I love the magical Islands of Hawaii, but the resorts on these wonderful Islands are largely limited to “middle of the road” chain hotels. Certainly you will not find overwater villas with plunge pools on these Islands. You are, however, spoiled for choice when it comes to the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel chain which are ever expanding across these Islands. A favourite of mine is the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. The tiny island of Lanai has two Four Seasons Hotels, the Four Seasons Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele on Lanai and finally there is the Four Seasons Hualalai? on the Kona-Kohala Coast of Big Island.
I now have official confirmation of the Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina. Put together by the Resort Group (TRG), one of Hawai‘i’s largest landowners of resort developments; Westbank (WB), Canada’s premier luxury hotel and Four Seasons Hotels this integrated luxury beach resort also with private residences (where do I sign?!), will be the jewel in the crown of the master-planned Ko Olina development.
Jeffrey R. Stone, TRG’s founder and master developer of Ko Olina, and Westbank founder Ian Gillespie will oversee the development of Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina, which will encompass a reinspired Ihilani Resort. The new resort will introduce the first Four Seasons-branded private residences in Hawai‘i, offering the unparalleled service that has made the luxury brand famous throughout the world.
“This is the fulfillment of a long-held dream for Ko Olina,” Mr. Stone said. “Four Seasons previously explored bringing its quality, elegance and prestige to O‘ahu as the company has done so well on Maui, Hawai‘i Island and Lana‘i. We will oversee this new development with the same stewardship, integrity and sustainability that have made Ko Olina a lasting success. This project will generate substantial, long-term economic benefits to the area for future generations.”
Four Seasons President and Chief Executive Officer J. Allen Smith added, “Four Seasons is committed to Hawai‘i with our existing four hotels on three islands, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to bring the brand to O‘ahu, the travel and business hub of the Pacific.”
With the reacquisition of Ihilani from Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors complete, Westbank will take the development lead on Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina. “Ihilani has the classic architecture of Edward Killingsworth, the property’s original architect. He is still recognized as one of the most accomplished architects in the world,” Mr. Gillespie said. “This property was the last newly-built hotel on O‘ahu, and architect Toyo Ito, also a fan of Killingsworth, has been inspired by the potential to enhance the natural lushness and breathe new life into this beautiful resort and tropical setting.”
Ko Olina is located on the sunny west side of O‘ahu. Originally conceived in the mid-1980s, the resort has been reaffirmed many times over the years, most recently by the notable success of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which debuted in 2011. The 650-acre (263-hectare) master-planned community also features Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club; several private resort residential communities; Hawai‘i’s only private deep-draft marina; the award-winning Ko Olina Golf Club; four oceanfront white sand lagoons connected by 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of shoreline pathways; access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities; and the island’s best weather, all located 17 miles (27 kilometres) from the Honolulu International Airport.
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