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The island of Oahu has a wide range of hotels and resorts for travelers of all ages and varying budgets. Oahu’s hotels are constantly updating and adding an array of activities and packages.
Here's the latest hotel news from Oahu.
In the West Oahu development of Ko Olina, China Oceanwide Holdings has purchased an estimated 23 acres of land to develop a hotel and condominium for nearly $200 million, according to Pacific Busines Journal. The completed development will include a 150-unit condo and a 150-room hotel.
The Resort Group is headed by Jeff Stone, the master developer of the 642-acre Ko Olina Resort, and a subsidiary of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The group sold the nearly 1 million square feet of land to China Oceanwide Holdings, which did not name a management company or a brand for the hotel development. The company is also reportedly looking for other development projects in the U.S.
Ko Olina is slated to get Oahu’s first Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts-branded property in the spring, a conversion of the former JW Marriott hotel.
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort will be redesigned, extensively upgraded and reintroduced as Oahu’s first Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. The integrated luxury beach resort is slated to open in mid-2016.
"Four Seasons will be a tremendously positive addition to the island of Oahu," says Nikki Bond of Beach Bum Vacation. "Four Season Resort guests will now be able to hop from island to island staying within their favorite luxury brand. It will be a terrific addition for families with little ones and for corporate incentive travel groups as Four Seasons Resorts cater to these niche markets so eloquently. My opinion would be that Oahu will experience an influx in business overall with the addition of this top notch resort."
Hilton Worldwide announced plans to open its first Hilton Garden Inn on the island. The 623-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach is set to open in early 2016 after undergoing extensive renovation of the former OHANA Waikiki West. Upgrades will be made to the hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms. Design plans include a contemporary Hawaiian aesthetic, the addition of a full-service restaurant and lounge, a grab-and-go market, a welcoming modern lobby, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Guest rooms will be completely re-envisioned, adding poolside family suites and maximizing Hawaii’s scenic vistas. The hotel will also feature an enhanced pool deck complete with a bar and grill and poolside cabanas.
In 2016, the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach will add a premier, luxury experience to Waikiki’s product mix and introduce the Ritz-Carlton brand to the island of Oahu. The first tower of the property is slated for completion by April 2016.
"I see the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton hotel openings in 2016 raising the bar for our luxury clients looking to experience Oahu," says Neal Miller of the Neal Miller Travel Company, in Atlanta, GA, "with it's 'town and country' feel, now both in the luxury category of accommodations."
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort recently started offering guests a complimentary one-hour oceanfront yoga class every Saturday morning.
This yoga class is taught on the beachfront lanai fronting the shores of Waikiki Beach to connect mind, body and soul. The property has also extended wellness-inspired offers into 2016 with the “Wellness with a Twist” package and “Oceanfront Indulgence” package for a more luxurious experience.
Ala Moana Hotel will unveil chic, modern guestrooms after completing upgrades to all accommodations at the end of 2015. The restyled guestrooms feature new carpet, drapes, chairs, bed scarf and decorative pillows, sofa sleeper and ottomans.
Ko Olina Resort will celebrate its 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal with a non-denominational beachfront ceremony. Resort guests and local residents are welcome to sign up for the free vow renewal service and celebrate with loved ones at one of Ko Olina's beach coves. Participants will also have a chance to win prizes.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is celebrating its 40th anniversary with special activities and promotions throughout the year. As part of the commemorative initiatives, the famed Lucky Cat –formerly of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas – will make its home at the resort, dispensing fortunes and surprises to guests.
The Spa at Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk introduced a new menu of exquisite services including the Oxygen Body Perfection treatment which provides deep hydration, the Diamond Rose Exfoliation Massage, which utilizes ultra-nourishing oils for a luxurious massage experience, and the Bamboo Exfoliation treatment, which uses micro-particles from bamboo to purify the skin. Additionally, the spa introduced a new personal training menu for guests who would like one-on-one instruction customized to their fitness levels and performance goals.
In early 2016, Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites will unveil a new cocktail pool terrace offering stunning views. A brand new floor of luxury suites will also offer boulevard, city and pacific views.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa recently completed a $22 million renovation featuring new designs of its lobby area, front desk registration and porte cochere. The property’s main ballrooms and special events rooms have also been refreshed.