Get Caught Up on Oahu's Latest Hotels

The Laylow in Oahu
The Laylow represents the latest luxury hotel set to open shop in Oahu.

With new openings seemingly being announced weekly, it's hard for Hawaii specialists to stay on top of all the new hotel development out of Oahu.

Well, Travel Agent is here to get you caught up on the hottest hotels to pitch to Oahu-bound clients. 

The Laylow, a member of the Autograph Collection Hotels, has opened following an extensive $60 million renovation.

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Located on the island of Oahu, The Laylow joins a portfolio of more than 100 independent hotels around the world. 

Set on the revitalized Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, the hotel has 251 rooms. The Laylow's signature restaurant, Hideout, serves Pacific Rim classics that aim to emphasize local ingredients. Executive chef Bryan Byard sources the ingredients from the ocean and local farms for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that include a Kauai prawn and crab cake eggs benedict with mango hollandaise, coconut porter short ribs and a Kalua pork and Wagyu burger. 

Hideout extends to an open-air terrace with two fire pits overlooking Kuhio Avenue. Guests can enjoy the saltwater pool encased in a deck of Brazilian hardwood. The deck is dotted with lounge chairs, daybeds and private cabanas. 

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., participates in the industry's loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. 

The redeveloped Kuhio Avenue also has a lineup of new retail and restaurants, as well as the recently redeveloped International Marketplace, said Robert Friedl, general manager of The Laylow, in a written release. 

Visit www.marriott.com

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is Creating Buzz

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is trending for an obvious reason – it is the first and only Four Seasons Resort hotel on Oahu, which is the last of Hawaii’s four major islands, along with Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island, to get a Four Seasons hotel.

The fifth overall Hawaii property to the Four Seasons brand opened in May of last year in the building of the former JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, which was the first hotel to be built as part of the Ko Olina development.

The hotel offers roughly 370 rooms and suites will full ocean views, floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanais. Additional features include five culinary options, an expansive spa and fitness complex and a custom-built wedding chapel nestled within the gardens.

Visit www.fourseasons.com

Waikiki Welcomes Largest Holiday Inn Express in the Americas

Second only in size to the 1,002-room Holiday Inn Express Changbaishan in China, the 596-room Holiday Inn Express Honolulu-Waikiki opened its doors to the public for the first time in February. 

A mid-priced “express” option, this hotel is the first hotel in the Holiday Inn Express portfolio to include the new Formula Blue design scheme, and is the only one of its kind on Oahu.

Guest amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, free 24-hour coffee service, and a variety of amenities on the fifth floor sky deck, such as a new pool and jet spa; nine-hole mini-golf; ping pong, foosball, giant chess, and shuffle board; interactive kids' game room with Wii consoles; and a fitness center. 

As an added value, guests can receive a $50 discount on any activity or tour booked at the hotel activities desk, with parasailing, zip lining, sunset cruises, luaus, access to the Polynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbor tours, and more offered.

Visit www.holidayinn.com

Mandarin Oriental to Open Luxury Hotel and Residences in Honolulu, Hawaii

The project, which has a target opening date in early 2020, will enable Mandarin Oriental to introduce its hospitality to this important tourism and business destination.

Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will be the anchor of Mana 'olana Place, a 36-story mixed-use tower with gardens and public plazas, currently being developed by Los Angeles-based Salem Partners. Located in the heart of the Ala Moana district, the hotel is a short walk to Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Beach. It will also be adjacent to the Hawaii Convention Center and the Ala Moana Center.

The hotel’s 125 contemporary rooms and suites will be designed to reflect the Hawaiian culture, together with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s oriental heritage. The group will also manage 107 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, located on the Mana’olana tower’s upper floors, which will provide some of the most luxurious private homes on the island.

Visit www.mandarinoriental.com 

Meet the New Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach recently opened its doors to a new wave of global travelers on the island of Oahu. Located in Waikiki, the much-anticipated residential resort marked its official opening with a Hawaiian blessing and ceremony that was attended by community leaders and dignitaries.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences is the latest addition to the Waikiki skyline, with resort-style experiences with ocean views from every residence. Construction of the residences started in summer 2013. Architect Guerin Glass, inspired by Hawaii's natural elements, designed the 38-story tower using a mauka (mountain) to makai (sea) vision that is seen in the resort's exterior through artful details and inspired craftsmanship. 

All residences face the ocean, providing guests with great views of the Pacific, and include kitchens with premium appliances, along with in-residence washers and dryers.

Other amenities include one of the highest infinity pools in Waikiki on the eighth floor with private cabanas, and a fitness center designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. The Ritz-Carlton Spa will open in mid-September offering customized treatments that incorporate cultures and traditions from different countries around the world.

Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/waikiki and keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for all your latest travel news. Be sure to follow Travel Agent’s Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike and Instagram @pike5260.

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