"Atlantis Resorts is finalizing a deal to build one of its famous ocean-themed resorts in Ko Olina, which could be the most expensive resort ever built, sources said.
The project has been in the works for more than a decade and was announced with much fanfare in 2005, but stalled since then.
Atlantis Resorts company is working out the final details of a deal to build the resort on a 15-acre parcel of land on the Diamond Head side of Disney's Aulani Resort, sources said.
Above and on top: the Atlantis Resort in Dubai.
People familiar with the project said the amenities there will be similar to Atlantis' The Palm resort in Dubai, with a huge interactive aquarium as well as some hotel rooms with an aquarium view, a dolphin encounter and a shark habitat. There will be a mix of hotel, condo and timeshare units, sources said.
One source said it could be the most expensive resort ever built, with a price tag of more than $2 billion."
Well, two Billion is certainly a huge amount of money and there is no doubt they can build something great with that, but the biggest danger for Disney's Aulani is coming from the land where it will be built as it is located right next door to Disney's hotel - see screen captures below - and i have the feeling that the Mouse is not going to like it...
Below a picture of the model and plan as show a few years ago, so they may have changed.
Now, If this happen this new Atlantis Resort with its Shark Island, its Dolphin Encounter, and its awesome aquarium and water park will be a real competitor for the Aulani as the Atlantis resorts are truly luxurious. I still remember the one at the Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas, that i've visited shortly after its opening and it was the best themed aquarium i've ever seen - not to mention of course the huge quantity of fishes. We'll keep an eye on this to see if it happen and when it happen!
In the meantime if you've never been in an Atlantis Resort have a look at this promo video showing the one in the Bahamas, and open your eyes on the theming quality of the resort!
Pictures and Video : copyright Atlantis Resorts