Shane Nelson
Shane Nelson

Officials at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay are opening a brand-new Kaiulu Club Lounge to guests April 5, offering travelers a range of added value in a newly renovated, 3,000-square-foot venue.

Matthew Grauso, general manager of the 485-room property on the Big Island of Hawaii, said it took about six weeks to redesign and retrofit one of the resort’s premium suites into the new multipurpose space.

“Our existing presidential suite had a perfect footprint to convert to the club lounge,” he said.  “It has an unbelievable setting with indoor and outdoor space. The indoors will obviously be air-conditioned, as we do know Hawaii can be a little warm. So if you want the A/C, you’ve got it.

“We have all new furniture, both indoor and outdoor, so we’ll have shaded areas on the outdoor lanai and a whole setup to dine and take in the fabulous views,” he added.

Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Kaiulu Club Lounge is located in the property’s second wing on the fourth floor, which has been designated as the resort’s new club lounge level. Guests booked in rooms on that floor will have access to the lounge, but any traveler booked elsewhere at the property can un upgrade their room for $50 a day, providing club lounge access for two adults and two children under 17.

“You’ll get a great a value,” Grauso said. “I think what people are looking for today is more comfortable experiences through travel and yet still at an affordable price. And I think this combines both to where you get an amazing experience with something you know you’ll be able to use every day but without having to break the bank.”

A daily continental breakfast, featuring fresh fruit, pastries, two hot items and fresh local juices, will be available in the lounge from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Then appetizers will be served nightly from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the venue, including cheese, bread and a hot item along with unlimited wine and draft beer.

“We’ll have a local brew on tap that we’ll rotate,” Grauso said. “It may be a Kona Brew or Big Island Brew House.”

The venue will also feature complimentary newspapers, a concierge service desk along with a Mini Link @ Sheraton, which includes a computer and a printer, copier and fax machine.

“And the WiFi will always be on,” Grauso added. “So people can sit in there and take in the tranquility and the majestic setting of Keauhou Bay and the ocean, get some work done, read a book or just relax and enjoy.”

Describing the Kaiulu Club Lounge as the only premium hotel lounge product on the Kona Coast of the Big Island, Grauso said property officials were also thinking about Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members while planning the new venue.

“A large percentage of our SPG clientele throughout the world look for club lounges,” he said. “So being the only Starwood property on the Big Island, we’ll be able to attract more SPG clientele to come to the destination and help the local economy.”

SPG Platinum members will have complimentary access to the Kaiulu Club Lounge while SPG Gold members will pay only $40 a day, according to Grauso.

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