Halekulani & Vera Wang Define A New Standard
of Guest Experience
HONOLULU - June 16, 2005 -- Halekulani, one of the finest and most acclaimed
luxury resorts globally, has partnered with the equally distinguished and
renowned designer Vera Wang to create the world's most romantic luxury
suite. The suite was unveiled by Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer
of Halekulani Corporation.
Ms. Wang created the design for the one-of-a-kind luxury suite at the
adored hotel. The exceptional 2,135-square-foot Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani
sets a new standard in modern elegance by uniting the superb taste and
design sensibility of the esteemed designer with the iconic aesthetic and
consummate service standards of Halekulani. Ms. Wang personally selected
every element in this suite, chosen from her own licensed collections or
unique items selected during her global travels.
"The opening of this suite represents the consummation of an exciting relationship
that will not only solidify our leadership as an innovative luxury hotel,
but creates an unparalleled experience for our guests," said Mr. Shaindlin.
"Both Halekulani and Vera Wang are respected leaders in their industries
and this ongoing partnership represents the best of these iconic brands."
"The opportunity to work with Halekulani was a chance to collaborate
with the best. As in fashion, a luxury resort creates an aesthetic and
emotional experience. This is what I wanted to capture," said Ms. Wang,
who has designed more than 20 homes for her family and closest friends.
"Having traveled all over the world, staying at the most exclusive hotels,
resorts and spas, I have a very clear vision of what the ultimate luxury
suite should be, both from a design as well as an experiential perspective.
Halekulani has given me a wonderful opportunity to express this vision.
I am also extremely excited that, for the first time, a selection of my
furnishings and accessories will be featured in the suite."
This wistful hideaway embodies a new "romantic modern" genre that captures,
conveys and complements the spirit of comfort, romance and sensuality.
Perfect for memorable experiences and the most special of occasions, including
weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries or romantic getaways, the 2,135-square-foot
suite features the following:
Entryway: Upon entering the Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani, guests are whisked
away from the everyday into a state of romantic bliss upon seeing the majestic
ocean view and a statue of Quan Yin - the feminine incarnation of Buddha
who is intended to welcome travelers at the gate and transform the experience
from travel to serenity. Soft white cloth walls and a solid Wenge floor
give this entrance a chic, tropical undertone while setting the stage for
a relaxing retreat.
Dining Room: An inspiring synthesis of pastoral and modern points of view,
the dining room sets the mood for intimate candlelit dinners where couples
can enjoy the finest champagnes and culinary seductions on a dark wood
Wenge table surrounded by natural cane backed dining chairs. When enjoying
en suite dining the table is set with Vera Wang china - Champagne Duchesse
for lunch and Blanc Sur Blanc for dinner - as well as crystal and silver
selected from the Vera Wang Home collection.
Living Room: Set in natural wood tones and highlighted by saturated tropical
colors, the room features comfortable deep sofas in Ms Wang's signature
lavender. Bamboo formed chairs with cane sides are nestled among an eclectic
mix of modern and ancient objects from around the world. Inspired by scientific
drawings of coral, the accent pillows add bright and patterned punctuation
to the room's calm palette. A 19th Century Chinese writing desk offers
space for writing love letters or chronicling your honeymoon or romantic
retreat overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific, while an antique
Asian moon screen defines the space.
Bedroom: Defined by its unique mix of sophisticated fabric textures and
warm neutral tones, this inviting area encourages couples to leave their
inhibitions behind. The king-sized bed is accented by a luxe mix of embroidered
pillows designed to have the same details that Vera Wang is known for in
her gowns and is flanked by side tables made from rare and precious palm
wood and shagreen. A mirror above the bed echoing the glamour of Hollywood's
golden age reflects the grandeur of a Hawaiian sunrise.
TV Lounge: This unique lounge, which features a 50" Sony plasma television
built into the wall, is the ultimate room for state-of-the-art entertainment.
Perfect for snuggling with a loved one, the room centers on a plush blue
chaise lounge and decorative pillows incorporating fabrics from the Vera
Wang ready-to-wear collection: the designer's personal touch to the space.
Here you'll also find a DVD collection of some of Vera Wang's favorite
movies, including "The King And I", "Love Story", "My Big Fat Greek Wedding",
"Lost In Translation," and "Love Actually."
Bathroom: For intimate moments alone, or better, together, this room carefully
layers similar materials to create the unexpected. There is a mirrored
antique dressing table, twin vanities, and a natural limestone floor. Couples
looking to luxuriate in the TOTO Clayton airbath, featuring a deep bathing
well accentuated with a chrome plated solid brass grab bar and 16 individual
air jets creating an unparalleled bathing experience when combined with
the exclusive signature aromatherapy program and SpaHalekulani's personal
Lanai: Breathtaking in its splendor, this 642-square-foot oceanfront lanai
overlooks Waikiki beach, the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head. Couples can't
help falling under Eros' spell as views of one of the most romantic places
on earth mingle with a starlit sky, setting the perfect atmosphere for
amour. During the day it's the perfect place for private relaxation and
recreation under the tropical sun. In the evening hours, this is the idyllic
location to have a leisurely dinner for two.
Guests of the Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani will enjoy dedicated formal
24-hour butler service catering to their every whim. From an epicurean
perspective, arriving guests receive a complimentary bottle of Billecart-Salmon
Rose Champagne as well as special gastronomic delights based upon the guests'
tastes and arrival time. Some items include: Lobster/Crab salad Quenelles
topped with Ostera Caviar, Salmon and Ahi Tartar, Foie Gras with Apricot
and Mini Lobster Soup and La Mer Chocolates.
Suite Technology: Aside from being the preeminent lover's paradise, technophiles
will find their own version of ecstatic bliss with cutting edge audio-video
equipment. Halekulani has negotiated with Sony Corporation of Japan to
fill the room with electronic comforts that include items not available
anywhere in the United States, such as a 12.1" wireless TV featuring an
on screen keyboard for e-mail and web browsing, a DVD Wireless Audio Dream
System with a five-disc DVD/SACD/CD changer, digital sound and a six-speaker-surround-sound
system. Guests will also surf the Internet seamlessly with access to the
hotel's high-speed Wi-Fi system.
In addition, world-renowned mixologist and Halekulani's Director of
Beverage Arts, Dale DeGroff, has created a unique cocktail menu especially
for guests of the Vera Wang Suite, which are prepared and served en suite.
Mr. DeGroff has created such libations as Kiss of Venus, Aphrodite's Poison
and Cupid's Arrow, which will only be offered in the Vera Wang Suite at
The rate for the Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani is $4,000 per night and
$5,500 per night to include an adjoining one-bedroom suite.
Consistently ranked among the world's best hotels, Halekulani is a
member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and Okura Hotels & Resorts.
Halekulani is managed by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand
management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which
also manages Waikiki Parc Hotel.
About Vera Wang:
Vera Wang Bridal House Ltd. designs, markets and distributes collections
of women's bridal, maids and ready-to-wear apparel under the Vera Wang