November 7, 2011 | By Collette Peck
By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY
The former Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort in Maui, which has sat vacant since mid-2007 and was once slated to become a St. Regis, is finally going to be renovated, Maui News reports.
Starting early next year, the resort – on a prime 16-acre beachfront lot – will be partly demolished and rebuilt, says the story.
When it does open, the hotel won’t have a Marriott brand name. It will open as one of Hyatt’s upscale Andaz locations, the story says.
No timeline for the hotel’s completion were given.
The Andaz will have a restaurant, pools, spa, bar and grill, gym and meeting space, Maui News reports.
It will join other Andaz locations in San Diego, New York (two locations), Los Angeles and London. Several others are under construction such as hotels in Amsterdam, Delhi and Sanya Sunny Bay, China.
Starwood’s proposal to turn it into a St. Regis hotel and condominium project died, and another plan under the Baccarat hotel name followed – but the financial crash led to its demise, too.