Renew, Waikīkī’s original boutique hotel, has revealed a comprehensive redesign and rebrand centered around local wellness. Formerly known as “Hotel Renew,” the 72-room property has been reimagined for the lifestyle-conscious traveler with modern guest rooms, corridors, lobby and lobby bar, in addition to new amenities and experiences designed to connect guests to the local wellness community. Positioned at the eastern end of Waikīkī, steps from O’ahu’s famed Waikīkī Beach, Renew inspires guests to seek a deeper connection to Hawai’i in the Spirit of Aloha.
Renew tapped Honolulu’s The Vanguard Theory to lead the property’s redesign and rebrand, which features a mid-century minimalist meets tropical modern design. Inspired by the natural colors of Hawai’i’s beaches and the simplicity of a modern apothecary, the interiors welcome guests with an Earth tone palette of terra-cotta, rose quartz, ocean blues and sandy neutrals with sleek contrasts of black. The inviting spaces blend natural and refined materials, including custom-designed rattan furniture, American white oak paneling and deep lounge seating, creating a chic yet calming environment.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a chilled, lemongrass-scented towel and glass of iced pure Mamaki tea by Tea Chest Hawai’i, a local therapeutic herbal tea known for its healing and detoxifying qualities. The hotel’s new Wellness Concierge is on-hand to direct guests to the Island’s best wellness-minded restaurants, activities, shopping, parks and beaches that fulfill guests’ desire to observe the local culture while leaving a positive footprint on O’ahu. The Wellness Concierge can arrange activities through local philanthropic partner Travel2Change that offer the opportunity to give back to the Island, including a bicycle tour and beach cleanup, a kayak and snorkel excursion to restore Kāneʻohe Bay, and reviving a historical fishpond, among other off-the-beaten-path adventures. Renew also offers a weekly series of complimentary rejuvenating activities, including astrology readings, mini aromatherapy facials and beach yoga.
Renew’s revamped lobby and bar is designed as a place for guests to gather before and after embarking on their wellness journeys. Mornings begin at the coffee bar, reVitalize, with a barista creating craft coffee and tea drinks while guests have access to healthy items from the grab-and-go station, reFuel, featuring juices, remedy shots, overnight oats, wraps and fresh baked goods from local Bluetree Café. With the belief that holistic wellness includes taking care of the environment, Renew will eliminate use of single-use plastics throughout the property.
A new retail shop provides eco-friendly travel products and local mementos, including reef-safe Salt & Stone sunscreen and deodorant, local Oshan Essentials skincare, Hanalei Company beauty products, Mānoa chocolates, Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky and Renew branded merchandise. For guests planning to visit the beach, which is a one-minute walk from the hotel, the front desk provides chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gear and other beach essentials.
In the evening at the hotel’s bar, reFresh, craft cocktails are prepared with local spirits and ingredients, including God Save The Bees, made with Old Pali Road whiskey, local Mānoa Honey, angostura bitters and orange bitters, and Coconut Water Colada, made with Kula Organic Rum, Mahina Clement Coconut Liqueur, house-made fresh sour, pineapple cubes and coconut water. Before retreating for the night, guests may visit the lobby’s reLax Station to create miniature bags of local lavender to enhance sleep.
In the rooms, guests have access to Korres cosmetics, renowned for its ecological and natural products, as well as plush robes and comfortable linens. The redesigned rooms offer views of the ocean or city, and select rooms have private lanais. Workout kits, which include resistance bands, weights, ab rollers, mini Pilates balls, Perfect Pushup rotating handles and yoga mats, are available in-room by request. Peloton Bikes also will be available soon by request. Before departure, guests receive a small jar of Mānoa Honey as a gift from housekeeping to thank them for their stay and support of local businesses.
Renew is managed by OLS Hotels & Resorts, which operates five other properties in Hawai’i and is led by boutique hotel innovator Ben Rafter. Prior to joining OLS, Rafter and The Vanguard Theory were a part of the team that invented the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in 2016 as the first-ever retro, art-inspired boutique property in Hawai’i. Rafter and his Honolulu-based OLS team will continue expansion in Hawai’i by developing and managing the next generation of boutique properties.
To celebrate Renew’s redesign debut, guests can take advantage of the “Rediscover Renew” travel package, which includes 20% off the best flexible rates, $50 lobby credit (valid at the reVitalize coffee bar, reFuel grab-and-go, reFresh bar or retail shop), and two drinks from reFresh bar. The package requires a four-night minimum stay and is available to book from July 16 to Aug. 31, 2019 for stay dates from Sept. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Blackout dates apply. Book with promotion code RENEWREFRESH or click here.
For booking or more information, visit www.hotelrenew.com or call 808-687-7700.