(866) 443-4763 or (808) 674-6200
92-1185 Aliinui Dr, Ko Olina
Wow! This resort dominates the landscape on this side of the island. We have to admit that we’re not Disney groupies, so we had our own biases going into this review. And it took us longer to see this resort from top to bottom than any other resort in Hawai‘i.
First things first. This resort sits on 21 acres fronting one of Ko Olina’s coves. The resort consists of mostly Disney Vacation Club timeshare units with only 351 rooms devoted to the hotel, and those rooms all reside in the Wai’anae Tower. They also started renting rooms in the Ewa Tower (where the timeshares reside), which they call Villas. They consist of studios with kitchenettes or 1/1s up to 3/3s with full kitchens. All rooms are decorated in dark, old-world Hawaiian style with modern touches like hand-held shower heads in the baths (a must for your little ones) and, of course, hidden Mickeys.
(844) 387-0308 or (808) 679-0079
92-1001 Olani St, Ko Olina
This Four Seasons opened its doors in 2016 after a $250 million renovation to the former JW Marriott Ihilani Resort. Although the entry and footprint don’t feel much different to us than the former hotel, many amenities have been added to bring it up to Four Seasons’ standards.
They have added an adult pool and spa/hot tub and a keiki pool that is partly sand-lined, as well as a keiki spa/hot tub. Their fitness/tennis/spa center occupies the same building as before with a tennis pro on site, basketball court, separate cardio and weight rooms (with personal trainer), full service spa (with its own lap pool and spa/hot tub) and children’s center.