Waikiki Hotelier Jumps the Pond, To Manage Maui Resort

Waikiki Hotelier Jumps the Pond, To Manage Maui Resort

With a dozen management contracts in three separate hotel categories throughout Waikiki, Aqua Hotels & Resorts is officially expanding overseas—to the Diamond Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui.

Aqua’s president and CEO, Benjamin Rafter, who stepped in since Aqua founder Mike Paulin’s retirement earlier this winter, had this to say about the expansion to a neighbor isle.

“The signing of Diamond Wailea Resort & Spa affirms Aqua’s plan to grow throughout the islands.” He added, “Diamond Wailea Resort & Spa also gives Aqua a unique opportunity to introduce our boutique hospitality experience to Maui visitors, and it’s a great way to start 2009.”

The resort, owned by Black Diamond Hospitality Investments LLC of Honolulu, is a 72-room, all-suite property with a private beach club and access to Wailea’s exclusive Blue, Gold and Emerald golf courses. The resort is within walking distance of the ever-expanding Shops at Wailea, an extensive tennis facility and numerous restaurants found within the neighboring resorts at Wailea. Diamond Wailea is perhaps best known for their local’s favorite restaurant, “Capische?”

Guest rooms at Diamond Wailea feature 900 square feet of living space, including kitchenette, lanai, soaking tub and WiFi Internet access. There are meeting rooms on-site for business travelers, special events and weddings.

Keep an eye on B on Hawaii for breaking news on Aqua’s plans for further development throughout Hawaii.

Visit www.AquaResorts.com for more information, or to read Brian’s Waikiki Beat.

"...it’s a great way to start 2009.”

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