A hotel group taking over an existing resort is nothing new, but when Outrigger Hotels & Resorts took over management of the Kapalua Villas on Maui a few months ago, we took notice. The resort has been a hidden gem for years, and its Gold Villas (one pictured above) recently underwent some major refurbishments (think remodeled kitchens and baths and new granite counter tops).
Despite the renovations, we hear that Outrigger is not planning on making many big changes to the resort. Instead, the company will use its reach and distribution capabilities in sales and marketing to help promote the resort, while making small changes at the room level. (No specifics yet, but we have heard there would be new in-room amenities.)
The best rooms to book are the Kapalua Gold Villas—one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium units found in enclaves throughout the resort. (These suites stretch out up to 2,400 square feet.) Gold Oceanfront Villas come with panoramic views of the ocean and bay and the island of Moloka‘i, both from the inside and the lanai. Also, Kapalua Bay and Oneloa Bay beaches are only a short walk away.
Guests of the Kapalua Villas get some nice perks, like resort-wide charging privileges and on-demand shuttle service, preferred tee times on the golf courses, discounted golf rates and complimentary tennis.
Luxury travel advisors can contact Director of Sales Dina McCallion (email@example.com; 866-976-6138).