Oahu’s JW Marriott Ihilani to close for overhaul and rebranding


The 387-room JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, located in Ko Olina on the west coast of Oahu, will close Jan. 1 for an extensive remodeling likely to last the entire year, following the expiration of the beachfront property’s management contract with Marriott International.

“From that date, the hotel will be closed and later reopened under a different brand,” Chris Tatum, Hawaii area vice president for Marriott International, said in an Aug. 14 statement. “All parties acknowledge the value of this long-term relationship and together will ensure a seamless transition.”

A number of Hawaii newspapers and TV affiliates are reporting that Four Seasons Hotels will likely take over at the property following the extensive overhaul, but the Canada-based luxury management company has not yet officially announced any plans to enter the west Oahu market.

Sitting right next door to the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, the JW Marriott Ihilani underwent a $30 million renovation to its guestrooms, public spaces, and 35,000-square-foot spa in 2013.

Marriott has managed the resort since 1999.


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