Shelved Wailea Resort to be Branded Andaz in 2012

Shelved Wailea Resort to be Branded Andaz in 2012

It’s official—supposably. The cob-webbed Wailea Renaissance hotel on Maui is now slated to be a Hyatt-branded Andaz hotel after $90 million in renovations and two years. The property, which is currently owned by Starwood Capital, was previously scheduled to be a Baccarat Resort, before the downturn in economy forced a pull-out. Starwood Capital, it should be noted, is headed by Barry Sternlicht, a former head of Starwood Hotels who helped launch and bring to success that company's W Hotel brand. It's no secret that the Andaz chain is meant to compete with W in urban-chic boutique hotel markets.

The Andaz Wailea Resort and Residences will feature 255 rooms, 35 suites and six four-bedroom villas.

Oahu has seen recent success with boutique-ification of the Waikiki Parc, Hotel Renew, and the Ian Schraeger-Marriott debut of the Edition Waikiki brand. On everyone’s mind is whether or not the beachy, laid back Maui vibe will jive with a product that seems far more geared towards urban travelers seeking the same.

Looks like we’ll have to wait a few years to see. Stay tuned.

On everyone’s mind is whether or not the beachy, laid back Maui vibe will jive with a product that seems far more geared towards urban travelers seeking the same.