Representatives from hotels and resorts from the Hilton Worldwide collection of properties in Hawaii have been in Sydney this week meeting with trade partners and media as part of their annual mission down under.
Hilton Hawaii has 11 properties in the Aloha State, including the behemoth 3,543-room Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, which continues to be a magnet for Australian travellers. The Oahu property consists of five towers including the iconic Rainbow Tower which overlooks the world-famous Waikiki Beach.
Regional Director of Corporate Communications for Hilton Hawaii, Cynthia Rankin, said the Australian appetite for Hawaii has never been stronger.
The Hilton Hawaiian village is Australia’s most popular resort in Hawaii, Rankin told LATTE, with Australia the group’s second largest international market, only bettered by Japan.
“Australians are long-stay visitors, with the average length of stay 9.5 days,” Rankin said.
“We have huge numbers [of Australians]. In fact when you walk through the property all you hear is the Australian accent,” Rankin quipped.
Hilton Hawaii’s collection on Oahu also includes the DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki, Hilton Waikiki Beach, Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk, Hilton Garden Inn – Waikiki Beach and Hampton by Hilton Oahu – Kapolei. On Maui there’s the spectacular Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort, on the island of Hawaii is the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the Grand Naniloa Hotel, a DoubleTree by Hilton and on Kauai there is the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay.
Catering for the the luxury segment in Waikiki is the Ali’i Tower within the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Billed as a “hotel within a hotel”, the 14-storey Ali’i Tower is half the size of Hilton Hawaiian Village’s landmark Rainbow Tower and offers a boutique service for travellers. The Ali’i Tower comprises 321 hotel rooms and 27 suites. It features its own registration desk on the second floor, a private pool, a bar, fitness room and Jacuzzi.
“It’s our upscale hotel within a mid-range hotel,” Rankin said. “It’s a good up-sell for people who are looking for a luxury experience but still want the amenities of a bigger property. Guests have access to the 20 restaurants and swimming pools on campus, and the beach is right there.”
Guests of the Ali’i Tower are issued with a leather wristband which affords them VIP privileges including front of line access to the popular Tropics Bar & Grill and the casual dining venue, Rainbow Lanai.
“Sometimes Tropics gets really crowded and you might have to wait half-an-hour, but if guests flash the wristband they go straight to the front of the queue,” Rankin explained.
On Maui, one of the big drawcards for the Grand Wailea is the variety of swimming pools, Rankin explained.
The newly refreshed Grand Wailea resort consistently ranks among the world’s best in leading travel and consumer reports. Nestled on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, Grand Wailea offers a range of holiday experiences: open spaces for the active holiday-makers, beauty and seclusion for romantic getaways, and family fun – ranging from a fully equipped camp for children to rope swings and a jungle-style river pool.
Guests also have access to the luxurious Spa Grande, a standard-setter in the world of resort spas, as well as eight restaurants, including the award-winning “Best of Maui” Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a.
Accommodation options include Grand Wailea’s 776 rooms and suites and an enclave of 120 luxury villas Ho`olei at Grand Wailea ranging from 297-square-metres to 371-square metres, located nearby and with access to Grand Wailea amenities.
“The resort features waterslides, a lazy river, rapids, a swim-up bar and a water elevator. It’s great for the family market. But they also have an adult’s only pool. Grand Wailea has the most unbelievable food and beverage, beautiful restaurants and bars, and the spa is among the best in the world,” Rankin added.
For more details on the entire collection of Hilton properties in Hawaii go to www.hiltonhawaii.com
Lead image – Hilton Hawaii representatives, along with the team from Hawaiian Airlines and Hawaii Tourism Oceania gather at Hilton Sydney’s Marble Bar.
Back row from left are: Giselle Radulovic, HTO Country Manager Australia, Gai Tyrrell, Hawaiian Airlines Regional Director – Australia & New Zealand and Bart Druitt, Hawaiian Airlines Partnerships and Promotions Specialist.
Middle row: Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines Director of Sales AU and Partnerships AU/NZ; Cynthia Rankin, Hawaii Hotels & Resorts, Regional Director Corporate Communications Hawaii; Valerie Okamoto-Moad, Hilton Hawaii Regional Director of Sales – Leisiure; Linda Kadohiro, Director, National Accounts | Sales Hilton Hawaiian Village; Undine Lasater, DoubleTree by Hilton Alana – Waikiki Beach Director of Sales and Kristen Roman, Hawaii Tourism Oceania Public Relations Executive.
In front: Jamie Choi, Director of Sales & Marketing, Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk and Heather Jeffery, Hawaiian Airlines Public Relations Australia/New Zealand.