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Aqua Hotels in Hawaii
Aqua Hotels and Resorts was founded in 2001, making it one of Hawaii's newest hotel management companies. In the beginning, Aqua emphasized its low prices, but later they went through a period during which they targeted a more upscale visitor. At that time they had a hotel category called "Aqua Elite" that included the elegantly decorated Renew Hotel. Today Aqua no longer has an elite hotel category, but they still have properties that will interest a wide range of Hawaii visitors from budget travelers, to families, to those looking for moderately priced hotels with extra amenities such as spas, ocean views, and on-site restaurants. Aqua is one of the Aqua Aston Hospitality hotel brands.
A history of Aqua Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii since the company was founded in 2001.
2009 Aqua Hotel News
ADDED IN 2009
KAUAI BEACH RESORT: In July of 2009 Aqua Hotels and Resorts took over managing the 350 room former Hilton Kauai Beach Resort and the only hotel on Molokai Island, the 53 room Hotel Molokai.
AQUA WAIKIKI PEARL: Also in July of 2009, the name of the 135 room Aqua Honolulu Prince Hotel was changed to the Aqua Waikiki Pearl, after a $5 million renovation project was completed.
HOTEL WAILEA MAUI: In June of 2009 the Diamond Wailea Resort and Spa, a resort on the island of Maui that was managed by Aqua Hotels and Resorts, was renamed the Hotel Wailea Maui The hotel's owner, Black Diamond Hospitality Investments of Honolulu, also initiated a hotel room upgrade that was expected to be completed by October 1, 2009. The Hotel Wailea Maui was built in the late 1980's.
DIAMOND WAILEA RESORT: In On January 1, 2009 Aqua was awarded the management contract for the 72 room, all suite, Diamond Wailea Resort and Spa in South Maui. The Diamond Wailea sits on 15 acres of land above the luxurious Wailea Resort east of Kihei, in South Maui. The resort was built in the late 1980's as an exclusive club for wealthy Japanese visitors, and when Aqua resorts took over its management it still had traditional men's and women's ofuro hot baths.
As of January 2009, Aqua Hotels and resorts was managing 12 Waikiki hotels under its "Aqua Boutique" and "Aqua Lite" Brands. In 2009, Aqua began repositioning itself from being a collection of elite and upscale boutique hotels, to a lower cost, and more personalized service, alterative to the more expensive boutique hotels and large resort.
2008 Aqua Resorts News
ADDED IN 2009:
LOST IN 2009:
In November of 2008, Ben Rafter was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Aqua Hotels and Resorts.
THREE NEW HOTELS ADDED: Between January and September of 2008, Aqua receiv management contracts for three additional Waikiki hotels, the Park Shore Waikiki Hotel, the Waikiki Beachside, And the Waikiki Honolulu Prince Hotel.
As of September 2008, Aqua was managing 13 Waikiki hotels.
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2007 Aqua Resorts News
AQUA HOTELS AT THE END OF 2007
Lite Brand Hotels:
The Aqua Elite Brand was added in 2007, to represent Aqua's highest end hotels. The Elite brand was retired when Aqua was no longer managing the Aqua Renew Hotel.
2006 Aqua Resorts News
AQUA HOTELS AT THE END OF 2006
Lite Brand Hotels:
Between the end of 2005 and the end of 2006, Aqua Hotels and Resorts added five hotels to their management porfolio, and they stopped managing one, bringing the total number of Aqua hotels in Waikiki to 10 by the end of 2006. Hotels added in 2006 included The Equus (formerly the Polo Inn), the the Coconut Plaza, the Continental Surf, the Island Colony, the Ocean Tower, and the former Aqua Coral Reef, which reopened after extensive renovations as the Aqua Waikiki Wave.
Two other changes in 2006: The Aqua Lite Line brand was added represent Aqua's most affordable hotels and Aqua launched a all new, more sophisticated
Other 2006 Aqua News:
2005 Aqua Resorts News
AQUA HOTELS AT THE END OF 2005
Aqua Hotels and Resorts opened its first spa in June of 2005, in a small building next to the swimming pool of the Aqua Bamboo Hotel. Because of that change, the hotel was officially renamed the Aqua Bamboo Hotel and Spa. The "Aqua Boutique Collection" brand was also launched in 2005, to position Aqua as a collection of boutique hotels.
2004 Aqua Resorts News
AQUA HOTELS AS OF THE END OF 2004:
AQUA CORAL REEF AND SUITES: I believe the Aqua Coral Reef and Suites was no longer listed becaues it was undergoing extensive renovations. The Coral Reef Hotel reopened later as the Aqua Waikiki Wave.
AQUA PLAMS: When units at the Palms in Waikiki went up for sale in August of 2004, all 248 of the units were sold out within 9 hours, because of the high demand for studio and one bedroom condominium units in Waikiki. Because of construction delays and buyer pullouts, about 45 of those units were back on the market by May of 2005, and selling for about $116,000 to $225,000. LaeRoc Partners bought the Palms in 2001 for about $12.7 million, when it was known as the Waikiki Parkside Hotel. Initially they planned to operate it as a hotel, but later they decided to sell it as condotel units. Interior designer Terrence Burke was hired to decorate the condotel and Aqua Hotels and Resorts was hired to manage it. In May of 2005, Aqua was expecting to open the Aqua Palms in July or August of 2005.
2003 Aqua Resorts News
AQUA HOTELS AS OF THE END OF 2003:
At the end of 2003, Aqua was still managing three resorts, but by then the Aqua Coral Reef had been named the Aqua Coral Reef and Suites. For more information see the December 2003 Hawaii Business Magazine article by Alex Salkever: "Mike Paulinís Wet Ride Home"
2002 Aqua Resorts News
As of the end of 1992, Aqua Hotels and Resorts was managing
three Waikiki Hotels:
2001 Aqua Resorts News
Aqua Hotels and Resorts is a hotel management and operations service founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier Michael V. Paulin. In 1978 Michael and Andre S. Tatibouet created the Aston Hotels and Resorts management company, and nine years later he left that company to form Marc Hotels and Resorts, which he sold to Sunterra in 1997. In 2001 he formed his newest hotel management company, Aqua Hotels and Resorts.
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