When is a suite not a suite? A visit to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii provides the answer.
Since opening for business in 1994, the 350-room resort on the island’s Kohala Coast has earned a number of accolades for its idyllic setting, luxurious accommodations and full array of services. Its premier room category, however, is hardly what you’d call a “suite.”
It’s so much more than that.
How many suites, after all, have their own driveway and porte cochere? How many suites offer their guests 8,000 square feet of space and their very own suite attendant? How many suites are adorned with $1 million of artwork and furnishings?
If anything, the Hapuna Suite can be considered a private luxury estate. It sits adjacent to the hotel but is completely separate, with its own pool deck overlooking Hapuna Beach (named “America’s Best Beach” by respected coastal expert Stephen Leatherman in 1993). The Hapuna Suite also includes four bedrooms with private baths and lanais; a full-service gourmet kitchen with Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances; an expansive living room, dining room and den; a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi; and much more.
Nightly rates for the Hapuna Suite begin at $5,500.
The Hapuna Beach Hotel shares nearly 1,840 acres of oceanfront real estate with its sister property, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The Hapuna Beach Prince is situated amidst a series of underground springs. In ancient Hawaii, these springs would bubble to the surface after periods of heavy rainfall, creating natural artesian fountains. The resulting springs provided weary travelers in the area a welcome source of respite and renewal along the otherwise dry Kohala Coast. The name “Hapuna” translates to “spring of life.”
The resort offers an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. It’s a links-style course that provides gorgeous views of the Kohala Coast, with snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano serving as a backdrop. Many observers regard the course as the most environmentally sensitive course in the Western region.