In the Press
Pacific Edge Magazine, November 2017
Leaders in Hospitality: Jonathan McManus, Founder of Hotel Wailea
What was the vision for Hotel Wailea when you reinvented the property as a luxury boutique hotel?
The vision was to do a soft opening to observe “who, what and how.” We discovered younger, adventurous couples loved the independent nature of the hotel and the fact that it’s sincere in its sense of place versus selling a particular brand experience.
How have these dynamics affected Hawai’i’s tourism industry in recent years?
I think there has been a shift in what has made Hawai’i a cool destination for the younger demographic. We have observed a young, affluent clientele who heavily value open space and privacy when booking a hotel. These luxury-focused guests are very in-room, design focused and prefer a gracious style of service with zero pretense. They don’t cook much at home and thus have deep restaurant experiences in their daily lives. The culinary adventure is an extremely important component in travel today, and that’s what we do at Hotel Wailea really well as Hawai’i’s only member of Relais & Châteaux. In fact, [Hotel Wailea] was awarded the distinguised designation of #1 Hawaii Hotel by Condé Nast Traveler [Reader’s Choice Awards]. Our team loves blazing this new trail for independent hotels in Hawai’i.
Pacific Edge Magazine, February 2017
Designer Marion Philpotts-Miller discusses her designs at Hotel Wailea
It is a story of organic reinvention and about turning big ideas into bigger moves. We worked with the Hotel Wailea team to turn a tired property that used to be a private Japanese club into a romantic getaway worthy of becoming Relais & Chateaux’s first Hawai‘i location. It’s become internationally recognized for its fresh and vibrant atmosphere and is a true destination for couples from around the world. There’s your Valentine’s Day idea for your significant other.
HI Luxury Magazine, January 2017
Private Label Collection’s Jonathan McManus is “Mr. Hospitality”
For hotelier Jonathan McManus, getting his Hotel Wailea designated by Relais & Châteaux is just one more chapter in his multifaceted life.
Jonathan McManus is successful enough for people to assume that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. after all, McManus is an owner at Hotel Wailea, the state’s only hotel and restaurant to carry the prestigious Relais & Châteaux designation – a vetting reserved for world’s best smaller, intimate properties. The property’s $20 million transformation from a Japanese-owned private club to a top Maui hotel has been lauded in publications from Vogue to Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, Esquire and the New York Times. It’s also been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, which proclaimed it one of the world’s most romantic hotels.