NEW YORK—SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm, announced that Princeville Resort in Kauai will temporarily close on May 1 to undergo a multimillion-dollar complete transformation. The Princeville Resort is situated on a hillside overlooking the breathtaking Hanalei Bay and the verdant cliffs of the Na Pali coast, and surrounded by the lush tropical flora of Hawaii’s Garden Island. Starwood Capital acquired the Princeville Resort in 2018 with the intention of repositioning the resort as the finest wellness resort in the United States and as the flagship of its 1 Hotels, the sustainable, environmental focused, growing global brand. The hotel will speak to the unique relaxed, welcoming and tranquility of the Hanalei Bay community.
Starwood Capital will replace buildings with gardens and water features, envelop the hotel in green so that it disappears into the landscape, and bring a here-to-fore unseen aesthetic to this magical setting. Starwood Capital will open the resort to the sky to embrace its astounding natural surroundings and intertwine in the design the unique materials and warmth of the local Hawaiian Islands. The hotel is expected to reopen in November 2021 as 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay. Through design and its unique programming, it will undergo a complete transformation to create the flagship of the 1 Hotel brand and one of the world’s premier wellness sanctuaries with personalized guest programming for fitness, nutrition and well-being.
1 Hotels is an award-winning, mission-driven, luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, and sustainable operating philosophies.
Latest in Rapidly Expanding Brand
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will be the latest in the rapidly expanding 1 Hotels brand, adding to 1 Hotel sanctuaries already open in Manhattan, Brooklyn, South Beach and Los Angeles and the robust pipeline that includes projects already underway in London, Paris, Toronto, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Nashville, Cabo San Lucas and Sunnyvale.
“We are thrilled to be re-imagining the former Princeville resort located in one of the most beautiful spots on earth,” said Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. “As CEO of Starwood Hotels, more than 20 years ago, I visited this property and thought what an awful architectural execution that did not take advantage of its natural setting. How fortunate we are, these years later, to be able to fix this resort and create a magical experience for our traveling guest who today doesn’t want a room and bed but wants a 360 degree travel destination that can restore balance and calm to our over stimulated lives. Our goal is nothing short of creating a new addition to the finest resorts in Hawaii, our green brand’s flagship and to be one of the most incredible wellness properties in the world, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay. We are excited to integrate our hotel into the local community, to operate our hotel to reflect the deep roots of extraordinary hospitality and the warmth and preservation focused local community.”
True to the mission-driven brand ethos, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will be LEEDv4 certified and will feature 252 rooms, including 51 suites, along with a wellness center, and an 18,000 square foot spa and fitness center. Five food and beverage outlets will offer fresh, local and sustainably sourced farm-to-table cuisine using ingredients from the hotel’s organic on-site garden and neighboring farms.
The resort will be operated by SH Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Capital’s hotel management company which manages the 1 Hotels brand and Baccarat hotel in Midtown Manhattan. East West Partners has been engaged as the local development manager. The SH Hotels & Resorts in-house design team will oversee design execution.
For more information, visit 1hotels.com/hanaleibay.