California-based Indidesign has transformed more than 100,000ft² of abandoned, gutted space in Waikiki, Hawaii, into a lush, urban resort.
Firm principal, Beatrice Girelli, established a new aesthetic for Hilton Grand Vacations’ island properties – adding an edge that pays homage to traditional Hawaiian design without becoming kitschy or stereotypical in its decor.
Unlike so many of Hokulani’s Waikiki counterparts, which have direct waterfront access, this property is perched above a shopping promenade; an obstacle the designers approached by refocusing the guests’ attention on intricate and custom designs.
Since the entrance sits directly off a public escalator, the designers immediately differentiated the space with a tiered ceiling vestibule lined with a water wall, rough stone surfaces, and fire boxes. Customised lighting sets the mood with purple, blue and orange hues, leading guests to a real ‘private club’ where they can leave the high energy of Waikiki’s outdoor shopping mall behind.
Reclaimed driftwood doors open to the 12,000ft² lobby, which is dominated by architectural materials. Natural walnut and grey basalt are complemented by steel blue, yellow, and orange tones. Indidesign incorporated custom features throughout the space, including graphics found on the layered glass anchored behind the front desk and a curated selection of fabrics.
The lobby flows seamlessly into an outdoor terrace, where a long, custom sculptural bench serves as a barrier between the two spaces. The terrace is essentially flooded by raised waterfalls and pools that sit above the seating lanai. A ‘grab ‘n go’ food and beverage area completes the serene space, making it a true retreat from the outside world.
The 143 guest suites are each equipped with a full, custom-designed kitchenette. The guest suites follow a similar colour and material palette showcased in the public spaces, where rich woods mingle with bright textiles. Other customised touches can be found throughout, including the area rug designs, kitchen murals, shower and bathroom mirrors, textured carvings on the doors, integrated casegood lighting, and seating including sofas and dining chairs.
The property’s rooftop pool is a rarity in Waikiki, and a space designed as if it were indoors. Custom chaise-longues are convertible, allowing for two varying layouts. By day, guests are invited to lay out and relax on lounge chairs. By night, custom steel-blue covers and a clever cushion system transforms the seating into settees and daybeds.
Accent lighting, including laser cut steel planters with lighting concealed underneath further transforms the rooftop pool into an after-dark retreat.
The result of Indidesign’s thoughtfully tailored work is a striking urban oasis, bringing Hawaii vacation ownership properties into a new paradigm of individualistic and styled design.