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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Outta here

By Wanda A. Adams
Advertiser Travel Editor

Arthur Johnsen's "White Orchids".

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Mauiís Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

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The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has installed a new art collection with the aid of Honolulu's Design Studio. The art is meant to give visitors a strong sense of place, with such works as Aurthur Johnsen's "White Orchids," and "Misty Red Road" offering a glimpse of Island flora and fauna. Herb Kane's "Hokule'a" is also to be seen during an art stroll of the property, on 22 oceanfront acres in Keauhou near Kailua on the Big Island. www.starwoodhotels.com/hawaii.



Maui's Ritz-Carlton Kapalua will close July 2 through Dec. 15 for a $95 million renovation that will alter the look of the place substantially, abandoning the Ritz-Carlton's standard English country- house-style decor for a more Hawaiian look. "We want it to look as though you had stepped into the mind of a Hawaiian," said cultural specialist Clifford Nae'ole, who will preside over a new cultural education center when the hotel reopens.

All the rooms will be redone, and the public spaces will be redecorated with new artwork. The spa is being expanded and the restaurants will be freshened up. "It will be a brand-new hotel by the time we're done," Nae'ole said. Philpotts & Associates of Honolulu is handling design work.


The top spa destinations in the United States and Mexico, from Allure magazine:

1. The Ashram, Calabasas, Calif.

2. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, Calif.

3. Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Ariz.

4. Golden Door, Escondido, Calif.]

5. The Greenhouse Spa, Arlington, Texas

6. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas

7. Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, Conn.]

8. Miraval Spa & Resort, Tucson, Ariz.

9. Rancho La Puerta, Tecatem, Baja California, Mexico5

10. The Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah

Reach Wanda A. Adams at wadams@honoluluadvertiser.com.

Correction: Big Island artist Aurthur Johnsen's work is on view at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. Johnsen’s name was spelled incorrectly in a previous version of this story.