WAILUA, Hawaii -- The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Kauai held its
grand opening celebration.
The former Wailua Bay Hotel had a soft reopening last April after
being closed for nine months for a renovation project that cost
more than $9 million. The celebration was on the weekend of Nov.
The 216-room hotel, which opened in 1970, has a brighter,
lighter look, featuring repainted exteriors. Gone are the shops
across the driveway from the lobby, with new tiling here extending
to, and opening up, the porte cochere.
The lobby building and the two three-story guest room wings have
An area in the renovated restaurant and lounge features the
Marketessen, a deli that is a standard SunSpree feature.
Under the dining room, opening onto the main pool, is the new
children's activity room. Free supervised activities are held daily
for children ages 4 to 12 between noon and 3 p.m.
In addition, between the beach and the hotel, is Lydgate Park.
The park is open to the public and has a children's play area.
Adjacent to the children's room is another new feature -- a
fitness room with equipment.
The hotel, six miles north of Lihue Airport, also offers two
swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a pool snack bar, tennis (free to
guests), a tour and activity desk and room service.
For meetings there are three renovated rooms for groups of up to
Rooms and corridors have new paint and wallpaper, and the room
renovation included the tiling of entryways and new soft goods and
Each room has a telephone with voice mail and data port (local
calls are free), a hair dryer, a coffeemaker, a clock radio, a TV
with HBO, a safe and a refrigerator. Suites also feature a wet bar
and a microwave.
Room renovations in the two wings were completed in June.
The property also has 26 one-bedroom cottage units (previously
called cabanas) overlooking the park, the final project of the
renovation. Half were reopened for the grand opening; the other
half will be completed by the holidays.
The hotel was called Kauai Resort Hotel until a name change to
Wailua Bay Hotel in late 1996 and was managed by Hawaii Pacific
Resorts until the early 1990s. It was purchased in 1997 by an
investment group affiliated with San Francisco-based Equinox Hotel
Management, Inc., which manages the property.
The Bass Hotels & Resorts/Holiday Inn franchise became the
company's 25th SunSpree and its first in Hawaii.
According to Linda Taylor, director of sales and marketing, the
hotels target the midmarket vacationer. "We're great for families,"
she said, noting that the park, the hotel's facilities and the
beach is safe and protected from swells by a rock wall. With the
opening of the cottages, we'll also be able to go after the
honeymoon market. We're also stressing our great location, central
for Kauai's tours and activities."
Taylor expects around 40% of business to come from wholesalers,
which began selling the property this fall.
Among wholesalers featuring the property are MLT Vacations, All
About Hawaii, Sunquest, Suntrips and American Airlines
Rack rates for 1999 remain the same as in 1998: $150 for a
gardenview and $175 for an oceanview room. One-bedroom suites cost
$190 and $225, respectively. Cottage suites cost $275.
Packages and package prices also remain the same. The Great
Rates special features a garden room for $115, and with a rental
car, $135. Children ages 12 and younger eat free from children's
menus when dining with parents.
The hotel pays a 12% commission and said it has a policy of
mailing commissions within 24 hours of guests' departures. Travel
agent rates are 50% of rack rates.
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Phone: (888) 823-5111 or (800)