Rosewood arrives in Hawaii at revitalised Kona Village

Highly anticipated Hawaiian hideaway celebrates the land’s storied past

Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii has opened this month, drawing inspiration from the unique nuances of the destination as well as the original property. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts was linked to the revitalised project in 2019.

Kona Village Resort, which first opened in the 1960s and subsequently shuttered in 2011 following a tsunami, has now returned to the island’s horizon after a seven-year redevelopment.

Suite, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort

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The revisioning of Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort was guided by Rosewood’s partner Kennedy Wilson, the innovative global real estate investment company renowned for its commitment to responsible and sustainable development on Hawaiʻi – over 80% of materials salvaged repurposed and brought back to the island as affordable building materials.

Across the 150 guest hale, which span from one to four bedrooms, the designers have created striking indoor-outdoor retreats that serve as an extension of the natural beauty found beyond their walls.

One of three distinctive schemes envelop each, dependent on where it sits on the site. In the agrarian South Village, hale are bathed in blues and yellows reflective of the nearby ocean waters and sandy shores. In the North Village, black and red tones have been implemented to pay homage to the surrounding lava fields and Mauna Kea volcano in the distance.

Hales by the lagoons are distinguished by darker wood tones and a palette of deep greens and teal blues, drawing from the striking colors of the natural brackish water and the plants and fish that call them home. Most accommodations feature a private lanai to encourage guests to enjoy as much time as possible in the open air.

Five guest hales are located just metres from the ocean cliffs. These accommodations exist on their original foundations—providing sweeping views of the Bay and direct access to the shore that few other accommodations offer today.

Built into the black lava flow and facing the island’s mountains with views toward the Hualālai volcano, Asaya® Spa at Kona Village features six treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite, a sauna, steam room, and sun deck complete with hot and cold plunge pools.

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