SOURCE: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

January 07, 2008 15:09 ET

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Officially Opens Today Following a $160 Million Transformation

KAPALUA, MAUI, HI--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua reopens today following an extensive $160 million transformation, providing a dramatic new appearance and amenities to further enhance the guest experience. The new design incorporates an authentic Hawaiian sense of place, which is evident from the moment guests arrive at the lobby with native Hawaiian artwork, Koa wood panels and the lava stone bar.

The resort reinvents itself with an interior design concept that incorporates the area's vibrant colors of the lush mountains, natural rainforests and ocean. The 463 guestrooms and suites now feature dark wood floors, all new furnishings, travertine bathrooms, area rug designs with Kukui florals, and Hawaiian print artwork framed with Koa wood. The guestrooms also offer the latest technology, including LCD flat-screen televisions, IPod Docking Stations, DVD players and wireless Internet access. The new full-ownership Residential Suites offer kitchen areas and spacious living rooms, which will be available to hotel guests.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua also features several newly designed restaurants, interpreting aspects of Maui's spectacular geography and history. The Banyan Tree, the hotel's signature restaurant, has a new destination outdoor bar and lounge with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and an innovative menu by Chef de Cuisine Jojo Vasquez. Kai Sushi is located in a new restaurant space with a design inspired by the story of the native Hawaiians' arrival across the sea, offering the freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine. The Terrace restaurant features a plantation-inspired design enhanced by an expanded lanai enclosed in glass to reinforce the connection with the landscape. The Alaloa Lounge has a black lava stone wall forming a back far with a brilliant red ribbon of light inspired by the long path, or Alaloa, from the mountains to the sea. The illuminated onyx bar with carved wood details and hand-blown glass pendants sets a warm glow in the lobby.

The transformation also includes upgraded amenities to the signature 10,000 square foot, three-tiered pool, including a new children's pool and enlarged cabanas with the latest technology. There are also plans for an Environmental Education Center by mid year. The new Fitness Center features dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, the latest state of the art equipment, and is available 24 hours daily.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa will open in May 2008 and the design scheme will draw from the concept of Waihua, which the ancient Hawaiians believed was the most pure form of water which was captured by the leaves of the taro plant. The 17,500 square foot Spa will have 15 treatment rooms, including two outdoor couples' cabanas, and steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs with private and co-ed relaxation areas. Most of the treatment rooms will open to private outdoor shower gardens, while water walls and Hawaiian artwork will be present throughout the public corridors. There will be a temporary spa on the ninth floor offering spa and salon services until the new spa is open.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua:

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is an AAA Five-Diamond oceanfront property located on 54 acres of Maui's lush northwest shore. It proudly maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site, which lies adjacent to the hotel, which is recognized as a "wahi pana" (sacred site) and continues to serve as a place where Native Hawaiians can gather to conduct ceremony and protocol. A variety of cultural programs and activities, led by Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Clifford Nae'ole, are available for all guests, uniting them with Hawaiian practitioners, Kupuna (elders) and kama'aina (local community members).

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is part of the 23,000 acre master-planned Kapalua Resort on Maui, home to the season-opening, champions only, PGA TOUR event, The Mercedes-Benz Championship. The resort is renowned for its world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis facility, white sandy beaches including America's Best Beach, and a myriad of restaurants and shops. For information or reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call (800) 262-8440, the hotel directly at (808) 669-6200, a travel professional, or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at

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