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. The children’s program called “Kids For All Seasons” is free for guests, and they even have a room for parents and babies, as well as an adult game room for those who can’t give up their Playstation time. This extensive program takes kids ages 5–12 outside for crab hunts and other water activities, as well as helping them create crafts and keepsakes to take home.
Their Naupaka Spa has every service you can imagine—from Hawaiian healing therapies to massages to facials to hair styling, including a barber shop—and even a wedding salon for the bride and her party. They built a small chapel on site that hold up to 40 guests. The Four Seasons is one of the few resorts that doesn’t charge a resort fee and offers a few complimentary activities like SUP, sunrise yoga and outrigger canoe rides. You can pick a cabana package by the pools or beach for almost as much as your room cost, which includes lunch and dinner for two, champagne, fresh fruit, a selfie stick—to prove you were there—WiFi, a TV, fridge, personal headset, unlimited sunscreen, concierge service, and other extras for extra like a mani/pedi… you get the idea. Private dinners can be arranged on their Pohaku Point (and other spots).
The rooms are perfect here, large and well-laid out with tons of closet space. The bathrooms have separate showers, deep soaking tubs and double vanity sinks. Every room has a spacious lanai and a ceiling fan, so feel free to open up the doors and let in the ocean breezes. The decor has a warm, natural feel to it. Beds can be customized with mattress toppers. Large 65-inch smart TVs and iPads are available in each room and to use around the resort. They come in handy for ordering room service or streaming Netflix. You can enjoy Nespresso coffee daily in your room and have your empty fridge turned into your own personal mini bar with items of your choosing. Some of the suites even come with their own outdoor spas and gardens.
All of this sits on a lovely, protected Ko Olina lagoon shared with Disney’s Aulani resort. A property like this could feel stuffy and pretentious, but the Four Seasons is a warm, welcoming addition to O‘ahu. Overall, it’s the kind of place you don’t want to leave—until you see your bill.
Rooms are 640 sq. ft., suites are 1,000–4,070 sq. ft. Packages can take the sting off rates.