Auberge Resorts Collection opens first property in Hawai‘i

i By February 11, 2020 No Comments

Mauna Lani, an iconic oceanfront resort on the island of Hawai’i, has reopened as part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. It is the first Hawaiian property in the company’s portfolio.

Situated on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, the 338-key luxury resort has undergone a complete re-imagining that marries the spiritual and cultural importance of its location—Kalāhuipua‘a Historical Park sits within its 32  acres—with up-to-date amenities.

“The first Auberge resort in Hawai’i is an important milestone for our brand, we are excited to bring Auberge’s style of soulful hospitality to a place of such significance on the Island of Hawai’i,” said Craig Reid, chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Our renewal of this storied resort will connect guests to the heart of Mauna Lani through intimate new spaces, meaningful experiences, and design that is relevant to today’s traveller.”

All images courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collections. (Top of post) Pool, Mauna Lani. (Gallery) 1. Aerial view of resort, which is situated between Hawai’i’s five great mountains: Hualālai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Kohala and Haleakalā. 2. Halau – the resort’s central meeting place and cultural center. 

“Mauna Lani has been one of Hawai’i’s best-loved resorts for over three decades,” said Sanjiv Hulugalle, vice-president and general manager. “It is an unsurpassed destination.”

The central meeting place and cultural heart of the re-imagined resort is the Halau, a nexus guests pass through on their way to the beach, three pools, or one of the property’s five restaurants and lounges.

Designed by New York-based Meyer Davis, a contemporary-yet-organic sensibility defines the resort’s interior design. The 333 guestrooms, each with a private balcony, are decorated with rich hardwoods and natural fabrics. The same sensibility permeates the decor of the five, 4,000-square-foot Mauna Lani Bungalows, each of which features two bedrooms, two baths, a private swimming pool and spa, and butler service.

Mauna Lani’s f&b offerings also reflect the island, and its culinary team works closely with local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and food artisans to source the finest organic and sustainably harvested ingredients. The resort’s restaurants and bars include:

  • CanoeHouse – A beachfront restaurant helmed by Chef Matt Raso, whose menu draws from the island’s unique bounty (for example, locally-raised abalone, fresh-caught opakapaka, tart poha berries, tender heart of palm).
  • HāLani – A breakfast/lunch family restaurant that transforms into a modern artisanal grille in the evenings, serving Chef Chris Damskey’s ingredient-driven menu, which blends elements of Hawaiian and Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Hā Bar – A poolside eatery/bar offering fresh-pressed sugarcane juice and handcrafted cocktails alongside organic salads, ceviche and tacos.
  • Surf Shack – A casual but classy toes-in-the-sand dining experience.
  • The Market – A café, deli and general store featuring a curated mix of home and lifestyle goods, specialty coffees and local craft beers as well as a menu serving light and healthy bites.

A signature spa, two top-ranked golf courses, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center and a range of opportunities and places—for example, the Hale ‘I‘ike, or House of Knowledge, in the lobby—to engage with Hawai’i’s natural and cultural treasures round out the resort’s unique amenities and services.