In Keeping with the Times: “Right-Sizing” at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa was the first hotel built at Waikoloa Beach Resort. When it opened in 1981 as the Sheraton Royal Waikoloan — the same year the Beach Golf Course opened — it signaled the beginnings of the grand master plan that would play out at Waikoloa over the ensuing four decades. The 555-room hotel, with frontage right along the beach at Anaeho`omalu Bay, was managed by Sheraton back then, operating jointly with local company Royal Resorts. It has always been hailed as a welcoming place as much for locals as for visitors, and prided itself on being more relaxed than some of the other resorts along the Kohala Coast. In June 1999, the Royal Waikoloan closed for a $25 million renovation, and when it reopened in October, it was called the Outrigger Waikoloa Beach. In 2002, Outrigger signed a franchise agreement with Marriott, rebranding the Outrigger Waikoloa Beach as the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. In 2006, the Mandara Spa was added, and the property was renamed Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.