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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Completes $2.5 Million Renovation
of the 51-room Aqua Lotus Honolulu in Hawaii

WAIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii, August 7, 2012 - Aqua Hotels & Resorts,, a full-service Hawaii hotel management company, recently announced the completion of guest room renovations and upgrades totaling $2.5 million at the 51-room Aqua Lotus Honolulu.

"Aqua is leading the charge by renovating several of its hotels and resorts," said Ben Rafter, President and CEO of Aqua Hotels & Resorts. "The newly renovated rooms, along with our enhanced amenities, perfectly positions Aqua Lotus Honolulu as a premier lifestyle product to meet the growing demand for a significantly upgraded hotel with incredible Hawaiian hospitality."

Currently ranked #3 on TripAdvisor, the boutique Aqua Lotus Honolulu was transformed under the direction of Kory Wong-Oglesby of deZigns Interior Planning. Wong-Oglesby also worked on other Aqua projects including the total renovation of Aqua Waikiki Pearl.

"The goal for the Lotus was to create an understated, quiet, yet comfortable environment for guests," commented Wong-Oglesby. "I wanted to bring this small property a feel of urban sophistication."

Wong-Oglesby took a minimalistic approach with the use of clean sleek lines on the case goods.   A darker wood finish was utilized to help accentuate the white walls and cool color tones. She used subtle tropical patterns on the upholstery and bedding.

Custom artwork of local artist/photographer Kaypee Soh, infuses the naturally vibrant reds, pinks and greens found in tropical foliage on the island. The artwork was meant to complement not just the in-room aesthetic but the sweeping views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean.

Guest rooms also received 42" flat screen LCD HDTVs as well as upgraded bedding and linen.

"Refurbishment moved along very smoothly and we were fully operational during the entire process," remarked General Manager Matthew Pickett. "It's been great to receive positive reaction from the upgrades and, in the coming weeks, we will add to the excitement by announcing a new restaurant for our prime mezzanine space."

For reservations, see your preferred travel agent, book online or call Aqua at 808-924-6543 or toll free at 1-866-406-2782.

About Aqua Lotus Honolulu
One of Waikiki's first full-service boutique hotels, Aqua Lotus Honolulu is a 51-room property offering fantastic views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. Located at the east end of Waikiki, also known as the "Gold Coast", at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue, the hotel enjoys a tranquil and quiet setting. Aqua Lotus Honolulu is in walking distance to the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium and across from Kapiolani Park and Waikiki Shell.

Aqua Lotus Honolulu is managed by Aqua Hotels & Resorts; a Hawaii-owned and operated lodging hospitality company founded in 2001 with locations on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii, the Big Island.

For more information about Aqua Lotus Honolulu, visit

For information on Aqua Hotels & Resorts, visit

Hawaii Media Contact:
Sandi Yara
Phone: 808-221-2759
Corporate Media Contact: 
Lori Kennedy or Shae Geary 
JLK Marketing + Communications


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