Outrigger completes $25M Wailea Resort refit

WAILEA -- Outrigger finished a $25 million renovation to its Wailea Resort on Maui with all new rooms, a new restaurant and lounge and a giant water playground for kids.

The hotel now has 524 rooms, up from a room count of 516 before the renovation started in March of 2000.

The oceanfront hotel has 240 rooms in one eight-floor tower with the remainder in seven low-rise buildings.

All rooms and suites now have new refrigerators, safes, new televisions, data ports, hair dryers, irons and coffeemakers with free coffee.

Rates for this year in seven room categories range from $295 a night to $545 a night, per room.

The new Hula Moons restaurant at the refurbished Outrigger Wailea Resort on Maui. The hotel now has a new restaurant called Hula Moons, which serves breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The new Mele Mele Lounge, which features nightly live entertainment, is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The hotel also offers a luau from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Wailele pools and slides has two waterslides, a climbing jungle gym in the water called a "play station" and a kids pool with a sand bottom that is 18 inches deep.

The hotel has 45,000 square feet of indoor meeting and banquet space and 60,000 square feet of outdoor space for functions, including a roof-top terrace with views of the Haleakala volcano and the ocean.

A stage, rock wall and retail shop were removed to create the new open entryway to the Outrigger Wailea Resort. In addition, during the renovation Outrigger added a children's activity club, a spa run by Mandara Spa, a fitness center and a Voyagers Club program through which guests receive access to a lounge with their own concierge, free continental breakfast, snacks, cocktails and Internet access.

The hotel also added a business center called Business in Paradise.

To showcase its collection of Hawaiian artifacts, the Outrigger is putting together a self-guided walking tour.

Items such as barkcloth clothes and tapestries, hula outfits, royal staffs and feather leis are on display behind glass cases throughout the hotel.

Guests interested in the items will be given a brochure with photos of the items explaining their significance.

Outrigger bought the property in February of 1999.

It opened in 1976 as the Maui Inter-Continental Wailea, and before Outrigger bought it, it was an Aston property.

The newly completed front entrance to the hotel offers a wide grassy area with trees on one side and the open-air hotel lobby on the other.

Now guests have views of Mount Haleakala on one side of the lobby and the ocean and the West Maui Mountains on the other.

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

For reservations or more information, call (800) 367-2960 or visit the Web site at www.outriggerwailea.com.

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