Oahu visitors will be able to book accommodations at the former JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa through the end of the major spring holiday period in 2015.



The 387-room property, located at Oahu’s west coast Ko Olina Resort, had been scheduled to close Jan. 11 for a major renovation and reflagging as the island’s first Four Seasons resort, ultimately featuring 360 guestrooms and suites along with 180 residences.

However, officials have postponed the start date for the $250 million refurbishment until after the destination’s high-traffic spring period, hoping “to accommodate peak travel season and minimize disruptions at nearby hotels and businesses.”

“We want to be respectful of the guest experience at Aulani and throughout the rest of the resort during our busiest season,” Jeffrey Stone, founder of the Resort Group and master developer of Ko Olina, said in a statement. “We’re very happy to be able to preserve as many jobs as possible, and hope to keep more than half of our employees on during the transition period.”

Marriott’s management contract at the Ihilani ends Jan. 10, but the property will remain open under the interim management of Honolulu-based Resort Management Co.

The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is slated to open during the first quarter of 2016, according to Stone.
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