New Zagat Hawaii Guide Features the Islands’ Best Places to Eat, Drink, Stay and Play
Statewide Winners Include Alan Wong’s (
Feeling the Pinch: When asked what effect the weakening economy has had on their dining habits, 34% of surveyors report eating out less, 36% say they eat at less expensive places, and 40% are being more sensitive to menu prices. Roughly 34% are cutting back on appetizers, desserts, and alcohol.
“No industry, including the hospitality industry, is immune to the current economic crisis, said
Dollars and Cents: According to the survey, the average cost of a meal in
Keep It Local: On par with national trends, 62% of surveyors say they are willing to spend more for sustainably raised ingredients, while 48% say it’s important that the food they eat be locally grown or raised. Happily, most of the islands’ restaurants focus on farm-to-table fare using area produce and fresh fish.
Service: When asked what irritates them most, 77% of surveyors cite poor service. Complaints about food, prices, noise, crowding and parking cumulatively only amount to 23%. Two restaurants that were voted No. 1 for Service on their respective islands, the Big Island’s Pahu i’a and Maui’s Ferraro’s, both happen to be in Four Seasons resorts.
Top Hotels and Resorts: With an overall score of 28 out of 30, the Big Island Four Seasons was voted Hawaii’s Top Hotel. Following closely behind is another Four Seasons, in
They Like The Nightlife: Hawaii’s night owls spend an average of
Natural Beauties: Not surprisingly, beaches are a favorite aspect of the islands according to 60% of respondents. Some 57% of surveyors say the natural landscape is what they love the most about
Name Brand Bonanza: A wave of retail has washed over
FORE! : Golfers tip their visors to Maui’s Kapalua Plantation, naming the site of the 2009 PGA Tour season opener Hawaii’s Top Course. Meanwhile, duffers look forward to several re-openings in the coming year, including the reworking of two
The Guide in Detail: Ratings and reviews of Hawaii’s restaurants, hotels, nightspots, attractions, and shops can be found in the new guidebook as well as online at ZAGAT.com and via the award-winning mobile website, ZAGAT.mobi. The guide also breaks out venues by neighborhood and special features (including Noteworthy Newcomers, People Watching, Teen Appeal and Views) and includes maps of each island. The 2009 Hawaii Travel guide
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