The Andaz in Maui, Hawaii is the latest from the Hyatt group for this newish brand that targets creative individuals whom like to feel like they are experiencing local culture in 5 star resort comfort. The Rockwell group designed the complete refurb and repositioning of this sophisticated 290 guest room and 7 villa property activated with textures and playful patterns to remind guests they are at the beach.
The entry pavilion, flanked by water, is a ceremonial gesture of passing through a portal to leave your regular life behind. Traditional island longhouses informed the interior of the lobby. Its centerpiece, under an oversize skylight, is the grouping of free-form furniture set in a bed of sand that gets artfully raked. As is becoming the trend, there is no reception desk and guests are checked in on Ipads.
The vertical screens are a unifying device throughout the resort as much as the casual bounder form lounges. The furniture is mixed enough to give personality without eclecticism diluting the theme. I love the relaxed elegance of Morimoto Maui Japanese Restaurant with its use of grey and twine on the low lounge style booth seats for two.
The rooms and suites have a relaxed and easy vibe of a well designed beach house, with just the right amount of texture and pattern. The casually placed and irregular formatted artwork gives the feel of a personal collection.
Images from Hyatt website and Pinterest
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