Hawaiian resort debuts reimagined guest accommodations
Global interior architectural design firm Wilson Associates learned to speak the Hawaiian language of beauty when seeking design inspiration for a new and refreshing guest experience at Montage Kapalua Bay. This 24-acre Maui resort has unveiled the newly renovated rooms—deriving decor inspiration from the meaning behind Ahupua’a.
Wilson Associates’ Dallas studio recreated the luxurious one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations to honor Montage Kapalua Bay’s existing architecture and mirror the concept behind the resort’s signature restaurant—Cane & Canoe. The comfortable and communal atmosphere at the restaurant echoes idyllic island life with features including the rich wood scrollwork, woven textures, and vibrant floral motifs have extended to the residential-style accommodation.
“Our goal was to create a neutral palette with little saturated colours throughout that wouldn’t distract guests from the beauty of Montage Kapalua Bay’s natural surroundings,” said Liz Dauwe, Associate Design Director of Wilson Associates. “There is so much colour around the islands; the canvas of artwork is truly the landscape you see just beyond the interior walls.”
References to Hawaii and Maui are subtly layered within the design palette:
- Each accommodation features Koa wood, an endemic wood to the islands with red tones.
- The deep, natural colour of the flooring is balanced with accents of taupe, beige, and whites, representative of the sand, shells, and colour of nature.
- All accommodations feature custom-made throw pillows with island-inspired floral prints and coloured fabrics.
Additionally, the rooms are finished with contemporary chandeliers and custom artwork by local artisans, providing guests with an elegant and localised environment. Subtle touches such as private lanais with a pūne’e, a traditional Hawaiian daybed encourages guests to relax and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and connect with the energy of the land and the Pacific Ocean.