Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Gets a Transformation

Outrigger Reef Waikiki
Poolside rendering of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. (Photo courtesy of Outrigger.)

Outrigger Hospitality Group has announced a grand new project—the $80 million transformation of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, located directly on Waikiki Beach.

The renovation will transform the resort into a contemporary beachfront retreat, rooted in Hawaiian culture. With a focus on wellness, property upgrades will include upscale residential-style rooms and suites, poolside experiences, and a fully reimagined Kani Ka Pila Grille and stage—the home of Hawaiian music.

“As a premier beach resort brand, we charted a strategic course to enhance Outrigger’s current portfolio and deliver exceptional, authentic experiences for the global traveler,” said Jeff Wagoner, president and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group, in a press statement. “The $80 million investment at our flagship Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort infuses fresh energy and elegance into this iconic destination that was historically a place of healing and rejuvenation for Hawaiian royalty.”

Expansive resort grounds include three distinct accommodations: the Ocean Tower, the Pacific Tower, and the Diamond Head Tower—a 5-story oceanfront building that will be converted into 23 new, spacious rooms/deluxe suites, raising the key count to 658. A footpath called the Ae Kai, runs the length of the resort and connects the property.

Voyaging Legacy
Outrigger’s decades-long connection to the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), as well as the Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawaiiloa, is highlighted in the lobby with a 30-ft. mural—a double-hulled canoe, painted by PVS co-founder and Hawaiian historian, Herb Kane. His painting of Hokule‘a, the canoe that inspired millions when it sailed around the world using only signs from nature, also hangs in all guestrooms.

“The resort’s rich tradition of celebrating the voyaging canoe and way finding, everlasting symbols of exploration and courage, permeate brilliantly throughout the physical spaces and come to life in family friendly programming at the new cultural activities center—creating a uniquely authentic guest experience,” said Markus Krebs, the resort’s general manager, in a press statement.

A Grand Navigator Experience at the property links a collection of penthouse suites atop the Pacific Tower. Travelers can book a single suite or reserve the entire 18th floor. The property also has a few dozen larger rooms with three double beds, ideal for traveling families and friends.

Home of Hawaiian Music
Kani Ka Pila Grille, the full-service poolside dining venue, featuring nightly live Hawaiian music, has been expanded with a larger stage and additional open-air seating. Cyril Pahinui boasts a fresh menu and signature cocktails with locally sourced spirits.

Guests staying in club-level rooms and suites have access to the resort’s exclusive Voyager 47 Club Lounge. This oceanfront lounge offers gourmet bites and beverages, plus concierge service.

Commitment to Reef Conservation
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort remains committed to caring for coral reefs through Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) a global conservation initiative that provides enriching experiences for guests. Helping to eliminate plastic from the property, water stations have been installed on each floor for guests to refill the metal Outrigger water bottles provided at check in. The property is also a recipient of the Hawai‘i Green Business Program Award.

In addition, guests can travel safely as the property has implemented Outrigger’s Clean Commitment, an enhanced safety platform developed with Ecolab—the global leader in hospitality sanitation that incorporates state-of-the-art technology, cleaning products and procedures.

The transformed resort plans to welcome guests beginning late-April 2021. For more information, visit outrigger.com.

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