Luxury lifestyle hotel brand 1 Hotels, has opened the brand’s flagship property, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. The property has been a Virtuoso Preview resort for several months in the build- up to its debut this month.
Following a $300 million imaginative transformation, the multi-year conservation plan replaced non-native and invasive species with wildlife-friendly vegetation including white hibiscus and nau, native to the Hawaiian Islands. Conscious conservation techniques naturally narrate the sacred story of the Polynesian people, restoring nearly a third of the site with native and adapted vegetation.
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The oasis’ 252 airy and nature-inspired rooms, including 51 suites, evoke a sense of sacred place and space with hand-woven floors fashioned from local black basalt, reclaimed teak and abaca furniture and traditional punai daybeds. Three signature suites – the two-story Puu Poa Ocean Loft Suite, Napali House Suite and Makana Penthouse — serve stunning ocean and majestic mountain views from private terraces.
“Hanalei Bay is the culmination of everything we’ve sought to achieve with the 1 Hotels brand,” said Barry Sternlicht, 1 Hotels’ Founder and Chairman. “What makes the opening of this property such a special moment for me is that my family and I vacationed in the area for decades. When I first visited, I found the existing hotel not in keeping with its natural landscape.
“I had a vision of creating an extraordinary resort that would combine the magic of a lush native landscape with the region’s rich culture and history.
Sternlicht continued: “We’ve brought that vision to life with a unique hospitality experience that pays tribute to these wonderful local traditions where nature is the CEO, where the building integrates with the boundless beauty of its surroundings, and all our guests can experience the wellness, soothing and healing properties of the extraordinary island of Kauai.”
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay features an 18 room Bamford Wellness Spa and will introduce the Vitahealth Medi Spa in May 2023.
For more information, see 1hotels.com/hanalei-bay