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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

Aqua Hotels & Resorts adds Hotel Lanai

Advertiser staff

Aqua Hotels & Resorts, a full-service Hawaii hotel management company, announced the addition of Hotel Lanai, effective May 1.

Rates at Hotel Lanai start at $99 per night for a standard room and up to $179 per night for the cottage. Daily continental breakfast is included. Reservations at aquaresorts.com

"As Hawaii's growth leader, we're pleased to welcome Hotel Lanai to our selection of hotels and resorts," said Ben Rafter, Aqua's president and CEO.

In the previous 12 months, Aqua has almost doubled its statewide inventory, and adding a distinctive hotel that's steeped in Lanai's history is a great addition for the company, said Rafter.

"Along with Hotel Molokai and Hotel Wailea Maui, the addition of Hotel Lanai distinguishes Aqua as the only hotel company with properties on each of the three islands making up Maui County," said Elizabeth Churchill, Aqua's VP Sales & Marketing.

"The island of Lanai offers travelers a wide range of unique experiences and we're thrilled to offer Hotel Lanai to visitors seeking out this island."

Hotel Lanai owner Mary Charles said she was elated to be working with Aqua Hotels. "It's just so fitting to have a kamaaina company looking out for our best interests at this wonderfully historic hotel," she said.

Hotel Lanai was built in 1923, as a retreat for executives on business and important guests, by pineapple pioneer James D. Dole. It is located in the heart of Lanai City at elevation of 1,700 feet.

The hotel's plantation heritage is retained in the furnishings and décor of the guest rooms and adjacent cottage. Each room includes a beautiful Hawaiian quilt, artwork by Lanai artists, hardwood flooring, ceiling fan and private bathroom.

Chef Bev Gannon, one of the founding members of "Hawaii Regional Cuisine", designed the menu for Lanai City Grille, the in-house restaurant which offers the freshest locally caught seafood, prime meats and the restaurant's signature rotisserie chicken.

Customers booking a room at Hotel Lanai for stays in May and June will receive one complimentary dessert when dining at Lanai City Grille.

Lanai City Grille is open from 5 to 9 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.

Hotel amenities include complimentary continental breakfast daily in the lobby, evening turn-down upon request, complimentary beach towels, refrigerator in every room, WiFi throughout the hotel, award-winning Pacific-fusion cuisine served in the hotel restaurant, and "Friday Under the Stars", live music every Friday evening by local musicians

A gallery features locally-made art, jewelry and gifts.

Nearby attractions include:

Hiking, golf, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, sporting clay-shooting, helicopter rides, deep-sea fishing and more

Munroe Trail (16 miles by foot, bicycle and 4-wheel drive)

Hulopoe Beach (marine sanctuary)

Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach)

Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)

Kanepuu Preserve (dryland forest)