Hilton has revealed the new name for its first LXR Hotels & Resorts property in Hawaii – the former Trump International Waikiki – as Ka Laʻi Waikīkī Beach, LXR Hotels & Resorts.
The luxury property switched ownership in late 2023 after being acquired by Irongate. At the time, Hilton had said the 462-room hotel would rebrand as Wākea Waikiki Beach.
Now managed under Hilton’s LXR portfolio, the hotel enters a new chapter with world-class amenities, immersive destination-driven programming, and personalised service. It joins a stable of properties from Kyoto, Japan to Seychelles, Africa that celebrate the timeless pursuit of adventure through a new taste of luxury defined by bespoke service and curated local experiences.
Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach spans 38 stories and features impeccable residential-style guest rooms and suites; a state-of-the-art wellness facility; a 24-hour fitness centre; an infinity pool with an expansive sun deck; five indoor and outdoor venues and event spaces; two signature restaurants; a variety of beach services and amenities; and more. Next year, the property will embark on an interior architecture and design renovation led by the award-winning Bryan O’Sullivan Studio (BOS Studio).
“The debut of LXR Hotels & Resorts in Waikīkī Beach underscores our commitment to delivering world-class hospitality in the most coveted destinations. As the inaugural property in Hawaii for LXR Hotels & Resorts, Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach embodies the sophisticated and one-of-a-kind essence of our brand,” said Feisal Jaffer, Global Head, LXR Hotels & Resorts. “From the resort’s commitment to the local community and immersive cultural offerings for guests, to the property’s prime location in one of the most sought-after locations in the world, Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach represents the spirit of LXR Hotels & Resorts. We look forward to offering our guests a bespoke stay paired with exceptional service from check-in to check-out.”
Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach is set for a comprehensive interior architecture and design renovation ahead of the award-winning building’s 15th anniversary.
Scheduled to begin in early 2025 and planned in phases over several months, the renovation will encompass upgrades to guest rooms and suites, public areas, including lobbies, pool areas, spa, fitness centre, landscaping, and interiors. In addition, the property’s signature restaurants will be reconceptualised, and the destination restaurant on the ground floor will soon be home to an internationally acclaimed restaurateur and chef.
The design will seamlessly integrate elements such as stained glass laylights and traditional carving techniques resulting in a contemporary, understated yet refined setting that pays homage to the building’s rich history, nature, and local materials.