Did you know that if you make a request from a Hawaii Hotel it’s not always a sure thing that your request will be met?
On today’s show I cover all the in’s and out’s of how to make requests and how travel agents can give you a little bit of an edge in that department. We have great relationships with all the hotels and front desk staff, and while we can’t guaranteed any request, we can be very sure your wishes are being conveyed to the right person.
From bedding to amenities, making hotel requests should be part of your overall vacation planning.
Here’s some Hawaii Vacation news also covered on the show today.
Hawaiian Airlines Passenger Traffic Up from Last year
Hawaiian Airlines’ passenger traffic rose 4.1 percent in January from the year-earlier period as the state’s largest carrier added more flights. The airline transported 824,824 passengers last month compared with 792,009 a year ago. Its load factor, or the percentage of seats filled, rose 1.2 percentage points to 81.7 percent from 80.5 percent. Revenue passenger miles, or one paying passenger transported one mile, increased 6.9 percent to 1.15 million from 1.07 million. Available seat miles, or one seat transported one mile, rose 5.3 percent to 1.40 million from 1.33 million.
Waikiki’s Newest Luxury Accommodations
The 2,900-square-foot penthouse suite at the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel is the newest addition to luxe vacationing in Hawaii. the penthouse occupies the entire 11th floor of the Aston Waikiki Beachside, and according to Shari Chang, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Aston Hotels & Resorts, the layout now encompasses an area that once housed eight separate rooms.
With floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor lanai, it’s easy to see the unit’s unmistakable highlight: unobstructed, sweeping views of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific. The suite also has a gourmet kitchen featuring state-of-the-art appliances and granite countertops along with three bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite with his-and-her bathrooms and a Jacuzzi tub.
Maui’s Residences of Kapalua Bay Gets a Rebrand
Montage Hotels & Resorts took over management of the Residences at Kapalua Bay on Maui’s west coast last August, and work is now winding down on a multimillion-dollar renovation to the property. The company plans to reposition the property into a full-service, luxury resort.
‘It’s really for that client who wants something quieter and a little more authentic,’ said Janet White, Montage’s corporate director of leisure sales. ‘It’s not like other parts of the island where you see wall-to-wall-to-wall condos and hotels, [and] there is a lot of value because the units are so large.’
Each of the property’s two-, three- and four-bedroom suites face photogenic Kapalua Bay and include a large lanai, five-fixture bathrooms, gourmet kitchens and washers and dryers.
Whale-Watching on Maui
Tis the season for spectacular whale-watching, and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach has created the Whale Watching Experience package, valid through peak viewing season. Priced from $579 per night, double, the cost covers oceanfront accommodations, two nonalcoholic beverages daily via in-room dining, two tickets for a whale-watching catamaran trip, one pair of souvenir binoculars and an invitation to the weekly ‘A Whale’s Tale’ chat with a Maui Ocean Center marine naturalist. The package is valid through March 31.
Kauai’s Coco Palms Investors to Choose a Hotel Operator
The Honolulu investment group that has plans to restore the iconic Coco Palms Resort on Kauai to its original glory plans to select a “nationwide” hotel operator in two weeks, and start demolition and construction on the site as early as the third quarter of this year.
Coco Palms Hui, which is led by investors Chad Waters and Tyler Greene, gave a general update on the project to the Kapaa Business Association on Thursday. The plan is rebuild the resort with up to 390 units with a target date to reopen in late 2015 or early 2016.
Ala Moana Center’s Luxury Apartment Plan
The planned seven ultra-luxury condominium towers to be built on what is now a parking area of Ala Moana Center fronting Ala Moana Boulevard will include 215 units with 109 two-bedroom units, 65 three-bedroom units, 36 one-bedroom units and five five-bedroom penthouses.
The eight-story buildings, which will be 100 feet tall, range in size from 850-square-foot units to 6,000-square-foot units and will have 2.5 floors of commercial parking. No price ranges for the units were given for the project, which will be built adjacent to the Bloomingdale’s store under construction at Ala Moana Center. It is scheduled to start in mid-2014, with a completion date in 2016.