July estimated for opening of Andaz Maui at Wailea

The 297-room Andaz Maui at Wailea is targeted to open in July, according to a spokeswoman with a public relations firm representing the hotel.

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations issued a news release Monday that announced the hotel’s opening “this summer,” but when asked to be more specific about the date, account executive Maggie Holmes said July was the best estimate because the project remains under construction.

“This summer will signify a new phase for Hyatt’s Andaz brand as it unveils Andaz Maui at Wailea, a resort reflective of and inspired by the destination of Maui, located on 15 pristine acres of southwestern coastline,” the news release says.

The first Andaz brand resort on Maui “will remain true to the signature brand elements that define Andaz hotels around the globe, including offering inspiring experiences that celebrate Maui’s rich, local culture,” the announcement says. “From the design features and superior service, to the stunning ocean views and relationships in the community, the Hawaiian spirit will be infused throughout the resort, inviting guests to arrive as vacationers and leave as ‘ohana,’ or family.”

Michael Stephens, Andaz Maui’s general manager, was quoted as saying: “Andaz Maui at Wailea bridges the character of Hawaii with the experiences travelers seek when they visit great destinations around the world-personalized, uncomplicated service and a rich understanding of the local neighborhood. . . . We look forward to expressing the gracious spirit of Hawaii and inviting guests to indulge in their own personal sense of comfort and style while creating their own inspiring experiences in Maui.”

Hotel features will include:

* A location next to Mokapu Beach and a 1.2-mile shoreline with access to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, golf courses and ocean activities.

* 297 guest rooms and suites, described as “thoughtfully appointed,” including seven “luxurious, three- to five-bedroom villas inspired by the fashion, art and music that influence today’s Hawaii.”

* Morimoto Maui, the resort’s signature restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a second full-service restaurant called Ka’ana Kitchen, two poolside venues and a 24-hour Hawaiian food, beverage and retail market.

* A spa entered via the Apothecary Lounge with a private pool, salon services, retail shop and fitness center.

* Amenities including cascading pools overlooking the ocean, poolside cabanas and a water activities center.

* More than 15,000 square feet for indoor and outdoor events, including weddings and other group events.

The resort maintains a commitment to sustainable practices, being the first Hawaii resort to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Architectural firm Rockwell Group designed the resort with features that reduce energy and water consumption, minimize waste and harmful emissions, and stress overall sustainable design.