One of billionaire Larry Ellison's Four Seasons-branded hotels on the Hawaiian island of Lanai that has been closed since 2015 will undergo a $75 million renovation, which will include reducing the room count by about 10 rooms, adding spa treatment facilities, building new fitness buildings and a yoga pavilion and creating a waterway feature, as well as a natural free-form pool and jacuzzi, public documents show.
The 102-room The Lodge at Koele, which was purchased by the Oracle Corp. co-founder in 2012 as part of his overall $300 million purchase of 98 percent of Lanai, will also undergo other upgrades such as the addition of a conservatory dining pavilion that will extend from the existing dining area, the conversion of six guestrooms into meeting rooms and four guestrooms into two large suites.
Details of this major renovation at The Lodge at Koele was recently revealed in public documents filed with the County of Maui by Ellison's company Pulama Lanai. Local firm Munekiyo Hiraga California-based John Milander Architects Inc. are part of the project.
Construction on this project could begin as early as in December and be completed in about a year's time.
Koele was originally built in the late 1980s to early 1990s, and while upgrades have been done over the years to maintain the "resort's competitiveness in the global marketplace, there has not been a significant refresh of the resort of several years," the renovation project's application said.
The resort has been closed since January 2015 and the renovation is expected to attract visitors to the island. Ellison's other Four Seasons-branded resort on the island — Manele Bay — recently completed a major renovation.
The Koele Golf Course, which has been closed for a redesign by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is not reopening. Instead, Ellison has plans to build a zip line through the back nine of the Koele course with sculptures possibly being hosted on the front nine. The Manele Golf Course remains open.