Picking a hotel or resort for your Hawaiian vacation can feel daunting. With eight major islands, and hundreds of miles of coastline, it may be hard to know where to begin. One good starting point is Aqua-Aston Hospitality. With a history that dates back 70 years to the company’s forerunner, a 14-room hotel in Waikiki, few companies know the state like they do. Their portfolio includes over 40 properties across Hawaii, ranging from spacious residential condominium suites to luxury hotels—there is sure to be one that is the perfect fit for you. Here’s a look at ten of our favorite Aqua-Aston oceanfront properties that will have you dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation by the sea.
On Honolulu’s Iconic Beach
For many travelers, the first image that comes to mind when they think of Hawaii is the Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head at one end. This golden stretch of sand in Honolulu is ideal for those who want to combine a beach vacation with all the restaurants, culture, and excitement of Hawaii’s capital. Beyond the shores of Waikiki Beach and between the towering resorts you’ll find two perfect getaways. If you’re looking for unobstructed ocean views, Park Shore Waikiki is the place to stay. The hotel offers excellent service, stunning views, on-site dining, and a pool that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Just a few steps away is the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel offering unbeatable prices and whimsical architecture—it resembles a gigantic Chinese lantern—which is sure to put a smile on your face.
Waikiki’s Midcentury Icon
If you are in a Mad Men meets Hawaii mood, consider the iconic Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites. The hotel opened in 1964, and it may look familiar from its cameo in the opening credits of Hawaii Five-O. Renovations over the years have preserved the cool factor while updating the property to include all the comforts of a decidedly chic contemporary home including full-sized kitchens and premium bedding. In addition, every luxury suite features stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, spacious bath facilities with tiled massage-jet showers, and living spaces decked out with the latest technology: wall-mounted 40-inch HD televisions, high-speed internet connectivity, and dual oscillating air-conditioning systems.
The Best of Both on Maui
Maui combines the best of two worlds—natural wonders and a lively culture. The idyllic island offers something for everyone: accessible beaches, stunning waterfalls, a thriving arts and dining scene, and tons of boutique shopping. Whether you want to focus on relaxation or fill your days with activities, Maui has you covered. Of course you could also opt for a little of both—it’s your vacation, after all. End your memorable days unwinding at Aston Mahana at Kaanapali’s tranquil tropical retreat with the soothing sounds of the ocean.
A Royal Choice
Kaanapali Beach on Maui’s west coast was long a retreat for the Hawaiian royal family. These days, the gracious service at the Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach may be fit for a king, or queen, but the luxury condominium property is open to everyone who appreciates tropical beauty. You'll enjoy immediate access to a three-mile stretch of West Maui sand and Pacific Ocean that's ideal for year-round recreation. The area’s natural beauty makes it a dream destination for adventure seekers and anyone looking to get outdoors. Enjoy spectacular ocean or garden views from Aston at Papakea Resort situated on 13 acres of lush gardens and lawns.
Unwind by the Water
Often described as America’s Best Beach, Kaanapali Beach offers three miles of pristine sand and clear waters that are perfect for lazy days lounging in the sun. If relaxing poolside is more your style, the Aston Kaanapali Shores offers two freshwater pools, one oceanfront and the other surrounded by the lush tropical gardens. The resort also features Camp Kaanapali which offers cultural activities to participate in, such as ukulele lessons and flower lei making.
Hawaii’s Laid-back Small Towns
Kauai’s nickname “the Garden Island” is a fitting one with its tropical rain forests and dramatic topography. It also offers opportunities to experience a lost in time side of Hawaii. Several towns throughout the island invite visitors to disconnect from mobile alerts and calendar reminders. The Aston Islander on the Beach is just minutes from one of them, Kapaa which was described as one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes.
Coconut Coast Gem
The east coast of Kauai is often referred to as the Royal Coconut Coast. The source of the name is not much of a mystery—this part of the island is dotted with numerous coconut groves. Its main draw for travelers, however, are the golden beaches beneath the swaying palms. If swimming in pools formed of volcanic rock or spending days snorkeling along the shore sound appealing, then Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is the perfect place to stay. The secluded haven on 25 acres of gardens has idyllic lagoon swimming pools, farm-to-table dining, and cultural introductions to give you an unforgettable immersive experience.
Adventures on Hawaii’s Big Island
Hawaii’s Big Island has, perhaps surprisingly to those who haven’t visited the state, a decidedly off-the-beaten-path atmosphere. This is an untamed land where you can feel the magic in the volcanic mountains, deep valleys, hot springs, and cascading waterfalls of “the Big Island” of Hawaii, filled with many hidden secrets for you to uncover. Explore everything from ancient petroglyphs and black-sand beaches to active lava flows pouring into the ocean. After a day of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, celebrate the comforts of home at Aston Kona by the Sea with its roomy seaside suites at an intimate tropical resort setting.
No points, no hassles
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