Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Named To Travel + Leisure’s 2020 It List Of Best New Hotels

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Auberge’s First Resort in the Hawaiian Islands Recognized As One Of the Year’s Most Exciting Hotel Openings

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is pleased to announce its recognition within Travel + Leisure’s 2020 It List of the world’s best new and renovated resorts. Following the reimagination of the oceanfront Hawaiian resort which debuted in January 2020, the magazine’s prestigious list celebrates Mauna Lani’s return as one of Hawai’i’s most loved resorts, located on the Kohala coast of the Island of Hawai’i. A place of profound spiritual power and rejuvenation, Mauna Lani’s rebirth celebrates the rich cultural history of Hawai’i through thoughtful design and meaningful experiences woven through every touchpoint of the resort.

The 15th annual list as determined by Travel + Leisure editors, is the culmination of months of research on hundreds of new and renovated hotels around the world. The It List is featured in the March issue and available online at

“On behalf of our team, we are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the best hotel openings of 2020,” said Vice President and General Manager Sanjiv Hulugalle. “Mauna Lani has been a beloved resort in Hawai’i for over three decades and this recognition is a testament to the heart and soul our entire team has poured into this next chapter. Mauna Lani remains a place that celebrates the people of Hawai’i, and we are excited to reignite that curiosity and discovery for years to come.”

Nestled on sacred shores lined with tropical gardens, warm-water beaches and natural lava plains, Mauna Lani offers an unrivaled resort experience, raising the bar for luxury in Hawai’i. Five private bungalows and 334 guest rooms and suites set the stage for transformative experiences while activity at the resort radiates out from the Hālau, a central meeting place and the cultural heart of Mauna Lani. Guests pass through this vibrant nexus on their way to the beach, three pools, or one of the resort’s five extraordinary restaurants and lounges.

In addition to a signature spa and two top-ranked golf courses, Mauna Lani offers guests unparalleled opportunities to engage with Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural treasures. The programs offered at the Kainalu Sports, Hale ‘I‘ike Cultural Center, and Holoholo Kids Crew are sophisticated and enriching. Whatever adventure guests seek to tick off their bucket lists, the passionate team at Mauna Lani can help them manifest it. Just about anything is possible here, from snorkeling among colorful coral to stargazing atop the snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea.

“We are thrilled Mauna Lani has been named to the highly selective It List by the trusted and discerning editors of Travel + Leisure,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “The first Auberge resort in Hawai’i is an important milestone for our brand and we have been delighted by the incredible guest response to the opening, and now, by this wonderful honor from Travel + Leisure.”

In celebration of Mauna Lani’s opening, the resort invites travelers to be among the first to experience the reimagined property and discover an incarnation of ancient wisdom and modern luxury. To commemorate the opening, the resort is extending the Mauna Lani Journeys offer, which includes a $1,000 USD resort credit that can be applied to resort experiences, dining, spa and golf. To learn more or book your home-away-from-home, please visit

Eagerly anticipated each year, Travel + Leisure’s It List is the preeminent guide to the world’s best new and renovated hotels. The 2020 list is published in the magazine’s March issue and available online at

About Auberge Resorts Collection
Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 19 hotels and resorts across three continents, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts and #AlwaysAuberge.

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
Situated on sacred land marked by royal fishponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens and alluring beaches, Mauna Lani – meaning “mountain reaching heaven,” is an inspiring spiritual haven that captures a distinct sense of place deeply rooted in rich cultural traditions. The all-new luxury lifestyle resort from Auberge Resorts Collection defines a new era of experiential luxury on the Island of Hawaii following a resort-wide re-imagination and renovation which debuted in January 2020. Nowhere in the Hawaiian archipelago is the land more powerful, sacred or alive than this storied and natural place of wonder. Guests are wowed by the transformational experiences, enriching cultural immersion, unrivalled amenities and curated moments. The resort boasts contemporary guest rooms and suites, five private bungalow residences, five extraordinary restaurants and lounges, three distinct pools, a signature spa and wellness haven, Kainalu active pursuits program, Living Culture program and an interactive Holoholo Kids Circle – all complemented by Auberge’s intuitive and gracious service.

About The Friedkin Group
The Friedkin Group is a privately held consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Expeditions. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit

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