INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hotels are restoring spaces, adding amenities and keeping things green with recent upgrades and renovations. Here’s a look at the recent projects with beachy flair:
Caribe Hilton Reopens
Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. has reopened the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following a $150-million restoration. The 652-room resort was impaired for 20 months after damage from Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The renovation included all 652 guestrooms and public spaces, as well as upgrades to all building systems and building envelopes to better fortify the exterior against future storms. The resort’s fitness and spa building was also completely rebuilt and transformed, with oceanfront views from floor-to-ceiling glass windows, all-new fitness equipment and a spa. In addition, the resort’s 11 food and beverage outlets were renovated and transformed, and its 65,000 sq. ft. of meeting space was also renovated and modernized.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resorts Completes Transformation
The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has completed its $320-million transformation project. The new Lanai Tower has more than 100,000 sq. ft. of technologically integrated meeting and event space, five new culinary concepts, a 12,000-sq.-ft. entertainment center, reimagined historic Lanai Suites and the debut of the Paradise by Sirene experience, a curated escape exclusively for adults. The 94-room Paradise by Sirene experience gives guests exclusive access to the rooftop pool and sun deck, golf course access and spa treatments, as well as the full use of a personal beach butler and vacation planner.
Pacific View Inn Undergoes Eco-Friendly Renovation
Pacific View Inn, an independent hotel in La Jolla, CA, is undergoing a renovation with a focus on sustainability, both in the renovation and also in the future operation. Renovations are being done to the back rooms of the hotel, keeping the front, ocean-facing side available for guests. Utilizing recycled materials, such as recycled wood and laminate flooring, as well as installing energy-efficient plumbing fixtures, Pacific View Inn is transitioning into a boutique hotel with an eye to the environment. Low-flow toilets and shower heads that conserve water will be added to reduce water usage by future guests while providing no disruption in comfort. Once completed, Pacific View Inn will be reducing plastic waste with replenishable bath amenities.
Pacific Sands Beach Resorts Updates Suites in Tofino, B.C.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort has introduced its Lodge Suites. The transformation includes beachfront lodging, inspired by the surrounding Tofino landscape, and brings the resort’s total renovation from recent years up to $11.2 million. The recent renovation include replacements of all furnishings and the removal of walls to open and brighten living spaces. All Lodge Suites are situated close to the beach with patios overlooking the Pacific Ocean surf. The kitchens were also upgraded and remodeled with new appliances, along with new flooring. In addition, two signature suites were added to the second floor, each with private hot tubs.
Fiji Resort Completes Renovation
After a two-year renovation, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island has unveiled a $50-million revitalization of its 443 guestrooms and suites, exclusive adults-only wing, restaurants, family and leisure facilities, CHI, The Spa and more.