Aqua Makes a Splash with 2008 Promotions

Value-added specials incorporate spa treatments, free stays and more

By: Dawna Robertson

Aqua Hotels & Resorts has seen its share of action recently with the rebranding of the former Ocean Tower Hotel on Waikiki’s Paoakalani Avenue as the Hotel Renew. In December, the property became the first hotel in Aqua’s new Elite Brand by offering the utmost in personalized service and both innovative business and entertainment technology. The Elite Brand joins the company’s Aqua Boutique Collection and the Aqua Lite Line, rounding out a selection of uniquely different accommodation options.

So that Waikiki guests can enjoy more of their Aqua property for less, the company has created a choice of packages and programs that will be available throughout 2008.

“Our packages were developed for experienced travelers who enjoy a variety of lifestyle amenities, including new technology integration and all the comforts of home,” said Elizabeth Churchill, vice president of sales and marketing for Aqua Hotels & Resorts.

She added, “When booking our packages, and especially when choosing a hotel from the Aqua Boutique Collection, guests receive excellent value in addition to many complimentary amenities during their stay, such as daily continental breakfast and high-speed internet or WiFi.”

Special packages for 2008 include:

Stay Free In Waikiki

Guests booking four consecutive nights at any of Aqua’s 10 hotels in Waikiki are rewarded with a free fifth night. Nightly rates are from $93 at Aqua Lite Hotels and from $122 at Aqua Boutique Hotels.

Spring Into Spa

For guests who enjoy being pampered during their visit, Aqua’s Spring Into Spa includes a one-hour AquaSPA treatment for each night booked. Available at nine Aqua Hotels in Waikiki, the package features nightly rates from $122.


Serious spa-going guests should look no further than Aqua’s Spa-Licious package with a choice of two one-hour massage therapies included for each night booked. Spa-Licious is perfect for couples or individuals who like to truly indulge themselves. Available at Aqua Boutique Hotels, nightly rates are from $162, with a minimum three-night stay required.

Passion in Paradise

Couples find that everything needed for a sensual vacation starts with Aqua’s Passion in Paradise package, including a one-hour couple’s massage, two exclusive Aqua robes (valued at $85 each), plus a bottle of champagne, passion-fruit juice and chocolates on arrival. Available at Aqua Boutique Hotels, the plan is priced from $171 per night with a four-night minimum stay required.


Travelers with places to see and things to do will want to book Aqua’s Snooze-n-Crooze package with compact rental car use from Dollar Rent A Car and complimentary daily parking (a savings of $18 daily). Drivers must be 25 years or older. Nine Aqua properties offer the package, with nightly rates from $117.

Aqua rates vary depending on what the company has defined as its “dynamic pricing” procedure.

“Aqua’s dynamic pricing on these packages and special rate programs reward consumers who book their hotel accommodations through our Web site, at,” said Churchill. “Rates are constantly changing and being adjusted to reflect demand in the market, and to provide the best possible value to our guests.”

Commissionable to travel agents at 10 percent, Aqua’s 2008 packages are available through Dec. 20. Based on availability, rates quoted are single or double occupancy, plus taxes. Specials cannot be combined with any other offer and are subject to change without notice.

Aqua Hotels & Resorts was founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier, Mike Paulin. In 2005, the Aqua Boutique Collection was launched to appeal to the sense of style and attitude of today’s savvy young traveler. In 2006, the Aqua Lite Line was added to represent the company’s value product. And late last year, the Aqua Elite brand was launched to offer the InnNetwork Everything on Demand computer system, be eco-friendly, dog-friendly and provide a completely smoke-free environment. Currently, Aqua’s chain-wide inventory of 10 properties is located exclusively in Waikiki.