A New $1.5 Billion Atlantis Resort Could (Finally) Be Coming to Hawaii
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
A massive new resort by Atlantis is one step closer to rising on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It will be located at Ko Olina, which is already home to the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa; and Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, among others.
“What they’re trying to do is they’re trying to take that property they have in Dubai on the Palm Island and replicate it in Hawaii in a gorgeous setting,” TravelPulse founder Mark Murphy told CBS. “We’re talking about massive aquariums, wildlife, great experiences. It’s a fantasy world.”
Chinese developer China Oceanwide acquired several parcels of land in Ko Olina back in 2016 and tapped Atlantis for a new luxury resort with around 1,400 rooms and Atlantis-branded residences, an aquarium, restaurants, bars, gyms, conference facilities and outdoor pools. Though there has been little news of the project’s progression since then, it seems that the resort’s construction is on track to move ahead, barring any further setbacks. And the resort is still far from taking shape.
In January, the state Commission on Water Resource Management approved a water use and well construction permit for the project, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The city is currently reviewing Oceanwide’s application for a building permit to construct a retaining wall and significant shoreline path improvements.
Atlantis also recently opened a new resort on the Chinese island of Sanya — which has been frequently compared to Hawaii — and the brand already operates two other over-the-top resorts in Dubai and the Bahamas.
Several resort within the latter are considered members of Marriott’s Autograph Collection (the Beach, the Coral, the Reef, the Cove and the Royal), so you can earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points during a stay there. It’s not clear at this time whether or not the new Hawaiian-based Atlantis will also join the collection.
Details about the new mega-resort on Ko Olina are scant and the opening date has not yet been set. Assuming the project goes ahead as planned, it will likely take several years to build. But if you’re hoping to visit Hawaii, we’ve got plenty of tips on how to get there with points and miles, plus the mistakes to avoid making if you go and the most outrageous experiences you can have during your stay (until the doors to Atlantis open, of course).
Featured image courtesy of Oceanwide Holdings.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees