Hawaii Lifts COVID Restrictions + Getaway Inspirations

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Hawaii is lifting all COVID-19 restrictions for domestic travelers tomorrow (March 26). The much-anticipated change makes travel from the mainland once again seamless.

For travelers ready to escape to the Aloha State, here are a few hotel options ranging from luxury suites to romantic getaways to a property focusing on sustainability and one that’s perfect for the “gram” to inspire your clients for their next getaway.

4. Luxury Vacation at ESPACIO in Honolulu, Hawaii

Dining room an living room at ESPACIO’s suite.

ESPACIO’s nine residential-style suite— each occupying an entire floor with 2,250 sq.-ft.—offer an ultra-luxury hotel and the feel of an upscale vacation home. Each suite features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, plus a balcony featuring a Jaacuzzi and ocean-views, as well as a spa-like bathroom with a dry-sauna, designer kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and a discreet elevator entry. These accomodations also offer added amenities including bottles of wine in-suite, butler and concierge service, complimentary access to premium car rentals for exploring the island and more. Guests also get exclusive access to The Honolulu Museum of Art and Bernice Pauhahi Bishop Museum where they can attend private exhibit previews. Beyond the room, guests can enjoy the rooftop Jacuzzi and infinity pool and on-site, full-service spa as well as the French-Japanese fine dining restaurant Mugen, whose tasting menu concept is known to be one of Honolulu’s “must do” dining experiences.

For more information, visit espaciowaikiki.com.

3.  A Romantic Getaway at Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Po’ipu Beach

Nightime Jacuzzi time at Ko’a Kea.

Ko’a Kea, Kauai’s closest hotel accommodations to the waterfront, is an intimate resort where guests can experience the authentic essence of Hawaiian culture with a focus on romance for couples celebrating all types of occasions. The 121-key boutique property offers a romantic and intimate setting with rooms and suites that feature ocean and garden views with private balconies or patios. The hotel also includes The Spa at Ko’a Kea, the renowned Red Salt restaurant (helmed by Kauai native Executive Chef Noelani Planas), a pool with panoramic ocean views, an outdoor bar, a lava rock hot tub, oceanside fire pits, a fitness studio, on-site watersports and more.

For more information, meritagecollection.com/koa-kea.

2. Instagram-worthy Shots at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Honolulu

The pool at Surfjack Hotel.

The retro inspired Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is a popular choice amongst locals and visitors and is best known for its swoon worthy “Wish You Were Here” pool. The Surfjack offers 112 vintage-inspired rooms with mid-century aesthetic, interiors designed by local Hawaii artisans, and thoughtful amenities. Onsite, guests will find award-winning cuisine at Mahina & Sun’s and a vibrant collection of experiences for all types of travelers.   Mahina & Suns, offers menu items inspired by Executive Chef, Erik Leong’s childhood in Hawaii, using ingredients such as Ulu and Luau on the menu. The Surfjack’s Bar Czar, Christian Taibi, also pulls inspiration for the cocktail menu from his career journey.

For more information, visit surfjack.com.

1. Ideal for the Conscious traveler—Aqua-Aston Hospitality in Oahu, Maui & Kauai

Beach views from Aston Waikiki Beach Tower.

Honolulu-based Aqua-Aston Hospitality operates 30+ properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island with a focus on corporate responsibility, sustainability, art, culture and inclusivity. With a 70+ year legacy in Hawaii, the hospitality group’s diverse portfolio of hotels and condo-style resorts accommodates every type of vacationer including solo travelers, couples, adventure-seekers and families. Family-friendly properties include the beachfront Aston Kaanapali Shores and the luxury Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, while budget-conscious travelers will love newly renovated Aston Waikiki Circle and boutique Aqua Oasis.

The company is partnering with Little Hands Hawaii, a local mom-owned reef-safe sunscreen company based on Hawaii Island, to equip guests with ocean-friendly sun protection.

In addition, the Aqua-Aston property, an advocate for cultural understanding and the arts, supports local organizations including Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii Triennial and more. Aqua-Aston guests traveling to Oahu receive complimentary admission for two to Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art. This year, Aqua-Aston will debut special packages that include one-of-a-kind amenities introducing guests to Hawaii artists, locally sourced treats, and sustainable goods.

For more information, visit aquaaston.com.

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