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JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina

Address: 92-1001 Olani St.

Neighborhood:

City: Kapolei

Phone: 808-679-0079

Website: www.ihilani.com

Expert Review

Away from the crowds in Waikiki Beach and Honolulu (about 35 minutes) sits this 640-acre oceanfront resort in unincorporated Kapolei. The 387 guest rooms and 36 suites are spread throughout 17 stories, each a spacious 640-680 square-foot retreat, with most overlooking lagoons or the resort's white-sand beaches. Décor is ocean-inspired, with a color scheme of soft whites, blues and greens, and blonde-wood furnishings. Bathrooms include European deep-soaking tubs. The Ihilani Spa offers treatments like thalasso therapy (with color therapy and essential oils) and lomilomi (traditional Hawaiian massage); the spa's signature "mountain apple" scent is sprayed throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility and is also incorporated into some treatments. The resort's upscale restaurant, Azul, open for dinner only, boasts one of Hawaii's most extensive wine lists (with 250 labels). The dinner menu includes Wagyu beef, locally caught fish, foie gras, and lobster served in an avocado cup. Guests can also pick up a bottle of wine in the gift shop and enjoy it with room service on the lanai. Each morning, coffee/espresso drinks are served in the lobby's atrium. The Ko Olina Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Ted Robinson, is minutes away. On property, take advantage of six tennis courts as well as educational marine-life activities for families like reef shark feedings.

Tags: luxury | golf | expensive | hotel restaurant

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