Outrigger Wailea offers discounts during property's $25M renovation


WAILEA, Hawaii -- The Outrigger Wailea Resort is in the midst of a $25 million renovation with heavy, noticeable construction to the entrance expected to last through June 30.

The refit is set to be completed by the end of the year.

The renovation of the hotel's 516 rooms will continue throughout the year but will be less noticeable than at present because entire wings will be shut down and simply taken out of inventory.

There will be up to 190 rooms at a time shut down for renovations. The hotel has seven low-rise wings and one eight-story tower. Outrigger bought the property in February 1999. It opened in 1976 as the Maui Inter-Continental Wailea and before Outrigger bought it, it was an Aston property.

The Outrigger Wailea Resort is receiving a $25 million renovation, which is set to be completed by the end of the year. The property and its wholesalers are offering hard-hat specials through June 30.

A run-of-house rate of $159 a night for single or double occupancy is offered through the hotel. Classic Hawaii has a hard-hat special of $83 a night. And other wholesalers are offering discounts as well, said Kathy Dziedzic, manager of sales and marketing at the resort.

"The first part of the renovation is the worst," said Dziedzic. "We've pretty much been up-front with everyone about the construction. We're working during the day and with limited hours."

She said the construction to the entrance includes taking out heavy rock and concrete walls, a stage and a retail shop near the entrance to the hotel.

The result will be a 32,000-square-foot, park-like area called Mei Court that guests will walk through upon entering the hotel. A group of large banyan trees that were hidden behind the rock and concrete walls now will be a focal part of the new, more open entrance area, said Dziedzic.

Mei Court also will have a waterfall, fish pond and a raised stage for Hawaiian entertainment.

The entrance will be opened up to offer views of Mount Haleakala. A new promenade will lead from the front desk to the conference area.

"We know it's a tough time, but with $25 million in improvements, we just can't wait to see how it will look," said Dziedzic. "We really needed to be updated."

She said after the entrance work is completed June 30, guests still will see construction on the property throughout the year but to a lesser degree.

All rooms and suites will be refurbished with the addition of refrigerators, safes, new televisions, data ports, hair dryers, irons and coffeemakers with free coffee.

One of the property's three pools will be redone with two water slides, a children's area and a deck. That project should be completed by the end of September. A second pool will get a new snack bar.

The Hula Moons Restaurant will be redesigned, and a new lounge called the Mele Mele will be created and will feature a menu of appetizers.

Also, the oceanfront pool restaurant will be redesigned.

The hotel can be booked in the following CRSs: Sabre, Apollo, Worldspan, Amadeus and Utell.

Outrigger Wailea Resort
Phone: (800) 688-7444
Web: www.outrigger.com

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