The hospitality company announces a new hotel opening in Tempe, Arizona,
among other sustainability and community-driven initiatives and destination-inspired programming.
HONOLULU, HAWAII – Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with more than 25 properties in Hawaii, Arizona and Costa Rica, announces key updates for fall 2023. In the Aloha State, Aqua-Aston Hospitality remains committed to the Maui community impacted by the devastating fires, while continuing to #ShareTheAloha, fostering eco-friendly and cultural enrichment initiatives across the Hawaiian Islands. This year, the hotel management group grows its United States Mainland portfolio with the upcoming opening of a new property in Tempe, Arizona, while prized eco-resort Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton celebrates one year since opening on Costa Rica’s unspoiled, biodiverse South Pacific Coast.
Noteworthy updates include:
Maui Wildfires: How Aqua-Aston is Supporting Associates and the Community
As a result of the fires, many Aqua-Aston associates lost loved ones, their homes and personal belongings. The impact of these events has been profound, and as a company, Aqua-Aston is committed to caring for its associates and helping the community recover. The company is supporting relief organizations, including the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund and the American Red Cross, as they assist the broader community of Maui. In the aftermath, Aqua-Aston implemented several relief efforts for its associates, including providing immediate accommodation, distributing food, water, clothing, and personal care products, issuing urgent financial relief payments, compensating associates for unworkable hours, ensuring associates have a seamless continuation of benefits, and activating grief and support resources. As a proud operating business of Marriott Vacations Worldwide, impacted Aqua-Aston associates will also receive financial support from the Company Relief Fund.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality Eliminates 5.5-million Single-use Plastics from its Annual Operations
Aqua-Aston Hospitality completed the shift to bulk bathroom amenities across its Hawaii properties, which has eliminated 5.5 million pieces of single-use plastic waste from its operations. The brand seeks to help further limit single-use plastic in Hawaii by providing complimentary tote bags and reusable water bottles to A-List subscribers. Aqua-Aston also continues to advocate #ForOurReef – its long-standing reef-safe sunscreen public education campaign – by encouraging guests to choose mineral based sun protection brands with exclusive discounts for guests from Little Hands Hawaii and Raw Elements.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality Once Again Holds Harvest for Hunger Food Drive
Aqua-Aston Hospitality is combatting local hunger and food scarcity by holding its annual Harvest for Hunger food drive through November 30, 2023. With one in six people across the state struggling with food insecurity, this initiative stocks pantries and puts food on tables in Hawaii – especially in the wake of Maui’s wildfires. This year, Aqua-Aston Hospitality opened the drive to the public with an online donation for donors to choose the food bank of their choice. Every $10 online donation generates 25 meals for those in need. Just last year, the Harvest for Hunger drive raised the equivalent of 8,269 pounds of food, approximately 6,890 meals for Hawaii families in need). The Harvest for Hunger Virtual Food Drive can be accessed online or via text message.
Aqua-Aston Continues to #ShareTheAloha in Support of Educational Travel Experiences and the Arts in Hawaii
Aqua-Aston Hospitality is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Bishop Museum. These partnerships aim to support local culture and heritage through immersive learning opportunities. For example, guests can visit Honolulu Museum of Art and Bishop Museum on a complimentary basis – a value of $136 for a family of four!
Aqua-Aston Hospitality Adds Dual-branded Marriott International Hotel to its Management Portfolio
The new Tempe, Arizona hotel – a dual-branded Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites by Marriott – is being developed by California-based EKN Development and is accepting reservations for stays in early 2024. The four-story, 148-key, select-service hotel is situated in a prime location in the heart of the Phoenix metro area, just minutes from countless retail, restaurant, and entertainment venues. Guests seeking comfortable and affordable accommodations will have their choice of 83 comfortable Fairfield Inn rooms equipped with functional workspaces, and 65 extended-stay TownePlace Suites equipped with full size kitchens, and in-room workstations. Featured amenities for guests include complimentary breakfast, free grab-and-go coffee, over 3,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 24/7 market, onsite laundry, a restaurant and bar, a 24/7 fitness center, a business center, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a covered pool deck, and a well-appointed restaurant and bar.
Obsessing over Suites? Live Your Best Resort Life with a Professionally Managed Vacation Rental
Distinct from the typical hotel room experience, opting for condominium rentals provides you with the autonomy and amenities to tailor your vacation to meet all the unique travel preferences of your family. If this appeals to you, consider Aqua-Aston’s Collection of award-winning Hawaii Condo-Resorts, recognized with TripAdvisor’s coveted Travelers’ Choice Award, AAA Diamond designations, and several readers’ choice awards from HAWAII Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Kayak Travel. Unlike traditional vacation rentals, Aqua-Aston’s managed condo-resorts are serviced to hotel standards, including housekeeping, maintenance, and security.
Mugen, the Forbes Five-Star Rated Restaurant at ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki, Is Honolulu’s New Destination for Indulgent Gourmet Breakfast
At ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki – Honolulu’s most luxurious hotel with rare amenities, ultra-personalized butler service and privacy in the heart of Waikiki – the hotel’s Mugen restaurant opens a fully reimagined breakfast experience to the public by reservation. Previously offered exclusively to hotel guests of ESPACIO, the new offering showcases acclaimed Pastry Chef Jamon Harper’s inventive creations, which can be enjoyed à la carte or shared. Highlights include an elevated take on the Hawaiian classic Loco Moco, featuring Miyazaki A5 Wagyu, and a decadent Lobster Eggs Benedict served atop a bacon gruyère biscuit with black truffle hollandaise. Accompaniments include house-made croissants baked daily with French butter, custom-blended coffee and tea and Champagne by the glass. The restaurant boasts a wine collection of over 1,400 bottles and over 450 varieties of wine and was recognized in 2023 with a Wine Spectator “Best Of” Award. In the coming months, Mugen will debut an entirely new, elevated dinner experience.
ADERO Scottsdale Resort Introduces New Guided Experiences Through REI Co-Op
A hidden gem perched 2,500 feet above the rugged Sonoran Desert, ADERO Scottsdale Resort is a 17-acre modern desert sanctuary located in one of only 34 Dark Sky Communities in the world. Newly available, ADERO guests can now book hiking, mountain biking and more through REI Co-op Experiences. The activities are professionally operated by REI and bode well for outdoor enthusiasts who are eager to explore more than 400-miles of scenic, maintained trails extending from ADERO’s doorstep. Come evening, travelers stargaze with the Star Dudes, a local group of dark sky experts who hold weekly sessions for guests, from the resort’s coveted vantage point. Other heart pumping amenities include access to The Club at ADERO, featuring a spin studio outfitted with 11 Peloton Bikes, a well-regarded tennis and pickleball program, swimming in the mountainside lap pool and convenient access to an 18-hole golf course steps away.
Botánika Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica Celebrates One Year Anniversary
Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton has celebrated its one-year anniversary. Since the grand opening, the immersive eco-resort has unveiled its signature beach club experience – including arrival by way of a scenic rainforest cruise along the serene waters of the Golfo Dulce, a new Sunset Lounge and a VIP Sky Club Lounge, guided birdwatching from the lobby terrace, the Insectopia insect museum by BioSur, curated cheese and wine evenings, and a fitness partnership with GORUCK. Starting in November 2023, guests can enjoy convenient, onsite car rentals from Alamo, National, and Enterprise.
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