LXR Hotels & Resorts debuts in Hawaii

Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach marks Hilton luxury brand, LXR Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Oahu, redefining luxury hospitality in the heart of Waikīkī Beach…

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Nestled in the lively centre of Waikīkī, Honolulu, the 462-room hotel launches a new chapter for the prestigious brand with world-class amenities, immersive destination-driven programming and personalised service. Establishing a presence in Hawaii, Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach is owned by Irongate and managed by LXR Hotels & Resorts.

Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach derives its inspiration from its very name, symbolising a profound sense of contentment. This moniker encapsulates the earnest desire that, upon arriving at Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach, guests will immerse themselves in a culture of belonging, nurtured by the genuine kindness and aloha spirit of the hotel’s ‘ohana.

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Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach spans 38 stories and features impeccable residential-style guest rooms and suites; a state-of-the-art wellness facility; a 24-hour fitness centre; an infinity pool with an expansive sun deck; five indoor and outdoor venues and event spaces; two signature restaurants offering contemporary cuisine in addition to in-room dining and in-suite chef services; a variety of beach services and amenities; and a 24-hour business centre and library. Next year, the property will embark on an interior architecture and design renovation led by the award-winning Bryan O’Sullivan Studio (BOS Studio).

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“We’re thrilled to expand our portfolio in this fabulous and vibrant destination with the debut of Ka Laʻi Waikīkī Beach. Hawaii has played an important role in Hilton’s history ever since Conrad Hilton purchased one of our most renowned hotels, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, more than 60 years ago,” said Danny Hughes, President, Americas, Hilton. “We’re delighted to build upon Conrad’s vision and we look forward to offering our guests another incredible location to experience the best of Honolulu and Hawaiian culture.”

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“The debut of LXR Hotels & Resorts in Waikīkī Beach underscores our commitment to delivering world-class hospitality in the most coveted destinations. As the inaugural property in Hawaii, Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach embodies the sophisticated and one-of-a-kind essence of our brand,” said Feisal Jaffer, Global Head, LXR Hotels & Resorts. “From the resort’s commitment to the local community and immersive cultural offerings for guests, to the property’s prime location in one of the most sought-after locations in the world, Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach represents the spirit of the brand. We look forward to offering our guests a bespoke stay paired with exceptional service from check-in to check-out.”

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Envisioned by the Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach is set for a comprehensive interior architecture and design renovation ahead of the award-winning building’s 15th anniversary. Scheduled to begin in early 2025 and planned in phases over several months, the renovation will encompass upgrades to guest rooms and suites, public areas, including lobbies, pool areas, spa, fitness centre, landscaping and interiors. In addition, the property’s signature restaurants will be reconceptualised and the destination restaurant on the ground floor will soon be home to an internationally acclaimed restaurateur and chef.

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Rooted in its natural surroundings, the design will seamlessly integrate elements such as stained glass laylights and traditional carving techniques resulting in a contemporary, understated yet refined setting that pays homage to the building’s rich history, nature, and local materials. The ensemble is complemented by a bespoke furniture collection crafted specifically for Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach, along with updates aimed at modernizing the building systems. This transformative renovation is poised to have a profound and meaningful impact on the iconic Waikīkī property.

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