by Matt Alderton | September 05, 2014
Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria resort on the island of Maui, Hawaii, has commenced a $30 million renovation encompassing its 780 guest rooms, 100,000 square feet of meeting space, spa, and swimming pools, it announced this week.

Scheduled for completion in early 2015, the renovation will see new furniture, artwork, televisions, LED lighting, and bathrooms in guest rooms; new carpet in the spa's common areas; new energy-efficient pumps and improved bathrooms in the swimming pools; and a fiber optic Wi-Fi upgrade throughout the resort.

"We designed the rooms with a clean look to attract the young modern demographic that is becoming very design savvy," said Robert Barry, of Barry Design Associates, the project's interior architect. "Research was also used to ensure that the room features appeal to today's traveler who comes even on holiday equipped with cellphones, laptops, and iPads -- all of which need to be charged."