The legendary Royal Kona Vacation resort overlooking Kailua Bay welcomes back guests Thursday subsequent a seven-month closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic and multi-million renovation.
The 428-space, three-tower vacation resort was the only West Hawaii property confirming it was using the plunge to reopen the very same working day Gov. David Ige’s pre-journey testing system goes reside, enabling mainland guests to bypass the 14-day quarantine with a adverse end result in hand. Due to the fact the implementation of the quarantine in March, customer arrivals to the island have dropped 97% and lodge occupancy has hovered at about 30%
“Hell or significant water, we’re opening. We’re heading to opportunity it,” claimed Royal Kona Resort Common Supervisor Jay Rubenstein, who later pointed out there is been “quite a few” reservations coming in.
The 53-calendar year-old lodge will sign up for a handful of other Kona Coast accommodations in welcoming guests, like the Kona Seaside Lodge and Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Resort, which reopened for the duration of the summer months, and the Sheraton Kona Vacation resort &Spa at Keauhou Bay, which stored its doors open up in the course of the pandemic.
It is unclear when King Kamehameha’s Kona Seaside Lodge will welcome attendees back, though Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai, said previous 7 days that the Kaupulehu assets is undergoing renovation, with ideas to commence accepting reservations commencing Dec. 1.
All Kohala Coast resorts, meanwhile, keep on being closed. Nonetheless, numerous homes established reopening dates in November and December, while other people will commence accepting reservations then.
Even though the Kailua Village lodge could not have hosted guests since mid-March, a ton of activity has been having place as component of a “multi-million” renovation Rubenstein explained is nearing completion. The refresh, the very first given that 2006 at Royal Kona Vacation resort, was planned, but was sped up amid the shutdown.
The multi-million renovation “is aspect of the Hogan’s belief in getting treatment of the group and family members and the people today who have labored right here for 30, 40, 50 decades,” Rubenstein explained about the hotel’s owner, Honolulu-dependent Hogan Hospitality Group.
Highlights of the renovation include refreshing carpeting and paint through the house, as well as new teak home furnishings from Indonesia with wonderful blue accents in every of the rooms. The pool was also redecked and outfitted with new furniture.
“It’s a full revitalization of the vacation resort that as soon as was. So lots of people today enjoy our hotel they’re likely to arrive back and they’re going to be blown absent,” said Rubenstein, noting that Royal Kona Resort opened in 1967 as the Kona Hilton and was hotelier Conrad Hilton’s initially property in Hawaii.
On reopening, the hotel’s Tiki-influenced Don’s Mai Tai Bar will also welcome diners with modified foods and beverage hrs and alternatives. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
The vacation resort is hopeful to resume the Thursday Legends of Hawaiian Songs concert sequence as soon as “gathering principles are much better outlined.” The identical goes for the resort’s luau and clearly show, although Rubenstein is hopeful to resume the well-known function by the finish of the year.
“It all depends on how many people can assemble,” he claimed. (The luau) “is enormous — everybody wishes the luau back again up.”
The next West Hawaii lodge established to reopen is the Mauna Kea Beach front Resort, in accordance to dates provided by Craig Anderson, vice president for Mauna Kea Resort. That’ll be adopted by neighboring Westin Hapuna Seaside Vacation resort, which is part of Mauna Kea Resort. The two houses have been shuttered considering that March.
“It is form of wait-and-see, but we’ve got a date discovered of Nov. 1 for Mauna Kea Beach front Hotel and Nov. 20 for the Westin Hapuna,” Anderson mentioned, noting Mauna Kea Seaside Lodge personnel were sent discover of the reopening on Friday. “We’re quite a lot searching forward to welcoming visitors back to the Mauna Kea Vacation resort in a safe and sound and responsible way.”
No other Kohala Coastline house experienced a outlined date for reopening as of Monday, though some are accepting reservations for future dates.
The Fairmont Orchid is accepting reservations for Nov. 1 and onward as is the Hilton Waikoloa Village with the caveat that resumption of operations is contingent upon point out procedures. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort operations keep on being suspended.
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