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Following a more than $100 million revamp that’s slated to be completed in late 2019, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will reopen on Hawaii’s Big Island as part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. New York-based design boutique Meyer Davis is redesigning the beachfront property’s public areas and guestrooms. Land planning and architecture firm Hart Howerton, which has offices in NY and San Francisco, will lead the renovation of the resort’s exteriors and oversee the refurbishment of the 32-acre property’s gardens and grounds. Project participants say that landscape update will focus on preserving the royal fishing ponds, native plants and other archeologically important features of the coastal site.

As part of the hotel redesign, the total number of keys will be reduced and suites offering panoramic coastal views will be added. The luxury bungalows with private pools will also be updated. A signature waterfront CanoeHouse restaurant will be added to the hotel’s F&B offerings and the existing Bay Terrace Restaurant will be reimagined as a three-meal restaurant with a bar. 

Outdoors, a new infinity-edge adult pool and lounge will be built with private cabanas and the resort’s family pool will be updated.

“We’re excited to elevate the great heritage of Mauna Lani with the Auberge sense of intimacy and a fresh contemporary aesthetic,” says Dan Friedkin, owner and chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection.

“Auberge Resorts Collection shares our vision for providing a style of luxury that resonates with guests on a personal level,” says Pat Fitzgerald, partner, DiamondHead Land, the resort’s owner and developer. “Auberge’s experience capturing the unique lifestyle of each destination and setting in a captivating way is what we sought for the transformation of Mauna Lani.”


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