Aqua-Aston Hospitality has officially opened its first ultra-luxury hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, the ESPACIO. Positioned directly opposite the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue at Waikiki Beach, the property fills a gap in the market for elite travellers seeking luxury in the heart of the sought-after destination, the hotelier says.
As LATTE reported in May, ESPACIO offers nine 209 square metre multi-bedroom suites – each occupying an individual floor – and features rare amenities, ultra-exclusive personalised service and unprecedented privacy with rates from US$5,000 per night.
Each two- or three-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bathroom suite is individually appointed with rare, globally sourced works of art and dining room tables crafted from a whole marble slab imported from Carrara, Italy. Chandeliers and lighting accents handcrafted in Morocco are complemented by hand-knotted carpets of the highest grade. Handwoven organic cotton bedsheets from Japanese luxury textiler, Tenerita, adorn each bed, which also feature custom Stearns & Foster mattresses.
Each suite includes ocean-view balconies equipped with Jacuzzis, spa-like bathrooms with private dry-saunas and BVLGARI products, in addition to designer kitchens stocked with guests’ favourite snacks and beverages upon arrival. To ensure privacy is paramount, each suite is also equipped with discreet elevator entry.
In-room iPads control suite lighting and climate and provide location-based technology for personal service requests and concierge recommendations. With no pre-set check-in or check-out times, ESPACIO gives guests the flexibility to arrive and depart suiting their travel plans. Other touches of opulence include access to a luxury fleet of cars and an in-suite, on-demand chef service.
At on-site dining concept Mugen, Chef Jason Yamaguchi’s Japanese-French menu comprises of exquisitely presented meals sourced from the world’s finest purveyors, including daily seafood deliveries from Toyosu (Japan’s most famous fish market), local chai blossoms from a nearby micro farm, white winter truffles from Europe, black summer truffles from Oregon and caviar and asparagus from Denmark. The new restaurant concept offers discerning diners artfully presented fusions such as house-made saffron-poached lobster with crushed fingerlings, local ono and Kauai prawns and Parisian gnocchi with Uni. An expertly cultivated beverage program includes a 500-bottle wine collection valued at over US$5 million dollars, rare Japanese whiskies and high-end sakes.
The public areas of ESPACIO redefine the traditional luxury currently offered in Waikiki. The rooftop jacuzzi, infinity pool and poolside beverage service afford what are arguably the best views in Hawaii. The on-site, full-service spa pampers guests with intention-centred treatments delivered in an intimate environment that draws inspiration from the rich traditions and breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, a place deeply rooted in the Polynesian culture and natural abundance.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s portfolio consists of 40 properties across the Hawaii islands, continental USA, and Costa Rica.
For Australia reservations and training on ESPACIO and Aqua-Aston’s wider hotel portfolio, contact local Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s local representative, Linkd Tourism. Email Jessica Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org
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