Radisson Kauai Beach wraps up $10M refit

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HANAMAULU, Hawaii -- The Radisson Kauai Beach resort is putting the finishing touches on a $10 million renovation just in time for the Christmas rush.

Director of sales Tom Bartlett said the renovation is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 20.

"We still have last-minute deals on great rates for Christmas," according to Bartlett.

The renovation, which started in late July, previously was expected to be complete Nov. 1.

The 345-room hotel, which is located a few minutes from the Kauai airport, has undergone extensive work since Driftwood Ventures of West Palm Beach, Fla. bought it from Haseko Hawaii in April.

Driftwood manages the property and has a franchise agreement with Radisson.

The property formerly was managed and marketed by Outrigger.

The hotel was built in 1986.

"We want the word to get out that the whole entryway to the hotel will be new and open and inviting," said Bartlett. "Before, it was a bit dark."

In addition to the entryway, Driftwood added a steak house called Naupaka Terrace; renovated all the rooms; redid the lobby; added a lobby bar called Shutters Lounge, and is adding a new sand-bottom pool with a view of the ocean and a new poolside restaurant called the Driftwood Sandbar & Grille.

"Before, you couldn't see the ocean from the pool," said Bartlett. "Our beach is not a swimming beach -- it's a good walking beach with three miles of sand -- but it's not good for swimming so we put a pool where you can see the ocean."

Other touches the hotel has added are a nightly torch lighting ceremony with dancers, nightly poolside entertainment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., a poolside happy hour with free rum punch and a new exercise room.

As the hotel has such a central location on the island and with the free airport shuttle, guests don't necessarily have to rent a car when they get to the airport, according to Bartlett.

A number of attractions on the island offer free transportation from the hotel, he added.

With all of the changes, Bartlett said the hotel hopes to become a draw for honeymooners and couples.

Each room will have all new furnishings and will have Internet access with the television screens doubling as computer monitors.

The hotel has meetings space ranging from 600 to 8,600 square feet. There also is a business center.

The hotel can reached by phone at the numbers listed in the accompanying box.

The hotel also has a Web site, which is located at www.radissonkauai.com.

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