The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, fresh off a $26.5 million room renovation in 2018, has embarked on phase two of the property revamp, which includes a new family game room, redesigned lobby and lounge areas.
The $5 million project is scheduled to be complete by the end of November, and will also result in an expansive open-air deck with views of Kaanapali Beach.
The changes coincide with a Sheraton-wide focus on the theme "where the world comes together," and the concept accordingly integrates several gathering areas, said Tetsuji Yamazaki, Sheraton Maui general manager.
The lobby renovation opens up the 4,223-square-foot area with a large patio which will serve as a central gathering place along with the revamped lobby bar and cafe that will transition from coffee and breakfast items in the morning to cocktails and small plates in the evening. The new common areas will also include a lobby lounge with a variety of seating and nightly entertainment.
"We wanted places for people to connect, talk story, all that stuff," Yamazaki said. "The new viewing deck has spectacular views of Black Rock and Kaanapali Beach, and I'd expect it to be a favorite guest hangout. We'll also have entertainment and events like mixology or chef's demos to activate the spaces to bring out both guests and locals."
The project is led by Architects Hawaii Limited, which along with creating more social areas has introduced a coastal-themed color scheme for the lobby including shades of blue, gray and tan with wood and stone elements.
"Before the transformation the lobby was more check in and check out, that's it. It was very transactional," Yamazaki said. "Now it is more open and there is space for people to feel comfortable, enjoy the view and hang out."
On the lower lobby level, the property is introducing a family game room, including a digital projector and screen for movies; foosball; bean bag chairs; and video games, including vintage arcade games such as Pac-Man.
"We tried out the arcade games over the summer," Yamazaki said. "We put out games like Galaga and Space Invaders in spots around the hotel and it was a huge hit. Dads and kids were playing together and having a blast. I think in Hawaii it's a new trend. A lot of hotels with renovations are putting in game rooms. It gives people something else to do after dark."
By holiday season, Yamazaki expects the resort to be fully transformed from where it was at the close of 2017. In July 2018 the property wrapped up the redesign and renovation of all 508 guestrooms and suites, including in-room technology updates and new works from Hawaii-based artists.
"We are really excited for 2020 to offer a new, fresh product for our guests to enjoy," he said.