HANAMAULU, Hawaii -- The Radisson Kauai Beach resort is putting the
finishing touches on a $10 million renovation just in time for the
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
Driftwood manages the property and has a franchise agreement
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
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
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
The hotel also has a Web site, which is located at www.radissonkauai.com.