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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
It took the Four Seasons nearly two decades to find the
best location for its Oahu property and the search was
worth the wait. With a $250 million resort transformation
that took 18 months, the hotel now occupies the location of
the erstwhile classic Ihilani, designed by famed architect
Edward A. Killingsworth in 1993. Killingsworth’s other
buildings include Kahala Hilton (1964), Kapalua Bay Hotel
(1977), Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows (1983) and
Halekulani (1990). Situated on one of the four pristine
lagoons of the Ko Olina Resort, this new high-end Four
Seasons shares a crescent-shaped white sand beach with
Disney’s Aulani resort.
•EAT Mornings start with the famous over-the-top Four
Seasons buffet breakfast, offering fresh island fruit, dim
sum, miso soup and other treats. Sunday’s more opulent
Brunch for All Seasons includes lobster and prime rib
along with a mimosa and bloody mary bar. In December,
Michael Mina will be taking over Fish House, the signature open-air restaurant with views of the Pacific from
every table. Diners can expect Mina’s usual culinary
magic, incorporating the freshest ingredients from local
organic farms, ranches and fisherman.
•FIT Besides the fitness center and beach path fronting
the property, Four Seasons Oahu’s #FSWayfinder program
offers many unique opportunities for guests, including
hula lessons and a signature guided hike with Kumu Hula
Laakea Perry to the remote Kaena Point, which features
tidepools large enough to float in as well as significant cultural points historically rich enough to give you chicken
skin, as the locals say.
• SPA Given the proximity to the spiritual and deep-rooted Hawaiian culture of Oahu’s West Side, Naupaka
Spa employs a team of authentic lomilomi practitioners
who will introduce you to the true essence of this ancient
healing art form. A series of treatments during your stay is
• DON’T MISS The Yamaguchi Salon, with visits by celebrity stylist Billy Yamaguchi, is famous for his feng shui
approach to beauty. Yamaguchi teaches around the planet
and runs one of the top salons in Southern California, in
addition to being on property every month and available to
Four Seasons guests.
• PROPERT Y DE TAILS The resort features 370 rooms
Ocean view rooms start at $775.
(most with full ocean views), three pools with private
cabanas available, five restaurants and bars and an elegant
spa with yet another pool. Beach activities and gear rentals
are offered on site as well as sun-shaded lounges with
amenities on the beach. Guests can also enjoy tennis
courts and the Ko Olina Golf Club and Ko Olina Marina.
Wailea Beach Resort
The newly refreshed Wailea Beach Resort has quickly
become a favorite with families, groups, and couples.
For years this Marriott property was known as the value
spot in Wailea, surrounded by uberluxe neighbors, and
with a $519 starting rate, it can still be considered priced
comparably for the location. Because it is on the site of the
area’s first hotel — built in 1973, before setback laws — its
restaurant and guest rooms are closer to the ocean than
any other lodgings on this side of the island. And since it’s
in the middle of the famed Wailea Beach Path, guests can
easily stroll to surrounding properties.
• EAT A pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, chef Roy Yamaguchi created Humble Market
Kitchin, an open-air luxe eatery, as an ode to his grandfather Henry, who immigrated to the islands, pulling
inspiration from various local cuisines — Japanese,
Filipino, Chinese, native Hawaiian — to create an internationally influenced, Hawaiian-inspired menu.
• FIT On the 2.1-mile beachfront path, guests can walk,
jog, jump in the water and swog (swim jog) on Wailea
Beach. For more focused workouts, the gym is packed
with state-of-the-art equipment.
• SPA For anyone seeking wellness in Wailea, it would
be a crime not to partake in the Wailea Spa Crawl. All
the participating spas are world-famous award-winning
stress busters. At Fairmont Kea Lani, the signature
experience is enhanced with the three Hawaiian Rain
Experience Showers and the Pālolo (mud) bar and a
heated stone mud bench and foot bed. The Four Seasons
spa is known for excellent therapists, and the Aquacranial
treatment, which happens in the ocean, is a standout. Spa
Grande at The Grand Wailea is the largest spa in the state,
with 40 treatment rooms in a 50,000-square-foot facility,
and features the exclusive Healing Waters of Maui treatment, plus such aquatic offerings as a Roman tub, saunas,
Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo and five specialty
baths. The Wailea Beach Resort has the MandAra Spa,
inspired by the island traditions of Bali. And the award-winning Awili Spa and Salon at Andaz Maui at Wailea is
famous for its apothecary-style spin on the traditional
Japanese spa experience.
• DON’ T MISS Family fun here includes the longest slide
on the island (325 feet); the Kolohe (translates as rascal)
Opposite, clock wise
from top: A private
cabana at the Four
Seasons Resort Oahu;
an ocean view cabana at
near the Four Seasons.