Grand Refresh

     
    POSTED September 26, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
  • Grand Wailea Gets a Grand Refresh

     
    POSTED September 26, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is an iconic property on Maui’s Wailea Beach. Now it’s marking the completion of the first phase of a property-wide refresh, the most extensive renovation since the debut of the resort more than 30 years ago. 

The completed updates include:

A revitalized Botero Lounge at the heart of the resort, features select artwork from Grand Wailea’s 900-piece outdoor art museum, including nine bronze sculptures by renowned contemporary artist Fernando Botero. Home to the largest private collection of Botero sculptures in the world, Grand Wailea has restored the pieces to their original form as part of the wider revitalization.

Botero’s new menu includes fresh sushi prepared live by Chef Moony and paired with specialty cocktails. Botero Lounge will also host the resort's new, all-encompassing “The Art of…” series, including guest-centric workshops such as “The Art of Sushi-Making,” “The Art of Whiskey,” and “The Art of Cocktail Mixing” —all taught by experts in their respective fields.

A revamp of Grand Wailea’s Napua rooms, suites, and private lounge. An exclusive enclave of hotel rooms and suites, set in a dedicated 'tower' in the heart of the resort, and featuring a private lounge for guests, Napua debuted in June following a complete renovation. Featuring an impressive collection of modern and post-modern art throughout, guest rooms and suites have been reimagined to reflect a contemporary, abstract Hawaiian theme revolving around land and water to immerses guests in the laid-back pace of island life.

Guests of the reimagined Napua will enjoy a private concierge, and the exclusive Napua Lounge with food and beverages, and daily activations including chefs' stations, beverage tastings, live entertainment, spa and wellness sessions, and more. Napua will also feature an exclusive, curated collection of fashion editors' favorite resort-wear during select times of the year.

'IKENA and LOULU dining venues. Two of the resort's former food and beverage spots debuted under fresh concepts this summer. 'Ikena is an indoor-outdoor venue that offers sea and sky views from every table. The natural sights and sounds of Maui are present throughout 'Ikena's expansive outdoor terrace and soaring interior, adorned with large-scale chandelier lanterns and a custom-screen frieze. Every Saturday, 'Ikena will host a rosé brunch in partnership with Black-owned premium rosé label La Fête du Rosé offering local favorites such as Maui Honey Fried Chicken and Waffles, Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast, and Eggs Benedict Kona Crab Cake.

Artisanal café-market concept Loulu was named after the only species of palm tree native to Hawaii, which can be found throughout the property. The market has been refurbished with fresh, vibrant colors, high-top counter seating, and French windows with garden views, and offers a selection of wellness-focused foods and beverages, including artisanal pizza, hand-crafted acai bowls, and fresh-brewed local coffee. 

“We are thrilled to update the classic charm of Grand Wailea, while enhancing the luxury and heritage for which it is known, and to commemorate this new chapter with so many exciting activations and partnerships,” says JP Oliver, managing director. “We look forward to finalizing all redesigned spaces and ultimately offering guests an enriched product with authentic Hawaiian experiences in our idyllic Maui setting.”

Located on 40 acres of lush tropical gardens fronting Maui’s Wailea Beach, Grand Wailea offers 28 indoor and outdoor venue, totaling more than 100,000 square feet of event space. The luxury property is a top destination for bleisure; meeting attendees often bring their families to transform a work perk into a memorable Maui vacation. 

 

 

 

On Nov. 25, the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) released its latest quarterly Meeting Room of the Future Barometer. In a nutshell, the global association reports that the recovery of the meetings and events industry remains on a solid and positive trajectory.

Among the findings:

 

The Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors has its sights set on 2027. Building on an organizational strategy initially conceived in 2020 by key board, staff, and executive team members, the organization recently solidified its goals for the next five years.

“Over the course of the past two years, the goals were modified based on economic conditions, but those pillars remained intact and were validated by the MPI Board this past September during meetings held in Quintana Roo, Mexico,” says Drew S. Holmgreen, MPI chief branding officer.

 

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition has announced “Meetings Matter” as the 2023 theme for Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) to be held on March 30. The international day of advocacy showcases the economic and societal importance of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences, and conventions.