Hawaii is a vacationer’s paradise. Beautiful rooms and top-notch service are the cherry on top of Hawaii’s breathtaking views, perfect weather, and idyllic beaches.
Planning the perfect Hawaiian vacation should be exciting, not stressful. Here, we’ll show you some of Hawaii’s best properties so you know you’re getting the most of your visit. “Where To Stay” will make researching and planning your next Hawaiian vacation a breeze.
Mana Kai Maui
The word is out—HAWAII Magazine readers have voted Mana Kai Maui, “BEST OF MAUI”—2017! And now, the Mana Kai Maui—“where heaven meets earth”—has gotten even better.
Located on picturesque Keawakapu Beach, the hotel rooms, and 1- and 2-bedroom vacation condominiums have been NEWLY renovated with updated kitchens, baths, showers, appliances—many with new designer furnishings and art—to make your stay even more luxurious.
Guests may easily stay on track with their workouts in the new Fitness Center. The new business center has computer stations and printer for added convenience. These new features, combined with Mana Kai’s many complimentary services—like daily maid service, free WiFi access, onsite restaurant, general store/deli, gas BBQ grill, free parking, with NO resort fees, will make your next vacation truly heavenly.
2960 S. Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
Oahu’s Hidden Gems
Discover Oahu’s personal side where your whims are options and your needs are revered. When you select one of Aston-Aston’s boutique hotels, you’re not just a face to be lost in the crowd or another room just waiting for the next guest. These hotels offer attentive service and thoughtful amenities to distinguish between a place to lay your head and that memorable vacation to recall for years to come.
Waikiki is a bustling destination with beaches, shopping, dining and attractions that can seem overwhelming without a plan to tackle all the must-dos. Unwind after days filled with excitement at the Aqua Oasis, located in the heart of the city. Oversized loungers and hanging swing chairs poolside provide a great spot to relax and chat about the day’s adventure.
Fun loving guests looking to escape to a zen retreat in Waikiki, will find their paradise at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. Here the hotel seeks guests that love lounging in cabanas in the lush outdoor sanctuary after splashing around in the saltwater pool on lazy days. From guests sipping on signature beverages at the weekly reception while listening to live island music to learning Hawaiian arts and crafts, a sense of community lives here as the staff is here to ensure not only a great stay but experiences to share with one another.
On the Gold Coast of Waikiki, Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head is a sophisticated enclave adjacent to Kapiolani Park. Offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki while located within easy walking distance to the best shopping and activities of the dynamic district, this is a true escape from the normal. The hotel is also home to Wisp Restaurant & Lounge, offering upscale dishes with local flavors and ingredients plus creative cocktails with island flair in a private setting.
Boasting a stellar location on the highly desirable oceanfront Kalakaua Avenue, Aston Waikiki Circle is the perfect stylish beach haven that offers tremendous value and quick access to the shores of Waikiki. Playful in décor, the hotel’s upbeat and cheerful vibe makes for a great home base while exploring the best of Oahu.
With the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life, who has time to track points and memberships to take a vacation? Aqua-Aston’s new A-List Insider program is easier and faster to get you on your way to that long-awaited Waikiki vacation. Sign up and instantly you’ll get a discount for your Hawaii hotel stay. A welcome gift is awaiting you and you’ll get preferred room upgrade status at check-in. Isn’t it time for a Hawaii vacation with benefits? Sign up at aqua-aston.com or call our Hawaii-based destination specialists at 855-945-4077.
Relax like royalty at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
With a name chosen to honor Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and situated on land held by the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, the new Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach offers an experience befitting royalty. In fact, it was designated as one of Bravo TV’s 10 most anticipated luxury resorts opening around the world in 2017. Alohilani means “the heavenly brightness,” which hints at the sensory delights awaiting guests indoors and out at this tranquil oasis.
The lobby’s chic décor sets the stage for the O Bar, a social lounge surrounded by a mesmerizing, 3-story, 280,000-gallon oceanarium. Boasting majestic views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach, the resort’s 839 guest rooms and suites weave a modern, airy flavor into traditional beach house style.
