What do you get when you combine Maui’s tropical foliage and breathtaking vistas with luxurious Kama’aina plantation-style design? If you’re the Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach, a Hyatt Residence Club Resort, a winning combination. The resort, operated by Hyatt Vacation Ownership (HVO), opened for occupancy in December 2014 and has already been named a finalist in the American Resort Development Association’s annual award competition in four Resort Design categories: best resort architecture, site plan, amenities, and interior design.
Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach has a prime oceanfront location on Maui, often referred to as the “Magic Isle” for its beautiful beaches, mountain views, spectacular golf, and cultural heritage. A joint venture with Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., the property is the newest of 16 upscale shared-ownership resorts marketed and managed by HVO.
“We’re honored to be named as finalists for these prestigious awards,” said John Burlingame, president of HVO, which operates Hyatt Residence Club. “This incredible resort represents a true collaboration among some of the best minds in the industry and we’re thrilled that our vision has been recognized by the industry.”
Honolulu-based Group 70 International’s design for the resort architecture, site plan, and amenities celebrates Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage and makes the most of the 4.5-acre oceanfront site. All but nine of the 131 well-appointed units have direct ocean views punctuated by the Island of Lanai and all feature spacious lanais that extend the living space into the outdoors. On-site amenities include the Lahaina Provision Company, which features locally-sourced groceries; a fitness center and Day Lounge; and lagoon and infinity pools surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping. Members and guests also have access to the array of amenities and services at the adjacent Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.
El Segundo, California-based Design Group Carl Ross followed suit with interior designs that reference Hawaiian legends and traditions, such as two mosaic murals in the 8,000-square-foot, open-air lobby that depict Maui, the Sun God, snaring the sun (Kala) and pulling it back down into the sea.
Both firms included sustainability features to meet LEED® certification requirements, including a solar thermal-assisted hot water system, high efficiency A/C units with an energy management system, and low-flow kitchen and bath fixtures.
The American Resort Development Association will present its 2015 “ARDY” awards at the ARDA World 2015 Annual Convention & Expo April 12-16 at the Orlando World Center in Orlando, Florida.