Back in January, there was speculation that Atlantis Resorts, known for its extravagant ocean-themed resorts, would develop its first U.S. project in Ko Olina on Oahu. Now, the speculation has been confirmed — and more details are available about what’s being called the most expensive resort ever built.

The Resort Group (the master developer of the 642-acre Ko Olina), said developers recently closed on the $280 million purchase of 26 acres of land at Ko Olina’sHonu Lagoon 2.” The Atlantis Resort in Hawaii is expected to be built on land near Disney’s Aulani Resort.

Developers say the resort will mimic the existing resort called Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, which has an Aquaventure Waterpark, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay and Sea Lion Park. It also has more than 20 restaurants, a nightclub, spas, salons and a fitness center. The resort could also feature hotel rooms with a front row seat into a giant aquarium.

The Ko Olina resort area on Oahu is being hailed as the next "Waikiki" in the number of visitors it hopes to attract one day.

Ko Olina developer Jeff Stone told Pacific Business News the Hawaii Atlantis Resort will be designed as an “international destination for millennial travelers.” He also said China Oceanwide’s (the company developing the Atlantis Resort) partnership will help to bring other prestigious brands to Oahu.

“Oceanwide brings extensive global development experience to Ko Olina,” Stone told Pacific Business News. “This project is extremely exciting for the state and will complement the Disney Aulani resort’s younger demographic perfectly. The resort will employ 1,800 people and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in city and state revenues. A property of this scope and quality will enhance Oahu’s recognition as a luxury destination for years to come and attract visitors from around the world to this special place on the west side of Oahu.”

Residents tell Hawaii News Now they’re looking forward to the project.

“I’m all for whatever kind of helps the economy here,” Ewa resident Jeff Jacobs told the news station.

State Rep. Andria Tupola, whose district includes Ko Olina, told reporters she’s also looking forward the economic boost, but is concerned about the added traffic and parking issues.

“If there is an issue with the parking lot not being efficient, then is Ko Olina association taking the right steps to make sure with the new hotel coming in that there’s extra parking spaces?” she asked reporters.

an aerial view of ko olina

Photo: Britt

An aerial view of the Ko Olina resort area shows the various lagoons, which are prime real estate locations for resorts.

In January, Hawaii News Now reported the resort could be one of the most expensive resorts ever built, with a price tag of more than $2 billion.

So, what does all this mean for you? It means you could soon have the opportunity to stay in one of the most unique and extravagant resorts in the world. But, before you pay full price, make sure you first check with Hawaii Aloha Travel to explore the possibility of discounted rooms and Hawaii activities at Ko Olina!

The Atlantis resort in Hawaii is now officially “in the works.” So, plan your Hawaii visit accordingly, and you just might have the chance to stay in the most expensive resort ever built!


    • Wish I could tell you! Before construction begins, the project needs to go through various permitting hurdles, which takes a while here in Hawaii. Prices for rooms will likely be similar to that in Dubai ($330-$900 per night). Yikes! I will make sure to do a post when construction begins, which is usually when a timeline is given.

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