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Waikiki Beachcomber gets an Outrigger makeover

Apr 22. 2019
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By The Nation

After spending US$35 million on a massive makeover, the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger is boasting a fresh range of 498 contemporary Hawaii-inspired guestrooms, an all-new lobby, porte cochere, renewed pool deck and two meeting areas.

“With its thoughtful design, smart technology and bespoke art, the all-new Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger encapsulates the past, present and future of Waikiki,” said Jeff Wagoner, Outrigger Hospitality Group’s president and chief executive officer. 

“Outrigger’s legacy in Hawaii spans more than 70 years and this modernisation is the first of many more milestones in our renewed commitment to enhancing this special place for both locals and visitors alike.”

The modern, coastal decor is curated by SFA Design – a leading international luxury interior-design firm with a portfolio of high-end private residences and hospitality projects. Each room provides new in-room technology, including 55-inch flat-screen TVs with the ability to stream from mobile devices and use personal YouTube, Netflix and Hulu accounts as well as unique amenities like custom yukata-style bathrobe.

“SFA approached the Waikiki Beachcomber project by drawing inspiration from the beach, the sea, local tattoo artists and other Hawaiian elements that we were able to incorporate into the design to give it a fresh, light and authentic experience with a true sense of place,” said Rosie Feinburg, principal SFA Design.

An entirely new street presence re-interprets this iconic address as a contemporary Hawaii beach house, replete with driftwood cedar, sea glass tiles, native puka stone and basalt lava rock - all framed by a dramatically lush multi-storey green-wall.

The new lobby and public spaces are complete with the corridors, elevators and refreshed pool area with all-new furniture and an expanded infinity-style hot tub overlooking Kalakaua Avenue. 

This newly furbished property unveiled its alliance of extraordinary artisans called The Beachcomber Originals, who created and contributed personal artwork featured throughout the new hotel. From an extreme-surf photographer to a Hawaiian fibre artist and an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, the 12 artists collaborated with Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger to create a one-of-a-kind journey for guests, while sharing their personal inspiration and passion for the Hawaiian culture.

“Our goal in reinterpreting Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger was to evoke an authentic sense of aloha by using a fresh palette of warm, natural materials, and sun-splashed colours,” said David Rau, principal of Hart Howerton – the project’s architects from concept to completion that is renowned for its integrated approach and designing complete environments with innovative solutions. 

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