Life is really a celebration in Hawaii. The Aloha spirit is everywhere, and on the diamond shaped island of Oahu, home to Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor, there is much more to discover than just a stunning landscape, tropical winds, and brilliant sunshine. Oahu is enjoying a massive surge in new development with huge modern skyscrapers being built, which will forever change the famed coastline. Chinese and Japanese investors and developers are flocking to the area in numbers never seen before.
I was the first to fly Hawaiian Airlines in their brand new lie-flat Premium Business Class cabin with non-stop routes from the West Coast, and it was so refreshing to finally have this luxury option for high-end travelers visiting the islands. I was met at the gate by an airport VIP escort who took me to my private Mercedes S550 for the easy 17-mile drive west of Honolulu. My destination was the tranquil and inviting area of Ko Olina, a lush 642-acre oceanfront retreat on the calm leeward coast and home to the spectacular new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina.
Upon checking in, I was taken to the massive 3,200 square foot Penthouse Suite with a stunning 800 square foot terrace, making this the most dramatic of all hotel suites I have experienced on any of the Hawaiian Islands. At $17,000 per night, this two bedroom, 2½ bath space is a show stopper with wrap around decks providing amazing views of the entire coast.
When you first enter, the wow factor takes your breath away and the custom fixtures, marble bathroom, and even electronic Toto toilets that remember each guest, will have you never wanting to leave. The suite also features an amazing formal dining room adjacent to a large kitchen with fully stocked refrigerator and bar of the very best liquors and treats.
The 371 room resort opened this summer in the former JW Marriott property and is home to five restaurants, four pools (including an inviting infinity edge adult-only pool) a large six-level Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre spa and a 10,000-square-foot fitness complex, which includes a five-court tennis facility, a custom-built wedding chapel and special access to the Ko Olina Golf Club and Ko Olina Marina.