Hilton returns to Coconut Coast

The Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort completed its $18 million transformation to the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort Friday with a blessing and ceremony.

The hotel also honored 42 employees who have been with the hotel since its opening in 1986.

The rebranding comes on the hotel’s 20th anniversary and brings the former Radisson Kauai Beach Resort, located on 25 acres of the island’s Coconut Coast, back under its original Hilton flag.

Madeline Espinosa, assistant housekeeper and one of the 20-year employees, said she welcomed the change.

“I always like the Hilton amenities,” she said.

The resort features 350 condominium hotel units, cascading waterfalls and rockscapes surrounding four swimming pools, an on-site spa, upscale dining options and complete meeting facilities. Just five minutes from airport, the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort operated by Anekona Management LLC under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation. The property is managed by Anekona Management.

“Hilton believes that travel should be relaxing and invigorating, and few places in the world are better suited to achieving these aims than the island of Kaua‘i,” Jeff Diskin, senior vice president of Hilton Brand Management, said in a release.

The five-story property has undergone an extensive renovation of its guest rooms, lobby, dining facilities and meeting space. The plantation-style décor creates an open, airy atmosphere while reflecting Kaua‘i’s agricultural heritage. The resort’s pool complex features three pools and two whirlpool spas surrounded by tropical landscaping, lush grottoes and numerous waterfalls, including a 12-foot cascade into the main pool. A fourth beach-front, sand-bottom pool features a 90-foot flume and lava tube water slide.

Each guest room has a private lanai, local Hawaiian coffee blend, MP3 alarm clocks and large work stations with an ergonomic chair and wireless high-speed Internet access.

There’s also a 24-hour self-service business center.

Naupaka Terrace, the Driftwood Bar & Grille, Shutters Lounge and the Island Marketplace serve up a variety of meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day.

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