Aqua Hospitality, a Hawaii-based management company owned by Interval Leisure Group, has added the Ohia Waikiki to its Waikiki management portfolio effective June 2015. Located at Kuhio Avenue and Nohonani Street in the heart of Waikiki (Duke’s Lane is right across the street), the 17-story, 251-room property – once known as the Outrigger Surf East – is currently undergoing a $2-million refresh.
Not a vacation ownership property, in recent years the Ohia has been used primarily for housing University of Hawai’i students. The accommodations range from hotel rooms to studios and junior suites, each with a private lanai and kitchenette with a four-burner stove and oven. Amenities include a 24-hour restaurant, a comfortable lobby seating area with a flat-screen TV, swimming pool, sundeck, and bike and surfboard racks. The Ohia Waikiki will undergo a full renovation in the next few years, with plans to elevate the property to a three-star+ hotel.
Aqua Hospitality is a Hawaii-based management company founded in 2001. The company provides full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations, as well as revenue management to maximize profitability. The company was acquired by Interval Leisure Group, parent company of Interval International, in December 2013.
RCI, recently welcomed three new affiliated resorts in China to its vacation exchange network. The properties are Shangshanqi Villa Resort and Taoyuan Hot Spring International Hotel in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and Bo’ao Holliyard Seaview Resort in Hainan Island. The signing of these agreements expands RCI’s portfolio of resorts in China to more than 55 properties.
Shangshanqi Villa Resort, located at the foot of Qingcheng Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Qingcheng Mountain has been an important Taoist site for centuries, as it is believed to be one of the birth places of Taoism, China’s only indigenous religion. The resort comprises 760 villas, and all units come with a living room and a full kitchen. It is 40 minutes away from Shuangliu International Airport via high speed rail, and an hour away via shuttle bus.
Taoyuan Hot Spring International Hotel, located near the entrance of Qingcheng Mountain. is an hour’s drive away from Shuangliu International Airport and has a total of 132 guestrooms. It is popular for its numerous indoor and outdoor hot spring pools, and its proximity to tourist attractions such as golf courses, ski fields and cultural sites.
Boao Holliyard Seaview Resort is located in the tourism area of Qionghai, east of Hainan Island and 90 kilometers from Haikou Airport. The resort has 384 sea view rooms spread over 18 floors, and each room is furnished with a modern design and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including complimentary wireless internet access. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, a fitness centre and a full-service spa. It is a 15-minute drive from Boao Golf and Country Club and Qionghai Boao Oriental Culture Garden.
AMResorts has added three new resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, marking a company record with its 12th new resort deal so far in 2015.
With the opening of Breathless® Montego Bay Resort & Spa, the company will debut its adults-only Breathless Resorts & Spas brand in Jamaica and double its resort footprint on the island. In Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, AMResorts will increase its presence to 14 resorts upon the opening of Breathless Playa del Carmen Resort & Spa and Dreams® Villas Playa del Carmen.
Off topic, I remember when Playa del Carmen was still a dusty, sleepy little place full of hippies with only one timeshare resort, when 5th Avenue barely existed and turkeys and little black pigs wandered the dusty streets behind laughing children. Is anyone still around who remembers when Karen’s was still just a little pizza joint? Back in the day when they still had their Cozumel pizzeria open? MMMM good.
Aqua Hospitality & RCI: getting BIGGER!
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