Outrigger Waikoloa to reopen after face-lift

KOHALA -- The 545-room Outrigger Waikoloa Beach Hotel & Resort on the Big Island reopens Oct. 15 following a $25 million renovation and remodeling.

Formerly called the Royal Waikoloan, it will have a remodeled porte cochere and lobby that will be open to ocean views as well as renovated rooms and public areas. It will have new restaurants, a new health spa, a second ballroom, a pool that is twice the size of the previous one and new landscaping.

According to Peter Thoene, the hotel's director of sales and marketing, all work will be completed by reopening day except the renovation of one of the two guest room towers. That building, with 282 rooms, will reopen Dec. 1.

A grand reopening celebration is tentatively scheduled for March.

Outrigger Waikoloa Beach in Hawaii. "We want clients who have stayed at the hotel before to come and rediscover us," said Thoene.

The hotel, which closed June 1 for the project, has created a package for return guests. The Just for You package, effective through March 31, includes a 20% discount on rack rates, a one-category room upgrade and breakfast for two daily.

Rack rates through March 31 range from $175 to $275, with Voyagers Club category rooms with extra services priced at $310 and $325.On April 1, rates will increase, ranging from $200 to $290, with Voyagers Club at $320 and $350.

The property, part of the 500-acre Waikoloa Beach Resort, is included in such Outrigger Hotel & Resorts' programs as the Big Kahuna package and seniors and corporate traveler rates.

Managed by Outrigger since 1991, it was purchased by Outrigger Enterprises, the hotel chain's parent company, last year.

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