MAUI—Serenity now. Open since 1990, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea set on 15 acres of Wailea coastline was in need of a design pick-me-up in order to speak to the modern day traveler and further underscore the brand’s ethos of luxury and service. The resort—which underwent a makeover of its 383 rooms in 2007—was ready for a complete transformation, according to Erin Nichols, associate senior designer, Wimberly Interiors.
“With the design, we were inspired by the beauty of the location and natural landscape and wanted to create a fresh and modern room that was luxurious, comfortable and flexible to cater to the guest experience,” said Nichols. “Subtle, authentic design details were layered throughout the design to create a modern Hawaiian aesthetic. The updated room layouts were thoughtfully planned so that guests could lounge, dine and work in the space. We also wanted to utilize the space on the lanais to create a relaxed outdoor living room that was an extension of the guestroom.”
Beginning the re-imagination process in earnest, Wimberly Interiors launched discussions with teams at Four Seasons and MSD Capital, an investment company and owner of the resort. There was a local team in Honolulu to execute the guestroom design scheme and serve as Wimberly’s “feet on the ground” during the day-to-day installation.
“The guestrooms were last renovated in 2007, so when we began to re-envision the rooms in the beginning of 2015, it was time for a complete transformation,” said Nichols. “The goal was to redefine luxury and elevate the guest experience through the new room design. Within the two-year renovation, guestrooms and suites were transformed from floor to ceiling.”
To provide a respite after a day of sun and surf, the design team introduced a soft and neutral color palette into the rooms, layering in natural textures and patterns that subtly nod to the local aesthetic.
“Accent pops of deep blue are reflected in textiles, which were inspired by the views of the coastline. Furnishings were created with elegant, clean lines and lighting and technology are integrated into the millwork,” she said. “We envisioned bold and contemporary art in the guestroom, and Julie Cline [Julie Cline Fine Art Services] curated a sophisticated art collection with incredible regional influence.”
Ready for its encore, Wimberly is continuing its relationship with the resort and slated to work on additional projects later this year.