IHG to establish its first Hawaii luxury and lifestyle property

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is partnering with Kauai’s Coco Palms Resort, establishing the first location in Hawaii for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio.

Following a historically sensitive restoration of the iconic property, Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort, will once again become a tropical retreat for travelers and the Kauai community to explore all the experiences the destination has to offer. The transformed resort is anticipated to open in 2026.

“We are incredibly excited to establish our luxury and lifestyle presence in Hawaii with Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort,” said Leanne Harwood, SVP, managing director, luxury & lifestyle Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts. “Hawaii beckons travelers seeking both relaxation and discovery, and this wholly reimagined resort will welcome not only visitors but also the local community, with unique, culturally respectful experiences all within an inspiring boutique luxury setting. We’re pleased to partner with Reef Capital Partners, who is committed to being responsible stewards of this historic landmark.”

Located in the valley of Wailua along its shoreline, Coco Palms is owned by Reef Capital Partners and will be operated by Highgate. The resort was known as a premier destination during the golden era of Hollywood, with guests such as Elvis Presley, Rita Hayworth and Gene Autry. Its restoration is being guided by Native Hawaiian advisors within the local community to ensure guests are welcomed with an authentic, culturally rich experience. The restored landmark will comprise 350 accommodations spread across three low-rise hotel structures, as well as cottages.

In 1992, Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai and caused significant damage to the property, which has remained untouched and in a state of neglect, until now. Beyond preserving the historical and cultural integrity of the land, Coco Palms will also feature an onsite cultural center and museum honoring Kauai. As host to exhibits, lectures and activities of cultural significance, it will serve to educate both visitors and residents alike of the surrounding area’s native culture, rich history and flourishing artistic community.

“It’s a true privilege to bring the first Kimpton resort to Hawaii,” said Jon Day, CFO, Reef Capital Partners. “IHG shares our belief that the history and culture of this site, especially the pre-contact history, is what distinguishes Coco Palms from other properties and makes it such a magical place. They’re just as committed as we are to preserving its legacy and sharing it with the world. I can think of no better brand to fulfill this vision.”