Kimpton to partner with revival of Kauai’s Coco Palms

IHG Hotels & Resorts' luxury, lifestyle division to enter Hawaii

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is partnering with Kauai’s landmark Coco Palms Resort, establishing the first location in Hawaii for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ fast-growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio. Following a historically sensitive restoration of the iconic property, Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort, will once again become an inspiring tropical retreat for travellers.

Set amidst breathtaking natural surroundings in the verdant valley of Wailua along its magnificent shoreline, Coco Palms is owned by Reef Capital Partners and will be operated by Highgate. The resort was known as a premier destination during the golden era of Hollywood, with renowned guests such as Elvis Presley, Rita Hayworth and Gene Autry. Its meticulous restoration is being guided by Native Hawaiian advisors within the local community to ensure guests are welcomed with an authentic, culturally rich experience.

The restored landmark will be comprised of 350 accommodations spread across three low-rise hotel structures as well as cottages.

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Complementing the stay experience will be an array of amenities designed for travellers to relax and unwind or fuel their curiosity. With access to the resort’s 15-acre coconut grove, guests can enjoy everything from meditation and movie nights to wedding ceremonies and more. Those seeking a moment of calm can let stresses melt away at the onsite spa or take a dip in one of the resort’s three outdoor swimming pools. Unique restaurant and bar concepts will include a rooftop bar, a pool bar as well as a restored shoreline restaurant.

Leanne Harwood, SVP, Managing Director for Luxury & Lifestyle Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are incredibly excited to establish our luxury and lifestyle presence in Hawaii with Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort. Hawaii beckons travellers seeking both relaxation and discovery, and this wholly reimagined resort will welcome not only visitors, but also the local community, with unique, culturally respectful experiences all within an inspiring boutique luxury setting.

“We’re pleased to partner with Reef Capital Partners, who is committed to being responsible stewards of this historic landmark.”

In 1992, Hurricane ‘Iniki struck Kaua‘i and caused significant damage to the famed property, which has remained untouched and in a state of neglect, until now. Beyond preserving the historical and cultural integrity of the land, Coco Palms will also feature an onsite cultural centre and museum honouring Kaua‘i. As host to exhibits, lectures and activities of cultural significance, it will serve to educate both visitors and residents alike of the surrounding area’s native culture, rich history and flourishing artistic community.

When it opens, Coco Palms will represent the west coast resort flagship for Kimpton in the Americas.

The transformed resort is anticipated to open in 2026.

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