Two onsite restaurants are from internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto: the upscale signature restaurant, Morimoto Asia Waikiki, which melds Western and traditional Asian ingredients with unmatched creativity, and Momosan Waikiki, a more casual environs with an appetizing selection of ramen, signature sake and a tropical beer garden.
There’s also the palatial pool deck, a fifth-floor haven offering a saltwater infinity pool, a bar and private cabanas perched atop a reflecting pool.
The Chef Behind Maui’s “Culturally Conscious” Food Movement
The newly renovated HUMUHUMU restaurant at HAWAII Magazine Reader's Choice Award's #1 Maui Luxury Hotel or Resort, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria™ Resort, boasts modern Hawaiian details, a subtle nod to ocean themes including voyaging, and the debut of award-winning Chef Mike Lofaro’s Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine menu.
Lofaro is the reigning Best Chef on Maui, winner of Most Innovative Menu and Best Pacific Rim cuisine awards. He also won an EMMY™ Award for his television show SEARCH Hawaii in 2016 and completed his first triathlon the same year. What makes this waterman-triathlete-chef, originally from Block Island, Rhode Island, so good at what he does?
“Filming our television show, SEARCH Hawaii has opened my eyes about food. I put my energy into the path of the ingredients and what is important here in our islands,” said Lofaro. “I don’t feel I’m limited to a certain style or cuisine and can use ingredients that don’t get obvious respect such as my Ulu Risotto. It’s about bringing attention to the breadfruit that is native here. I’m also enjoying using Hawaiian non-native species such as strawberry guava and kiawe bean.”
“There is sensitivity to being culturally aware with my menu decisions. My food is Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine, according to what is available and in season. Sustainability is what is important here in the islands.
Smartly executed to spotlight the main ingredient with simple and balanced flavors, his signature dishes scream of the ocean while introducing locally grown produce such as ulu.
“My work decisions are the same as personal decisions. Making triathlons a goal has driven my culinary side. I think about my cooking while I’m training.”
As a waterman, Lofaro has paddled the Keawe Channel for endurance races and spearfishes to sustain his family. Now he trains daily to compete in triathlons, and compares this to working in kitchens with his mentor Chef Michael Mina at Aqua. “As a younger chef, you work hard, you play hard. You had no balance in a kitchen like Aqua. We were on the line all day and all night, went out for a few drinks and got a few hours of sleep if we were lucky. That was on repeat for about three years,” muses Lofaro. “I survived it, and I learned to cook. Anyone who is creative is extreme in one way or another. Culturally correct cooking is my extreme. It has become what I’m most passionate about.”
The chef pays his passion forward as a volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs Maui, and raising awareness for Maui youth sports through his triathlon training. Follow Chef Mike and his restaurant on instagram @humuhumumaui and #whereschefmike.
3850 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, HI 96753
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Surrounded by 40 spectacular acres of oceanfront property on Kaanapali Beach, this AAA 4-Diamond award-winning resort offers endless activities and amenities in a setting of tropical paradise. Each of the 806 guestrooms, including 31 renovated suites, affords Hawaiian elegance with private lanais and panoramic views.
Enjoy resort amenities, including Maui’s only oceanfront spa, 24-hour athletic club, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, and a half-acre pool complete with rope bridge and thrilling 150-foot lava tube water slide.
Experience an abundance of activities, such as cultural lessons, wildlife tours, penguin feedings, water sports, daily fitness classes, shopping, and Tour of the Stars, rooftop stargazing and astronomy program.
Nightly entertainment, can be found in one or more lounges and at Drums of the Pacific Luau, a journey through the islands of Polynesia ending with a three-man Samoan fire-knife finale!
Indulge in fresh, local ingredients at ten onsite restaurants and lounges, including our award-winning Japengo restaurant. Delight in the breathtaking ocean view as the sun sets and delicious rolls are created at the chic sushi lounge.
Visit maui.regency.hyatt.com or call +1 808 661 1234.