Starwood Hawai‘i Wins Gay Travel Award for Hotel Collection of the Year

March 2, 2017, 9:09 AM HST
* Updated March 2, 9:13 AM
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawai‘i has been named Hotel Collection of the Year by

The website, a trusted resource for LGBT travelers across the globe, said that Starwood Hawai‘i was recognized because the spirit of inclusiveness and aloha was evident across each and every one of its 11 Hawai‘i resorts, which were visited and experienced by the editors, gurus and travel experts.

A wedding at the Moana Surfrider.Waikiki . Photo Courtesy.

GayTravel Chief Visionary Officer Steve Rohrlick said, “There is no more deserving recipient of our hotel collection award than Starwood Hotels in Hawai‘i.  Each of its resorts possesses a unique personality while sharing an enticing blend of natural beauty along with a warm and accepting culture.”

Starwood Hawai‘i has supported and served the LGBT community for many decades. In addition, Starwood Hotels & Resorts offers a robust suite of digital products where travelers can research, plan, and book memorable, lifetime travel experiences.

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will open on April 15 in Kā‘anapali and will be the 12th Starwood property in Hawai‘i.


“We are thrilled to have been selected for this award as we always strive to do what is ‘pono,’ or right,” said Kelly Sanders, area general manager for Starwood Hotels in Hawai‘i.  “Welcoming our friends, brothers and sisters from around the world with open arms is truly what ‘aloha’ represents.”


According to Rohrlick, “The goal of the GayTravel Awards is two-fold: first, to recognize and showcase select inclusive travel-related companies and destinations that resonate with our discerning audience; and second, to inspire other companies and brands around the world to continually raise their service levels and amenities while encouraging a broad spirit of inclusiveness. Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawai‘i epitomizes these values.”

This was the first year the website has done a travel award. Click here to see the full list.

About the Gay Travel Awards:


The mission of the Gay Travel Awards is to recognize and promote select destinations and travel-related companies around the globe.  These distinguished organizations lead by example and help to inspire other companies and brands around the world to follow their spirit of inclusiveness as well as to constantly improve their amenities and service levels for the LGBT community.

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