Experience the Suite Life

Indulge at Big Island’s luxe Hapuna Suite

You’re relaxing by the pool watching the sun set into the tropical Pacific; your personal butler is at hand with a cocktail and platter of hors d’oeuvres … it’s the suite life. The Hapuna Suite, to be exact.

The Hapuna Suite has been called one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets. And that’s exactly how its guests like it. When the rich and famous need a private hideaway in paradise, this is where they come.

Located on the grounds of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, this is more like a private estate than a traditional hotel suite. It exists in its own exclusive space where guests are cushioned from the outside world by gated entries and the staff’s discretion. Here they can relax in luxe surroundings while round-the-clock personal attendants cater to their every need.

The spacious, free-standing villa perches over the famous white sand of Hapuna Beach. There are panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean complete with golden sunsets and sightings of humpback whales during their season in the Islands.

With its million-dollar décor, the villa includes four bedrooms, each with its own private bath and lanai, a gourmet kitchen and a living room with ceiling-to-floor sliding doors that open onto the stone patio and infinity pool.

Before guests even arrive, staff are prepared to meet their every need, whether it be a particular pantry item or a special newspaper delivery. A limousine meets guests at the airport for the half-hour drive to the suite. On arrival, your personal butler is there to greet you with cool drinks and oshibori towels.

“The butler is there to assist our guests with anything they require,” says hotel spokeswoman Rose Hirata. “Whether it’s pouring your iced tea while you’re lounging by the pool, or preparing cocktails, or making reservations for spa services.”

They can also arrange all the details for excursions to the volcano or for helicopter tours, horseback rides, a round of golf or any of the other activities available on the sun-drenched coast. If you want to stay closer to home, you can enjoy an in-suite massage, or wander down your own private walkway to Hapuna Beach or to Turtle Point, a well-known snorkeling spot where the turtles are regulars along with other tropical Hawaiian fishes.

Continental breakfast is available every morning and hors d’oeuvres are served every evening. The hotel’s chef changes the menu daily but offerings could include grilled lamb chops, sushi and sashimi or a smoked salmon platter.

Personal chef service also is available, and Hirata says it’s common for guests to entertain with special dinner parties or barbecues on the patio.

Not surprisingly, the Hapuna Suite has its regulars. Famous romance novelist Danielle Steel once stayed there for a month. And one family comes most every December to celebrate Christmas.

“It’s the ultimate,” Hirata says, adding with a laugh, “I, for one, would not want to leave.”

The Hapuna Suite at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is available for $7,000 a night. For more information and reservations, contact rooms director Michelle Harrison at (808) 880-3312 or toll free 1-800-882-6060. www.princeresortshawaii.com/hapuna-suite.php

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