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September 20, 2009

The Princeville Resort Becomes the First St. Regis in Hawai‘i

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The St. Regis Princeville Resort marks the legendary brand’s first resort in Hawai‘i and introduces an unparalleled level of sophistication and serene luxury to one of the most remarkable destinations in the world. Opening October 1, 2009, following a multi-million dollar renovation, this treasured resort has been transformed into an elegant reflection of its island home, paying homage to the land and culture. The exclusive resort will introduce the pre-eminent services and amenities of the iconic St. Regis brand, including The St. Regis Butler service, the new Halele‘a Spa and the introduction of Kaua‘i Grill, a signature restaurant by world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

“We are proud to debut The St. Regis brand in Hawai‘i with the opening of The St. Regis Princeville Resort, featuring the iconic luxury, unmatched privilege and bespoke services for which the St. Regis brand is renowned,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Resorts.

“Truly one of the world’s most desirable destinations, Hawai‘i is rich in culture and heritage and offers our discerning global guests an exotic array of world-class cuisine, art and stunning natural surroundings.”

The St. Regis Princeville’s design brings a residential feel to the interiors and reflects Hawai‘i’s natural surroundings, the sea, sky and earth. The hotel’s transformation is guided by the Hawaiian concept of the Ahupua‘a, a philosophy of living in balance with nature. Formerly a part of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection, the resort has been re-envisioned to accentuate a sense of relaxed yet refined island luxury and timeless beauty.

The resort will unveil 252 renovated guest rooms, including 51 premium ocean view suites. The Piko grand lobby will be distinguished by a dramatic point of entry: a coffered ceiling of natural woven matting, native dark wood floors and soaring glass panels open to the sea and the beautiful sunsets of Mt. Makana, known as “Bali Hai.” The freshest seasonal ingredients and locally inspired fare will define the hotel’s dining experiences. Four distinctive dining venues will be offered employing ingredients farmed or produced on Kaua‘i. The restaurant décor will evoke Hawai‘i’s luminous color palette with a contemporary interpretation of island motifs.

The 10,000 square foot Halele‘a (House of Joy) Spa at the St. Regis Princeville Resort is a masterpiece of style and refinement. Every Halele’a Spa guest is attended to by a qualified wellness consultant who designs individualized spa programs for body and mind inspired by Native Hawaiian healing rituals.

“Princeville’s majestic beauty and distinguished history have made it a beloved destination for generations of travelers,” said Milton Sgarbi, General Manager of The St. Regis Princeville Resort. “The St. Regis Princeville was created for those seeking a refuge of supreme luxury and exceptional comfort; it is a place you will never want to leave.”

The St. Regis Princeville’s newly transformed meeting salons, boasting 12,000 square feet of space plus an outdoor event lawn, will offer a dynamic setting with the latest in computer and audio visual technology. The resort’s stunning location also provides a magnificent backdrop to bespoke wedding experiences, a hallmark of this ocean side retreat.

Among the resort’s signature features will be a unique infinity pool situated on the ocean overlooking beautiful Hanalei Bay. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, naturally defined stonework and striking water features reflecting Hawai‘i’s tropical outdoor lifestyle, the pool deck will also feature a restaurant and beach bar. For those in pursuit of sport and recreation, guests can experience Princeville’s two premiere 18- hole golf courses; the Prince and Makai designed by Robert Trent Jones, II. The championship Makai Course is also undergoing a major renovation to be completed in Fall 2009.The St. Regis Princeville’s Young Guest Program will also cater to families with a private club boasting an array of Hawaiian cultural activities and adventures.

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To achieve the overall design vision, St. Regis partnered with celebrated residential designer David Easton, hotel design firm WATG and local Hawaiian architecture firm Group 70.

The St. Regis Princeville is steeped in grand Hawaiian heritage built on legendary grounds beside the emerald green Hanalei Valley and overlooking the awe inspiring Napali Coast. The area was named the “City of the Prince” after a royal visit by Hawai‘i’s Prince Albert, son of King Kamehameha IV in 1860. Princeville’s breathtaking natural setting has made the area among the premiere destinations in the world. The resort is surrounded by five majestic mountains, a patchwork of taro farms, a wildlife refuge, equestrian paths and hiking trails, ancient sea caves and lagoons.

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