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June 06, 2012

Trina Turk Designs a Cabana for St. Regis Princeville

By Marnie Hanel | Travel

Trina Turk Designs a Cabana for St. Regis Princeville
Courtesy The St. Regis Princeville Resort

Los Angeles–based fashion designer Trina Turk isn’t one for dallying. On a recent trip to St. Regis Princeville in Kaua’i, Hawaii, she and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, rented a Mini Cooper and took the island by storm, hiking the Na Pali Coast, paddleboarding in Hanalei Bay and popping into local dive bar Tahiti Nui for pupus and cocktails. Yet while the designer is perfectly capable of plotting an adventurous getaway, she can also create the perfect place to do nothing at all—evident in the new Trina Turk Cabana at the hotel.

The brilliant colors of Kaua’i—aqua (the ocean), greens (the verdant rainforest), citrus hues (the sunshine)—inspired Turk’s palette for the cabana, which is positioned between the hotel’s infinity pool and the beachfront. The spot beckons VIPs. (Jennifer Lopez lounged there when the project was in its early design phases; skateboard impresario Tony Hawk reserved it recently.) Two chaise loungers bedecked with cushions and throw pillows (gleaned from Turk’s indoor/outdoor furnishing line for Schumacher) festoon the tent with plucky prints. A ceiling fan hovers overhead, and the side tables hold iPads filled with Turk’s favorite novels by Dawn Powell and W. Somerset Maugham. Guests will find chilled champagne in the cabana’s mini-fridge, and the signature Trina Blue cocktail (fresh blueberries, Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka, Veev Acai Berry Liqueur, a lemon twist) is also on the menu.

St. Regis Hotels and Resorts has partnered with fashion designers in recent years to create unique interiors, such as the Dior Suite at St. Regis New York, but the cabana marks its first turn at taking the trend alfresco—and we can’t wait to see what comes next. “I’d love to see you in a loud print,” Turk once told a St. Regis staffer, spying her muted uniform. Maybe next year… $500 per day; 5520 Ka Haku Rd.; 808-826-9644; stregisprinceville.com.